Four Seasons is back. The revered hotel brand first opened the Inn on the Park 41 years ago, its first European property, in a perfect location between Green and Hyde Parks. On the site of the old Inn, Four Seasons has debuted a stunning new hotel that has tongues wagging. Luxury Travel Advisor checked into the Four Seasons London at Park Lane during its opening week, and we’re happy to report that the rumors are all true. More details on the hotel’s wow-inducing design and top-floor spa in a future issue of Luxury Travel Advisor. But first, a look at the Amaranto Bar, destined to become a destination address for expertly-mixed libations in Mayfair.
It’s worth setting up a rendez-vous at Amaranto for the glamorous ambience alone. Beneath a coffered wood ceiling, the dramatic space is designed in black and rich red tones with a gas fireplace separating the bar and Italian restaurant. Next to the back-lit bar, the wine wall is in chrome and glass to allow patrons to spy the sommelier uncorking each bottle by candlelight. It’s a happening scene, abuzz with chic imbibers dressed to the nines.
But cocktail connoisseurs will get positively giddy when eyeing the drink menu. It took us a good 10 minutes to read through the cocktail list featuring specialty drinks like the “Amarantini”-- crafted with Chase vodka, Aperol, rhubarb liqueur, fresh lemon juice and fresh sage—which matches the claret color scheme of the bar. One-of-a-kind drinks are served with a beautiful selection of nuts and aperitivo snacks. And they can even be mixed tableside on the custom-designed martini trolley.
Unique to Amaranto: Of the 250 bottles on the wine list, you can try each one by the glass (for a minimum two-glass purchase).