The Grosvenor Hotel, London
The following railway hotel guest review was commissioned by Railway Stays and written by Alice Hopkins.
Restored to its former glory, the Grosvenor is a classic London heritage hotel that’s become a cultural and historical centerpiece in the heart of the city. The railway hotel exudes style and character that’s sometimes missing for this type of accommodation, but overall the Grosvenor successfully pays tribute to the golden age of travel.
Right outside the entrance to the Victoria Station, it felt like we had walked through a time portal that took us back to the Victorian era. It has a hallway, which opens up to a spacious lobby designed with regal interiors. Royal landmarks surround the hotel, and the hotel does its best to offer all guests the royal treatment.
Since 1862, The Grosvenor Hotel has maintained its original name. Significant not only for its architecture but also for its leading technology – it was the first London hotel to operate lifts, otherwise known as “ascending rooms” at the time, according to The Telegraph. These lifts were powered by water pressure. The hotel decor has stood the test of time and is considered as one of London’s best preserved railway hotels. Although most of the bedrooms have lost their original features, the public rooms have been re-imagined as tearooms, bars and a gourmet restaurant.
Room & Rates
Despite being situated above a busy underground and railway station, the rooms are a quiet retreat from the bustling city. Some rooms overlook the Palace Gardens while others look out over the station itself. Rates start at £179 per night, which isn’t bad for a place that equips each room with the latest digital entertainment and the softest Egyptian cotton bed linen.
Food & Drink
Breakfast at The Brasserie, their casual dining option, was standard. Nothing really stood out but at the same time, there was little to complain about. The best meal was at the Grand Imperial Restaurant, where Hong Kong chef Rand Cheung took things up a notch with authentic dim sum and deep fried ice cream. For drinks, we checked out the champagne lounge called Réunion, where we had one or two glasses of bubbly as we peered over the bustling station concourse.
The Victorian interior with marble columns and extraordinary chandeliers in the lobby all seemed a little too grand to only lead to three rather small reception desks, but the staff were friendly and accommodating and really set the tone for the rest of our stay.
Victoria Station is a major underground and railway station in the capital, the city’s gateway to the Greater London area with links to important hubs, such as London Gatwick which is renowned for its efficiency in both its parking services and flight operations. Around Victoria Station you’ll also find yourself among iconic tourist attractions, like Buckingham Palace and St. James Park. The Grosvenor Hotel has entrances both on the northern side of the concourse as well as on Buckingham Palace Road.
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About the Author
As the wife of a hotel GM, Alice Hopkins has had the opportunity to live and stay at many of the world’s most critically acclaimed accommodations.