DIPLOMATIC CONCIERGE: Venetia van Kuffeler samples the high life at Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living
GROSVENOR HOUSE SUITES by Jumeirah Living is known for combining the refined services of a luxury hotel with the privacy, comfort and generous living space of a contemporary Mayfair residence, offering a unique experience for both short and extended stays.
Located on Park Lane, Grosvenor House Suites is just moments from so many of London’s embassies, government buildings and major landmarks, with convenient access to major airports. Of course, so many of the city’s best restaurants, boutiques, department stores and museums are also close, making it the ideal choice for business and leisure.
The Anouska Hemple-designed property is built around a quad and houses 130 suites, ranging from studio residences, to one-, two-, three-bedrooms, through to the five-bedroom Grosvenor Penthouse, which was ours for the night.
Laid out down a long black lacquer corridor that runs the length of the building, the Grosvenor Penthouse is Anouska Hemple at her finest, with five immaculate, sumptuous bedrooms, three facing the inner courtyard and the Atrium and two the outside terrace. Decor is in the designer’s signature black and grey, with splashes of tangerine; ensuite bathrooms are simple in chic grey slate. At almost 5,000 square foot, the penthouse is vast, housing up to 10 adults.
The entertaining spaces are impressive. An office doubles up as a games room, housing a baby grand piano and vast leather backgammon board on the desk. The dining room seats 12 and could easily work as a board room table. (Indeed, there are separate meeting facilities in the building for use by guests). And for those in relaxation mode, the movie room is dark, comfy and the ideal way to switch off. The amazing views of Hyde Park and the roofs of Mayfair from the drawing room and endless terrace are sure to impress even the most seasoned of travellers. Even on a bleary January day, the views across the capital are magnificent – from the chimneys of the Battersea Power Station development, over the Royal Park to the BT Tower.
The gleaming kitchen has all the mod cons you’d expect, including an American style double door fridge and bar stools around the black marble central island. But if grappling with the state-of-the art coffee machine becomes too much, of course you can dial down and order coffee, drinks and food from the international menu, delivered straight to the room. (Set into the ground like a sunken garden in the courtyard downstairs, The Atrium restaurant serves an excellent breakfast). Like a hotel, the suites are serviced twice a day, to ensure everything is immaculate.
A 24-hour Residence Concierge team is on hand to provide assistance with shopping, travel arrangements, IT support and domestic services; as well as more specialised tasks like sourcing schools, booking events and interior decoration.
Guests arrive at street level and must touch base with security and the concierge desk before they can enter the lift to get to the hotel lobby and reception desk two floors up. Security is tight; no one is allowed in who isn’t a guest or doesn’t have an appointment. This is grand apartment living, offering London at its finest. Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living is perfect for a diplomat and family who are newly arrived in London and yet to move into their long-term accommodation. Further still, the suites and penthouses are ideal for VIP visitors or Heads of State, plus their entourage.