The first hotel on Park Lane, JW Marriott Grosvenor House London, celebrated a return to its star-studded heritage last week with a spectacular English garden party to launch its £8 million public space renovation project directed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA).
Guests including actress Gillian Anderson and singer/actress Samantha Barks sampled the rich traditions of British summertime, including Ascot, Henley, Wimbledon and The Chelsea Flower Show, in a colourful display that included a lively gin bar serving botanical cocktails, a flower festooned Secret Garden and a stunning theatrical performance by violinist Lizzie Ball and the Classical Kicks.
The new design of JW Marriott Grosvenor House celebrates the hotel’s rich history and enhances its sense of place within the green environs of Hyde Park. The elegant interiors take inspiration from Grosvenor House’s magnificent setting and views, infusing the space with delightful references to the natural world outside. Now, no other London hotel has such an immediate relationship with the city’s most famous Royal Park and seamlessly connects the fashionable streets of Mayfair to the vast green expanse of Hyde Park.
The newly refurbished Park Room is animated with references to nature, including a selection of glass butterflies that form the central chandelier. The fresh colour palette of sharp greens, greys and cream complements the pale oak herring-bone floor, Damasco White marble bar and tables and luxuriously upholstered sofas and chairs to create a refined and elegant space while maintaining the hotel’s historic grandeur.
The room’s design is artfully set off with books and ornaments that hint to the hotel’s flamboyant past, including the moment Grosvenor House’s de Havilland propeller aeroplane won the most spectacular air race from England to Australia in 1937 and debutantes danced at Queen Charlotte’s Ball in The Great Room. Now the hub of JW Marriott Grosvenor House, the Park Room is the perfect location to enjoy the quintessentially British tradition of Afternoon Tea as well as a la carte options and a creative cocktail and champagne menu.
The ground floor transformation is apparent from the moment guests arrive through the main entrance on Park Street. The most significant change is a bespoke floor to ceiling glass surround fire place that captures the next stage of the ground floor and the vista of the park beyond. A pale Crema Marfil marble floor with brass inlaid detailing conveys contemporary glamour, the reception desks have a mirrored glass façade and walls are clad in rich fabric. Antiqued mirrors on the columns and ceiling reflect light and movement. The lobby design in particular plays with the theatrical history of the hotel – the days of the famous Grosvenor House Girls – with abstract feather motifs in the carpet and a staggered backdrop to the reception desks, which suggests the wings of a theatre stage.
The Ballroom is inspired by the hotel’s former ice skating rink on which Her Majesty The Queen once learnt to skate. Here, the carpet has grooves cut through like the swirls of an ice rink. Together with the Ballroom, the hotel’s meeting suite, 86 Park Lane, has been refurbished to create Mayfair’s newest meeting and events space, offering twenty flexible suites.
“We are delighted to take JW Marriott Grosvenor House to the next chapter in its esteemed history. The refurbishment of the Lobby, Park Room and Ballroom showcase some of London’s finest entertainment space. We have fused our heritage and location to create a contemporary hotel that satisfies the global traveller of today,” said Stuart Bowery, General Manager at JW Marriott Grosvenor House.
Grosvenor House has commanded its position on Park Lane since opening its doors in 1929 and has long been associated with Royalty, international dignitaries and celebrities. Steeped in history and recognised for its iconic Great Room and period style, including original Lutyens wrought iron gates, the hotel has welcomed guests for over 85 years. Located in the heart of Mayfair, JW Marriott Grosvenor House is just moments from the luxury shopping districts of Mount Street, Bond Street and Knightsbridge, as well as many art galleries, museums, theatres and royal sites such as Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall.