London’s Grosvenor hotel completes refurb

London’s Grosvenor hotel has completed an 18-month refurbishment project, adding new meeting rooms, a business centre, three executive suites and a Cantonese restaurant.

Located within London’s Victoria station, the property is housed within a Grade II-listed building, and is one of the oldest of the capital’s iconic railway hotels, having originally opened in 1862.

Refurbishment works have included the reinstatement of gold leaf finishes on the columns in the grand lobby, and the uncovering of original white marble on the hotel’s pillars.

All 346 rooms have been refurbished, and new facilities have been added including a gym, fine dining Cantonese restaurant Grand Imperial, Reunion bar, nine new meeting rooms, a manned business centre, and three executive suites with separate lounge areas, rolltop bath and rainfall shower, Nespresso coffee machine and a complimentary mini bar.

Now that the refurbishment project has been completed, the hotel has been rebranded from a Thistle property to a Guoman hotel (the Thistle brand being owned by Guoman Hotel Management), joining existing London properties including The Cumberland, The Tower Hotel, The Royal Horseguards and the Charing Cross hotel.

Other famous London railway hotels include:

  • The Midland Grand at St Pancras station (now the St Pancras Renaissance – for a recent review click here)
  • The Great Eastern Hotel at Liverpool Street station (now the Andaz Liverpool Street – for a review click here)
  • The Charing Cross hotel at Paddington station (now under the Guoman brand – for a review click here)
  • The Great Western Hotel at Paddington station (now the Hilton London Paddington – for a look at hotels in the Paddington area click here)
  • The Great Central Hotel at Marylebone station (now the Landmark)

The Great Northern Hotel at King’s Cross station is currently closed, although there are plans to reopen it as a boutique property as part of the refurbishment of the station.

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Report by Mark Caswell

Guoman Charing Cross to add £2.5m Executive Wing

The hotel is to transform its existing Buckingham Wing into a dedicated executive area, with its own reception and 85 rooms with facilities including Hypnos beds and large workstations.

The Executive Wing is due to open in February 2011, and will feature a dedicated concierge service, and rooms with blackout blinds, large workstations, wifi internet access, Hypnos beds, rain head showers and tea/coffee facilities.

Decor will feature “rich dark shades, opulent fabrics and signature statement pieces”, and guests in this section of the hotel will have accees to the Guoman Club Lounge. The £2.5m project is in addition to the refurbishment of the hotel’s restaurant, staircase and lounge area.

The Guoman Hotels brand has four properties in London, and recently expanded internationally with its first hotel in Shanghai (see online news May 14), and a further property under development in Beijing. The Grosvenor Victoria is also due to join the Guoman portfolio in the near future (see online news July 7).

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The Grosvenor, London to get £18m upgrade

The Grosvenor in London’s Victoria is to embark on a £18 million refurbishment project due for completion before the 2012 Olympic Games, and ahead of its inauguration into the Guoman Hotels brand.

Located on Buckingham Palace Road next to the London Victoria rail and tube terminus, the 357-room property is currently managed by Thistle Hotels (which is in turn owned by Guoman Hotel Management), but will join the Guoman Hotels collection “in the near future”.

The group says that the refurbishment programme will “sensitively restore the hotel’s intricate, English Heritage listed features as part of its stylish design overhaul – whilst remaining sensitive to the property’s heritage as a Victorian railway hotel.”

Works will include the restyling of the bedrooms, public areas, restaurants and bars, with a new Cantonese restaurant (The Grand Imperial) due to open later this year. There will also be a new self-contained “executive accommodation tower” with views of the city, and featuring a club lounge.

Guoman recently opened its first property outside of London – the five-star Guoman Shanghai in the city’s Putuo district (see online news May 14).

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Report by Mark Caswell