London Hilton on Park Lane, Pure Unadulterated Luxurious Perfection
April 30, 2018
London Hilton on Park Lane is without a doubt one of the most iconic hotels in our fabulous capital, its location is perfect, Park Lane is afterall one of the most prestigious roads in town according to Monopoly, and is second only to Mayfair. Our short but exceedingly sweet overnight stay in a superb suite on the eighth floor was faultless, and I mean completely faultless.
The moment we entered the chic, bustling and beautiful reception area we knew we were entering one of the most exemplary establishments. Following a speedy check-in we entered the security controlled lift up to Podium restaurant for the best lunch ever, and were treated to a superb table, and luckily for us a clear blue sky ensuring stunning views across Hyde Park.
AA Rosette awarded Podium Restaurant and Bar offers seasonal contemporary British cuisine in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. Podium is the perfect location to enjoy a coffee, an informal lunch or sample a tempting afternoon tea. The AA Rosette award identifies Podium as one of the best restaurants in the UK honoured for serving food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients. Podium, run by Executive Chef Anthony Marshall, has also been awarded a: ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by Trip advisor for the second year in a row. In 2016, Hilton’s Premiere Sous Chef in Pastry, Sajeela Siriwardena and the team of London Hilton on Park Lane, made it all the way to the finals of BBC Two’s popular show, Crème de La Crème. The programme searches for Britain’s best team of pastry chefs.
The hotel was the official hotel for the London Olympics 2012, London Hilton on Park Lane, it boasts 453 guest rooms and 56 suites, all with stunning views over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. From West End theatres and world famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the hotel’s close proximity to Hyde Park and Green Park underground stations make it the perfect base from which to explore.
Our suite included wonderful views through vast sparkling windows across Hyde Park, free wifi, large screen televisions in the bedroom and lounge area, tea and coffee making facilities, and all of the most luxurious bathroom goodies. The layout and design of the suite was superb, not flashy, completely chic, using the highest quality soft furnishings and fittings. The linen and towels were of course white, soft and fluffy, even the hairdryer was powerful and efficient, as everything in this fabulous hotel was. Efficiency and supreme comfort being of paramount importance we felt, as was the service in every department. One could quite easily move in here permanently!
After a little rest in this sumptuous suite, a shower and a little work, we sauntered down for dinner.
We were booked into Trader Vic’s for our evening meal, this is really quite a nostalgic eatery for me, I used to visit here in the 90’s, we would sample the cocktails, enjoy a light meal and move on to the hotel nightclub and often return for more delicious cocktails very late that same night. I have to say the same ambience is still there, the decor has been spruced up somewhat and the menu even more outstanding and exciting than it was, way back when…
The waiting staff were fun and friendly, incomplete keeping with the restaurant atmosphere.
Vic “The Trader” Bergeron chose to offer Chinese dishes alongside the then-contemporary Continental cuisine all those years ago when it first opened its doors, in fact that was 55 years ago. Today, Trader Vic’s continues the tradition with an ever-evolving menu featuring dishes from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Asia, and Japan. We sampled several dishes and each and every one was artistically presented in unusual dishes, and stunningly delicious. The dishes just kept coming, the subtle smokey flavours from the Chinese wood fired ovens ensured the meats were tender and succulent. We chose the Indonesian rack of lamb and fork-tender BBQ Spare Ribs, iconic dishes of Trader Vic’s and we were not disappointed. But let me recommend you experience it yourselves, it’s a buzzy restaurant in a great location with the best cocktails in town.
Trader Vic’s is home of the Original Mai Tai and Trader Vic created over 200 signature cocktails, but his Mai Tai concocted in 1944 is what he is famous for. This cocktail is best described as Paradise In A Glass, each handcrafted cocktail is an experience all its own.
Using quality ingredients served in Trader Vic’s own oversized vessels, mugs, and glassware, these frothy concoctions really do pack a punch. I highly recommend you try the Scorpion Bowl, it packs a bunch or try a spicy Middle East favorite, the Tiki Puka Puka, we tried them all, believe me they were all fabulous, a wonderful way to start or end an evening in my humble opinion.
All in all our short but sweet overnight stay at the Hilton Park Lane, including two stunning meals in very different restaurants was as I said at the beginning above reproach, 100% perfection and I can’t remember ever having said that before.
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