Lowdown: Originally, the Grosvenor House was the residence of Lord Chetwynd. It was then passed on to the Duke of Cumberland, followed by the Duke of Gloucester. In the 19th century, Robert Grosvenor, the 1st Marquess of Westminster, acquired the property that later became known as the Grosvenor House. The family was known to be London’s wealthiest and most prominent landowners.
The site was transformed from a residence to a luxurious hotel synonymous with the style exuded by the Grosvenor House in the 20th century. Ideally perched on London’s exclusive Park Lane, overlooking Hyde Park, the hotel is only a short walk from fashion-paradise Selfridges and Harrods. The Mayfair experience is extended with a ‘Welcome Home’ hamper on arrival, 24-hour dining service, personal shopping options as well as private make-up artists, stylists, and hairstylists.
Suite Talk: In 2011, Grosvenor House Suites underwent a GBP75 million renovation that took one year to complete. Although the hotel preserved its historic veneer, architects Woods Bagot and the famous Anouska Hempel redecorated the suites with a combination of contemporary and classically British interiors.
Dubai-based Jumeirah Group’s London property boasts 130 residence suites ranging from studio residences to one, two, and three bedrooms, as well as the lavish five-bedroom Grosvenor Penthouse – spread over 448 square-meters. The penthouses, inspired by Art Deco, feature private balconies, generously sized bedrooms, baby grand pianos, and even a butler service – on request.
On the other hand, the ‘London Suites’ are titled after landmarks Serpentine, City, Westminster, and Hyde Park and range from 160 to 225 square meters in size. Featuring en-suite bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a living room, and a dining area with impressive views of the city’s landscape, Grosvenor Suites is remarkably furnished.
Stylish Eats: Located on the second floor, the Atrium is Grosvenor Suite’s all-day dining restaurant. Guests can enjoy their privacy in the outdoor café space or the secluded courtyard, which is equipped with a seven-story high ceiling, and a massive fireplace. The informal 24-hours restaurant is perfect for those craving a midnight snack.
Insider’s tip: While London is filled with luxurious properties, Jumeirah Living provides an edge with its world-class service. Families who wish to take children for a picnic can ask the staff for assistance, who will pack a hamper filled with goodies catered to every need. The hotel can also deliver everything to your room, from an aromatherapy massage to a 4 am club sandwich. What’s more, guests can experience personal shopping at its finest. Send a list to the concierge and let things unfold.
Vogue Verdict: Grosvenor House Suites is the answer to the hotel vs apartment dilemma faced by travelers visiting London for an extended period.
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