There are seven suite types at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House on Park Lane, all refurbished in 2014: The Royal Suite is the hotel’s premium offering, followed in order of cost by the Premium Park Suite, the Park Suite, the Premium Executive Suite, the Executive Suite, the Superior Suite and finally the Executive Suite, the smallest of the Suite offerings at this JW Marriott. Pricing for these suites starts at around £1,200 GBP per night, rising to the Royal Suite at around £5,000 GBP per night.
We stayed in the Park View Suite (£1,750 GBP per night). Staying here was like having our very own apartment in my favorite part of London, with views over Hyde Park. The suite was beautifully decorated in a contemporary style, dressed in grey hues with orchids and other plants scattered around. The living room was large with two sofas, a coffee table, a desk, and a traditional fireplace. A long corridor joined this living area to the bedroom, bathroom, and front door. The living area looked west over Hyde Park and Park Lane, whereas the bedroom looked north over a side street. The bedroom was exceptionally quiet, (no adjoining doors and separated from next door by the corridor), decorated in the same greys with a dressing table, ottoman, various seats, and a huge and super comfortable super king bed, which provided a great nights sleep for the 2 nights we called this suite home. The bathroom also faced North and offered a large shower (no bath), basin with vanity area, and toilet. Toiletries were lemon scented Penhaligon’s Quercus and were plentiful in large bottles.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay in our Park View Suite at the JW Grosvenor House. It felt homely, more like an apartment than a hotel room, partially due to its size but also down to the light provided by the suite’s large windows and the comparative quietness of the bedroom.
Included with the suite is executive club lounge access at this JW Marriott. The entrance to the Grosvenor House’s lounge is on the ground floor, reached by following some stairs adjacent to the hotel’s reception area. After entry, your eyes are immediately drawn to an attractive floor-to-ceiling media wall showing colorful videos shot in Hyde Park. These videos change so that the colors and scenes that you see on the wall depict those of the current season – during our stay, an autumnal montage was on display. I love little touches like this.
To your right sits a welcoming concierge beyond which the lounge opens up to reveal some private meeting rooms to the left and 2 large communal lounges to the right, the latter of which backs onto the food and drinks offering. The natural creams and oatmeals make the lounge feel relaxing, plentiful sofa-style seats arranged in groups of 2 to 6 offer guests plenty of room to relax.
There is also a shared dining table area for about 10 guests. The lighting is subtle but not dim. Mirrors, classwork, and ornaments are strategically placed to accentuate the space and form wall coverings and divisions.
A fireplace is lit throughout the day and the temperature is a comfortable 23’C. Although there are no windows in this lounge, the interior design is such that I didn’t really notice the lack of natural light. One unusual thing about the lounge is the slight rumble of tube trains passing below from time to time, serving to remind guests that they’re in the heart of London.
The food offering in the executive lounge at the JW Marriott, London is generous. The morning spread includes scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, sausages, cereal, and hot porridge. The main island area showcases a large array of pastries, fruit and charcuterie, and cheeses. Also on offer are Actimel drinks and yogurts as well as juices and coffees. The breakfast is self-service, but there is plenty of room and collecting the food is enjoyable.
Throughout the day the food offering remains generous with cakes, cookies, and scones with jam and cream (see pictures below). I can recommend the lemon drizzle cake – it is good enough to merit a second slice. There is also an all-day snack offering of nuts, smarties, sweeties, and crisps.
In the evening, a filling array of meal choices are on offer. For example, on Friday night, the food included a tasty vegetable noodle dish in soy sauce, lamb curry with rice, a cold noodle salad, cheeses, bread, and crackers, followed by some slices of deliciously good cake about an hour later.
Throughout the day, there is a large selection of teas, coffees, plenty of still and sparkling water, canned Britvic juices, and Pepsi. In the evening, there is an additional selection of wines, champagne, and bottles of Stella Artois. All offerings are replenished regularly and still available at 9:30 pm, unlike other executive lounges in London that limit drinks to very early happy hour times.
The lounges environment is enjoyable and never too busy, the staff friendly and helpful, it really is a pleasant place to work, hold a meeting, or just relax. The food offering is impressive, tasty, and extensive enough to keep you full. If you do choose to eat out, the JW Steakhouse just up the corridor is well worth a visit, offering huge and tasty portions, including very large steaks for around £20 GBP a main.
This excellent executive lounge, in itself, is a reason for me to add the JW Grosvenor House to my list of preferred London hotels. Spending a prolonged period in this suite was like relaxing at home, and combined with the excellent club lounge at the JW Grosvenor House, made for a lovely stay in London – I thoroughly recommended.
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