Hotel Overview:The Grosvenor (A Guoman Hotel) is just a few yards from major mainline train station of Victoria as well as London's main coach terminus. The station is on both the tube network and national rail network and so provides transport links all over the capital and the country. Perhaps most handily this is where the Gatwick Express train service operated from, a non-stop route to Gatwick Airport in 30 minutes. This is a central London location with the upmarket and exclusive residential area of Belgravia to the north and the popular budget hotel location of Pimlico to the south. Shopping and amenities are on your doorstep as the hotel is just about at the end of Victoria Street with a good range of shops, bars and restaurants. Its also where you'll find the attraction of Westminster Cathedral. At the far end of Victoria Street is Parliament Square (0.8 miles) and a cluster of famous attractions such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Whitehall. Not the prettiest of areas in the immediate vicinity of the hotel and yet less 1/3rd of a miles walk to the north east is Buckingham Palace and its pleasant grounds that includes to large parks. These are Green Park and St James's Park. Just over half a miles walk to the west finds the start of the Kings Road, Chelsea. popular by day and night. In the daytime for it range of shops, boutiques and restaurants and its reputation for leading the way in funky fashion. At night for its trendy bars and clubs. On the whole this makes an excellent base for exploring central London with good transport links locally.
Hotel in Detail:The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria is part of the Guoman portfolio of hotels which is the luxury brand for Thistle Hotels. The hotel offers a traditional atmosphere in a building dating back to the Victorian era. Hotel grand lobby is spacious and features a sweeping staircase along with red armchairs, vaulted ceilings, crown moulding, polished oak banisters, and marble floor.
Bedrooms are en-suite (bath/shower, toiletries) and each one has air-conditioning. In-room facilities include Alarm Clock, WiFi internet access, ironing facilities, flat screen TV with digital channels, Tea / Coffee maker, Direct Dial Telephone, fridge, trouser press, Hair Dryer, IPod docking station, Radio and Work Desk With Lamp. For security each bedroom has a built in safe which is large enough to fit a laptop computer.
There are 65 executive bedrooms and 3 suites in the upgraded Grosvenor Wing and these come with air-conditioning and plasma televisions.
24 hour room service for all bedrooms.
Dining Options:Grand Imperial London: 140 seat capacity. A stunning Cantonese restaurant from Chef Rand Cheung serving exquisite cuisine in intimate surroundings. The decor includes original pieces of artwork and calligraphy excerpts. The restaurant has been designed around the ancient practice of Feng-shui, along with traditional artefacts. Incorporates a stylish bar.
Open noon till 15.00, 18.00 till 23.00.
Brasserie at The Grosvenor: Just the place for breakfast, informal lunch, dinner with friends or a traditional afternoon tea for two in the Lounge. Enjoy dishes such as sumptuous steaks, Traditional Fish and Chips, Sustainable cod fillet, Pan Seared Organic Salmon or the speciality signature dishes.
With its adjoining bar you can simply enjoy a drink or a light snack.
Open: Noon till 22.30.
Reunion Bar: At the top of the Grosvenor's sweeping marble staircase. Chic, intimate and luxurious serving sublime cocktails, fine wines, exclusive champagnes and seductive food in a stunning setting.
Open: Noon till 02.00 (Saturday from 15.00, Sunday closed).
The Grosvenor Lounge: An elegant room decorated in traditional Victorian style and inspired by its railway heritage. serving traditional English afternoon tea along with sandwiches with a fireplace. 90 seat capacity.
Opening hours: Daily 08:00 - 19:00.
The Grosvenor Victoria hotel has 9 meeting rooms with varying sizes suitable for up to 200 guests or as little as 2 guests.
As you would expect of a 4 star hotel, the The Grosvenor Hotel offers concierge services and a 24 hour front desk. WiFi is accessible in all areas of the hotel. The hotel has a full concierge service that runs 24/7. Onsite fitness facility. Air-conditioning in public areas.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 86% by past guests. The London average is 59% and the average for 4 star hotels is 66%. Therefore this hotel is well above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole. Guoman Hotels across the chain average 83% so this hotel is just above the average rating for Guoman hotels.
Milesfaster ranking: 133rd from 751 London hotels, 2nd of 5 Guoman Hotels, and 53rd of 284 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.1 miles, 0.2 km) would be the 4 star Doubletree By HiltonVictoria Hotel, where rates start from about £144 and which has a 78% guest satisfaction rating. The Doubletree By HiltonVictoria Hotel also offers: a gym.
Parking:There is no parking onsite.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Please note: There are two Thistle hotels within 100 yards of each other. The other hotel is The Thistle Westminster which is also on the Buckingham Palace Road.
Further do no confuse this hotel with the better known Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.
Parking: none on-site. Nearby pay car park.
Bedroom Numbers: 346 (3 suites) / 7 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
History:Became a Guoman hotel after 12 months of refurbishment which started in August 2010 and cost £20 million pounds. Bedroom Numbers went from 357 to 346. The work also saw the reinstatement of the original gold leaf finish on the columns in the grand lobby. While the worked was being carried out on the columns the original white marble was discovered and fully uncovered.
The Grosvenor hotel first opened in 1861, designed by J. T. Knowles in an Italianate style with a French Renaissance roof. In 1899 it was purchased by LBSCR (London, Brighton and South Coast Railway). They in turn leased the hotel to Gordon Hotels and opened again on 10th December 1900. In 1907 an extension was built which provided a new facade for Victoria station which was below the hotel. In 1977 British Transport Hotels took control of the hotel before selling it Thistle Hotels in 1983. Eventually the name 'Grosvenor' was removed totally from the branding until 2008.
The hotel will always have a place in the history of London hotels as the first hotel to feature lifts, or 'ascending rooms' as they were called at the time. They were powered by using the City's water pressure.
Past Names: Thistle Victoria (2008), Grosvenor Thistle Hotel