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InterContinental London Park Lane
Ranked #132 of 1,087 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“The Cookbook cafe, surely the best service and food in London?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

We visited the Cookbook cafe for Sunday brunch yesterday, and cannot praise it too highly. We discovered it last Christmas, when we attended a work Christmas outing lunch there, and knew we just had to return, accompanied by our dearest old friends, to celebrate my husbands birthday; we were not disappointed. From the booking process onwards, the service was outstanding. The restaurant hostess, Maria Fernanda Galve, welcomed us warmly and showed us to a quiet, comfortable table, and Marine, our charming waitress, introduced herself and explained how the brunch buffet worked. We were offered prosecco or peach, raspberry or pear belinies, and these were topped up for the rest of the meal. The variety and quality of the food catered for every taste, roasts and all the trimmings, delectable seafood , imaginative salads on the buffet table, and a range of pretty and tasty desserts. Tea and coffee were also included, and we were made to feel welcome to stay and enjoy these for as long as we wished. Maria Fernada had also remembered that I had mentioned a birthday when booking, and a cake was produced, making us feel extra special. Marine noted that we were not eating it, as we'd already had such an excellent meal, and without prompting , popped it in to a box for us to enjoy at home. Whilst the food is fantastic, it is the service which makes the Cookbook cafe really stand out; the atmosphere is brilliant, as all the diners are clearly having such a good time. So , many thanks to Maria , Marine and all the team at the Cookbook cafe and we can't wait to return!

Room Tip: We didn't stay, only went to the restaurant.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DavidandLinda1
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Caroline J, Manager at InterContinental London Park Lane, responded to this review, 27 March 2014
Dear DavidandLinda1,

It was with great pleasure that I received your candid comments, for which I would like to thank you.

I am so pleased that you chose to spend your husband’s birthday at Cookbook Café at InterContinental London Park Lane, and more importantly that you had a hugely enjoyable time. I am always particularly delighted when it is mentioned how good the service is, as I know how much effort the teams put into every guest interaction. The team will be thrilled as it is greatly appreciated when their efforts are recognised.

We all look forward to having another opportunity to welcome you in the not too distant future.


Kind regards

Caroline Jillings
Director of Rooms
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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78 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Spoilt, yes but not negatively, spoilt because the hotel is so good anywhere we stay now will have a lot to live up to! Located near to Hyde Park Corner and Green Park tube stations, 5 minutes from Piccadilly. Check in was quick and efficient, not expecting our room to be ready as we arrived just before 11am, however it was. Room very clean and fresh, as was the bathroom, and it was nice to have a welcome card hand written to us, and some satsumas for us to enjoy. We didn't have a view, but we weren't there to look out of the window.
All the staff we encountered were friendly and offered a greeting, and any questions we had answered confidently.
The hotel is modern with beautiful floral arrangements and stylish furniture in its public areas, where we enjoyed a coffee and g & t (43 different gins to chose from).
Check out by James was excellent, and all staff should be congratulated on their customer service. Look forward to a return visit, hopefully longer next time so that we can take advantage of the restaurant and spa. Thank you.
Just as a post script, we took a taxi to the Apollo Victoria (reason for our stay was to watch Wicked), please bear a thought for taxi drivers, our driver said his job is quite boring now as no-one talks anymore (Feel a song coming on!!!), as everyone is too busy on their mobile phones.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bazjs
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Caroline J, Manager at InterContinental London Park Lane, responded to this review, 27 March 2014
Dear bazjs,

Thank you for choosing InterContinental London Park Lane on your most recent visit to London.

In reading your review it is evident that we have made a long lasting impression. I am truly delighted to see that you enjoyed the attentive service the team provided.

Once again, thank you for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards
Caroline Jillings
Director of Rooms
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Riyadh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Hotel location is all right. A short walk to ParkLane Underground Station and just next to the Hyde Park. It's only location downside is that you would have to walk at least 5 minutes to find convenient stores, cafes and shops.

The reception is welcoming and staff are very helpful. Concierge service is experienced and would really add value to your trip.

Rooms were a little bit small but refurbished, convenient and comfortable. I would have appreciated a nespresso machine though. Bathroom is all right. Firm Shower and perfectly functioning appliances. Best of all was the small balcony I had in my room, which overlooked the Hype Park.

Hotel’s Bar is ok. But it’s not the kind of a bar I would commute to, if I were not staying at the intercom.

Overall a pretty hotel and I would definitely consider staying there again.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Faisal M
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Caroline J, Manager at InterContinental London Park Lane, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear Faisal M,

Thank you for your comments; I am delighted that you found the hotel suited to your needs.

