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My review of the fully restored art deco Sheraton Grand London Park Lane – Part 1

This is my review of the newly refurbished Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel.

Despite living in London I certainly don’t mind swapping my flat for a hotel room every once in a while. Especially when I’m in the middle of moving house and I have to sleep on a mattress on the floor until my new bed is delivered ….

However, moving house was not the reason for my stay at the Sheraton Grand.

Sheraton asked us if we wanted to take a look at their newly renovated Park Lane hotel and organised a free one night stay for me including dinner and breakfast.

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The Sheraton Grand first opened in 1927 and after the multi-million pound renovation completed in Autumn this year, you can still see and feel the roaring twenties whilst enjoying modern touches.  (If you follow our Instagram feed you will already have seen that Rob and I attended their ‘no expense spared’ launch party a few weeks ago.)

This is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most opulent Sheraton hotel in the world outside Asia.  Even inside the new Sheraton Grand tier of properties (launched in September 2015 for the top few Sheraton properties worldwide – see our article here) it stands out clearly from the other non-Asian hotels featured.  Sorry Edinburgh.

Take a look at my review – and the photos and the video – and you will see what I mean.

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Piccadilly entrance

The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is – unlike the name suggests – not on Park Lane but inbetween Piccadilly and Brick Street opposite Green Park.

There are two entrances.  The one from Piccadilly takes you to the restaurants and bars whilst the one at the back takes you straight to the reception.  If you are coming in a taxi with lots of luggage, ask to be dropped on Brick Street.

The picture below shows the Piccadilly entrance hall with the Palm Court Lounge leading up to the reception.  As you can see, they have spent serious money here (click to enlarge).

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This is the check in area coming from the Brick Street.  There were two check in desks and a sitting area with bookshelves.

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Rooms

My room was a Park View Suite. To be honest I would have been happy with a standard room, but hey you take what you get …..

There are some pictures of standard rooms below but it would be a shame not to show you what you can enjoy if you win the upgrade lottery or are looking for an impressive venue for a special evening.

The room had a large sitting area for up to eight people – I was told that these rooms are often booked for business meetings – and a desk.  The desk had European, UK and USB sockets. The wifi was free and fast.

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This is the park view.  Thanks to impressive double glazing you couldn’t hear the cars and busses on Piccadilly.

(Without the rain the view over Green Park would have been much prettier…)

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The suite also had a dining table for six:

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The bed was a large king size bed with a very comfortable mattress:

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The paintings on the wall and the elipse on the ceiling are representative of various elements of the hotel. One of the pictures, for example, is of the same horse that is on the wall in the Sheraton Grand Park Lane ballroom.

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Here is another picture of the bed with a chaise longe and a table.

The wardrobe had four sections with an ironing board, safe and robes.

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The bathroom had a wet room with bathtub and shower with the shower actually being next to the bathtub and not inside.

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The toiletries were by Molton Brown.

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Handy

To help guests to stay connected with family and friends, every room has a portable wi-fi device called Handy for use during your stay. It also comes with a digital city guide and lets you make room to room calls.

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Other rooms:

If your expense account does not run to a suite, I found the other options equally appealing.

Classic room

This is a picture of a classic room.  As you can see it is the same design as the Park View Suite.

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Club room

The 7th and 8th floors are the club floors.  Rooms on these floors come with club lounge access – I will discuss the lounge in part two of my review.

This is a picture of a Club Room that would be called a Superior Room if it wasn’t on the 7th or 8th floor.

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The bathroom in the Club Room had a shower but no bath tub.

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Whilst these rooms are not huge, they are a fair size for Central London and are obviously in excellent condition following the refurbishment.

Gym

The Gym was spacious with a lot of modern equipment.

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You can get a better impression of the scale of the refurbishment of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane by watching my YouTube video below (you can subscribe to our YouTube channel via this page – this is the same link to visit if the video does not appear below).

Part Two of my Sheraton Grand London Park Lane review covers the restaurants, bars and Club Lounge.  If you are reading this via the daily email, you will not have received Part Two – you need to click here to read it.

The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane website is here if you want to learn more.

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Comments

  1. Nice review.
    OT – I’ve a Hilton free night voucher and I’m in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore over the next two months. Any suggestions for the best place to exchange? Thanks.

    • Conrad Ko Samui (though much cheaper options on the island).
      We`re staying in Conrad Singapore for two nights next year which looks not too bad but it wasn`t that expensive for cash and points (IIRC circa GBP70+24k points per night).

      • Conrad Singapore service is excellent, Exec Lounge has superb views and the restaurant breakfast buffet is immense (I’ve never had lunch in Singapore thanks to it!) – also had some really nice upgrades over the years.

    • 3 very different places. As mentioned you could stay at the Conrad in Singapore – depending on which side you’re on you could have a view of the bay and a pretty terrific skyline. You’d be within waking distance of the promenade, marina bay sands and Gluttons bay. The other direction will take you shopping in to Suntec city and further on to Beach Road where the Raffles hotel etc. So if it’s city break time then the Conrad is not a bad option.

    • We used ours in Conrad KS, funnily enough the same trip also included Singapore but we opted to use it in KS.
      Like others have mentioned, depends what you’re into. The villa you get when redeeming your voucher is the ocean view room, which is amazing. Private pool, round bath and separate shower, comfy bed and good breakfast if you’re gold.
      We also stayed in IC koh samui so it made sense to use it here. If you are looking for a romantic escape and can spend a few more days in another part of KS, then I would recommend it.

  2. In 20+ years of business travel, for hundreds of clients of varying industries and margins, I’ve never met anyone who could either expense a suite stay or approve a suite expense!

    • I had a £300 cap back in my City days which did go a long way in places like Dusseldorf where we had an office. Wouldn’t get you far in London today I admit, even inflated up to, say, £350.

      Most luxury hotels today have too few suites, not too many, and are reconfiguring. There are only 2 suites at Four Seasons Hampshire that work for a family of 4, for example, and they lose quite a lot of money from us before we often cannot book them when we want to go.

    • Nick Burch says:

      I quite often book a suite rather than a meeting room, as it works out cheaper a lot more often than you might expect!

  3. There’s a horse on the wall of the ballroom? Hope it’s comfortable – or well-preserved… :))

  4. Morning Anika,

    Do you know if you can still get 15% off and SPG points having afternoon tea in the Palm Court restaurant? I couldn’t find it on SPG cravings anymore.

    Looking forward to Tuesday,

    Cat

  5. What does the outside look like? Silly question maybe; I have stayed in some horrendous looking hotels from the outside only to be surprised by the interior and staff. But I do tend to pick a hotel initially on its exterior architecture.

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