Grosvenor House, London’s largest five-star hotel, is being restored to its former glory thanks to a multi-million pound refurbishment programme, which will see all areas of the hotel undergo major renovation.
Last year saw the unveiling of 86 Park Lane, which houses London’s most flexible and elegant event space, providing 20 rooms and accommodating between 10 and 400 delegates.
The first new bedrooms are now being offered to guests and additional rooms and suites will come back over the course of 2007 with all 494 expected to be available by April 2008.
A signature restaurant managed by an acclaimed Michelin-starred chef will be announced shortly and will form the showcase for food and beverage, with a more informal Brasserie offering complimenting the existing Red Bar and Park Room, the latter already a destination venue for Afternoon Tea in London.
The Great Room, Europe’s largest banqueting space and venue for high profile events including the BAFTAs and the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, and elegant Ballroom have already undergone redecoration. Also new is the imposing forecourt with original 1930s Lutyens wrought iron gates, striking hotel reception and intimate Library Bar that display an elegance and style eponymous of the restoration. A luxury spa will complete the Grosvenor House offering.
Speaking about the restoration Ed Fuller, President of Marriott International, who has overall responsibility for the JW Marriott brand, commented: “This a really exciting time for Marriott as it seeks global recognition. The JW Marriott name represents the luxury arm of the company and the brand has long sought a London base. Grosvenor House has a great heritage and I am thrilled that it is to open as our European flagship.”
The restoration is being managed by ReardonSmith with interiors by GA Design, Peter Silling and RPW Design. Project manager, Caroline West, comments, “The complexities of the Grosvenor House refurbishment have been considerable. Some of the phases are now complete and others are beginning on site. It is an extremely exciting project covering both front and back of house, which will bring the services offered by Grosvenor House up to the highest levels. There is still a long way to go, but we will be handing over a hotel worthy of being JW Marriott’s European flagship.”