To refer to any of Park Lane’s all-suite residences as “the most luxurious” on the celebrated London thoroughfare is no tepid claim: but it’s a fair assertion when it comes to the four top-floor penthousesat Grosvenor House Suites – a five-star gem in the heart of Mayfair, owned by Dubai property giants Jumeirah.
The phrase “What’s not to like?” barely does justice to an accommodation choice which ticks every box with a flourish. Its position – about a five-minute walk to Bond Street, Knightsbridge a 20-minute hike thorough Hyde Park – could not be more perfect, if such salubrious neighbourhoods are your London playground of choice. While the exterior façade is, typically for the area, achingly majestic (this building, celebrating its centenary this year, was the home of the Dukes of Westminster and Viscount Leverhulme before being converted into apartments), while the interior is ultra-modern: art deco, softly lit, with a quiet atmosphere that hits the visitor as soon as they walk out of the lift on the top floor and through its wall-carpeted, hushed acoustics. The suites’ soothing ambience, meanwhile, is enhanced by details such as remote controlled fireplaces and swallow-me sofas.
But it’s the experience of being here that wins plaudits from all who visit (and their number include Meghan Markle,Duchess of Sussex, by the way). Whether the visitor’s family are in tow or not, this is a place where the those left cold by the limitations posed by conventional hotel rooms will encounter sybaritic luxury and studied, attentive (but never invasive) service in spades, but with the freedom of having genuine, if temporary, ‘digs’.
This in large part can be attributed to the specially curated ‘at home’ luxury services – a feature that really differentiates these suites from the bulk of Mayfair’s eyebrow-hiking repertoire of ultra-luxe accommodation. To test the service and the staff who execute it to the limit, visit with family at Christmas, when staff will erect and decorate a tree, hang personalised stockings for your offspring and organise for the kitchen staff to re-create your family’s favourite festive fare up in the suite. In the case of the five-bedroom, Art Deco–style Grosvenor Penthouse, the largest of the four top-category Penthouse Suites – which can host up to 16 at the dining table and up to 35 for a cocktail reception – they’ve even been known to bring in a pianist to provide entertainment on the heated terrace.
Adults though will be more enticed by the 24-hour room service, in-residence spa and beauty services (which can take place up in the residences) and Atrium: an exceptional second-floor space which, in keeping with its name, sees guests enjoy informal all-day dining beneath a seven-storey high ceiling by a vast fireplace (although the secluded court will be a bigger draw for summer guests).
Business or leisure travellers wanting a genuine home away from home in the British capital need apply…
The Grosvenor House Penthouse suite starts at £12,000 per night. jumeirah.com/London/Grosvenorsuites