With views of Green Park, one of London’s Royal Parks, Marriott’s art deco five-star hotel is a short walk away from London’s most famous attractions: Buckingham Palace, Green Park, Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey and key museums and art galleries.
On a recent visit to London, TTN had the opportunity to try Sheraton Grand London Park Lane and the hotel won me over with its central location, luxury accommodation, attention to detail, and the welcoming staff.
With its central location in Mayfair, the upscale neighbourhood of the hotel includes elegant Georgian townhouses, gourmet restaurants and world-famous retailers. Choose between bespoke tailors on Savile Row, designer fashions on Bond Street, Burlington Arcade and Shepherd Market, or point your client towards one of the many independent boutiques.
Location is, no doubt, important, but what I take back from a hotel stay is how I am greeted and welcomed, and at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, everyone from the doorman, to check in staff, porter – all were so warm and welcoming.
I arrived before the official check in time, and therefore, the room wasn’t quite ready. I was first offered a welcome drink and then escorted to the Sheraton Club Lounge to relax, but to be honest, sitting in the lobby was relaxing as well. It wasn’t very long before I was shown to my room where my bags had already been sent.
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane has 305 keys in all, offering seven room categories: 137 deluxe rooms, 52 Sheraton Club Rooms, and for your ultra-luxury guests, there are 31 one-bedroom suites including one Grand Suite that comes with a bath butler, packing and unpacking service and even a private mixologist for in-suite happy hour. Every room and suite comes with The Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience beds. I was fortunate enough to have a Grand Park View Suite, a beautifully appointed room with, as the name indicates, verdant views of Green Park.
The Grand Park View Suite has a separate living area, a large bedroom with a chaise-lounge chair, working desk, a large marble bathroom with a walk-in shower as well as a huge bathtub furnished with Molten Brown amenities.
The suite comes with a Nespresso Coffee machine, a kettle for tea, a well-stocked mini bar and complimentary water replenished each day. This room category includes a complimentary afternoon tea at The Palm Court, access to the Sheraton Club Lounge and a wet shave at the local barbershop, 'Jack the Clipper' for gentlemen and manicure/pedicure at 'Nails and Brows' for ladies.
The Sheraton Club Lounge is open for breakfast as well as afternoon drinks and snacks. The Club Lounge is offered with all the suites, and, of course, the Sheraton Club rooms.
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane offers modern luxury, while still retaining the charm and glamour of the 1920’s, when it first opened.
Afternoon tea is an English tradition and at Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, their Nineteen Twen-Tea Afternoon Tea is in keeping with the property’s 1920s atmosphere, with a contemporary twist. Served in the The Palm Court, where you can also enjoy lunch, coffee and cocktails, this afternoon tea along with the harpist playing in the background, makes for a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon. Bearing the Middle East market in mind, they include some Arabic favourites on their menu.
Other dining options at the hotel include an Italian Mercante, an upmarket English Pub Smith & Whisle and a coffee house Café Musetti for that quick snack/coffee.
I always bring my workout gear with me, and although the hotel has a gym, the weather was so lovely, I took off for a short run around the park and palace – it was a lovely way to not feel to guilty for the afternoon tea I thoroughly enjoyed!
Due to an early morning flight, I ensured I was back in my room early enough after tea to enjoy the comfort of the lounge before retiring into that Signature Sleep bed, which was especially hard to get out of when that 5am alarm sounded.
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