Intercontinental Westminster London
THE HOTEL: Opposite St James’s tube station and walking distance to Parliament, this new InterConti hotel – complete with division bell – is a great partner to its Park Lane sister.
THE CHECK-IN: Doorman addressed me by name, guided me to a good car parking spot and offered to take my bag. A small but stunning lobby is home to the reception desk, quirky art (sculpture of a man on ladder reaching for the skylight) and floral displays, but there was little time to take all this in as check-in was completed in no time
THE ROOM: The calming neutral colour palette complemented the high-spec fittings throughout this luxurious one-bed suite. The bedroom sported a cream leather headboard, waist-high plugs throughout, Bose docking station and giant TV embedded in a floorto- ceiling-sized framed mirror. Wardrobes separated the bedroom from the beige and coffee-coloured marble bathroom, with separate toilet and power shower cubicles, generously-sized Miller Harris toiletries, robes, slippers et al. There was a guest toilet and a spacious sitting room with cream leather chairs, glass dining table, huge desk, another TV, generous minibar, and coffee machine.
THE BUSINESS: A cavernous, light-filled first floor Club Lounge offers multi-use space, including private meeting room and comfy seating to sink into and complimentary hot and cold canapes throughout the day. Lots of meeting space on the lower ground floor, with seven rooms accommodating from ten banquet style up to 300 reception style. Day delegate rates start from £99 including VAT.
THE FACILITIES: One restaurant, the Blue Boar Smokehouse, serves slow cooked smoked ribs, southern chicken, rib eye steaks and the like in an elegant setting, including a private dining room. There is also a large, wood panelled wraparound bar with street entrance and lots of private nooks and crannies for informal meetings. A coffee lounge and the pretty Emmelines cocktail bar are alternative places to enjoy breakfast. Valet parking is £50/24 hours.
THE VERDICT:This is a class act, oozing luxury and style (and wit from the political caricatures that dot the public area) and is a wonderful addition to the InterContinental portfolio in London
THE DETAILS: InterContinental London Westminster, 22-28 Broadway, London, SW1H 9JS. Room rates start from £249 per night. See: www.intercontinental.com/westminster.
Reviewed by >Gillian Upton (2013)