London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square
THE HOTEL: The five-star, 217-guestroom London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square is one of the brand's flagship hotels. The red-brick, townhouse-style building is located in Mayfair, close to Oxford Street and Bond Street (and the latter's Underground station) and is just across the Square from the current US Embassy building.
THE CHECK-IN: The lobby was busy with delegates registering for a corporate event but there was no queue at the check-in desk itself. There was confusion as to whether I had breakfast included in my reservation but that was quickly resolved.
THE ROOM: I was assigned a suite for the night and, true to the room category, it was a generous size with separate living/dining, bathroom and bedroom areas. A stylish, modern four poster bed was the highlight and was complete with piles of pillows and sumptuous bedding. A large wardrobe contained iron and ironing board, safe, minibar, kettle, DVDs and DVD player. The the living area comprised sofa and easy chairs, round dining table for four, desk, coffee table, Nespresso machine and board games. There were wall-mounted TVs in both the bedroom and living areas, and decor was browns, creams and a dash of green, with black and white photography adding to the mix.
THE FACILITIES: No five-star Mayfair hotel would be complete without a celebrity chef to its name. Gordon Ramsay and his Maze restaurant fulfils that requirement with award-winning French and Asian cuisine for lunchtime and evening dining. There's all-day dining at the Maze Grill steakhouse and cocktails at the cosy 1920sthemed Luggage Room bar. There's also a 24-hour fitness centre.
THE BUSINESS: The hotel has 15 meetings and events spaces, the largest of which – the pillar-free Westminster Ballroom – has capacity for up to 1,000 guests. The day delegate rate is from £85. The hotel participates in Marriott's Meetings Imagined programme to create tailored and themed events and there's a 24-hour business centre.
THE VERDICT: This hotel has plenty of character thanks to its townhouse setting and thoughtful design. The friendly staff run a slick operation and the hotel’s in a top location too.
THE DETAILS: London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London, W1K 6JP. Room rates start from £249 per night. See marriottgrosvenorsquare.com
Reviewed by Andy Hoskins (2016)