W1J 7BX Travel Guide
We were thrilled to hear earlier this year that London’s Sheraton Park Lane would be getting its long overdue makeover, ripping out dated and faded guestrooms and freshening up public spaces. Now we can we show you a bit more of what you can expect post-renovation in the 303-room hotel.
Starting with accommodation, by mid-next year all rooms will look like the above, a huge leap forward compared to today. There is the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed at the heart with the requisite fresh white sheets, Art Deco influences in lighting fixtures and furniture, and what looks like an etched glass mirror panel above the bed.
The Lanesborough may have closed late last year for its year and a half overhaul, but it looks like another Starwood sibling in London will finally be getting its turn to go in for a little refresh too: the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel will start a full renovation this autumn.
Technically on Piccadilly and not Park Lane, the hotel’s snooze-inducing décor in its 303 guestrooms (which is much less fresh-looking than the above image would suggest) is not something that many will miss we think.
With its cousin the W London Leicester Square hogging the lime light, we thought we’d check-in on The Sheraton Park Lane, and whilst we were there we thought we’d check-out the high tea, it was Valentine’s day after all.
Stepping inside the hotel is like stepping back in time and not always in a good way. Some of it could do with a revamp - the toilets, staircases and lobby all need bringing back to life, although we noted some work taking place so hopefully it’s getting a facelift.
But we couldn’t fault good old Palm Court which is looking just as grand as ever. Nor could we fault the selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes which we ate to the sound of a harpist. The high tea served here is about as traditional as it gets, only we opted for the V day spesh.
[Ed Note: Jolie returns from London with a hotel report. Enjoy.]
The comfortable beds and great location (not to mention posh hotel lounge, the Palm Court) really amped up the satisfaction level of our visit, although we did guiltily notice that the hotel was slightly run-down. After perusing TripAdvisor to see what other travelers had said, however, we realized that the faded atmosphere wasn't in our imaginations: almost every other traveler commented on the Park Lane's potential, but noted that it currently is, indeed, "tired". Take note, Sheraton: this grand-dame needs a face-lift.
· The Park Lane Sheraton Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]
The esteemed Joi Ito is in the midst of a rough outing across the pond. The Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly is billed as a five star hotel, but here is the short list of what Joi found broken in his room:
- Fax Machine
- Room Safe
- Door Lock
Throw in a legendary London plumbing problem (a drippy faucet in this case), and our least favorite wireless option (a spotty T-Mobile connection) and you have, as the Brits might say, "knackered digs".
With an average nightly rate of over £300 (that's over $550 a night!) We expect more for that kind of scratch. Can you blame us?