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InterContinental London Park Lane, London

$400 or more
London, England, Europe: lobby of the InterContinental London Park Lane in London, England, features a Swarovski crystal chandelier.
One Hamilton Place
London
England
Tel: 44 20 7409 3131
ichotelsgroup.com
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

When you enter the lobby—gleaming with chandeliers of cascading Swarovski crystals, opulent with plump red velvet ottomans, and subtly fragrant with elegant floral displays—it becomes clear that the InterContinental London Park Lane's $157 million renovation has not been an extreme makeover. The hotel is evidently too confident of itself and its loyal clientele to have abandoned the classic hallmarks of luxury for modernist fads. The snug rooms remain classically furnished, with fresh chintz and Bang & Olufsen sound systems that also extend to the bathrooms. The walls are hung with art commissioned to evoke the local culture, tacitly reminding you that Buckingham Palace is practically next door. The buzzy new restaurant, Theo Randall at the InterContinental, serves stylish interpretations of regional Italian food; for more casual nosh, Cookbook Café deliciously reinvents familiar British and American standbys. A new spa, run in partnership with Elemis, will open later this month, and for suite occupants and those willing to pay a $160 premium, the renovated Club Lounge offers wide vistas of London's swankiest boroughs.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: Spring through fall for the best weather.

Which room to book: The large Royal Park Executive rooms have views of both Hyde and Green parks.

Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym

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