Review: Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel and London

As you can probably tell I’ve started the school year again in earnest. If you are interested at all in education-related issues, check out my other blog called Making the Grade. I’ll make sure to post here but not as frequently as the past two weeks.


Upon arrival in London we quickly got a cab to our hotel, the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel. It is right near Hyde Park and has direct access to a number of Tube lines that can get you anywhere in the city quite quickly. The hotel is a beautiful old building that is still undergoing some renovation but has amazing charm. The oddest thing to me was that the check-in counters were actually around the back of the hotel for some reason. We had booked this hotel using points and since we booked four nights we actually go the fifth night free. So, instead of 20,000 points/night (as shown below) it averaged to 16,000/night.

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The room itself was small but had some nice amenities. The bed was super-duper comfortable! An interesting perk they added: a cell phone for use while in London. We didn’t need to because we had purchased SIM cards for ourselves at the airport, but it is a very interesting idea.

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We had a small issue when we checked in because they said we did not have access to the Sheraton Club Lounge even though I knew it was a benefit of the Starwood Preferred Guest Business card that I had. After a brief twitter exchange with @spgassist our room was called and keys fixed to give us access.

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It had a wonderful breakfast spread every day that we used to supplement lunch fixings as well.

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We did a variety of activities while in London: from visiting the London Transport Museum, to watching buskers in Covent Garden, to exploring the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace, viewing the sky from the London Eye, seeing the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum, to having afternoon tea at the Dorchester Hotel. London is a beautiful place to go visit and we will definitely return!

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One thought on “Review: Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel and London

  1. When I used to stay at the Park Lane hotel some years back it was only 10,000 points per night. Amazing how SPG has increased the redemption points by double over a few years and don’t have any good programs for Platinum members to accrue more points. Redemption with SPG these days seem almost impossible and therefore to me, it is the least attractive program of ALL hotel programs. I am just glad Marriot has purchased them and perhaps now the program will improve. Their Dutch CEO came in and pretty much messed up the whole program some years back. Other hotels like Sheraton Heathrow used to be 3000 points a night, now it’s like 7500 and nothing has been done to improve the property, yet redemption is gone up ridiculously. At the rate SPG is going, I can bet you they will lose their premium customers who will get smart and go to hilton, holiday inn, hyatt or marriot.

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