While in London I again stayed at my favorite hotel in the world --- Grosvenor House. Since the late 1980s I've stayed there at least a dozen times perhaps 15-20. Originally, the main appeal was its unusually good exercise facility. In contrast, until the last five years most London hotels had had virtually no "gyms". Those with a gym basically converted a hotel room into a modest exercise facility with free weights. In contrast, Grosvenor House had excellent weight training machines, free weights machines, and an Olympic size pool. Moreover, Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens was just across the famous Park Lane. I could easily access a 5 1/2 mile running path around the park. The gym was recently upgraded even further, but it just dawned on me that I am not sure if Grosvenor House still has a pool.
Overtime my choice was about more than just exercise. Grosvenor House is a very traditional British hotel whose appeal surprisingly grew on me. Room service, the beds, and front desk staff are all top notch. It is certainly not inexpensive, but I'm usually on a business trip. The rates are allowed within my per diem and I could pay the same for much lesser accommodations. It is not the most convenient site with regard to "The Tube" (i.e., metro/subway), but I don't mind the 3-4 block walk to Marble Arch station.
While "working out" on my last trip, I perused a photo album on the history of Grosvenor House. I learned that there were many American ties to Grosvenor House. One of the early Lord Grosvenors was in the British House of Commons during the American Revolution, he argued forcibly that the Crown to give much more serious consideration to the American colonist's demands (If he had, we might still be British). The current hotel evolved from the home of the Grosvenor family, also known as the Dukes of Westminster. The Hotel is also only two blocks from Grosvenor Square, the current site of the U.S. Embassy, as well as the site of monuments to Dwight D. Eisenhowser, American pilots who flew combat missions for Britain, and British citizens who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.
I have stayed in at least a half dozen other London hotels in Mayfair, Leicester Square, near Marble Arch, as well as on "The Strand" when Grosvenor House was overbooked, but I keep returning to my home in London.
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- Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel is a landmark 5-star hotel on Park Lane, Mayfair offering luxurious guest rooms & suites, high quality dining and 24 hour fitness center. Our hotel's ideal location is just steps from Hyde Park and a short trip from Buckingham Palace or the London Eye. The hotel also boasts elegant and expansive meeting and conference facilities. ... more less
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