Mayfair’s newest luxury hotel has been designed by internationally renowned architect and designer Thierry W. Despont and will open with celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant in Europe.
45 Park Lane will offer 45 contemporary rooms and suites all with views of Hyde Park, and a further penthouse suite with panoramic views across London. Wolfgang Puck’s modern American steak restaurant CUT at 45 Park Lane will occupy a double height space on the ground floor, headed by Executive Chef David McIntyre. Bar 45 – featuring a black granite bar and a back lit amber glass front, a library and private media room will be situated on a mezzanine level accessed via a central staircase leading from the lobby lounge.
The building’s exterior has been transformed by Despont with metal fins across the full width of seven of the nine floors to emphasise the structure’s curve. An external wall sculpture, also by Despont, of bronze composite panels (each five metres wide by 1.5 metres high) will reflect both sunlight and embedded lighting across the height of the residential floors.
The interiors will continue the contrast of geometry and light throughout the building; for example, louvers along Bar 45 overlooking the restaurant will complement the architectural fins on the exterior. The interior palette will include a rich mix of white, brick red, camel and aquamarine with earthy toned accents. Bedrooms will feature the latest guest-centric hotel technology, walls in cerused mahogany and soft suede, and adjoining bathrooms lined with Ambarino marble.
The small number of rooms will allow for an unprecedented level of guest service, with a 24 hour host team offering a dedicated point of contact for guests, managing all requirements from arrival to departure. This superior level of guest interaction will enable the hosts to deliver bespoke services such as personalised mini-bar contents and amenities. The opening of 45 Park Lane opposite The Dorchester follows the September 2010 launch of Coworth Park country house hotel and spa in Ascot, Berkshire. Guests at Dorchester Collection’s hotels in the UK will enjoy the ease of seamless bill signing privileges when using any of the three hotel’s outlets.
Hotel Manager Marie-Laure Akdag commented, “45 Park Lane will provide a new London address for travellers that desire personal service in sleek, contemporary surroundings in a central location. The team are excited about revealing Dorchester Collection’s new hotel this September; our vision is to create an international buzz with a London beat.” A short film featuring hotel manager Marie-Laure Akdag reporting on plans for the hotel on location from within the development site is available to view at www.45parklane.com/film.
Notes to editors:
Thierry Despont Based in New York, Thierry Despont’s projects over his career have included the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty as associate architect, the design of galleries at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills Harry Winston store, and the Ralph Lauren flagship store on Bond Street in London, as well as numerous private residential projects.
Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group
The Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group specialises in operating high-end, innovative restaurant concepts known for its proven formula of exceptional and consistent cuisine, service, management and design. The award-winning restaurants of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group include Spago (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Maui and Beaver Creek); the critically acclaimed CUT (Beverly Hills, Las Vegas, Singapore and now London); Chinois (Santa Monica); Postrio Bar & Grill (Las Vegas); Trattoria del Lupo (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (Las Vegas and Los Angeles); Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (Las Vegas); Wolfgang Puck American Grille (Atlantic City); Wolfgang Puck Grille (Detroit); The Source by Wolfgang Puck (Washington, DC); Five Sixty (Dallas, TX) and WP24 by Wolfgang Puck (Los Angeles). Wolfgang Puck will continue his ties with Dorchester collection with the new restaurant, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, when the iconic property opens its doors after a two-year refurbishment in October 2011. Wolfgang and the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group will oversee all of the property’s food and beverage operations, and the culinary concept will focus on modern California cuisine with European and Mediterranean influences. www.wolfgangpuck.com
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.
The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group):
The Dorchester, London
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
Le Meurice, Paris
Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles (re-opening in October 2011)
Coworth Park, Ascot, UK
45 Park Lane, London (opening in September 2011)
Le Richemond, Geneva
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