However, with convenience comes a price that I was willing to dish out to save myself from the headache of commuting around different areas in London.
I took a quick trip to London to celebrate my birthday last week, and I fell in love with this beautiful city. It was my first time visiting the capital of the United Kingdom, and the diverse cultural scene and friendly locals made me feel like I was back home in Toronto. If you are a major holiday fanatic, London is a great place to visit in December. The city is covered in lights, wreaths, and transforms into a winter wonderland for the holidays. From the fantastic department storefronts (hello Harrods) to the holiday markets, private clubs, and luxurious hotels decked out in holiday decor; the city is buzzing with magnetic energy and undeniable charm that leaves you wanting more.
London is a vast city which like New York, has several boroughs to explore like Notting Hill and Covent Garden. Unfortunately, traveling between areas can be quite a time-consuming experience with the London traffic, so taking the Underground aka “the tube” is very common. I kept this in mind when I researched the London areas. I knew that I wanted to be in an area that was central and within walking distance to a subway line, restaurants, and shops. I decided to stay in the West End, which is home to most of London’s theatres, nightlife, art galleries, and restaurants. London is one of the more expensive European capitals, but there is something for everyone depending on your budget.
However, with convenience comes a price that I was willing to dish out to save myself from the headache of commuting around different areas in London. I reserved a hotel in Mayfair, an area known for 5-star hotels and some of London’s most celebrated restaurants like Sketch. I was delighted with my stay at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel. Not only was the hotel in a stellar location, but the room rates were doable, especially in comparison to some of the other hotels in the area.
Below are four reasons why booking a stay at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel is a lovely choice for your next London visit.
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Several attractions are near The Sheraton Park Lane Grand Hotel, like Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. The property celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2016 and also underwent renovations, which is a bonus. This hotel is a five to ten-minute walk to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park and even a 45 minute uber/ taxi ride from Heathrow airport- talk about convenience. The SPG property is also within walking distance to famous shopping streets like Bond Street, and Regent Street, but is also accessible to public transportation like the green park tube station if needed.
The property has 303 spacious rooms that have a beautifully modern and stylish Art Deco vibe. Room options include superior rooms, suites, and club rooms, which grant guests access to the club room lounge on the lobby level (more on this later.) The rooms at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel offer international charging ports, Nespresso coffee pods, a tea kettle, and one free bottle of water per day. Located on the infamous Piccadilly street, some of the suites overlook Green Park, which is stunning and features a rain shower and soaking tube.
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Upon arrival and check-in, my room was not ready; however, the hotel has a lady’s change room, which I used to quickly freshen up before heading to the hotel’s Club Lounge. Did I mention you can have access to the Club Lounge if you book one of the new Club Rooms? The Club Lounge is a private area located on the lobby floor that grants club room guests access to unlimited continental breakfast, coffee, tea, water, and snacks. I found the staff extremely helpful and accommodating in the lounge. They were quick to offer latte’s and other breakfast options if the hot buffet did not provide an item of choice.
Other notable amenities include a 24-hour fitness center that is well-equipped and has most of the equipment needed for a proper workout.
4. Restaurants & Bars
The Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel has several restaurants on-site, including Mercante, Smith, and Whistle and Palm Court. If you work up an appetite after exploring London, I would recommend checking out Mercante. This restaurant serves breakfast in the morning but turns into an Italian restaurant in the afternoon.
I got a chance to grab a few cocktails from the Chocolate Box Winter Terrace menu at the Smith and Whistle bar. All of the drinks on the list are chocolate-based and so delicious. Celebrity chef Eric Lanlard helped bring this creative vision to life. You can enjoy the chocolate and cocktail bar pairing until January 4th, 2020. Another bonus to note is the Smith and Whistle is dog-friendly and offers a drink menu that caters to your furry friends.
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Another unique experience you can enjoy at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel is listening to music played by a harpist at Palm Court. Palm Court is the lobby bar that offers an afternoon tea menu. What’s a trip to London without trying afternoon tea?
Overall I had an amazing experience in London and my stay at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel was a huge contribution to my newfound love of this city. Book your stay at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel here.
A special thank you to the Sheraton Grand Park Lane for the accommodation. All thoughts and opinions are my own!