May we pause to celebrate the resplendent creation that was the English train station terminal hotel? The Grosvenor (“Grove-nor”) opened in 1862 with a 1910 extension—it was the first hotel in town to install a lift—and although it’s no longer at the top of the hospitality food chain, its wide corridors and sweeping staircases can still make you feel like you're the central character in a romantic novel, but affordably. The onetime first class railway lounge is now Réunion, a dusky cocktail bar overlooking the concourse of Victoria Station (some rear rooms can hear platform announcements). While the common spaces are Victorian, the high-ceilinged rooms strike a modern tone: striped fabrics, metal- and earth-tone velour upholsteries, and air-conditioning. Avoid the “Wing Building” rooms, which are too far from the lobby and too small, with bad views. For more space, simply upgrade to an Executive.
The Grosvenor Hotel
101 Buckingham Palace Rd., W1
Our Rating Neighborhood Victoria Transportation Tube: Victoria Phone 020/7523-5055 Prices Around £150 single, £199 double, [bp]268 Executive. Cheaper Sat–Sun. Amenities 2 restaurants; tea room; cocktail lounge; room service; fitness center; executive club; free Wi-Fi Units 345 units Web site The Grosvenor Hotel
Map101 Buckingham Palace Rd., W1 London
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