Located directly opposite the sprawling lawns of Hyde Park, the Sheraton Grand Park Lane had an undoubtedly grand facade, with the high pillars being especially noteworthy.
For guests arriving in a taxi, the drop-off point was markedly less grand. Taxis would have to turn into a small lane off the main road, and drop off guests at the back of the hotel. However, as the main reception was located at the back of the hotel, it was convenient for guests arriving by taxi.
The front desk associates were courteous and quick to help us check-in, and within 10 minutes, I was already walking along the corridor to my room.
The hotel corridor was standard cookie-cutter stuff, and while it was clean and brightly-lit, I was not too impressed with the dull colours on the carpet and walls.
All 154 Classic Rooms at the Sheraton Grand were renovated only recently in 2016, and boast a modern, art deco design, with an inherent traditional English influence.
The room was between 20-25sqm, with the main door opening up directly into the bedroom, without any hallway in between. Upon entering the room, the mini-bar was on the right, and the wardrobe on the left.
I had a great night’s sleep on the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience bed throughout my stay there. There was a work desk to the side of the bed, next to the window. With more hotels doing away with proper work desks in the room, this was a pleasant surprise indeed.
There was a small coffee table with a lounge seat in the corner of the room, where guests could lounge while reading the stack of magazines provided by the hotel.
I did not really get the intent behind the two small Dalmation dogs in the alcove below the TV, but I loved 101 Dalmations when I was a kid, and these put a smile on my face as I reminisced my childhood.
Each room also came with a free “Handy” cellphone, which had its own data plan, allowing for internet connectivity while roaming the streets of London. This would definitely be useful for guests who did not purchase any data plan while in London.
The en-suite restroom was standard-size, but I did appreciate the spacious shower compartment. The rain shower was absolute bliss to stand under as well after a long day out. It was also raised off from the floor, and ensured that no water leaked/splashed out! Pardon the poor picture below, but I hope it was useful enough to show how spacious the shower compartment was.
- Mini-bar (chargeable)
- “Handy” cellphone with data plan
- Coffee & tea making facilities (electric kettle, coffee & tea bags)
- Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner)
- Ironing board & iron
- Bath towels & bathrobes
- Safety deposit box
The gym was located in the basement in a separate wing of the hotel, quite a distance away from the rooms. In order to access the gym, guests would need to walk across the lobby bar/lounge (also known as Palm Court), before taking a flight of stairs down to the basement.
I was left rather puzzled by the location of the gym, since it entailed guests having to walk through an open, public area in gym attire. Similarly, sweaty, smelly guests would have to traverse the length of the lobby bar/lounge in order to get back to their rooms after their gym session.
Other than the unfathomable design of the hotel that led to the poor location of the gym, the gym itself was spacious and fitted out with a good range of modern equipment.
Besides the usual cardio equipment, there was also a section with weights machines as well as free weights. Towels, cold bottled water, and apples were also provided for guests’ convenience.
Buffet Breakfast (Mercante)
The buffet breakfast was at Mercante, the main hotel restaurant, and located just beside Palm Court. The spread was pretty decent, although unfortunately the variety was exactly the same over the 3 nights that I spent at the hotel.
The English muffins were huge, and positively delicious. I especially liked the blueberry muffin, and I believe I had one on each day! The other pastries were rather average in my opinion, and not really worth wasting calories over.
I tried the smoked cured fish which was pretty decent, and the ham was ok too.
Fresh fruits, juices, smoothies, and cereal were also available for guests who preferred a lighter breakfast.
I ordered an omelette, which was rather disappointing, as it was not sufficiently buttery, and I felt that it lacked some flavour. The cappuccino was pretty good, and commendable for a hotel buffet breakfast standard.
Whilst not the most memorable in terms of design, I would recommend the Sheraton Grand Park Lane to guests seeking a modern, comfortable hotel in a good location. My stay there was great, save for the location of the hotel gym, which irked me to no end. Making guests walk through a beautiful lobby bar/lounge in gym attire left me feeling rather “exposed”, and I hope that if the hotel gets renovated again in the future, the management would re-look the location of the hotel gym.
Ratings out of 10 (10 being the best, 0 being the worst)
Overall Rating: 8.5
Location: 8 (directly opposite Hyde Park, and a 15-20min walk away from downtown London)
Room: 8.5 (love the Sheraton bed and the room was comfortable overall, with plus points for the “Handy” cellphone)
Facilities: 7.5 (well-equipped gym, and a nice bar/lounge, however the location of the gym left much to be desired)
Staff: 7.5 (helpful and friendly staff)
Breakfast: 8 (good selection of food, but no change in variety at all, over the 3 nights)
Sheraton Grand Park Lane
Piccadilly, London, England, W1J 7BX, United Kingdom
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