Executive Treat in The Grosvenor Hotel, London

executive treat at The Grosvenor

I didn’t expect to find myself writing this review. In truth, our first stay at The Grosvenor Hotel (now The Amba Grosvenor) fell very short of my expectations, and I didn’t think I would ever find myself staying there again! However, I always feel that you can tell a lot about a company and its attitude towards its business, in how they deal with an unhappy customer when something goes wrong. Well, we certainly had a turn around in our opinion in our second visit to The Grosvenor Hotel. So much so that it has made it onto the blog as one of my recommended stays! Let me tell you all…

I had booked The Grosvenor last month as a treat for Nik and I. We were going to an Immersive Dining experience that I told you about on the blog, (see that post here – Trying Immersive Dining for the first Time) and as Nik was having a “well week” between his chemo treatment, I thought I would book him a well deserved treat. The Grosvenor, just two minutes from Victoria Station, was the perfect location for our night out, and looked lovely. Sadly, our room was not good. In fact, it was incredibly poor and I was so disappointed! I did express how unhappy I was to the customer relations manager.

traditional decor at The grosvenor Hotel
Traditional decor

Well, I must give credit where it is due. The Grosvenor Hotel reached out to me for the details of what we were unhappy with. I explained in full, and they dealt with my concerns very professionally and with empathy. They did not try to pass the buck, dismiss how upset we were or brush us off. The customer relations manager could not have been more apologetic, and admitted that the room was not up to their usual standards. We were also invited back to stay, so they could undo my bad impression that I had. I was immediately impressed with the genuine care that they had towards my dissatisfaction, and felt another chance was of course deserved. This was a hotel that seemed to genuinely care about its guests enjoying their stay.

I am so glad that we tried again! The hotel, a grade II listed building dating back to 1862, is beautiful. When you go through the wooden carousel door from the street, it is like stepping into a Victorian dream with huge crystal chandeliers dropping down from the ceiling, sending twinkling light everywhere. A lavish, ornate staircase stretches up to the floors above, and decadent fabrics and carpets provide dressing and warmth. Its a gorgeous entrance way. The decor has stayed true to the period, which I love. I am a big fan of opulent hotels, and it was the photo of the hotel entrance hall, along with the location that had made me originally pick the Grosvenor as our place to stay.

The beautiful lobby at The Grosvenor Hotel

As I mentioned, the hotel is literally minutes walk from Victoria station, so is perfectly located for many of London’s attractions. Buckingham Palace is just a walk away, the iconic Victoria Palace Theatre just around the corner and St James Park is easily reached if you fancy a stroll. You of course also have an abundance of bars, traditional pubs and restaurants all on your door step. (We ate a beautiful Thai meal in The Mango Tree, just a five minute walk away, delicious).

An Executive treat in The Grosvenor Hotel

For this stay, we had booked an Executive room for our stay, and it was perfect. This style of room is located on the second floor of the hotel, and are a spacious, comfortable choice. They also have the biggest bed I have ever slept in! Walking into the room I was struck by how, despite the traditional style dark furniture, light flooded in courtesy of two floor to ceiling windows. The huge Hypnos bed was against the wall to the left of the doorway. A large settee and coffee table was at the foot of the bed, with a desk and chair to the right. The room was a great size, and we loved it!

an Executive treat at The Grosvenor Hotel
Our spacious Executive Room

Now, a stay in The Grosvenor is not the cheapest, but is certainly not the most expensive in London! For the Executive room, you will pay around £250 for the night, (see full details here) which I appreciate may sound a lot, but you do also get full use of an exclusive executive lounge, that is also located on the second floor. When I explain to you what this entails, I think you will feel its pretty good value too.

This lounge was a fantastic part of the stay. It is a plush, very decadent feeling lounge, with oxblood leather button back chairs, rich red carpets and swathes of velvet dressing the windows overlooking Buckingham Palace Road. It is a real little oasis in the centre of this busy part of London. Complimentary hot drinks are available all day, along with wine, beers and cold drinks. There are also snacks, fresh fruit and light eats available, again all complimentary. We loved sitting in the calm of the lounge when we returned back to the hotel in late afternoon, and again for a drink before we went out in the evening. You also have the choice of eating your inclusive breakfast in the lounge, should you wish to have a peaceful start to your day.

