Press Release Date: 27 Sep, 2011
Guoman Hotels opens doors for sneak peek of £20 million Grosvenor Victoria refurbishment
London’s oldest railway hotel, The Grosvenor Victoria is nearing the end of its £20 million refurbishment. The iconic Grade II-listed property, which opened in 1862, is currently being restored to its full Victorian splendour by owner Guoman Hotels. Work is on course to be completed in January 2012, when the hotel will officially become the fifth hotel in Guoman’s London collection.
During the course of the 18-month project Guoman has worked hand-in-hand with experts from English Heritage to lovingly preserve and revitalise the building’s original architectural features. This included the reinstatement of £100,000-worth of gold leaf on columns in the grand lobby and the uncovering of original white marble on the iconic pillars – discovered as the works progressed.
When The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria joins the Guoman Hotels collection, it will be presented to an impressive four-star deluxe standard, with all of its 346 bedrooms transformed to a high specification. As part of the hotel’s refurbishment, there is now a new residents’ gym packed with the latest fitness equipment and a fully-enhanced meeting and conference space – with the rooms all named after iconic trains; a direct homage to the hotel’s heritage as a central railway hotel.
Meanwhile, the sweeping marble staircase at the heart of the building now leads to a new destination bar, Réunion, underlining the hotel’s reputation as the ideal central spot for meetings and Champagne gatherings in the hub of Victoria.
Other points of the full refurbishment include:
- Restoration of the light and airy lounge area, perfect for an informal meeting or a delicious, traditional afternoon tea
- The creation of Grand Imperial, a stunning Cantonese fine dining restaurant which includes a private dining room for 20
- Creation of nine new meeting rooms on the first floor, with accommodation for groups of up to 110
- A new manned business centre