From tie to time when travelling you will want to splash out and go for a bit of luxury. In 2013 when planning a trip to London I was looking for a nice hotel. I knew of 2 very good hotels, the Blakemore Hotel and the Park Plaza Hotel however these were not what I was looking for. I found some excellent TripAdvisor reports for the Grosvenor Hotel Victoria and noticed it had a Chinese Restaurant, the Grand Imperial, attached which clinched the deal.
The Grosvenor Hotel was booked and prior to arrival I had a very nice pre-arrival courtesy call which I though was a nice touch.
The History of the Grosvenor Hotel, London
As with most of the major city railway stations in the UK, back in the day of steam locomotion, hotels were attached to thee stations. The Grosvenor was built by Sir John Kelk’s company. The Grosvenor is very much luxury and lavish and the grandest hotel in London. The Grosvenor opened to the public in 1862 a year after Victoria station opened. The original 1st class railway lounge is now the Reunion cocktail bar. The millionaire and Bellini cocktails here are worth a try.
Grosvenor Hotel Review
On the day of travel, we actually arrived very late thanks to a strategically planned Irish airport strike. However, we arrived at the Grosvenor Hotel just after midnight and had a very pleasant check-in and proceeded to the room. Even with our late arrival, nothing was a problem and the staff was ever courteous. You will be greeted very well and the check-in was very well polished.
Guest rooms are very comfortable and very nicely decorated. The history of the hotel is not very obviously reflected in the rooms. They are more contemporary in nature than the historic facade and foyer. Lush colours such as deep purples and chocolate browns give a real warmth to the guest rooms. There are some reviews which call the entry level rooms to be small but I feel they are adequate. I have stayed here twice, thus, I have stayed in 2 room types.
In general, the rooms are very well appointed, include a small but nice bathroom and comfortable bed. Many rooms overlook Victoria Station but on our stay, being 5 floors up, there was no noise. You many get an infrequent station announcement or such, which may just catch the wind. Overall, you will be guaranteed a very pleasant sleep.
There are also very high quality tea and coffee facilities in your beautifully presented room. Once on a return stay we also got a complimentary upgrade. The touches here at the Grosvenor are high-end. If you are looking for a hotel stay in the heart of London but with a luxury-twist, you will not be disappointed.
The staff at the Grosvenor are excellent. They are all attired in immaculate black suits. The hotel was ideal for me, as a leisure guest, but would be an ideal hotel for corporate guests. You will also find that there is a gym, a 24 hour concierge plus round-the-clock room service should the need or hunger arise.
It is a pleasure to stay in such great accommodation. The hotel is pristine with a very ornate and impressive foyer. You must also go outside and cross to street to get a vista on this impressive hotel, The architecture outside is amazing. Features with sculpted heads with laurel crowns, many balcony type features and sculpted flowers. It is a sight to behold. Just note that the street outside can be busy and there can often be queues for busses, so you might have to battle through the crowds during rush hour just to get into the hotel.
Dining & Breakfast at the Grosvenor
I already mentioned the Grand Imperial restaurant but the hotel has a second restaurant. This is called The Brasserie – we tried both restaurants and both are well worth experiencing. I had a fantastic crocque madame which is always a favourite of mine. It was perfectly cooked and had a really find quality cheese filling.
The breakfasts are very good and are held in the Brasserie area. Plenty of choice and no rush with great coffee to get you started for the day.
Inside and Outside the Hotel
The entrance of the Grosvenor hotel has a grand foyer, with a stunning chandelier which you can’t miss. You should take to the next level up, so walk around and see the architecture in more details.
The Grosvenor Hotel location is great, only a 60 second walk to Victoria station. There is a private and direct route from the station into the hotel. There are also many bus stops outside the hotel also. If you are flying into Gatwick then the Gatwick Express will get you direct to Victoria Station. As a result, the Grosvenor Hotel would be ideal for you.
This was a wonderful stay at the Grosvenor Hotel and we will certainly be back next time we are in London.
Grosvenor Hotel, London Victoria – Hotel Information
Grosvenor Hotel Website : https://www.guoman.com/en/london/the-grosvenor.html
Grosvenor Hotel, 101 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0SJ, England
The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London
The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria, London
Things to do near the Grosvenor Hotel, London
The Grosvenor Hotel is located in the area known as Victoria. This is close to Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, Westminster Cathedral and is idea if you want to visit the Apollo Victoria which at the moment has the show, ‘Wicked’. The fact that Victoria station is on your doorstep, means you have a variety of tube lines at your disposal.
You can also refer to my London Guide : Top things to do in London as a reference.
Photo Gallery – The Grosvenor Hotel , Victoria, London
This is my review of the Grosvenor Hotel, London. I was not paid or compensated for this hotel review and it is simply my view of two separate stays at the Grosvenor Hotel in 2013 and 2015.