Classic style in glamorous Mayfair

496 Rooms / 63 Suites

Grosvenor House, the first JW Marriott brand hotel to set up shop in the United Kingdom, occupies a stately building on the site of the former townhouse belonging to the Grosvenor family (also known as the Dukes of Westminster) on Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park in Central London. The hotel originally opened in 1929 but was rebranded in 2008 when the Marriott chain took it over and did a gut renovation. One of the larger hotels in the area with 420 spacious rooms and 74 suites, Grosvenor House offers a contemporary décor that’s well-suited to international travelers, featuring crisp linens, dark wood furnishings and cool marble bathrooms stocked with Aromatherapy Associates toiletries.

The hotel’s Mayfair location means you’re minutes from some of the city’s best shopping on Oxford Street as well as museums and attractions like The National Gallery and Big Ben, and with over 60,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel is a prime spot for conventions and business gatherings. (Interestingly, the Great Room, one of the largest meeting spaces, used to be used as an ice rink and Queen Elizabeth II learned to skate there.)

A range of restaurants and bars caters to international tastes, especially for Yankees wanting a taste of home. True to the American hotel chain’s heritage, you’ll find juicy steaks, classic salads and traditional chophouse dishes at the airy JW Steakhouse located on the ground floor. For something a bit more Brit-influenced, dig into oysters and game terrines at Corrigan’s Mayfair, helmed by celebrated chef Richard Corrigan. The Park Room serves casual lunch and dinner fare while The Library re-creates a posh British literary milieu for light bites throughout the day. The Red Bar, meanwhile, sets the stage for cocktails, or you can knock back a jigger of whiskey at the aptly named Bourbon Bar. Or simply ask the concierge for a recommendation for one of the many excellent nearby eating and drinking establishments.