The iconic Victoria railway hotel is re-writing history books once again by reverting to its original name – The Grosvenor Hotel. Subject of a £1 million refurbishment programme, the former Thistle Victoria will open its doors on 31 January as The Grosvenor.
Originally opened as The Grosvenor Hotel in 1862, the elegant Victorian hotel has a long and distinguished history. Not only was it designed by J T Knowles with a magnificent Italianate style façade with a French Renaissance roof, it was the first London hotel to feature lifts – or ascending rooms as they were known at the time.
With its magnificent grand entrance and discreetly elegant bar and lounge, the hotel has 357 bedrooms and 11 meeting rooms. The first phase of the refurbishment programme, completed in 2007, to enhance the Victorian heritage of the hotel included the bar, lounge, 140 bedrooms in the Grosvenor Wing and the stunning meeting facilities.
The upgraded meeting and events facilities are suitable for all types of functions. In addition to the Grosvenor Executive Suites, a suite of five luxurious meeting rooms for small group discussions, the hotel also boasts the Grosvenor Suite, a grand meeting room for up to 200, ideal for entertaining clients, colleagues and guests alike. The facilities marry history with the very latest multimedia and communications technology. High speed WiFi connectivity and an organiser toolbox are available in every room and LCD screens in selected rooms.
The stunning Bessborough Room with its high ceilings and ornate decoration provides ideal wedding facilities.
Bernard de Villéle, area general manager commented, “Renaming the hotel as The Grosvenor reflects the historical importance of the hotel. We endeavour to offer our guests an experience which combines the Victorian elegance of yesteryear with the high standard of service delivered with a human touch and the range of facilities you expect from a grand hotel.”
The hotel is adjacent to Victoria mainline station, within close proximity to several famous London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament and Green Park.
The Grosvenor will join The Cumberland, Charing Cross and The Tower as part of the Guoman collection of luxury hotels following further investment over the next 18 months.