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The Grosvenor Hotel is grand enough to be befitting of a site in the Queen's neighbourhood. This 4-star, luxury hotel oozes old-world glamour from the outside in; housed in a majestic, A-listed Victorian building, which is a remnant from the golden age of railway. The hotel may retain many of the old buildings fixtures and fittings, but a multi-million pound refit means that guests can enjoy all modern comforts and a touch of cosmopolitan style.
The Grosvenor Hotel's rooms range from Standard, Executive and Deluxe, to a range of exquisite suites. Rooms at the Grosvenor are outfitted with contemporary furnishings, but rich colours, textured patterns and opulent furnishings recall the hotel’s refined past. Rooms are spacious and peaceful and offer a wide range of high-quality amenities, including air conditioning, Egyptian cotton bed linens, Hypnos beds, rainfall showers, a Bose iPod docking station, a hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, ironing facilities, a room safe, a 32" plasma screen TV, complimentary still and sparkling mineral water and Wi-Fi internet connection throughout the hotel at a charge, which is slightly disappointing because many of London's lower cost hotels offer this service for free. To avoid paying this charge you can pop into the Starbucks cafe nearby and get a cheaper more imaginative breakfast, as the one at the hotel has left guests unimpressed, considering the price it costs.
The hotel has an experienced concierge service, featuring members of The Golden Keys society, a sign of excellence, who is happy to help you plan your trip. The hotel also has a 24-hour room service menu and a limousine hire service so you can see London in style. The Grosvenor also comprises of a fully fitted gym, which has a range of cardiovascular equipment and weights, and guests can dine on excellent oriental food at The Grand Imperial restaurant, or more traditional British classics at The Brasserie. The hotel also has two bars, The Lounge, where you can enjoy a dainty afternoon tea and hot and cold drinks in laid back surroundings; and Reunion, a trendy yet sophisticated cocktail bar, decked out in black velvet lounge chairs with a bright colour scheme, where you can sample one of the many delectable cocktail creations or sip a glass of champagne.
The hotel's location is excellent, at the heart of the Victoria district, with Victoria Station mere seconds away. International travellers will find this especially useful because the Gatwick Express Train terminates and leaves from the station for the airport. Many bus routes also leave from Victoria and the Victoria; District and Jubilee lines will help you to easily navigate the rest of the city. Buckingham Palace is also just a three minute walk away for the Changing of the Guard ceremony and tours of the opulent state rooms, but only when the Queen is away at her Balmoral estate. The sights of Westminster, one of London's most historic districts, are just a 7 minute walk from the hotel, where you can see Westminster Abbey, site of elaborate royal weddings and coronations; Westminster Palace and the Houses of Parliament, where you can tour the Lords Chambers and the Queens Robing Room; Big Ben clock tower, one of London's most recognisable sights; and Westminster Cathedral, a stunning, cross shaped Neo-Byzantine building.
"NCP car parking is available nearby on Semley Place at an additional charge"
The theatres of Victoria and London's Theatreland district are all on your doorstep, with mega musicals at the Apollo Victoria and Victoria Palace Theatre, up and coming playwright's at the White Bear and Royal Court theatres and cabaret and live music at The Pigalle Club and St John's Smith Square. The Tate Britain gallery, The Serpentine and The Saatchi Gallery all offer a mix of contemporary and traditional art for those who want to experience all the varieties of cultural delights in London. Those travelling with children can find plenty of outdoor activities in Hyde Park, just a ten minute walk from the hotel, such as boating, horse riding and tennis; and those who want to indulge in some retail therapy, exclusive boutiques are to be found in Sloane Square, the King's Road in Chelsea, Mayfair and Begravia, and Oxford Street is just a 20-minute walk away.
The Grosvenor's recent refurbishment appears to be a hit with customers, who have said that the service food and maintenance have shown noticeable improvement. The Grosvenor's rooms are pricier than other hotels in the area and some guests have said that it is not the best value for money, but the convenience and grandeur of the hotel go some way towards justifying the price tag. If staying here choose a room at the front of the hotel on a higher floor, for good city views and a more peaceful nights sleep. It is also advised to ask to be shown to the room, as the hotel can be a bit of a maze!