High Style Meets High-Tech at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane
Interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon is creating the new guest rooms at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane with the staterooms of luxury ocean liners in mind.
When you open the door of a Four Seasons guest room, you can automatically feel yourself relaxing. You know in advance that it’s going to be beautiful and comfortable—taking care of all your needs, even before you know what they are.
So how does Four Seasons create guest rooms that are so reliably perfect?
It’s the result of a long, highly detailed process. And in fact, the standards for Four Seasons guest rooms are constantly evolving, incorporating the latest design trends and constant input from guests on what they want and need.
The cutting edge in guest-room design is soon to be revealed at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane, where Four Seasons is completely rebuilding its original 40-year-old hotel. With 192 guest rooms—including 45 suites—the aim is to define the next generation of five-star accommodation.
Developing the Design Direction
When designing a new hotel, the designer’s first task is creating the guest room, which often takes place more than a year in advance of designing the lobby and restaurants. This reflects the importance of the guest experience, and also the fact that advance orders need to be placed for all the selected furnishings.
“Cultural authenticity is very important in our design,” says Dana Kalczak, Four Seasons vice president of Design and Construction. “When guests have travelled a long distance, they want to know they’ve arrived somewhere different with its own distinct character.”
Capturing that unique sense of place can be achieved through regional construction methods and traditional colours, indigenous woods and stones, and local artwork. “We also strive for a sense of singularity within that culture—something that makes Four Seasons stand out as an interesting, one-of-a-kind experience.”
To give direction to interior designers and construction teams around the world, Four Seasons has produced extensive manuals with specifications for every element, from wall coverings and restaurant chairs to desk lamps and linens. “Timeless comfort and functionality are always our filters,” says Kalczak.
The final product selections may vary from hotel to hotel, but the quality remains at the consistent Four Seasons level.