Executive Lounge at The Grosvenor Hotel
The Executive Lounge – A little oasis

The room choice that is one below the Executive room, is around £50 less than this one. Given that you get all that the lounge has to offer, (and a large glass of wine in London will cost you around £8-£10), I think it is actually the better choice. The rooms are gorgeous, and Nik and I both agreed that the bed is probably the biggest, and comfiest hotel bed we have ever slept in! It also had a 12 o clock midday check out, so we just enjoyed the room in the morning, lounged in the robes and slippers provided, made tea, read the papers and just really relaxed before we left to go home. Bliss!

Executive room The Grosvenor Hotel
Comfiest bed ever!

Our second visit to The Grosvenor Hotel really turned my view around on how I felt about the hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The two bars that the hotel has, The Soak which has rich velvet chairs and some individual booths, along with Reunion Bar, which is the hotels champagne and cocktail bar, are both bars that I would return to for drinks. We sampled both, (all in the name of research of course), and I can fully recommend the cocktails……

Executive treat at The Grosvenor Hotel

I aso made a mental note, for future reference, (ahem), that The Grosvenor serves a beautiful looking Victorian inspired afternoon tea in their dedicated Tea Lounge…..just saying……

executive treat at The Grosvenor Hotel

What do you think, they were worth giving a second chance to right? Do you think that the Executive Rooms sound like a good option? Are you a fan of opulent styled hotels or do you prefer ultra modern? What is your must haves when you book a City hotel? Do you have a favourite hotel to stay in London? As ever, I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences xx

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  1. Jean
    June 23, 2019 / 8:35 am

    Well wasn’t this hotel well worth giving another chance to. This kind of hotel is right up my street, love the d cor throughout and the rooms sound amazing. We often pop into London for afternoon tea and I think the Grosvenor would be lovely to book, the setting would suit us down to the ground.
    Glad your second experience of the hotel was as it should be and hats off to them for correcting their mistake

    • kerrylifeandloves
      June 23, 2019 / 10:08 am

      It really has turned my opinion of them around Jean, so I am so happy we had the chance to see it for the great hotel it is. The champagne bar would be lovely for pre afternoon tea. It was gorgeous.

  2. June 23, 2019 / 7:05 pm

    It’s great that they allowed you a second visit. I think the price is pretty reasonable for London especially with all the extras thrown in.
    Em x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      June 24, 2019 / 5:33 pm

      We thought so too. The lounge was a really lovely extra as it was so chilled out in there. It felt very restful. We would definitely opt for that room again. The Grosvenor is about to undergo some refurbishment, so I really look forward to staying again when it is all done. Thanks for reading, I am glad you thought it was reasonable too xx

  3. June 24, 2019 / 2:17 am

    One very envious woman sitting here! I would so love to go there! I glad you gave it a second chance Kerry. The same happened to me at the Grand in Brighton and we got upgraded. Absolutely love that first pic too xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      June 24, 2019 / 5:36 pm

      I am so glad that we did too. I was so sure I wouldnt love it, but it really turned my opinion around. It is lovely that there are still some hotels that are passionate about their guests having a good experience isnt it. They certainly have a new fan in me! Thanks for reading xxx

  4. June 25, 2019 / 11:51 am

    Definitely worth giving somebody be it a company or a person, a second chance to correct a mistake, especially when they are so receptive to making amends. It looks like a great hotel, I would love to stay in one of the Executive rooms. Good karma all round xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      June 30, 2019 / 12:18 pm

      Yes I think so too. I am one of those people that never complains, preferring instead to just speak with my wallet. In this case I was so upset that I did mention it on check out. It was great that they reached out and they now have a new fan in me! I would stay in the Executive rooms again in a heart beat.

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