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London | HotelFebruary 5, 2013

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I am exited,  on my inbox, I just got a wonderful e-mail , very comforting at the moment since I am stressed with the last minute packing.

" We look forward to welcoming you to Grosvenor Luxury Apartments by Jumeirah Living .

Please take a short 3 minutes out of your schedule to complete our Guest Preference Form prior to your arrival to ensure we can tailor your stay to suit your every need.

For effortless dining we offer 24 hour room service or a light all day menu in our spectacular second-floor Atrium. Flooded with natural daylight, the Atrium feels like an outdoor café, yet offers the privacy and calm of being in your own courtyard.

For further relaxation during your stay enjoy a treatment with Spa Illuminata At Home, offering a selection of facial and massage treatments as well as manicures and pedicures in the comfort of your residence, Spa Illuminata at Home will completely relax you.

Please note that the entrance to Grosvenor Luxury Apartments is located on the corner of Park Lane and Mount Street.

We hope you have a safe journey and look forward to welcoming you."

I learn that I can schedule a full manicure, pedicure , massage and I can have  a stocked fridge to breakfast in the morning full of whatever I like. Perfect.

The site of Grosvenor  Luxury Apartments was originally a residence owned by Lord Chetwynd, before becoming the home of the Duke of Cumberland, followed by the Duke of Gloucester. The site was then purchased in 1805 by Robert Grosvenor, the 1st Marquess of Westminster. In 1808 the Grosvenor family moved in and the property became known as Grosvenor House. Over the course of the 19th century the house was extended considerably in the Neo-Classical style, becoming ever grander in line with the Grosvenor family’s position as one of London society’s wealthiest and most prominent landowners.

The celebrated British architect Edwin Lutyens designed the building as seen today which was constructed between 1912 and 1918.  It was considered an icon of early 20th Century luxury in London and served as the London home of the Dukes of Westminster and their family until it was requisitioned by the government during the Great War.

In the 1920s, Grosvenor Grosvenor Luxury Grosvenor House Apartments was sold by the family to William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, the soap entrepreneur and arts benefactor. Following Lord Leverhulme’s death, the house was subsequently transformed into ‘Apartment Hotels’. The tower was added in 1927, using a French stone, Salamandre, which contrasted with the Portland Stone traditionally used in the neighbourhood. As a result, the Grosvenor Luxury Apartments further became synonymous with luxury and style.

I am received by three doormen all greeting me in a choir ' Welcome Mrs Maslaton Oster, we hope you 'll enjoy your new home" The property  which underwent a £75 million heritage conversion refurbishment in 2011, welcomed the first residents of Grosvenor Luxury Apartments by Jumeirah Living in April 2012.

Set in the spectacular second-floor atrium with a seven-storey vaulted ceiling, the Atrium is a relaxing setting for an informal meal. It's here that my check-in is taking place.  Enjoying a light refreshment, with anapés created by award-winning chef Adam Byatt, in front of a grand modern fireplace , I start to believe that my stay in London is going to be truly one of a kind.

Mr Salvatore , the Duty manager takes us to one of the 131 elegant apartments, it  overlooks Hyde Park and like the others is refurbished by architects Woods Bagot with Anouska Hempel as one of the Design Consultants for the stylish interiors.

The charming interior design of the apartment combines classical British finishes such as dark oak timber flooring with more contemporary touches such as tailored wall panelling and oversized stone bathrooms.  State-of-the-art technology, bespoke furniture and original works of art complete the luxurious finish.

We are also offered unlimited movies, complimentary local calls, fresh fruit, replenished daily, soft drink selection refreshed daily, complimentary newspaper , Miele  laundry  appliances . I generally don't wash my clothes at home but here it's going to be fun.
The 24-hour Residence Concierge team is already at work for my restaurant reservations ,  assistance with some shopping and travel arrangements,although I know for a fact I won't mind leave the apartment for long periods.
I am told that the residence connects to the Concierge and  IT support and domestic services as well as sourcing schools, booking events, appointments and interior decoration. 24 hour In-residence dining and daily maid service complete the service experience.

My routine is set.  7 AM -in the  state-of-the-art fitness , 9 breakfast in the living room, 11 AM,Spa Illuminata at home treatments in residence , 12 out! I can say this is the best of London living.

The  exclusive new experiential concept for the residents of the  Grosvenor Luxury Apartments  luxury accommodations on Park Lane in London is unique. Each month residents will be introduced to another aspect of luxury London lifestyle, from private evenings with esteemed personalities, master-classes with leaders in their field, and previews in the world of fashion, music and the arts, to exclusive readings by of-the-moment authors.

Over the coming months, there will be opportunities to  enjoy varied masterclasses.  In one of the stunning Penthouses, Chef Adam Byatt – a regular on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and award-winning chef-proprietor of the Clapham restaurants Trinity and Bistro Union – will give a cookery demonstration and tutorial. Residents will also be treated to performance previews and talks from the stars at St James Theatre, the first newly built theatre complex in central London for 30 years.

Combining the services of a five-star hotel with the discretion, comfort and security of a private Mayfair residence, Grosvenor Luxury Apartments is the first exclusive ‘hotel residence’ to be opened in London. Since opening in spring 2012, the hotel residences have distinguished themselves by offering an unrivalled and highly personalised service. Try it , I recommend it.

 

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About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts includes Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi; Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai; Jumeirah Dhevanafushi and Jumeirah Vittaveli in the Maldives; Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai; Jumeirah Frankfurt in Germany; Jumeirah Grand Hotel via Veneto in Rome; as well as Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London. Jumeirah Group also runs the luxury serviced residences brand Jumeirah Living; the spa brand Talise; Jumeirah Restaurants; Wild Wadi Waterpark; The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management; and Sirius, its global loyalty programme.

To book in advance please call our Residence Concierge on +44 (0)20 7518 4444 or email GHAinfo@jumeirah.com.

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