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.
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.
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).
This is the check in area coming from the Brick Street. There were two check in desks and a sitting area with bookshelves.
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.
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…)
The suite also had a dining table for six:
The bed was a large king size bed with a very comfortable mattress:
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.
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.
The bathroom had a wet room with bathtub and shower with the shower actually being next to the bathtub and not inside.
The toiletries were by Molton Brown.
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.
If your expense account does not run to a suite, I found the other options equally appealing.
This is a picture of a classic room. As you can see it is the same design as the Park View Suite.
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.
The bathroom in the Club Room had a shower but no bath tub.
Whilst these rooms are not huge, they are a fair size for Central London and are obviously in excellent condition following the refurbishment.
The Gym was spacious with a lot of modern equipment.
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).
The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane website is here if you want to learn more.
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