Park Lane London. The name exudes luxury, sophistication, style and opulence. A perfect fit for Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living which is nestled on its corner with Mount Street. The hotel residences are set within a historic building dating back to the 1920s which has been renovated to incorporate contemporary style, while keeping the old-world charm intact. The property’s tagline is ‘a home away from home,’ and it offers a wonderful experience for short and extended stays. Think luxury hotel meets modern London Mayfair residence.
After a swift check-in, I was soon enjoying a fresh apple juice and a selection of delicate French macaroons in the spacious and immaculate apartment adjacent to London’s Hyde Park. It was only a quick visit, however one that had been blessed with sunshine so I took full advantage and meandered over the road for a stroll around the famous park. It’s a must when staying at this property. The abundance of oak trees, shrubs and wild life (many squirrels and birds) made a welcome change to Dubai.
It is easy to lose hours in this park. If you have the time, go in search of its famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain or try boating, cycling and tennis. Joggers are spoilt for choice with the winding paths, tree-lined avenues and picturesque waterways so if you’re a keen runner, be sure to pack your trainers. Sadly for me, time was short so I went for a quick recce of the area before heading back to the property.
Mayfair is steeped in sophistication. A spot of window shopping at the local estate agents reveals property prices here are among the most expensive in London and indeed the world. Walk around and you’ll discover impressive Regency style architecture and spotless streets lined with luxury boutiques; it’s a fashionista’s paradise. But that’s not all. There are quaint bookstores, fine art galleries and elegant spas. In the evenings, there are plenty of swanky night spots and restaurants offering world-class cuisine. This is a prime location to stay in the city for business or pleasure.
There are 130 rooms and suites to choose from and the guest-only access ensures security and discretion. All suites feature an open-plan kitchen and living area. The new collection of London Suites have beautiful views and comprise three- and four-bedroom options, named after local landmarks such as Serpentine, City, Westminster and Hyde Park.
The residence concierge and guest services teams are available around the clock to cater to every need (including any last minute requests, no matter how unusual – a helicopter to Royal Ascot? Or perhaps your child requires an impromptu visit from the tooth fairy? Nothing is too much trouble here, so consider it done). Read more ‘Tales from the concierge.’ They can also arrange for a fully stocked kitchen with items from London’s finest suppliers. My fridge was filled with all the necessary basics such as milk, cheese, bread, snacks and a selection of beverages. Any special requests can be made in advance.
You can either dine in the Atrium or order to your room and the team can even cater for dinner parties in the comfort of your own suite. Head Chef at Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeriah Living, Shailesh Deshmukh, explains. “We like our guests to feel that this is their home away from home and I enjoy creating personalised dishes to help with this. Once a guest called me at 1am requesting ostrich for lunch the following day and another once asked for Alaskan king crab, which we cooked three different ways. On both of these occasions, the guest response was amazing – I guess this goes back to what I love about my job. It may sometimes prove challenging, but it is definitely worth it when the guest is happy.”
There is so much choice and no need to venture far. You’ll find all types of cuisine, from Asian to British and everything in between. Indian fare is a jewel in Mayfair’s culinary crown – transport your taste buds from west London to the delights of Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur with a visit to the nearby Indian restaurants on The Mayfair spice trail…
For fine Indian cuisine with a modern British twist try the Michelin-starred Benares which offers an admirable menu of dishes from all over India. For contemporary cuisine using seasoned British ingredients, dine at Gymkhana. With a strong focus on the tandoori oven, this was named National Restaurant of the Year 2014. Handsome interiors reflect India at the time of the British Raj – note the authentic wall lamps from Jaipur and hunting trophies from Maharajah. Inspired by traditional Moghul cuisine, Tamarind was the first Indian restaurant in the world to receive a Michelin star. The authentic tandoor oven style of northwest India creates dishes that are bursting with aromatic flavours. Alternatively, experience the legendary Chor Bizzare, set within the recreation of an authentic bazaar. Chefs are in on the secrets of the Wazwan, a legendary feast of 36 delicious courses.
Plan your journey
The property offers excellent access to all areas of the city including the vast selection of shops and department stores on the bustling Oxford Street. The nearest tube stations are Marble Arch, Bond Street and Oxford Circus. A taxi from Heathrow airport costs around £65, one way; however luxury airport transfers can be arranged in a selection of cars including the Mercedes Viano £180, Mercedes S Class – Lux Range £150 and the Mercedes E Class – Economy Range £120. Other chauffeur driven cars including the new Range Rover, Jaguar or BMW series 7 can be arranged and are subject to availability.
Or try the ‘Complimentary Heathrow VIP’
This seamless travel service is complimentary for guests staying in the Penthouses or London Suites and offers preferential treatment. Heathrow VIP guests are personally greeted and attended to by experienced staff familiar with diplomatic protocols. As passengers transit through the airport, they can bypass the main terminals then sit back and relax in an exclusive lounge in total privacy while all the check-in processes and security checks are completed. A luxury limousine then whisks passengers away to the steps of the departing flight – now that’s how to travel in style.
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