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Recognised on multiple occasions by British Traveller Magazine and The World Travel Awards, Europe; the Hilton Park Lane Hotel offers a superb standard of accommodation and service in one of London's most convenient locations. The hotel has some very elite neighbours, with the Ritz just down the road and Buckingham Palace almost next door, so you are guaranteed the royal treatment. The hotel is very well appointed for business and leisure travellers, with a fitness centre and spa, a concierge service, a coffee shop, baggage storage, a laundry service, baby-sitting service and more to ensure you will have everything you need to make your stay comfortable and convenient.
Rooms are available as Guest, Deluxe, Executive or Suite, with each decorated in tasteful muted colours with the odd flourish of traditional British flare. The Hilton is a modern hotel, so rooms are well sized and those on the upper floors (reserved for Executive and Suite guests) offer some of the best views of nearby Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. All rooms are designed with the utmost comfort in mind, with amenities such as a telephone with in-built alarm, bathrobes, toiletries, a hairdryer, mini bar, large LCD TV with pay per view movies and cable and high speed internet access (at an extra cost). If you don't want to pay the extra wireless charge, Starbucks and Caffe Nero, just a short walk away on Curzon Street, both offer free Wi-fi services.
The Hilton has a well-renowned restaurant, Galvin at Windows, on the 28th floor, which offers stunning, 360-degree views of the area as you enjoy fine French haute cuisine. If you don't have a head for heights, you can enjoy a more informal meal in the Podium Restaurant and Bar; or for a livelier hangout, visit the hotel's Trader Vic's bar in the basement, which offers kitsch fun with servers in Hawaiian shirts, bamboo edged sofas and cocktails in kontiki glasses. The Peter Blake adorned POP bar is a colourful stop off for a glass of Pommery champagne; or if you prefer something a little more sophisticated you can enjoy exclusive access to the hotel's nightclub Whisky Mist, which has become a favourite with British bands, footballers and TV stars, so you may see some famous faces.
Whilst these eateries may offer a memorable gastronomic experience, you may not want to confine your appetite to the hotel, when the surrounding area is one of London's most dense and delicious restaurant districts. For a modern take on Italian cuisine, head to the highly regarded Tempo in Curzon Street. For something a little more exotic try Kiku or Tamarind for Japanese or Indian food, or if you're on a budget, Chop'd and The Rose Bakery offer a range of delicious, fresh sandwiches and wraps.
The hotel is well situated for London sight seeing. Buckingham Palace is a five-minute walk away and offers a glimpse in to stately life with seasonal tours and the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony, if you have arrived off-season. If the weather is good, Hyde Park has a wide range of activities from tennis to a solar powered shuttle ride. If the weather is being typically changeable, you may prefer to stroll around the comprehensive art collections at the Serpentine Gallery or Royal Academy of Arts; visit Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum to see some of the world's strangest sights; or indulge in some retail therapy at world-famous department stores Harrod's and Harvey Nichols. Fortnum & Mason's delectable food court is also a worthwhile stop, and the many high street and designer shops in Regent Street, Oxford Circus and Bond Street all within ten minutes walk of the hotel. For entertainment in the evening, you can watch a musical in London's Theatreland district close by, or muse over a highbrow film at the Curzon art house cinema.
The hotel is very well situated for transport within London and further abroad. Hyde Park Corner tube station is just a five-minute walk away, where you can catch the Piccadilly line directly to Heathrow Airport or to King's Cross St Pancras Station, where the Eurostar terminates. If you are arriving by the Gatwick Express Train, which terminates at Victoria Station, you can travel direct to Green Park tube station, which is just a ten-minute walk from the hotel. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. Parking is available at the hotel, but guests may find it easier to park at the NCP facility in Old Park Lane, which is just a few minutes walk away.
The Hilton name is always reliable, and guests staying here have found the service and atmosphere very good, however, as a hotel which primarily cater for businesses, leisure travellers may wish to stay somewhere with a bit more character and pop in for a drink in one of the hotel bars instead. To enhance your stay, request a room on one of the upper floors so you can take advantage of the hotel's superb views, encompassing sights nearby and further afield like the London Eye. Guests travelling from abroad will be thrilled to find multi-lingual staff, but guests travelling with pets won't be so pleased as none are allowed in the hotel.