Situated in the heart of London’s posh Mayfair district is 45 Park Lane, the art deco-inspired hotel designed by Manhattan-based architect Thierry Despont. Since opening in 2011, the youngest Dorchester property contains 45 guest rooms, sweeping views of Hyde Park and an extensive collection of contemporary paintings. Sir Peter Blake, Patrick Hughes, and Bruce McLean are just a few of the names that adorn the walls, offering guests insight into today’s British art scene. With the Ascot Races and Wimbledon just a month away, we check in with hotel manager Christophe Hilty to find out which of the hotel’s 45 rooms is the most in-demand.
The most requested room:
What makes it so special?
Firstly, the contemporary design. Every single room has a view of Hyde Park and in-room dining by Wolfgang Puck. The Studio Suites are popular because they are our middle offering, meaning they are extremely spacious and at great value.
Rooms start at 495 euros per night.
It’s very popular with artists and musicians.
Your personal favorite:
The Penthouse Suite.
It spans over 170 square meters (1,830 square feet), covering the entire top floor. It’s only accessible via a key-controlled lift and features two en-suite bedrooms, a dining room and living room, and a wrap-around terrace with breathtaking views of the London skyline. The wrap-around terrace provides outdoor seating for guests to relax with a cocktail and even BBQ in the summer. The bedroom has a spacious walk-in wardrobe, which leads into one of London’s most luxurious bathrooms. The room features a vast shower and an exquisite freestanding marble bath placed in front of a floor-to-ceiling window that can be changed to privacy glass at the flick of a switch. The suite has spectacular artwork, for example a photo of London’s Thames River entitled “River View” by former Rolling Stones [bass player] Bill Wyman.
The artists of 45 Park Lane meet the first Monday of each month for a convivial lunch. Guests have the opportunity to join and mingle with them at our restaurant, CUT, spending the afternoon learning about their inspirations and current projects.