Some of you might remember my trip to the beautiful Four Seasons Hampshire a few weeks ago? Well, this week I was lucky enough to test their urban equivalent in the heart of the capital. Placed right by Hyde Park Corner, Four Seasons Park Lane really was something special. Considering how many times I have walked past the building it's crazy I had never noticed it - but that actually makes is a lot of more quaint compared to the enormous tower-block hotels surrounding the area.
I sampled the spa for the afternoon which is situated on the top floor of the building, so all rooms (including treatment rooms) have an incredible view across Hyde Park, Knightsbridge and beyond. Having been shown around the beautiful changing rooms (sounds like an extreme comment, but they had everything you need from curling tongs to cotton buds) and switching into a super soft robe, I had a hot stone massage in their Sky Room which boasts 270 degrees of the city.
I'd never had a stone massage before and was a bit dubious. However, the treatment was incredible and I just lay there feeling all tensions and stresses drift away (in fact I suspect I fell asleep at one point). I spent the rest of the afternoon playing around with the bubbles in the swimming pool and watching the world go past from the sauna (pretty awesome, never had one with a view before) before heading down for dinner with Lucy.
The Amaranto is a refreshing change from the "hotel restaurant" stereotype. For a start it has genuine atmosphere rather than that half forced-half awkward vibe you get from a lot of central London hotels. Starting the evening with some cocktails (obviously, darling) we had a plate full of canapés before heading over to our table to start the feasting.
Following this, it's a bit of a blur of beautiful food. I had burrata cheese to start followed by pork, trumped with possibly the most amazing dessert I'd ever seen involving 7 types of chocolates and an illusion. I kind of don't want to talk any more about it because you really should try it for yourself. Price wise I was pleasantly surprised too, main plates are around £15 and desserts about £8 - so pretty normal for London.
After a break to take stock and regain consciousness from a blissful sugar (pudding induced) coma, I rolled myself into a taxi and went home. I'd never thought of spending an afternoon at a London hotel, as a Londoner it's something you sort of forget about as an option. I'd totally recommend it. Thank you very much Four Seasons and PRCO.