As I travel to London for business quite a bit, I’ve had the pleasure of staying in quite a number of lovely hotels around the city. On this particular trip in January, I needed to get an early flight from Gatwick at stupid o’clock, so I was dreading the thought of having to faff about looking for a taxi or underground to Victoria, while simultaneously losing out on some much needed kip (I hope you’re feeling my pain, folks). So I focused my search around the Victoria Station area, even if it meant coughing up some extra moola. After a quick trip to Google and my trusted friend Trivago, I came across The Grosvenor Hotel which alleged to be a mere 3 minute walk from Victoria Station. Now, as you know, hotels estimations of how long it takes to walk somewhere tend to be more on the Hussein Bolt end of timings, but this my dear people, was no lie. In fact, if anything, it’s less, because wait for it, there’s only a door at the side of the reception into the frickin’ Victoria station concourse!!! How off-the-scale great is that! All that lovely extra kip to be had! What joy!
The hotel itself is gorgeous. The Grade II listed building has undergone a multi-million pound restoration which has maintained its 19th century grandeur, but with the addition of modern detailing. I booked a standard single room for two nights, and got the special rate of £120 per night including breakfast. Upon arrival, the genuinely friendly receptionist upgraded me to a deluxe single room (oh, don’t you love an ‘ole upgrade). The room, while small, had everything you need in it, down to a Bose iPod docking station, and a two-pin socket for all the non-UK & Ireland travellers. The wardrobe even had a proper iron board and iron (because let’s face it, those trouser press thingies are a complete waste of time!). The bed was lovely and comfy, which would apparently be due to the fact that it was a Hypnos bed (a quick trip to Google informs me that Hypnos are the Beyonce of the bed world, having won the Bed Manufacturer of the Year Award no less!). And if that wasn’t enough, there was complimentary bottled water in the fridge and a couple of posh Jammie Dodgers! Quality!
The breakfast, served in the Grosvenor Arms dining room, was a beautiful buffet of hot foods (your usual English/Irish breakfast contestants), an array of delicious pastries (their pain-au-raisin could easily rival my favourite from Pret-a-Manger), as well as fresh fruit and cereals. Once again, staff here were faultlessly efficient and friendly, but in the same genuine way which the receptionist had welcomed me the evening before. Unfortunately, on the second morning, I couldn’t partake in the breakfast offering as it began at 6.30a.m, but feeling refreshed from all that lovely extra kip, I passed through the magic door into the bustling Victoria concourse, armed with the aforementioned Jammie Dodgers in my pocket, ready for the journey home.
If you’d like more information on the Grosvenor Hotel, check out their website, for more photos, videos, and special offers.