45 Park Lane, London

Walter Gropius
Paul Davis + Partners with The Office of Thierry W. Despont Ltd
Date Built
Park Lane & Stanhope Gate
45 Park Lane started life in the 1960's as a creation of the Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius.  Its claim to fame is that it was the home of London's Playboy Club.  However, since the Playboy Club moved elsewhere, the building has undergone a spectacular refurbishment both inside and out creating what the cntraveller.com website describes as, "... an intimate, 45-room hotel, the newest member of the Dorchester Collection ... The building, ... has been transformed into a monument to Art Deco by New York-based designer Thierry Despont, its exterior wrapped in striking metal fins. Inside, a double-height ground floor houses the modern American steak restaurant CUT at 45 Park Lane, ... A central staircase leads to the mezzanine Bar 45, an exclusive little pre-dinner cocktail spot. Park-facing bedrooms, some of the largest hotel rooms in the city, are decorated in warm natural tones and furnished with dark woods, suede and leather; walls are hung with works by contemporary British artists."