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When we think of the JW Marriott Grosvenor House, we mainly think of two things: its gigantic 60,000+ sq ft meeting facilities (a sit-down dinner for 1,200 people? No problem!), and its very Mayfair décor (think dark woods, deep reds, heavy drapes).
The latter made us take notice of the pictures of its new Executive Lounge, which goes in a very different direction design-wise, with a much lighter, more contemporary look. There’s even a ‘media wall’ near reception, which we assume is visible above on the far left with digital images of the greenery of Hyde Park. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the revamped space was opened recently; check out a few more snaps below.
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Places like The Goring, The Stafford and Park Plaza Hotels were all quick to join in the royal wedding mania that took place two summers ago, but here's one hotel that seems to be starting a new trend: royal baby mania.
London's Grosvenor House has chosen to re-decorate one of its Premium Park suites in anticipation of Kate Middleton and Prince William's firstborn. Not that, like, the baby is actually planning to stay there (at this moment, it can't even digest its own food, so we don't see how it could be making hotel reservations…), but, you know, just in case.
"Suite Dreams" is a fully-equipped nursery, with a luxurious four-poster crib, hand-painted furniture, Beatrix Potter-inspired designs, and a children's play area with a London-themed toy cupboard.
The whole thing is pretty impressive, actually, though no surprise there, as Daily Mail tells us the suite was actually designed by Dragons of Walton Street, a studio that's created nurseries for the Royal Family in the past.
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His name aside, hotelier Stuart Bowery has absolutely nothing to do with the eponymous New York hotel. Bowery resides across the pond in London, where he manages the comparably luxe Grosvenor property. Bowery recently received profile treatment from Air & Business Travel News, where he had some interesting things to say about the local hotel scene in the wake of London's disastrous riots and in the lead up to next year's Olympic Games.
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Oh, London. You may not have a slew of food trucks like LA, Austin or New York City, but you've got bikes and sometimes that's just perfect. Take for example the way the J.W. Marriott Grosvenor House is marketing their steakhouse. It's a tricycle equipped with a freezer, filled with mini cheesecakes for purchase and the exterior splashed with steak-associated adjectives.
We're assuming it tools around Hyde Park most of the time, since that's just across the street from the Grosvenor House's enviable Park Lane location. We didn't stay overnight this timewe'd already done thatbut we did stop into the hotel's coffee shop for an espresso macchiato earlier today and the surprise of finding this bike. Too bad it wasn't stocked with cheesecakes at the moment, but we'd keep our eyes open for it out and about this weekend with the return of nice weather (it's 68 and sunny here, New Yorkers!).
Did Holly Holliday and Mr. Schu's steamy remake of Prince's "Kiss" on Glee cause some real-life sparks to fly between Gwyneth Paltrow and Matthew Morrison? Paltrow was spotted boozing it up with her co-star at Grosvenor House Hotel until the wee hours.
It could have been an innocent meeting of friends; they dined Locanda Locatelli restaurant in Marylebone then headed to the hotel for some libations. But they hung out at the hotel bar until 2 a.m. And when the paparazzi descended on the two during their London date, the married-with-children Paltrow tried to hide her face with her scarf. Suspicious.
We just got back from London, and as you can see from our review of the Dean Street Townhouse, we slept around the hotels a fair bit. Our longest stop however, was at the J.W. Marriott Grosvenor House, where we spent three nights right on the edge of Hyde Park in the posh Mayfair neighborhood, on a row with other 5-star hotels like The Dorchester, The Metropolitan and The Intercontinental.
To tell the truth, the location was of course the best part about the hotel, and we would have been disappointed with the value for the money if we had paid full price ($350 a night) for the stay, but instead we scored it with our last ditch resorta "Name Your Own Price" Priceline search that yielded us the unbeatable rate of $160 a night for this 5-star hotel in London.
So what was wrong and what was right with the place? Find out after the jump
After four years of renovating work the Grosvenor House Hotel has rejoined the ranks of luxury five-star spots to stay in London. Just a couple of weeks back these smiley guys gathered for the official opening. Since it's been taken over by Marriott the hotel now has a (clumsy) new name: Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel.
Clumsy name or not, it sounds like there's nothing clumsy about the Grosvenor's new look. No expense spared--it's really a multi-million pound job--means that as far as luxury goes, there's not much to complain about. The only thing missing is a spa--but that's scheduled to be built and open for 2010.
We usually become tennis fans right around the time Andy Roddick hits the court, so today -- the day of his first-round appearance -- we sought out this Wimbledon hotel package for the semifinals and finals just in case we want to go see our favorite boy kicking ass over there. (Er, if he makes it that far).
a seven-day London sightseeing pass, which allows complimentary entry at attractions including the Tower of London and Windsor Castle; and a ticket to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Of course, the Centre Court Debenture ticket--for both the semifinals and finals--is what makes it all worthwhile. While you're watching the match, you'll also have access to the Debenture lounge, where there will be plenty of strawberries and cream to feast on.
Strawberries and cream. Andy Roddick. Oh, the possibilities...
Price per person starts around $4400 and can be booked through Sports in Style.