Yes ... I am a fan and a loyal customer at the Intercontinental. Staying at this hotel, and having a special dinner with Bill Clinton at this hotel, was a highlight of 2012 for me.
The Intercontinental hotel has a beautiful location in Mayfair. Lots of good views. The Club Room is terrific and the staff is clearly here to please their guests. They do an amazing job.
Yes ... I will be back. With many fond memories of my week here this year, I can't wait to add more memories again.
My adult daughter and I decided to have high tea at the hotel because it was rated as one of the best in London. We ordered a bellini that came with the tea. After waiting for 10-15 minute, we were given 2 red drinks with ice in it. I asked what those drinks were. The serve said it came with our tea. Our original server quickly came over to say we didn't order those drinks and we were given bellini later. The sandwiches were ok and we had a pleasant time. But at the end, we noticed all the wait staff have disappeared, only one waiter was left. We were ready to go, but my daughter said, "What if we've wanted another glass of champagne?" Our original server was no where to be seen. Our check was given to us by someone else and 12.5% of service charge was added to our bill.
The service was subpar, sandwiches were ok, and the ambiance wasn't anything special. The whole experience was a bit disappointing.
I came to the Interconti to taste their new Spring Tea Palace Afternoon Tea and loved what was presented.
The menu starts with a Bellini cocktail of fresh pineapple puree and Japanese sencha. A Tea cocktail? Sounded a bit dubious at first, but tasted luuurvely, great sign of a cocktail when you can't taste the alcohol!!
Moving on to the food spread, Sandwiches, Scones and Cakes of course!! But married up fantastically to the tea flavours.
The sandwiches include sea trout with pansy petals and lemon yoghurt, cucumber-chervil and duck egg, and spring chicken, asparagus and chevril mayonnaise. These sandwiches are amazing, I really hate cucumber but tried this sandwich and even went back for more. And who would have thought a chicken sandwich could taste so melt in the mouth delicious!!
The scones and cakes were equally scrumptous and my favourite was the Pineapple mousse cake with Prickly Pear Jam, looks like a big green lump, but tastes devine! All this topped off with a green tea & lime sorbet, which you can feel cleansing your mouth, very refreshing.
Executive Chef Paul Bates has done a great job on taking the effort to match the flavours of the Tea Palace tea to the food on offer. I would certainly take my mum here, there is a lovely relaxed atmoshphere but with a hint of luxury!
I recently went to a Spring tea tasting hosted by the Tea Palace at the InterContinental - what an absolute decadent treat.
From the minute I stepped inside the hotel, I knew it would be the perfect afternoon escape.
It's not every day that you're greeted with a tea-inspired champagne cocktail, are spoiled with a very comprehensive tea tasting (with fantastic expert explanations to boot), and then spoiled with scones, bijou sandwiches and delightful pastries. Then, to make it an even more unique experience, the chef of Cookbook Cafe (where event was held) explained the inspirations behind his Spring time tea menu.
Going back to the 'real' world was not easy after that sort of afternoon...but, alas, that's why it's such a luscious afternoon.
Everything was perfect: the tea, the libations, the delectable nosh, and - of course - the company.
The recent Tea Palace Tea Tasting at the Intercontinental Cookbook Cafe saw our gang discovering what was on offer as part of their Spring menu.
After being pepped up by the range of teas we were served a bellini cocktail with green tea and pineapple puree - simply tea-licious. although i nearly poked my eye out with the large protruding leaf.
On to the food, and it wasn't a bad spread although the tea influence which chef Paul Bates was at pains to emphasize seemed at times a little stretched.
The usual cucumber and chicken sandwiches were nothing special although the sea trout was a little different.
The Scones were great, although again nothing out of the ordinary.
The cakes were nice though, particularly the apple and sweet rhubarb mousse and the Green tea and lime sorbet was a nice touch.
It seems like a lovely hotel with friendly, approachable staff and I get the feeling the Cookbook Cafe is just the tip of the iceberg as far as its offerings go. I hope to be back to try other goodies here in future..
Grand hotel! excellent location, impressive facilities, and very high standard throughout, highly recommended.
This is a great place to dine and stay. I found this place like no other 5 star hotels. Staff was very friendly cheerful and helpful. If I need a place to stay I am definitely coming here.
I recently found myself with a most excellent opportunity to review the Intercontinental's Cinema Suite for Londonist (londonist.com/2010/02/ci…) and OneTravel (onetravel.wordpress.com/…) . Wow! At £3000 per night, it's the type of accommodation that I can't imagine otherwise being able to experience. One of 60 suites developed by the hotel with London-based interior design consultancy KCA International (kca-int.com) , the Cinema Suite comes with its own ultra-luxe private screening room. Deciding which DVD from the impressively varied collection of more than 250 titles might prove challenging, but with its Crestron touchpanel remote control and a state-of-the-art surround sound system with hand-made speakers from Artcoustic, easygoing viewing pleasure is all but guaranteed. With six incredibly cushy and fully reclining seats, an elegant dining area for six and a handy kitchenette, the comfort factor is high as well. Of course, should viewers require an intermission, complimentary access to the hotel's exclusive 7th floor club with free food and drink is included. Beyond the optimal movie-time draw, there's plenty more on offer to guests of this signature suite. Fine furnishings of leather, satin and silk, a firm king-size bed, two bathrooms (including an en suite with bidet, bathtub and rain shower with body jets), two 28 inch flat screen Bang & Olufsen televisions with Bose sound systems, massive sofas, lots and lots of mirrors and wardrobe space, high-speed internet access with free WiFi and original Uschi Schmitt-Ladanyi artwork suggest the level of detail given to ensure an overwhelmingly accommodating stay. And if guests need anything else, a 24 hour butler service is but a phone call away. Of course, not all rooms at the Intercontinental are pricey posh suites. I know some friends from the States stayed here a few years back and were able to find a very affordable package. A great location, a good reputation and a friendly staff are the hallmarks of this Mayfair hotel.
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