ABOUT THE HOTEL
The closest neighbour to Apsley House (address: Number One, London), The Lanesborough’s avowed mission is to be London’s most prestigious hotel, complete with 24-hour butler service, personalised stationery for all guests, and a fleet of limousines including the Rolls Royce Phantom stretch.
THE SUITE EXPERIENCE
Stunning décor evoking the 18th century, including wood panelling, a canopy bed, original oil paintings, a bar with spirits in crystal decanters, and Carrera marble bathrooms. But behind the old world luxury, all the high tech you could wish for, including TVs that rise from the sideboard, Vaio laptops in every room, and call buttons for the butler in every corner.
Apsley’s offers highly refined modern Italian cuisine presided over by Heinz Beck, of Rome’s legendary La Pergola. Between lunch and dinner, the spectacular dining room accommodates lavish afternoon teas, led by London’s first tea sommelier.
Health and beauty treatments using La Prairie products are available both in The Spa Studio and in the privacy of your own suite.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO UPGRADE…
The Lanesborough Suite, at £18,000 (about A$26,378) per night, comprises 380 square metres of residential luxury, designed by Alberto Pinto – famous for his work on celebrity homes and the interiors of private jets and superyachts. It includes four bedrooms, six bathrooms, two living rooms with floor to ceiling views of Wellington Arch and Green Park, a dining room and kitchen.
The Garden Room tucked away at the back of the hotel offers the finest vintage cognacs, including the world’s oldest, dating from 1770 and available for £4,000 (about A$5,862) per 50ml shot. Their rare cigars include the Davidoff Dom Perignon, and the Cohiba Behike at £3,000 (about A$4,396) a stick.