Located on London’s unique Park Lane, overlooking iconic Hyde Park, Grosvenor Home Suites by Jumeirah Dwelling affords modern luxurious residences simply moments from all the perfect that London has to supply. With a degree of sophistication and class that isn’t overly-stuffy, this particular resort completely combines the refined fantastic thing about a historic London constructing with fashionable, modern design.
Don’t be deceived by the reasonably modest entrance to Grosvenor Home Suites which consists of doorways both facet of the nook the place Park Lane meets Mount Road. It doesn’t have the grandeur of a few of London’s most well-known 5 star resort entrances however therein lies its appeal – nothing is overstated.
Inside we have been met with a heat welcome from the concierge desk earlier than being escorted within the elevate as much as the calm and tranquillity of the primary reception on the primary ground, away from the hustle and bustle of London’s streets, the place we have been greeted with refreshment drinks and sizzling towels.
From there we made our solution to suite 205 on the second ground following the virtually futuristic hall the place the entrances to every suite are so invitingly broad that they may very well be mistaken for elevate entrances. Watch out to not get muddled!
To name the lodging a room – or certainly a collection for that matter – is doing it an injustice and the time period ‘residence’ appears extra becoming. Afterall, that is what is obtainable right here – your individual prestigious London residences with Hyde Park or Mayfair views which can be absolutely fitted with en suite bogs, full kitchen services and but nonetheless boasting all of the companies of a 5 star resort.
Ours was a 2-bedroom residence with views throughout Park Lane and to Hyde Park past. Every bed room had the identical format – one configured as a double and the opposite as a twin.
It is a good set-up for households of 4, with three-bedroom residences additionally out there for bigger households staying on the resort. Every room had its personal TV with a inbuilt DVD participant, clock radio, separate closet space and exquisite en suite toilet (extra on the latter shortly).
These rooms have been instantly off a hall that led to an open plan dwelling area, eating space and kitchen. Therein lay our first shock. The resort was conscious that our youngest son had turned 13 simply the day earlier than our arrival and our getaway was to rejoice this occasion. They took word and embellished the dwelling space with balloons to mark the event. How pretty was that! And 13 balloons, too… that’s consideration to element for you!!!
What’s extra, they’d even gone to the difficulty of creating a birthday cake together with his title on it, together with a bottle of Prosecco, an enormous basket of fruit, orange juice and cranberry juice.
It’s value noting at this level that, regardless of there being a fully-equipped kitchen readily available – together with Three-ring hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and washer dryer, all built-in and out of view – that company can go for an unique in-residence dinner occasion flawlessly executed by the resort’s devoted group of specialists, making certain a memorable night inside the consolation of their very own residence.
The specifically created ‘At Dwelling with Jumeirah Dwelling’ companies provide company a singular solution to really obtain an “at residence” expertise, and have been particularly designed to allow company to benefit from the luxurious London way of life. From organising a cocktail party to establishing a house workplace, or stocking up on the best groceries, every little thing is easy.
As talked about, every bed room had its personal en suite toilet. These have been partitioned in order that the WC, basin and bathtub/bathe moist room areas, might all be used individually.
Completed with massive, gray slates, the bogs had a really modern really feel – easy and smooth, but very fashionable on the identical time. The rain bathe was notably good!
Purple Water toiletries from Asprey London have been offered – a spread that we’ve encountered at different accommodations prior to now and one which consists of a refreshingly aromatic mix of citrus and spicy notes, made with important oils together with ginger, mandarin, lemon and orange flowers.
Essentially the most point of interest of the resort, near reception, is the Atrium restaurant the place each breakfast and dinner are served. Extending by way of a number of flooring of the constructing and with a glass roof, this can be a very mild and ethereal area.
Though you’ll be able to have dinner in your room, I’d suggest eating right here additionally. It’s a cushty and relaxed eating expertise, utilizing native artisanal producers as a way to present contemporary, nutritionally-balanced meals with easy but stimulating flavours. Right here’s only a pattern of among the dishes you’ll be able to count on.
A small appetiser of smoked salmon with cream cheese on pumpernickel.
Caprese salad with ripe plum tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, contemporary basil and an additional serving of avocado.
Scottish smoked salmon platter served with backyard leaves.
Oven-roasted corn-fed hen with potatoes, spinach and a mushroom sauce.
There have been additionally Asian and Oriental dishes on the menu akin to this scrumptious lamb shank biryani – tender lamb cooked with Indian spices.
And, for dessert, who might resist the chocolate fondant served with a cooling vanilla ice cream?
Breakfast was additionally casual however with dishes made to order. All of the usuals may very well be ordered, akin to cereals, contemporary fruit and pastries.
I opted for my typical favorite of Eggs Benedict.
At each breakfast and dinner, employees have been exceptionally pleasant and courteous. It have to be troublesome to get the proper steadiness between exhibiting an curiosity in your company and the way they have been spending their time in London, but on the identical time not being overly-intrusive on their private affairs, but I need to say they bought it simply eight.
The resort additionally has its personal small health club which occurred to be simply throughout from our suite and so we used it on a few events.
In addition to health tools, there have been weights, Pilates tools, yoga mats and floor-to-ceiling mirrors.
