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Dating back to the 18th century, Grosvenor House Hotel has as grand a history as it's rich, traditional decor. The Great Room in the hotel used to be an ice rink for the wealthy and entitled, where Queen Elizabeth II learnt how to skate.
It is now one of the largest ballrooms in Europe at over 2,000 square feet and is host to awards ceremonies and appears in British TV shows. When you stay at the Grosvenor you enter a ritzy world of traditional British glamour, which will make you feel like a member of the aristocracy for the duration of your stay.
Rooms at the hotel are very comfortable, available as Superior, Executive and Suite; they include amenities such as bathrobes, slippers, a lighted make-up mirror, a hair dryer and ironing board for extra convenience, as well as the usual LCD TV with cable and pay per view movies, a stereo, mini bar, complimentary water bottles, phone with voicemail and high-speed internet connection (for an extra fee).
Rooms are decorated in opulent fabrics and colours and reflect the traditional elegance of the hotel with a modern flourish. Guests should be aware that some bathrooms are more modern than others so you should request a modern bathroom on booking.
If you do have any problems, the staff will be happy to help. Service is excellent in the hotel (as you would expect from a Marriott), staff will ensure your pre-check in requests are met, supply you with extra amenities if needed, leaving a stocking at your door for Christmas and ensure your luggage reaches your room promptly. To further meet guest needs, the hotel is equipped with a fitness centre.
JW Steakhouse at the hotel comes highly recommended for a hearty meal, but you can also choose from Corrigan's (for refined organic fare); The Park Room (for a generous, award-winning afternoon tea); Park Lane Market (for coffee and a breakfast bite); or The Library, which serves light meals and teas. No matter how much or little you want to eat you will find something to suit your taste, and if you're feeling thirsty instead you can visit The Red Bar or The Bourbon Bar for a cocktail. If you fancy a steak for a slightly cheaper price, guests should head to the Hard Rock Cafe just a ten-minute walk away.
With Hyde Park on your doorstep and many of London's most exciting districts within walking distance, you will be very well placed for experiencing the best of London. Hyde Park has been the setting for many large demonstrations by the Suffragettes, the Chartists and the Reform League, but nowadays offers visitors a less tumultuous afternoon of horse riding, tennis, solar-powered shuttle rides and tranquil picnicking spots.
Ten minutes to the south of the hotel is Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official London home, which offers tours at set times in the year. You can then visit the Queen's local 'supermarket', the decadent food hall, Fortnum & Mason, where you can enjoy afternoon tea in quintessentially genteel surroundings.
If you fancy a spot of luxurious retail therapy, Harrod's and Harvey Nichols department stores are also just a short walk away, as are the designer shops on Bond Street and Regent Street. A cheaper activity is touring Mayfair's many art galleries, including Alan Cristea, Timothy Taylor and The Royal Academy of Arts, and if your brain is a little taxed after squinting at the Bridget Riley and David Hockney paintings, you can unwind by watching a musical at one of the many theatres nearby.
The hotel is very well placed for public transport, with Marble Arch tube station just a seven minute walk away, from here you can take the Central line to explore other parts of London.
If you are travelling from further afield, Hyde Park Corner station is a ten minute walk away, where you can get the Piccadilly line to King's Cross St Pancras (where the Eurostar terminates) or travel direct to Heathrow Airport.
If you are driving to the hotel, Park Lane is accessible via the A4, M4 and M25, but guests should be aware that the congestion charge will apply and parking at the hotel can be expensive. A better parking option might be the NCP car park in Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch.
The Grosvenor House Hotel is a pricy option, but for your money you will be staying in a British institution with a weighty legacy (if you ask for a tour of the hotel staff will be happy to oblige).
To enhance your stay there, we recommend requesting a corner room, which is slightly larger, and if you can stretch your budget a little it is worth paying extra for a club room, where you are offered free canapés, Wi-fi and breakfast. If you are staying in a room, which charges for Wi-fi, a free service is offered in Starbucks and Caffe Nero on Curzon Road nearby.