JW Marriott Grovesner House LondonSo as dreaming and drooling over hotels to stay in when I visit London, and being a huge fan of the JW Marriott's, I just reached down and paid the amount that was needed to stay here at the JW London. This is I think the 2nd most expensive JW in the world (it was when I was checking a few years back as I first fixated on this property).
ArrivalI was jumping around London from one affordable hotel to another during my last trip there (they change prices all the time through the week and it's just crazy, there seems to be no rules to it), and I drove up to the hotel on a Friday afternoon. Since the Carporteche is 1 block in the congestion zone, bam £15 charge.
The RoomTrying to use suite nights had initially looked really promising. But as things got closer, well it's in Mayfair and the money there is astounding. So all the suites evaporated by the time mine would clear and I ended up with the same base room I booked. So after some very humble conversation I was able get upgraded to just below a suite without using the upgrades. After finding myself only in the room while awake for about 3 hours over 2 days, I did find that wanting that suite a bit silly even if it would have been nice but the room I ended up with was spacious and comfortable.
The LoungeI was looking forward to seeing my first lounge in a JW in Europe and this one was astounding and massive. During the daytime it is frequented by many of the middleeastern guests of the hotel, but as soon as the alcohol is starting to be served later in the evening the guests change.
DiningBeing a class establishment in the fanciest district in the city, there are a few places to dine and drink. Hrm... more than 3, that's Rob's resort level criteria!
FacilitiesAlso as most hotels, it has a lot of small event rooms, a gym, ballrooms and a spa.
SummaryAs a continuation to hit all the JW Marriotts in the world, this one was a gem among gems that I have experienced. The level of service and quality of details in the hotel, and the incredible Executive Lounge, just wow. Yes, this is a very expensive place to stay, but I'm willing to make the sacrifice to visit here and experience all the luxury to be able to blog it. I know, how magnamimous of me.
I will tell you all this, after I keep going to these super top end hotels, it gets harder to stay at what most would consider regular level. I continue to do it but places like this make it seem a much lesser experience.