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.