Grosvenor House, London $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:Perfectly located on Park Lane, the historic Grosvenor House, emerging from a four-year makeover, emanates a cocooning atmosphere of well-trained professionalism. Only some vestiges of its glamorous Jazz Age heyday have been retained intactmost visibly the classic entrance colonnade joining the two towers housing the 443 rooms. Yet the richly hued refurbishments of the well-sized rooms and bathrooms are styled for mainstream appeal: patterned carpets, thick drapes with swags, and English bath salts for the tub. In the reception areas, however, the invitingly colorful luxe decor is slightly diminished by lackluster contemporary color photography and new woodwork with an incongruously pallid hue. The Bord'eaux brasserie serves terrific cuisine from southwestern France in a cavernous space (the piped in music veers erratically from Piaf to rap). The more formal dining option is Corrigans, but allow time for the truly excellent English tea in the Park Room, overlooking Hyde Park. 2009 Hot List
When to go: The Grosvenor's superb London location makes it an anytime destination.
Which room to book: If you must have a view of Hyde Park, pony up for a suite on the Executive floor.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›
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