It is a very central location near a number of transport hyperlinks. As a result of we have been solely within the capital for a short while and had so much we wished to pack in, we largely ended up utilizing Uber to get round, however a lot of Underground stations are inside strolling distance, together with Bond Road, Hyde Park Nook and Inexperienced Park, to call just some.
We headed for the Pure Historical past Museum as a result of we deliberate to see The Wider Earth, a theatre manufacturing all in regards to the earlier years of Darwin’s profession. Do you know that the Pure Historical past Museum had its personal theatre?! No, we didn’t both… nevertheless it’s within the Jerwood Gallery. Earlier than that, although, we spent the afternoon in the primary a part of the museum, admiring the Stegosaurus on the entrance (essentially the most full skeleton of a Stegosaurus ever discovered – see this animation which relies on a reconstruction from the skeleton) and exploring the ‘Volcanoes and Earthquakes’ part within the Purple Zone.
Earlier than the present, we nipped out for a fast chew to eat at Squirrel in South Kensington as our youngest is pescatarian, they usually appeared to have a superb vegetarian choice there. Meals was contemporary and really wholesome, however not on the expense of nice style; cheap, too. That they had an amazing idea there, so hopefully we’ll see extra of their ‘treehouses’ popping up round London.
Suitably refreshed and again on the Pure Historical past Musem, we went to see The Wider Earth. It instructed the story of Darwin’s time on HMS Beagle, extremely put collectively by a forged of simply seven (I didn’t absolutely admire how few till they took their last bows!) together with some unbelievable puppetry and animation; it took you thru the story of how a younger Darwin got here to reach at his concept of evolution. Within the course of, I additionally learnt so much about Darwin and that voyage that I by no means really knew beforehand. The present shouldn’t be working for for much longer so, in case you get likelihood to go, please do – you’ll not be disillusioned!! Hopefully will probably be the primary of many comparable productions for the Pure Historical past Museum additionally.
Our boys are very a lot into their Science (my spouse is a Science instructor, too) so the subsequent day we headed again to the identical space to go to the Science Museum, a detailed neighbour to the Pure Historical past Museum. You’ll be able to by no means do justice to those museums in a single day so my advice would to be deal with one space, and go away the remaining to future visits.
One factor we did go and see throughout our go to was ‘A Stunning Planet 3D‘ which was exhibiting within the museum’s IMAX theatre. I might positively suggest this for households because it participating on all ranges, giving an amazing perception into what life is like on the Worldwide House Station.
As if we hadn’t bought our museum repair, on our final day we additionally referred to as on the British Museum. If you happen to’ve not been, it’s value going for the structure alone – from the outside Greek temple design of the south entrance to the interior courtyard designed by Foster and Companions (the biggest lined public sq. in Europe).
The only real function of our go to to the British Museum was to go and see Lindow Man. Our boys had learnt about him at college and there was a benefit at stake if they may go and discover him for themselves! For individuals who don’t know, the human stays of Lindow Man presumably date again to the Iron Age and have been present in a peat bathroom near Wilmslow in Cheshire. This took me again additionally as I used to be aged 13 on the time he was discovered (he was then generally referred to jokingly as ‘Pete Marsh’) and I had simply completed faculty in Wilmslow! It was fascinating to see the stays, and the extent of element that had been preserved.
After all, no household journey to London is full with out a go to to Hamleys!
The youngsters cherished all the varied toys devices that at the moment are the present craze, from Lego on the underside ground to drones and planes on among the uppermost flooring. The employees in Hamleys are excellent with the youngsters… and naturally excellent at making the merchandise look superb!
Lastly, earlier than we returned residence, we referred to as for lunch at Ping Pong in Covent Backyard. We had been earlier than and the youngsters had cherished the varied dim sum on provide. It’s very relaxed they usually have a diverse menu with a lot of small dishes to select from. They’ve 9 places throughout the town so the possibilities are there will probably be one close to wherever you occur to be visiting in London do you have to want to give it a strive.
Different good touches
Returning to the resort, there are another issues I wish to point out so that you simply get a greater sense of how really particular they made our keep.
On one night we got here again to a ‘film night time’ – an open hamper, filled with popcorn and different snacks, and a number of DVDs to select from, to not point out a cheese board and strawberries dipped in chocolate.
There have been even specially-printed ‘ADMIT ONE’ tickets with our names on, and a ticket inviting us to phone room service for a free pizza. How superb is that?!
On one other night we returned to quite a lot of candy treats and Oreo milkshakes. No surprise the youngsters cherished this resort as a lot as we did!
And on arrival, there have been even presents and teddies for the youngsters.
Two Bed room Deluxe Suites (such because the one we stayed in) begin from roughly £1,250 per night time together with breakfast, when profiting from the Advance Buy Charge.
The very best bit
I’ve stayed in lots of luxurious London accommodations however this one was extra particular than most for the easy motive that the employees went that further mile with the finer particulars. I’ve all the time felt that what really defines luxurious is these particular moments when companies surpassed all expectations and no extra is that this true than at Grosvenor Home Suites by Jumeirah.
The ultimate verdict
For me, the icing on the cake was when my youthful son, who had simply turned 13, instantly declared ‘that is the perfect birthday ever!’. As mother and father, we couldn’t ask for something greater than that! In case you are trying to spend a while in London the place you may be nicely and really spoilt, then look no additional…
Disclosure: Our keep was courtesy of Grosvenor Home Suites by Jumeirah Dwelling.