Had a great time at the London Marriott Grosvenor (pronounced without the s - helpful for an American trying to give a cab driver location) Square from Dec 29 - Jan 5. The hotel was centrally located for our London holiday. Walking distance to several great restaurants ( St. Christopher's Place) and great shopping (Selfridges and Oxford Street). A bit further from the historic landmarks (Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace) not exactly walking distance in December, but convenient to the tube (Bond Street or Marble Arch). ** One tip though - check closings for tube, the Jubilee line which services Bond street was closed the day we arrived and that would have been helpful information ahead of time!**
We were traveling with 2 teenage children (18 and 15) so got 2 rooms. We had deluxe King which was very spacious. Hotel provided hairdryer and an umbrella, but we did need a converter for other outlets to charge phones, etc. **another tip someone shared with me, was to bring a small extension cord, since outlet are not always centrally located, and I brought one with 3 outlets so I only need 1 converter and we could charge both phones during the night. worked great. ** There was a pull out sofa, but it would have been too small for 2 big kids. Walls are a little thin, I could hear the television from the room next door, but fortunately they turned it off early in the evening. Other than that there was no street noise. The kids had a room with 2 singles. Their bathroom was small, but sufficient. They had a view of Grosvenor Square and did not have an issue with noise at all.
The service from the concierge was OUTSTANDING!!! Adam and Danny were great. They worked very hard to get us dinner reservations ( on New Years Eve) and theater tickets. Their recommendations were always spot on. They were always helpful with directions. The doorman was quick to get us a cab when needed too. The Luggage Room (Cocktail Lounge off the Lobby) was a cozy, upscale bar in a 1920s theme. Mario, the bartender, was very friendly and creative.
My only negative comment is the lobby itself, it was small and there was no place to go to have a quick pint, pre-meal drink, or late night cocktail with our younger son. Even before 9pm, he was not allowed in the luggage room. As a family friendly hotel, it would have been nice to have a meeting spot in the hotel to congregate. The Maze (restaurant upstairs) was always crowded and not directly associated with the Marriott. There was no place for the kids to grab a soda with us. Being in 2 rooms, it would have been nice to have hangout spot to grab a bite, snack, drink, etc. as a family before heading off to bed. This was our first time in London, so I don't know if this is consistent with other hotels.
Directly across the street is a pub, The Barley Mow. Food is average at best, but beer selection was fantastic. Say hi to Jamie the bartender or Jo. They made us feel quite welcome and offered their own tourist recommendations. But again - must be 18 - although I think this is only after 9pm.
Overall, we had a fantastic time. I highly recommend!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the fashionable Mayfair neighbourhood, just seconds walk to Oxford Street and Park Lane, the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square enjoys a renown that many hotels in London strive to attain. First built as a stately townhouse, it has evolved into an exclusive hotel that infuses contemporary chic with classic luxury and exceptional personal service. Special Features include; Gordon Ramsay's Michelin Starred 'Maze' restaurant, WIFI throughout and a beautiful peaceful garden location, in London's most fashionable area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott London Grosvenor Square Hotel England
- London Marriott