Have you ever wanted to get away without all the hassle of travelling? Well that’s exactly what we recently did by escaping to the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square for a luxurious staycation. Of course the hotel would also suit those travelling to London on business or for pleasure. Its central Mayfair location is one of the reasons for its broad appeal.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL GROSVENOR SQUARE
Housed in a handsome red brick building, and a stone’s throw from Oxford Street, many of its rooms overlook leafy Grosvenor Square. A friendly liveried doorman greeted us on the hotel forecourt and welcomed us inside. The lobby is bright and spacious with fresh flowers galore.
CHECKING IN TO THE LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL GROSVENOR SQUARE
The reception staff were equally friendly and efficient, giving us all the information that we needed regarding breakfast time and other details.
ACCOMMODATION AT THE LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL GROSVENOR SQUARE
Our sizeable suite was located on the top floor of the hotel and included a separate lounge with a dining table, flat screen TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs. There was even a mini coffee machine and a selection of board games. Some of the most recently renovated rooms have wooden flooring and outdoor space.
From the lounge window we could see all the way to the Post Office tower in Fitzrovia.
The marble bathroom was stocked with L’Occitane toiletries which I always appreciate. We also loved the fluffy monogrammed bathrobes and slippers. I don’t know about you but for me it’s an essential hotel ritual, slipping on a cosy bathrobe to relax fully.
Our bedroom had a modern four poster bed and a fantastic view across Grosvenor Square.
But back to that bed! Marriott are renowned for their supremely comfy beds and this one was no exception. A super king size, it had super soft bedding and a padded mattress topper that enhanced the comfort level even further. We had a fantastic night’s sleep with no noise and so much space to spread out.
FACILITIES AT THE LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL GROSVENOR SQUARE
Yet before that we were keen to explore the hotel facilities. There’s a good sized gym in the basement with all the equipment that you could possibly need and we wasted no time hopping onto the TechnoGym cross-trainers with their interactive exercise programmes. It certainly makes exercising slightly less painful when you have the illusion that you are hiking across a rope bridge ;-).
Now that we had worked up an appetite, it was time to check out the Executive lounge, also in the basement. Stocked with newspapers, books and even phone chargers, it’s a good place to unwind.
We were surprised by the quality and standard of the food. Now we hadn’t actually timed our visit to partake of all the meals on offer but you would be forgiven for thinking so ;-). From afternoon tea to light evening dishes followed later by cheese and desserts, there was a great selection.
DRINKS AT THE LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL GROSVENOR SQUARE
In the interest of being thorough, we visited both maze Bar and the Luggage Room for drinks…maze Bar is adjacent to maze Grill and is a very successful member of the Gordon Ramsay group. I’d previously visited maze Grill Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea so was keen to see how the original maze Bar compared. With a seriously stylish decor and flattering low-lighting, it’s a good place for a date night or meet up with friends. The cocktails are state of the art with an expert mixologist on hand to advise you which will suit your taste.
We just had to try the signature maze cocktails and they didn’t disappoint!
And the great presentation continued with Mr Luxe’s unusual Martini glass.
We tried a selection of flavourful sushi and sashimi, with the California rolls and maki being my favourites.
Not to be outdone in the style stakes, the hotel’s other bar, Luggage Room, is equally impressive. This speakeasy style hideaway has a very vintage vibe with retro music and decor. Formerly the hotel’s luggage room, hence the name, it has incorporated elements of this into the design. In fact the decor is so accomplished that I think they should use elements of it in the bedrooms, such as luggage trunk coffee tables.
We thoroughly enjoyed our non alcoholic Mojito and Black Tea Punch. These don’t appear on the menu but the bar staff will happily rustle them up for you.
I then sampled a Sherry Cobbler, beautifully garnished with frozen berries and mint. It was served in an attractive silver tankard. I think they could go one step further and serve some of the cocktails in teacups for a complete speakeasy vibe.
Mr Luxe also sang the praises of his Special Artists whisky-based Martini cocktail, though it was pretty strong!
BREAKFAST AT THE LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL GROSVENOR SQUARE
Whilst some guests with access to the Executive lounge might prefer to eat there, we preferred the lighter maze Bar. A special word for the staff who were particularly warm, which made a great start to our day. They bring everyone a complimentary healthy shot, and this carrot and ginger one was delicious. We chose from the extensive continental buffet breakfast and also had a savoury dish. My omelette was very tasty and Mr Luxe tucked into a fantastic full English breakfast.
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE LONDON MARRIOTT HOTEL GROSVENOR SQUARE
With an unbeatable location, cool drinking and dining options, the Grosvenor Marriott is the perfect choice when visiting London. Have you ever visited Grosvenor Square?
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP