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My review of the fully restored art deco Sheraton Grand London Park Lane – Part 2

Here is part two of my review of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel in London, which has just been extensively refurbished and is now back to its 1920’s art deco glory.

Part one of my Sheraton Grand London review – click here – looks at the bedrooms and the gym.  Here I focus on the restaurants, bars and club lounge.

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Restaurants and bars

Mercante

The Italian restaurant Mercante opened in July. The design and menu are reminiscent of Italian food markets with dishes available in three different sizes to be ordered as sharing plates, tapas or mains.

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Looking at tables full of meat like this one, I wonder how I was ever a vegetarian …

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Dinner

My friend joined me for dinner and we decided to order a selection of small plates as everything on the menu sounded delicious.

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Top tip: Order the kale!

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Breakfast

Breakfast is also served at Mercante.  You can order a la carte or you can pay £19 for the cold buffet £25 for hot buffet. Typically when booked at the same time as a room the breakfast buffet is an extra £15.50 per person.

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There was a good selection of cereals, fresh juices …..

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….. and also a vast meat and cheese selection with fresh bread.

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You can order egg dishes and have them prepared for you in the open kitchen.  I had a delicious omelette with mushrooms, bacon and cheese.

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Smith & Whistle

Smith & Whistle is the new 1920’s inspired bar at the Sheraton Grand.  It serves craft beers, cocktails and small dishes to share or combine to a main.

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Palm Court Lounge

Here is a picture of the Palm Court Lounge which is where you enter the hotel if you walk in from Piccadilly.

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The art deco interiors have been beautifully restored and it is a great place for afternoon tea or a drink.

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Sheraton Club Lounge

Rooms on the 7th and 8th floor come with complimentary access to the Sheraton Club Lounge.

The lounge serves breakfast Monday to Friday from 6:30am – 11am and from 7am – 11am at the weekend.

From 11am – 2:30pm snacks, biscuits, soft drinks, tea and coffee are served and from 2:30pm – 4pm there is afternoon tea.  In the evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm alcoholic drinks and snacks are served.

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When I took this picture there were only some dry snacks in the jars, however later in the evening there was a good selection of canapes.

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Here is what I had before going for dinner.  They were tasty but it probably isn’t enough for anyone who wasn’t planning to eat dinner elsewhere.

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The Sheraton Club Lounge also has a meeting room at the far back that can be used on a complimentary basis by anyone who has lounge access.

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Silver Gallery

Here are a few photographs of the beautiful public spaces at the Sheraton Grand.  This is the 70 year old Silver Gallery which acts as Sheraton’s luxurious entrance to the ballroom.

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Ballroom

The ballroom at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane is Grade II listed and has been renovated to a high standard.

It’s the only intact full-size art deco ballroom in London.  It was used as a filmset for the original Titanic movie as well as Revolver, Goldeneye, The Danish Girl and many more.

During World War II it was agreed that the House of Parliament or House of Lords could use the ballroom if their buildings were destroyed.

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Tudor Rose Room

If you ever wondered where the Queen learnt to ballroom dance, see the picture of the Tudor Rose Room below.

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Conclusion

The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane definitely impressed me.  The multi million pound renovation has taken this fading art deco property and kicked it into the 21st century whilst keeping the original style alive.

The location is great for everyone who wants to stay in the heart of London.  Buckingham Palace, Westminster and Piccadilly Circus in walking distance and Green Park is right in front of the hotel.  It is, frankly, a far more impressive property post renovation than the nearby InterContinental or Hilton hotels on Park Lane.

If you live in London, I still recommend paying the Sheraton Grand a visit and having a drink or afternoon tea in the Palm Court.

As a Starwood Preferred Guest redemption, the hotel is in Category 6 and costs 20,000 SPG points per night.  That is the same as the Le Meridien Piccadilly a few hundred metres away which is nowhere near as impressive.

