DIPLOMATIC CONCIERGE: Venetia van Kuffeler visits the brand-new Capital Suite at InterContinental London Park Lane
FOUND ON THE first floor of the InterContinental London Park Lane, the peace and quiet in the hotel’s brand-new Capital Suite is astonishing considering its location right in the heart of London. The hotel’s position is second to none, with Buckingham Palace just metres away, and staggering views of the Wellington Monument and Hyde Park Corner.
The Capital Suite is enormous and designed so that bedrooms can be added in keeping with the demands of visiting VIPs, business leaders and Heads of State, who normally travel with an entourage. Two master bedrooms sit at opposing ends of the space to ensure privacy, each with comfortable living areas including tables to seat six, with vast televisions to catch up on the latest global events. The suite has three entrances and two boardrooms, one to seat eight, and another seating 14. This is a space that’s perfect for high-level talks, or business meetings that need to be conducted with the utmost discretion.
One of the world’s leading hospitality interior design practices, RPW came up with the concept: the first business suite of its kind. Their intelligent design allows for various areas of the suite to be separated based on the guest’s needs.
Inspired by its location overlooking St James’s Park and Hyde Park, interiors use naturally luxurious and unpretentious materials liked soft leathers, stone and walnut timbers resulting in a relaxing but deeply practical environment, with all the latest mod cons. Bespoke artworks are inspired by the hotel’s surroundings, such as a resin sculpture in the bathroom mirror that evokes the Serpentine, a bronze sculpture of a corgi dog in the hall, various maps of the capital, and pictures featuring the toy soldiers on horseback like those that pass the hotel’s windows for the Changing of the Guard each day. Bookshelves are lined with an incredible selection of coffee table books on the arts, fashion and travel. Long hours could be spent admiring and browsing the walls…
I suspect, however, that business, diplomacy and government meetings are likely to be on the agenda in this property. And cleverly, the large boardroom can be directly accessed through the suite’s private corridor. On the opposite side, a private office and additional meeting room form a fully equipped boutique office within the hotel. So, the boardrooms and living areas can also be hired independently from the bedrooms.
The hotel is also just completing renovations on a private lift to the suite – the same lift that Nelson Mandela used when he visited the hotel in 2008 no less – meaning that guests can access the suite from outside the hotel and don’t need to enter the lobby, ensuring the utmost privacy. The ultimate space for the international business traveller, the Capital Suite is a staggering combination of luxury living and working spaces.
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