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Staid furnishings and massive size make for a somewhat corporate feel
This upscale hotel caters to a large number of business guests, as it is fully equipped for conferences. The property features a mix of flexible event spaces that can accommodate up to 3,000 people and a host of high-tech amenities, ranging from state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment in the meeting rooms to built-in international sockets in all guest rooms and suites. However, the Internet is pricey and somewhat spotty.
Even the hotel's understated, traditional decor has somewhat of a staid feel to it that seems suited for business functions. In the lobby, a giant Persian rug is paired with wood-paneled walls; guest rooms feature a neutral color palette and basic oak furnishings.
Practically on top of Lancaster Gate station, just on the north border of Hyde Park in the popular West End
The hotel is located in the popular West End, right in Lancaster Gate and just on the north border of Hyde Park. While the hotel's Lancaster Gate location doesn’t offer much in terms of shopping or nightlife, being in the West End means that you won’t have to go far to find great spots for either. Some of London's wealthier residents live in the affluent Lancaster Gate area, which borders Hyde Park. Encompassing 350 acres, Hyde Park is one of London's largest green spaces and home to the sizable Serpentine lake, which features rowboats and pedal boats during the warmer months.
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Comfortable but a little generic, with understated decor and great views of Hyde Park and London
Rooms and suites feature neutral tones and understated furnishings that create a pleasant, yet somewhat staid, atmosphere. High-tech amenities include flat-screen TVs with premium channels and built-in international sockets. The bathrooms feature luxe touches, such as marble tiles and designer toiletries (which may include Gilchrist & Soames or L'Occitane).
Versatile selection of meeting rooms, an award-winning Thai restaurant, and rooftop beehives
An acclaimed Thai restaurant and an informal European cafe
The 416-room Lancaster is a behemoth compared to most London hotels. Its soaring height means some upper-level rooms have beautiful views of adjacent Hyde Park, but the property's massive size and staid decor make for a somewhat corporate vibe. Highlights include an acclaimed Thai restaurant and rooftop beehives that produce fresh honey for afternoon tea. However, this upscale property is lacking amenities such as a fitness center, pool, and spa.