Stay here: The Grosvenor, London

The Grosvenor
101 Buckingham Palace Rd, London
http://www.guoman.com/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_grosvenor_hotel/index.html

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I am STILL kicking myself over the fact that this is the only photo I have related to my stay here last year; this is by far one of the best hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in, particularly for my decidedly 3 star budget! This was the view from our hotel room window the first night we spent in London, in April last year.

I booked the hotel based on price and location – the fact I could afford something that looked to be so nice in such a fantastic location was phenomenal, and I was a little worried that it was too good to be true. But we arrived to a beautiful, 4 star hotel with service to match. You usually only hear about the complaints, so let me start this review by saying that the staff here were 100% fantastic, for the entire duration of our stay. They made the check in and check out procedures very quick and simple for us, opened doors as we entered and exited, always with a smile. The breakfast crew made sure we never lacked for a hot drink to start the day, and even the doormen were more than happy to help give us directions when it was apparent that we had no idea where we were going. So a huge thank you to everyone there for making our stay so great!

Another massive plus to this hotel was the fact that it is actually attached to Victoria station, one of the bigger stations in London. But, you’d never know it; absolutely no noise whatsoever penetrated our hotel room walls. It was incredibly handy though, to exit through the one of the quieter doors in the hotel lobby, and emerge right into the centre of the station, making transit VERY easy!

The rooms themselves were actually quite spacious for European standards, beautifully appointed, with the following:
– VERY comfy bed
– heating and air conditioning
– tea and coffee making facilities
– flat screen LCD TV with DVD
– hairdryer
– sitting area
and of course quite a bit more!

Some of the other hotel features of interest:
– a few restaurants/bars on site
– 24 hour concierge and room services
– gym
– fantastic buffet breakfast
– free wifi
– proximity to Victoria station (as mentioned above)

In terms of value for money, I think it’s pretty good and definitely worth spending a little more considering how good it is, with prices starting from roughly AUD$300 per night (very much dependent on travel periods).

I really couldn’t recommend The Grosvenor any more highly, and it’ll be without a doubt the first place I’ll be looking at staying when I next visit London (which will hopefully be in around 2 – 3 years!)

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