Grosvenor Hotel – London

Posted on 26 November 2011

Grosvenor House, A JW Marriot Hotel is truly one of London’s most iconic hotels, and, centrally located on Park Lane in exclusive Mayfair; it holds one of the capital’s most desirable addresses. Built to the designs of L. Rome Guthrie between 1927 and 1929, and embellished by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Grosvenor House has always been premier among Central London luxury hotels. Its light and well-proportioned rooms, unrivalled entertaining space and breathtaking views of Hyde Park are advantages which will stand any test of time.
The hotel stands on a site once occupied by Gloucester House, the London home of King George III’s brother, the Duke of Gloucester. In 1806 the mansion was bought by Robert Grosvenor, second Earl Grosvenor, later first Marquess of Westminster, who, in the custom of the times, renamed it after his family. In 1927, investor Albert Octavius Edwards began building work for a luxury hotel fronting Park Lane. Open to the public in May 1929, Grosvenor House’s original design was inspired by the ample proportions of American hotels. The only London hotel ever to have had a skating rink, it immediately attracted the smart, the fashionable and the sophisticated. In 1933 the seven year old Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth II, learnt to skate at the hotel.
With such a rich past, Grosvenor House’s future as a JW Marriott Hotel is likely to be as splendid. Through the years, many iconic personalities including Orson Welles, Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry Kissinger and Ella Fitzgerald have been beneficiaries of the Grosvenor House tradition of style, service and warmth. Presidents, Ambassadors and Foreign Ministers from all parts of the globe continue to visit in both private and professional capacity ensuring a regal continuation of the hotel’s extraordinary history.
Today, the fully renovated hotel has become a European flagship, distinguished by understated elegance and approachable luxury that is both timeless and current and with service that is attentive without being intrusive it makes a natural home for both business or leisure travellers.
The hotel features 494 luxurious guest rooms including 74 suites, meticulously appointed and in a classic contemporary décor style for the utmost in comfort. Remaining true to the hotel’s 1920s history and grandeur, the bedrooms use rich muted colours in the furnishings contrasting with cream walls. Many original features of the period have been retained and marble bathrooms acknowledge an Art Deco influence. An executive floor & lounge is also available and offers extended facilities to guests.
Grosvenor House offers a broad range of guest room facilities and additional services that include 24 hour room service, treatments at SanRizz Spa, unique Star Trac equipment at the Grosvenor House Fitness Centre and many more. For the business traveller, the hotel offers 100MB high-speed Internet, a large work desk and a laptop-size safe.
Premier among hotels near Oxford Street, the Grosvenor House offers a wide array of mouth-watering culinary experiences. From glamorous award-winning afternoon tea or a glass of champagne in the Park Room to an evening cognac at the Library Bar, the hotel has the place to match everybody’s mood. For a fantastic dinner, the recently opened JW Steakhouse allows one to indulge in London’s finest steaks or enjoy one of the many Bourbons on offer at the Bourbon Bar. If you are in a party spirit, experience the famous Red Bar and celebrate with unique cocktails. If you fancy a more traditional British setting, enjoy a delicious international meal at Corrigan’s Mayfair.
Its location, in the heart of the capital, overlooking Hyde Park, one of the city’s most beautiful parks, is only one of Grosvenor House’s undoubted draws. Near to everything, convenient for everyone, the hotel has an unrivalled range of entertaining space. With 26 meeting rooms in 86 Park Lane including the famed Great Room & the Ballroom, totalizing 5,660 square meters, it is one of the most flexible and elegant venues in London for a business or social event. Whether entertaining on the grandest scale or working one to one, the hotel will guarantee an experience to remember.

Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, Park Lane, London, W1K7TN

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