The hoteliers here have taken a huge old railway building and constructed a beautiful, four-star hotel inside. The hotel is on about six levels, in an L-shape, and actually sits between the street access to Victoria station and the station concourse itself.
The Grosvenor is an absolute sanctuary - I have an office in Buckingham Palace Road and have stayed regularly around work trips, so have observed it during different times of the year. It is fantastic if you fly into Gatwick and take the train to Victoria - it is literally 50 yards/metres from the Gatwick Express. It's also very handy for Victoria Coach station. One minute you are in the busy London Underground and train station - the next you are in a large room with a super bed.
If you are a keen runner or walker, this is also a great place to be - it's about half a mile on foot from Buckingham Palace, the Mall, about a mile from Horseguards', Trafalgar Square and Downing Street, all of which can be run in a nice loop.
However, if you are used to new-build hotels, with nice straight corridors, easy-to-find rooms and complete soundproofing you may find this a little quirky for your taste. It is an old building, with confusing changes of level (use the floor plan on the card they give you) and you can hear station announcements from some rooms at different times of the day. There is also extensive construction work at Victoria Station which may disturb you if you are a light sleeper.
In the summer, get up early for breakfast or you will have to stand in a long line. The dining facilities are excellent, but the dining room is too small. The staff are really very-well trained, international hotel staff, and the food is typical, good quality London hotel food.
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- Grosvenor Hotel London
- Thistle Victoria
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