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First night review: 45 Park Lane

Travel Editor Amanda Statham checks into London's chicest new address

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45 Park Lane London

First impressions
Sleek new 45 Park Lane is causing something of a stir on Park Lane in the heart of London’s Mayfair. It’s not just the Art Deco-inspired exterior that’s a talking point, the treats inside and dare we say it, fashionable buzz are what’s sent tourists and Londoners alike into a spin. This is where fashion supremo Tom Ford held a party for the likes of Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow during fashion week, and where Lenny Kravitz strolled in for dinner in a dress (so our hotel spy tells us!).

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The moment I stepped inside I felt like I’d been transported to a cool New York boutique retreat, so I wasn’t surprised to discover that Manhattan designer Thierry Despont is responsible for this little slice of Big-Apple-luxe in London. The central polished wood stairs lead up to slick Bar 45 where grand cream curtains reveal enormous spherical lights at the entrance to Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant CUT at 45; the famous US chef’s first foray into Europe.

Room for romance
I padded along a dark corridor to room 4561, a huge suite with expansive views of leafy Hyde Park and 45 Park Lane’s big sister hotel, The Dorchester across the road. Tactile and sexy were the words that instantly sprung to mind as I stepped through the door: suede walls, lacquer cabinets, multiple mirrors, marble bathrooms, soft as a cloud sofa, signature purple leather note pads by the phone – everything is luxurious and begging to be stroked. The suite had a lounge and dining table to seat six, rather more than newlyweds would need or expect, but that much space in a hotel room in central London felt incredibly decadent, so if you’ve got the budget go for it, if only for one night.

Food for thought
As mentioned, American star chef Wolfgang Puck chose this hot spot as the setting for his new restaurant CUT at 45. The entrance, with its theatrical parted curtains, is really special. And the food is pretty amazing too. If you’re a meat eater, you’re going to enjoy the best steak in London here. You’re actually introduced to the meats, we kid you not, on a chopping board such as Wagyu beef from Australia and Casterbridge Angus from Devon. Unable to decide, I opted for the tasting dish all of which were melt-in-the-mouth good (tip: side dishes like tempura onion rings and soft polenta with parmesan are tempting but the beef is so rich all you need is a simple salad!).

Fall in love with
Bar 45’s genius cocktail menu, which we sampled in the name of research: the Crouching Tiger made with jasmine tea and vodka is so good.

We wished we loved…
The host service for the suites. I called my host to find out what time breakfast was on Sunday morning (until 10.30am) and a tired sounding man answered and promised to call me back, but never did!

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Go there
Rooms from £395, 45parklane.com