The traffic was relatively sparse on Park Lane as I approached the Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living very early one Saturday morning, to be met not by one of the hugely welcoming concierge team, but my daughter –bedecked in slippers and a tracksuit. She thought I was going to get lost (she was probably right there) and had braved the elements (it was raining) to ensure my safe arrival.
Within seconds she was joined by three members of staff, who clearly had the impression that this newcomer to their chic apartments needed all the help they could muster. One took my bag, another the car and the third welcomed me effusively. My wife and daughters had booked in the night before (lucky things) so without further ado we headed up to our apartment, which turned out to be a huge, super-smart and beautifully-appointed two bedroom suite.
This extraordinary building, with its historic address at the very centre of the Monopoly board’s must-own Mayfair, now houses a collection of grand apartments all crafted around an airy atrium, which doubles as a restaurant and bar. Our suite boasted a large sitting room with views across to Hyde Park, a well-equipped kitchen with a table large enough to seat eight, and two ample ensuite bedrooms. Contemporary in design, the super-sleek, chic finishes had apparently extracted a few ooh’s and aah’s as the advance party worked out how to use all the technology – including the uber-trendy taps in the bathrooms.
This part of London is always appealing, especially at the weekend. It’s within easy reach of some of London’s best boutiques and attractions, but it’s also got a touch of urban village feel in the surrounding streets. With that in mind, we (sadly) declined our room service breakfast and headed off for a pre-booked brunch round the corner (we were celebrating an 18th) and for the ladies some shopping and for me, a couple of pints with one daughter’s boyfriend in a charming London pub – and some international rugby which was on that weekend. This sensible allocation of time ensured that, when we regrouped, we were ready for one of the weekend’s highlights – a trip to the Queen's (no not literally, just the theatre) to see the birthday girl’s all-time favourite show, Les Misérables. We hosted pre-theatre drinks in our apartment which meant that, unlike in a hotel, we could share in the ritual of getting ready, which now seems such an important part of a good night out (even if it still only takes me five minutes max).
There is so much to see and do in London that any trip to the capital never seems long enough. Certainly we could have enjoyed the hospitality of the Grosvenor Suites for a lot longer (apparently some lucky people actually live here!) Conveniently situated and well equipped, designed and furnished, it was a (very) chic home-from-home with the added benefit of impeccable service from the many staff, including the always-cheerful concierge. The room service was brilliant, breakfast a feast, and they even thought to produce a birthday cake and champagne that awaited our return from the theatre. One member of staff had overheard it was my daughter’s 18th and this was their special present. It was a lovely and memorable touch.
London is a global city and the Grosvenor House Suites have an international clientele all expecting excellence, which it most definitely delivers. Family friendly and ultra-modern, it’s a great alternative to a hotel and is good value when compared to many London hotels of the same standard. Many guests return time and again, and there’s no better testament than that.
Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living
Park Lane, Mayfair
020 7518 4444