I look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best wishes,

Caroline Jillings
Director of Rooms
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Stanwood, Washington, United States
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113 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

We just left after 3 nights at the intercontinental. I have high expectations for a property like this and I was not disappointed. The location is great with easy tube access and plenty within short walking distance. The staff are attentive and pleasant without being obtrusive. Our room was compact but efficient and appropriate. We ate one meal at the hotel, which was marvelous. I would have no hesitation staying there again.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Caroline J, Manager at InterContinental London Park Lane, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear Warren P,

Thank you for posting such a wonderful review based upon your experience from your very recent stay here with us.

I am truly delighted to read you review and will make it a point to share it with the entire team.

I do look forward to welcoming you again to the InterContinental London Park Lane on your next visit to London.

Warm Regards,

Caroline Jillings
Director of Rooms
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Kirkwood, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

I have stayed in five-star hotels all over the world. If not the best I have experienced, it is tied. The level of service from the staff must be experienced to be believed. Friendly, prompt, attentive.

We came with small children who each received a backpack filled with activities, umbrella and other items. Kids loved them.

Great location next to Hyde Park and few steps to Hyde Park Corner Tube. Great food at the hotel and few minutes walk away in Shepard's Market.

We will definitely stay here again!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank andy g
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Caroline J, Manager at InterContinental London Park Lane, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear andy g,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Your kind comments about the hotel and the employees are highly appreciated. Our aim is to provide our guests with memorable experiences and I am delighted to learn that we were able to leave a positive impression. One of the best and most sincere indicators for us is that children enjoyed it here and were happy.

We all look forward to having another opportunity to welcome you in the not too distant future.

Kind regards,

Caroline Jillings
Director of Rooms
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Lancashire
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

Overall nice hotel good service and location,was in my opinion very expensive for accommodation, parking and food.Also no free internet in this day and age is a black mark against any hotel.
Nice staff, but my room was near a service corridor so woken up early by noise also it's only window looked at a very depressing court yard roof.Will I stay again? No,at this level there is better in London, and cheaper too.

Room Tip: Avoid an internal window room,or next to any service corridors, the views over buckingham palace are...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank worldtraveller121
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Caroline J, Manager at InterContinental London Park Lane, responded to this review, 26 March 2014
Dear worldtraveller121,

Thank you for taking the time to post your review on Trip Advisor.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and negative impression you experienced with the room accommodation and internet service. We do try to remain competitive with other London hotels, but we are pleased to share that later in the year complimentary internet will be introduced for our members as part of the IHG Rewards Programme.

In your future stays, please bring it to our attention while at the hotel if there are any inconveniences that you experience with your room, so we can act immediately and improve the quality of your stay.

While we understand that your stay was less than satisfactory, we would hope that you would give us another chance to make it positively memorable.

Kind regards,

Caroline Jillings
Director of Rooms
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
66 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

I stayed at this hotel last weekend and it was first class. From the time we walked in (the doors are held open for you, there are meeters and greeters awaiting you), to the time we left, the whole experience was amazing!

We arrived slightly early but we were able to leave our bags (which were delivered to the room later). When we got back to the hotel later that day after lots of sightseeing and 2 pairs of sore feet, we had a few relaxing drinks in the hotel lounge. It was quiet and the service from the lounge staff was prompt.

The room was adequate and the bed was comfortable. There is absolutely no noise from the busy road outside. We had a view of Hyde Park which was very nice to look out over the next day.

Breakfast was everything from continental to english and very delicious. There is a set price if you book breakfast the night before and it's buffet style (help yourself and eat as much as you like).

Hyde Park Corner tube station is a 2 minute walk away and there is a subway to the hotel so no roads to cross. All-in-all a top hotel and when the opportunity arrises, I will definitely go back.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Chri55ie
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Caroline J, Manager at InterContinental London Park Lane, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
Dear Chri55ie,

It was with great pleasure that I received your candid comments, for which I would like to thank you. The team will be thrilled as it is greatly appreciated when their efforts are recognised.

I would also like to thank you for all the comments about the facilities and services of the hotel.

We all look forward to having another opportunity to welcome you in the not too distant future.


Kind regards,

Caroline Jillings
Director of Rooms
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Property: InterContinental London Park Lane
Address: 1 Hamilton Place | Park Lane, London W1J 7QY, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Mayfair
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Spa Hotel in London
#76 Romantic Hotel in London
#98 Family Hotel in London
#100 Business Hotel in London
#113 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental London Park Lane 5*
Number of rooms: 277
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once the site of a royal residence, InterContinental London Park Lane is now the epitome of modern elegance. Located between Mayfair and Knightsbridge in view of Buckingham Palace, the hotel is not far from the Tower of London, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. Also worth seeing is the Victoria and Albert Museum, Madame Tussauds and The National Portrait Gallery. ... more   less 
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