Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, London, England – Hotel Review
While a stay at a hotel can be a treat, frequent visitors to a city may want something that reminds them of home, or perhaps even a more luxurious version of home. Such is the case with Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, situated on Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park in London’s Mayfair district.
I arrived at the property midway through a longer-than-usual stay in London, looking forward to a home away from home. Jumeirah is located next to the Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel that has no connection to the Jumeirah property beyond a common wall. It was somewhat tricky to find the discreet entrance tucked in at the end of the building but many of the hotel’s guests value privacy and the low-key entrance (especially compared to the grand entrance next door at the JW Marriott) is in keeping with the overall philosophy of the hotel.
The reception area is in a small lobby on the ground floor and is typically staffed by two individuals, who serve both as reception clerk and concierge, as well as by a bellman. I was warmly welcomed to the Grosvenor House and escorted to my apartment.
My new, two-bedroom apartment (one never knows if one is expecting guests) in London was completely furnished in a very high-tech, gray, black, and white décor. The living/dining room area had two gray sofas surrounded by what I can only describe as elegant, brown leather partitions, a dining room table paired with six gray chairs with brown leather pillows (presumably for lumbar support). The table could seat eight with the addition of two chairs. There were many windows and abundant natural light, a flat-screen television on the wall with a soundbar below it, and a credenza below that. It might not have been exactly how I would have decorated it, but it would do.
Opposite the living room was a sleek, modern full-sized kitchen with white cabinets and a black granite countertop. The kitchen had everything one would require for long-term stays, including cooktop, dishwasher, coffee maker, water cooker, and refrigerator, the latter having been thoughtfully stocked with bread, a variety of cheeses, milk, and beverages provided at no additional charge by the hotel. There was also a full-size oven, silverware, and a washer/dryer.
The gray-and-white guest bedroom, with two single beds joined together, would have been more than sufficient as a single hotel room. The en-suite bath was almost as large as the bedroom with a separate area for the bathtub and shower.