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ith the exception of the Grosvenor House Hotel, the hotels that face Hyde Park on Park Lane are aesthetically disappointing


by and large. Park Lane is the most expensive thoroughfare on the Monopoly board and as a child I always assumed that its hotels would be amongst the most striking buildings to look at in the capital. Certainly each property has its own character but do any compare to the grandeur of The Ritz or the glitz of The Savoy? Of all the Park Lane hotel buildings the least inspiring was the Four Seasons: a pearl in terms of service, encased in a rather dull shell. I use the word ‘was’ instead of ‘is’ because the Four Seasons has undergone a facelift that has given it a far more interesting facade and a striking new interior. In fact it’s better than striking, it’s positively stunning. The architects, Reardon Smith, and designer,


Pierre-Yves Rochon recently worked together on the


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