The Grosvenor Hotel, London; Victorian-era luxury?

Only a couple of posts back we reviewed The Grand Hotel in Brighton, a highly acclaimed property of times gone by with a luxurious and romantic reputation spanning decades – over a century, in fact; sadly, what we found didn’t quite hit the mark.

It was with much anticipation therefore that I booked a night at The Grosvenor Hotel in central London, another much romanticised Victorian-era property, oozing French Renaissance flair. Would The Grosvenor live up to it’s reputation, or would it fall disappointingly short?

The Grosvenor Hotel, London

Situated, rather conveniently, by Victoria Station and within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, The Grosvenor Hotel is found right within the heart of London; tourist hotspots such as Big Ben, St James’ Park and the Houses of Parliament are minutes away.

Built along with London Victoria during the golden years of railway travel, The Grosvenor has all the theatrical and romantic hallmarks of a property of this period; lofty grand ceilings, pink marble staircases, gold etched grand pillars and awe-inspiring crystal chandeliers. Grandeur to the max.

The awesome lobby at London's Grosvenor Hotel

The Grosvenor’s bar, Reunion, is a more relaxed affair, it’s hanging lightbulbs adorning the bar whilst cosy high-backed velvet chairs litter the edges of the room. Rather disappointingly, the bar’s coffee machine was broken so I was unable to enjoy an espresso martini, a staple I have become accustomed to when dining in style, however a fairly well catered-for cocktail menu meant that I had plenty of alternatives to enjoy. Still, the bar was nice enough although perhaps not as relaxed or intimate as some cocktail lounges in the area, possibly given it’s proximity to Victoria and the inevitable hustle and bustle of people passing through late into the evening.

The Grosvenor's bar, Reunion
The Grosvenor’s bar, Reunion

Whilst reflecting on my stay, I should also note that I found the staff to be excellent throughout, professional but entirely courteous and welcoming, particularly Mariella at check-in who dealt with me efficiently and had my bags rushed ahead of me to my room.

Executive Room at The Grosvenor

Like The Grand Brighton, much of the lobby charm is frustratingly lost when it comes to The Grosvenor’s rooms; the Imperial Baroque Revival interpretation of French Renaissance seen on the exterior and interior replaced with contemporary and the corporate – we’re talking Holiday Inn here, people. A shame. Still, it’s at least the rooms are well kept, tidy and comfortable.

With it’s high ceilings and spaciousness, this executive room in particular had fantastic amenities such as a mini fridge, Nespresso machine and a Bose docking station.

Executive room at London's Grosvenor Hotel

Executive room at London's Grosvenor Hotel

Executive room at London's Grosvenor Hotel

The bathroom was absolutely enormous, featuring a rainfall shower and a separate bath with shower function, not to mention the robes, slippers and luxury toiletries.

Executive bathroom at London's Grosvenor Hotel

the-grosvenor-london-hotel-bathroom

Adding to the The Grosvenor experience and value-for-money element, guests staying in an Executive Room also benefit from access to a private lounge where complimentary snacks and soft/alcoholic beverages are severed throughout the day. A nice touch.

The Grosvenor Hotel, London: Review Verdict

Whilst not cheap at £330 a night (for an Executive Room), The Grosvenor provides excellent value for money right in the heart of central London; it’s minutes away from the capital’s top attractions, it’s exterior and lobby are effortlessly romantic and it’s rooms comfortable, clean and a spacious place to relax. I don’t think enough is made of the hotel’s history and grandeur when it comes to the décor of it’s rooms but The Grosvenor certainly is charming and a fantastic stay nonetheless.

The Grosvenor, 101 Buckingham Palace Rd, London SW1W 0SJ.

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suburbangentuk

One half of the crime-fighting and blogging partnership at Two Men About Town. By day, I am a mid-twenties career man, running a team of online marketers and have a background of working with brands, retailers and digital agencies. When I'm not at work, I'm enjoying the sights and sounds of both London and Milton Keynes, checking out new bars and restaurants, music gigs or planning my next travel adventure and sharing my reviews and updates on the blog. I have a keen interest in design, quality local food, coffee, fashion, technology, music, travel and beautiful products.

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