Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, London – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 15 March 2018
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If you want to enter the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane, you really should go around to the back to the elegant courtyard entrance on Park Street.

Built in 1929 on the site of the Gloucester House, originally home to George III’s brother and later the Grosvenor family, the Grosvenor House is one of England’s grandest and most historic hotels. Queen Elizabeth learnt to skate here, specifically in the Great Room, which was originally built as a skating rink (and rumor has it that much of the equipment is still beneath its flooring). Today it’s London’s largest banquet hall and we spotted rather chic people hanging out in front of the Great Room’s separate entrance every night, looking glamorous. Indeed, no less than the Queen Mother would dance at balls there.

The hotel exudes history, maintains an incredible archive of its past, and entering its portals simply brings one back to a time when splendor ruled.

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I last stayed at the Grosvenor House as a young lad and just the drive into the courtyard brought back a flood of pleasant memories. As soon as my car pulled up, a bellman was at the ready. He opened the door, took my rolling bag, and escorted me to the Executive Lounge, where I checked in and sat down for a Zweitfrühstuck, or second breakfast, as my Viennese-born father would call it.

Check-in formalities were brief and I was escorted to my room, a Park View Suite.

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