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Old May 10, 22, 4:34 pm
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Suite 138

Check-in was quick and the lady at the front desk (who introduced herself as the manager on duty) escorted us to our Park Suite. This was on the second floor, which meant particularly high ceilings. It was suite number 138.

All rooms in the hotel are furnished differently, next to us was also a Park Suite which seemed to be a bit larger. Kutz afterwards I learned that it was occupied by KatW.

Behind the front door was a small hallway.


I had specifically asked for a suite with a guest bathroom. The wish was also fulfilled to me.



Our suite was decorated in shades of red. You can't exactly say that the suite was particularly large, the stated 50 square meters seem accurate to me. Even though it was a bit cramped at the sofa, it was big enough.





The TV was hidden behind a painting.

There were a number of Asian elements in the room, this was especially visible in the lamps, curtains and later in the bathroom.





The bedroom was also not huge, but had a canopy over the bed.



I especially liked the ceiling.


The bathroom I would also describe as of average size, the only drawback was the lack of a second sink. Cosmetics were not in disposable bottles, but large dispensers. Formerly a sign of cheap hotels, today an expression of ecological responsibility.




I had to "fix" the shower head first, as it was calcified and spraying in all directions. Otherwise, the shower was very pleasant.
A Park Suite, of course, also comes with a corresponding view. This one would not be something I would really spend money on. Unfortunately, the windows could not be opened.


Opinions differ on the Lanesborough's rooms. While one room on the Internet looks really "special", I found our suite pretty. We sometimes called the hotel a dollhouse before, but that's only part of the truth. It's certainly classic, but not stale or even worn out.
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Your room looks nice but jeez, very dated because of the furniture used. Not a room I would fancy staying in although I do like the view!
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Originally Posted by nequine View Post
Your room looks nice but jeez, very dated because of the furniture used. Not a room I would fancy staying in although I do like the view!
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Lanesborough SPA

The SPA at the Lanesborough is located in the cellar of a separate building. You reach it over a separate escalator, but the way to it is quite complicated.

There is a classic lobby at the SPA.

Hallways


The changing room is quite elegant.


There are different steam baths and saunas for men and women.

The heart of the SPA is a hydro pool.





Nothing for swimming, but nice for relaxing as it was quite warm. Therefore the air in the room was quite stuffy.
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Lanesborough welcome tidbits

Lanesborough was quite good with welcome tidbits. One of the butlers brought tee.






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On the first day we basically went shopping, in the evening we went to the first restaurant. We had chosen the Sketch Library Room, which had received the 3rd Michelin star in 2020. The location is without question very special. There are several bars on the first floor, all very lively and hip. We got a tour after dinner, here are a few pictures.








A model


The famous toilets


There are stairs leading up to the restaurant, and the climb itself is an experience.



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Great report! But, wow...the Lanesborough rooms are in dreadful need to be brought up to the standards of the common areas (which appear spectacular).
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Originally Posted by NYC Flyer View Post
Great report! But, wow...the Lanesborough rooms are in dreadful need to be brought up to the standards of the common areas (which appear spectacular).
The rooms are not really old, it was re-opened after a full renovation in 2015.
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They might not be old in that sense, but as I commented, they do appear old because of the furniture used in the rooms.
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Originally Posted by offerendum View Post
The rooms are not really old, it was re-opened after a full renovation in 2015.
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They might not be old in that sense, but as I commented, they do appear old because of the furniture used in the rooms.
I suppose it might just come down to style preference. I find the common space very appealing, but would not be so comfortable in the room (prefer something more subtle and/or modern).
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I suppose it might just come down to style preference.
Excactly! When I first saw the renovated rooms in 2015 I said I would never stay. Now I did. While I personally liked the particular room it's not the style of the furniture at my home. Also it's not my favorite suite I ever stayed in.
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Originally Posted by nequine View Post
They might not be old in that sense, but as I commented, they do appear old because of the furniture used in the rooms.
I understood it and I think it's someway supposed to be, but they call it classic.
Alternatives for this stay were Belmond and Connaught.
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Sketch Lecture Room and Library

The main restaurant on the second floor is again very specially decorated, with lots of plush and ornamental furniture. In any case, very unusual.




You can choose between a tasting menu and an a la carte option, both costing 165 GBP.
We were told the a la carte menu with composite courses was what the Sketch is about. So we decided to go for it.
Es startete mit dem Amuse Bouche.





Bread

For our first course, we chose Scottish Langoustines.

The langoustines came in several dishes, which is typical of the Sketch.
Mazanilla Sherry Zam-Zam/ Baby spinach with torrefied pine nus/ Bisque

Roasted in brown butter with liquorice/ Wheat-beer reduction/ Fennel

Butterflied tail with barberries and Lardo di Colonnata/ "Cristallines"

Raw: frozen raspberries/ Perrier-Jouet Champagne granita infused with hibiscus

For the second course we chose Native Lobster, again in several dishes.

Tail sliced and brushed with a carrot reduction/ Mangetout, cos lettuce leaf

Bisque with fregola pasta and golden raisins

Rilette of claw with fresh coriander and citrus.

Amber jelly, Chantilly (normally its fois gras but they made it with fish for us), powdered shell

GF had Chocolate Souffl containing of Tainori souffl,/ Caramelia chocolate sheet/ Guanaja ice crean/ Manjari ganache with 1983 Bas Armagnac Domaine de Juanda, Macaronade Equateue/ Blackcurrant, Panna cotta "Amarelli"/ Griotte



I took the Grand dessert

Tahaa and Madagascan Vanilla: marshmallow/ Syrup/ Ice cream/ Turkish delight/ Poppy chantilly tartelette

Organic lemon jelly and cream/ Burrata square/ Rhubarb/ Marietta olive oil

Yuzu and Sake granita/ Mango and avocado with pink Champagne

Chocolate 2.0: jelly/ Chantilly/ Dipped sorbet/ Home-made praline paste

Meringua tarta/ Sticky dragon fruit with pomgranate

Almond Cream/ Amarelli ice cream/ Coffee mousse

Petit fours

The dinner was undoubtedly good, although I can't say for sure whether it was 2 or 3 stars. As I said, all good, but even without the "killer dish". 165 GBP were then certainly no bargain, even if the many small dishes are of course very elaborate.
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Lanesborough breakfast

Breakfast ist always important and was served in the main restaurant. The room is simply stunning.








The breakfast was a la carte and the problem began with the credit. In our confirmation stood it would be 45 GBP per person, in our welcome letter 40 GBP per person. In the end I didnt ask and we took what we wanted, but always with an eye on the total amount. With 45 GBP its not that easy at Lanesborough.
Here some dishes:
Scrambled eggs with truffle - not bad, but not that special that it would justify the price of 34 GBP

Pancaces - not as good that we needed it 2 mornings

Avocado toast - quite good


Eggs - saw better presentations in the past

Vegan breakfast - good

Fruits

Eggs florentine - good

Bread basket - quite the best value with 12 GBP


Omelette - solid

French toast - cant really recomment it



Porridge - quite plain

Nice tea


Here a bill of one morning. The 20,00 Bridgerton Tea Caddie was to take home, otherwise they even charged some water.

The breakfast is not the star of the Lanesborough. No reason to complain about, but also no reason to return.
But now the big positive thing: At check out nothing was charged for breakfast.
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Jeez what a rip off at the prices but good that you didn't actually have to pay for it.
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