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The JW Marriott Grosvenor House London was built in 1929 and located on Park Lane and is a Category 9 hotel. It’s within 5 mins, walking, of the Marble Arch tube stop and Oxford street. It’s a great central location ideal for those who want to experience the hob nob of Park Lane, the High Street tourist vibe of Oxford street, and the access to Hyde Park.
I love old, grand hotels and first stayed at the Grosvenor House in the 1990s, and have been seduced back many times.
In fact, I was here last year when the Club was being renovated and had heard great things about the new offering, and this was a big reason why I chose to revisit this property vs County Hall or St Ermin’s. This happened to be for just a night en route to a wedding and it served its purpose beautifully. Being a Marriott Gold Elite has many perks: Personally, I find the upgrade and the club/lounge access to be the best bennies time after time.
- Where: London
- How many points: 45,000
- Status: Gold
- Upgrade: yes, deluxe -> deluxe suite
I redeemed 45k points for a Deluxe Room that retailed for 349 GBP or roughly $520.
- Points can be easily made through sign up bonuses.
- I’ve personally been targeted for multiple 70k point bonuses as well as 140k Ritz Carlton
I checked in through the Elite members line.
I always double check my benefits. One, it assures me I am being given the proper benefits and nothing has been over looked, and two… it tells the desk clerk that I know what’s up.
The desk clerk quickly confirmed my lounge access and told me that I was being upgraded to a top floor Deluxe Suite!!!
- I often find one night stays get the best upgrades
- Grosvenor House has never given me a good upgrade – last year I was stuck looking at an air conditioner
- For this night the Deluxe Suite was 569 GBP or $840 !!!!
I got room 830. It was in the rear of the building – the hallways weave and wind like a maze through the old infrastructure.
The Suite itself is a great size for London; however, in real terms it’s only 484 to 538 sqft.
But it feels grand with it’s corner location and view out over the building tops and distant views of the eye and shard. It’s also nice that the Grosvenor House provides two complimentary bottles of water. Although, a little trick to always getting free water is to go to the gym. They most always have a fridge full of complimentary water, and Grosvenor House is no different. The room itself could use another update. The last was in 2008 and it’s currently owned by an Indian Company under financial duress. I wonder if it won’t get sold off and in the turnover go through a spruce up.
It’s nicely appointed, but for a $840 a night, a double bed just doesn’t suffice, and the room just feels a bit tired compared to the other high end offerings in the area. But, with this said, you do feel very posh walking through the lobby and hallways, as if you’re a part of history.
White marble makes the bathroom feel luxurious; however, practically speaking, it’s small for a suite. In this price range I’d like to see a separate shower and bath, but the products are quiet high end and let’s be honest…I’m staying for free!
Not a bad view!
Marriott has a bad tendency whereby they put guests redeeming awards in the CRAPPIEST of rooms. I’ve redeemed here before and been put overlooking an air conditioning unit in a courtyard despite elite status. Not cool. This time was very different – even with the overcast day it makes the room and stay much brighter.
The Gym is actually a pretty good size and much better than the Conrad St James.
The Club lounge is now competitive with some of the great Asian hotel offerings.
It’s located just right of the elevator bank and discreetly tucked down a short hall. It’s fabulous! Grosvenor House really outdid itself with this club. Many times, across the states and in Europe the club lounges are fine, but nothing noteworthy. This one is great.
Not only is there a Breakfast Spread with pastries, cured meats, smoked fish, but there is a hot offering as well that gives the option to have a traditional Full English Breakfast. There are many juice offerings, soda offerings, and a few coffee machines that will make you lattes, espressos, americanos, etc. Additionally, they do a nice offering in the evening. However, I was out to dinner so missed the whole shebang of food, but caught some of the beverage offerings, desserts, and snacks.
Marriott Rewards, as a rule of thumb, are worth far less than some of the other hotel chains out there, but with the vast volume of hotels in nearly every corner of the world, they are extremely valuable in terms of opportunity. To exhibit this, Marriott represents Grosvenor House, Grosvenor Square, and Marriott Marble Arch. These are are within 5 – 10 mins walking of one another in one of the most enviable locations in the city. This opportunity can’t be overlooked.
I tend to think if you can get $.01 per Marriott point you’re doing pretty well. Just in the basic booking alone I was able to surpass that goal at .0115. Not bad, but with the upgrade to the Deluxe Suite at $840 I got $.019 per point. When you add in the lounge access it’s a great redemption.
I’m planning on writing a future entry about the value of Timeshares which can accumulate loads of points!
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