InterContinental London Park Lane
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Historical Traveler Reviews InterContinental London Park Lane
Overrated and Expensive
My wife and I stay here once a year as part of a company dinner. It is certainly one of the most expensive places I have ever stayed and we've travelled the globe. We don't mind paying good money but this may be London but it's excessive. In our room there was once again no tea or coffee facilities. If you would like some it's available from room service at £5.50. Water is £5 for a 75cl bottle. Some of the other reviews give you a flavour of the room service costs. The bar is no cheaper.
The hotel clearly makes a great deal of money. Even if you are a resident the bar closes at 1am - prompt! No discussion. Mind you at the prices they charge it probably a bonus once you wake up in the morning. With the english breakfast buffet at £23.50 per person I personally think it's overrated, too expensive and not actually that good. A friend recommends the breakfast at the Halkin as one of the best in London.
Service was fine and the room clean. No broadband link or wireless connection for the PC which isn't great for a so called 5 star.
So, if you feeling flush and don't mind how you spend your money then this place is probably okay for you. There are much better ways of spending your money than staying here. Each to their own.
i stayed at this hotel in 2001 and it is just simply fantastic. friendly and warm atmosphere plus central for entertainment etc. food is good.
Errrrr... 5*s? I think not.
As a little treat, I booked my partner and I a weekend away in London and thought we'd spoil ourselves by staying in what is supposedly one of the best hotels in London..... How wrong I was!!The staff were rude almost to the point of being obnoxious, the room was tired looking, there were tiles coming off in the bathroom, the constant noises from the kitchen/heating fans kept us awake as they appeared to be right under our windows, the breakfast was served haphazardly in the bar downstairs where the tables were messy and the service non-existent, and overhall I have to say it was probably one of the worst places I have ever stayed at. Will we be returning? Not even if the room was free!
Enjoyed the Intercontinental
My husband and I just returned from London where we spent six nights at the Intercontinental. We went with Club ABC Tours, which offered a very low rate. The location at Hyde Park Corner was excellent with easy access to the Picadilly Underground Line. There are good restaurants nearby behind the Hilton Hotel; we particularly enjoyed Sofra, which had great middle-eastern food. The concierge was helpful with restaurant suggestions and reservations. The buffet breakfasts (even the continental) were outstanding.The rooms are the downside. The sixth and part of the fifth floors have been renovated, but they allow smoking. The only non-smoking renovated floor is the first, which we were told is noisy. We luckily got an upgrade to a lovely renovated room on the fifth floor, which did not have any smoking odor. Our friends were given a fairly dark unrenovated room in which the heating was broken. The next day, they looked at eight other rooms before settling on one on the sixth floor which didn't smell. So, if you stay at this hotel (and it has many good points), make certain to accept only a nice room.
Very nice, not too much around it
I just came back from a 5 night stay at the Intercontinental London Hyde Park. The hotel was very nice and upscale, although it did lack traditional English charm. I booked my stay through priceline and paid $140 US plus taxes which is excellent for this type of quality and city. The room was a nice size. It was probably average sized for a UK hotel. The bathroom was all marble, the furnishings were top quality and seemed new. I requested a room on the 6th floor because I knew they were recently refurbished. I dont know what the other rooms look like on other floors but i'm sure they are nice as well. Some advice I have on this property is dont book a room near the elevators. Whenever they open, they make a loud bang like glasses being dropped. It was extremely noisy and the staff switched my room without any problems.
All in all the hotel is nice. The only negatives are the room service prices are ridiculous, 14 pounds for a club sandwich which is like $20 U.S. The location is nice, but there is not much around it besides the park, government buildings, and other 5 star hotels. I had to take the tube everywhere to go shopping, dine out, and see the sites. I would stay there again only if I got a good deal like I got this time, otherwise I would rather stay closer to Covent Garden or Piccadilly circus.
I highly recommend this hotel. I've stayed in many top notch Starwood Hotels and Mandarin Oriental Hotels - though I wanted to stay within a certain price range and stayed at this hotel 3 yrs ago and am going back for this New Years. Location on Hyde Park can't be beat, rooms are very clean and modern. My boyfriend and I would go running to Buckingham Palace and we just felt this hotel was amazing for the price $250 and under per night.
Very nice hotel
I used Priceline for my stay in London and this was the hotel I was assigned. It was in a very good location, the staff were wonderful. I don't know if I would stay there again at full price, but if you can get a good deal then its definitely worth it. If you walk in the opposite direction of Green park there are some very neat pubs hidden in the streets that many locals frequent. This is nice to get to see the less touristy side of London.
We stayed at the intercontinental London for 6 nights with our 13 month old son. We found an incredible deal at an internet hotel discount site (100 pounds/night including breakfast). It was well worth every penny, and then some. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the room was spacious (even with the crib), clean and comfortable. And the buffet breakfast was absolutely wonderful! The location is perfect for getting around any part of central london. I highly recommend this hotel!
Great Location...a touch jaded but very satisfactory
At the price of $190 per night this was a a great buy. The location on Hyde Park Corner is unbeatable with very easy access to Piccadily, Green Park, Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. An initial concern about the hotel being too close to the traffic noise from Park Lane turned out to be unfounded.The hotel itself was good but a face lift would not hurt. The lobby area was clean and in keeping with a 5 star hotel, the rooms were generous by London standards but not oversized and the bathrooms ample but compact. The staff were always friendly, efficient and on the ball and very willing to assist.The hotel stands in the same area as some pricier properties such as the ultra chic Metropolitan and the overly busy Hilton and for the price the "Interconti" did us proud. Had I paid $400 I would have been disappointed with the hotel but then again it is arguably in one of the best locations in London.
Accomplished and excellent
Cannot be faulted. Smooth and sophisticated. Wonderful position, fine staff, excellent restaurant. Go there!