The hotel website is here if you want to find out more.  Thanks to Sheraton for arranging my stay.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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Comments

  1. Hi Anika,
    Can you still get 15% off your bill as an SPG member, and SPG points, in the Palm Court? I just had a quick look at SPG cravings, and couldn’t find it listed anymore.
    See you on Tuesday (I narrowly avoided writing “next” there!!!), Cat

  2. This looks like an amazing redemption for 20,000 points. I have only just cottoned on to the SPG Amex card. You get 11,000 points for joining plus the 1,000 for the initial spend. Then 5,000 for referring your OH plus their 12,000. So 29,000 quite easily. You can also move points between accounts with no charge. You can also book almost any flights through spgflights.com with no quota for redemptions although you may get better value on rooms. We had a purchase of £8,000 to make so I put it on my wife’s SPG earning almost 20,000 points with allowed me to book two flights from Seattle to Vancouver BC on any flight whereas Avios could only book on 0945 or 2310.

    But remember that you can only have two Amex credit cards; I forgot. Having a blue BA and getting a Platinum Cashback card for Shop Small I then forgot and applied for SPG. I was turned down and when I rang up despite my grovelling and asking to cancel the cashback I was told that I had to wait three months before re-applying (I am sure that this applies to all cards not just SPG). I offer my mistake as a warning to others.

    • Wally1976 says:

      I quite like the look of spgflghts. Just looking at LHR->BUD on an off-peak date next September. With BA it’s 13k avios + £35 pp return economy. With spgflights the same flights are pricing up at 20k SPG points (some other flight times are 15k). Normally I value SPG points higher than Avios but the bonus here is that there’s no extra tax to pay unless I’m mistaken. I think in this case the Avios option is still better but it’s an interesting additional option.

      I’m also doing the SPG card churn as often as possible but was only previously using the points for hotel stays (including Marriott of course).

      • How often do you churn please?

        • Currently at stage 5 of the following:
          (1) Wife gets card (referral from Raffles) (check it’s been more than 6 months since she last cancelled it),
          (2) Reach £1k spend ASAP,
          (3) Shortly before reaching the spend she refers me (check it’s been more than 6 months since I last cancelled it),
          (4) cancel her card as soon as points have transferred to SPG,
          (5) I reach £1k spend ASAP,
          (6) cancel my card as soon as points transfer,
          (7) wait 6 months since wife’s card cancelled then back to (1).

          One such cycle nets 29k SPG points (=87k Marriott points). It takes us over a month to reach the spend requirement and so costs about £12 in annual fee per card. I add on a 1p per £1 spent cost as I have an alternative cashback Amex which pays 1p per £1 so it ‘costs’ me about £44 per cycle or 0.15p per point.

          One final note – the points round down for each transaction so spend slightly more than the £1k each time making sure you get 1k points otherwise you can end up with an odd number of points (i.e. you can’t transfer 997 points).

          • Wally1976 says:

            Just thought, a weekend redemption night at the Aloft Liverpool is only 3k SPG points so that costs me £4.50 on this basis!

          • wally

            u doing the same cycling of the bapp and platinum amex?

            works much the same way with slight variations

      • I agree that SPG points are worth more than Avios normally, but there do not seem to be availability problems and, as you say, no tax (I have not actually booked yet).

        • Wally1976 says:

          In answer to Jamie, I have a general aversion to annual fees so I churn the free BA cards and usually gold but sometimes platinum amex – trying to time it for when I want to use airport lounges and to renew hotel statuses. We would struggle to do the £3k spend requirement on the BAPP too.

  3. Does anyone know if there’s going to be a renewed special offer for the SPG card, maybe like last year?

  4. WoW Looks stunning!

  5. This was my secret gem in London, pre-(and during)refurb…. redemptions here before were 11,000 points if I remember rightly, and given the location, the cash rates were very good too.
    I have been upgraded to a suite here maybe 8 time out of 10 too.

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