Top Suites: The Prince's Lodge at The Connaught in LondonOctober 27, 2009 By: Mary Winston Nicklin
The Connaught assembled a dream team of celebrity designers-- including India Mahdavi and David Collins-- to refresh the distinguished London establishment in a £70 million restoration. One of the highlights? The Prince's Lodge, the one-bedroom suite unveiled in July that combines "Islamic design and Mayfair style." In collaboration with the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan, designer Guy Oliver created a space inspired by the 19th century Peacock Palace in the old city of Kabul. Founded in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Turquoise Mountain Foundation works to restore Kabul's warn-torn historic districts, training artisans in traditional crafts like pottery, adobe architecture, and glass-making. The hand-carved furniture and art in the new suite was produced by artisans who train with the Foundation: walnut cabinetry and paneling, a four-poster bed, and vaulted window seats with carved peacocks.
Guest room No. 518 in a word: A magically-recreated space, filled with original maps, photographs, and objets d'art. Named after Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, the suite has French doors offering views over Mayfair and a marble bathroom with separate steam room. Guests of the Prince's Lodge get exclusive suite amenities including Champagne and a gift from M Lab.