Luggage label from 1929 (via)
World War II brought dramatic changes to the hotel. The Great Room became home to the Officers’ Sunday Club. The hotel was also used briefly used as an annexe to the Immigration Section of the US Embassy; and in 1943, the hotel became the largest US Officers’ mess, serving 5.5 million meals in two years.
More recent years have seen a great many changes at The Grosvenor. It was purchased by The Royal Bank of Scotland in 2001 to be managed by Marriott International and rebranded the Grosvenor House a JW Marriott Hotel. It underwent a four-year renovation and restoration costing £142 million, reopening in 2008. In 2010, the Indian financial services group Sahara India Pariwar purchased the hotel from Royal Bank of Scotland for £470 million.
An announcement in the press on March 2nd, 2015 brings the story more or less up to date; Deloitte was today appointed to handle the administration of Sahara Grosvenor House Hospitality Limited, which owns the long leasehold, on behalf of Bank of China. The underlying operating lease with Marriott, which operates the hotel, is unaffected by the appointment and the hotel continues to trade as normal. The rest of the newspaper article is available here
That concludes our tour of the 'Grand Dame of Park Lane'. It’s now time to pack your overnight bag for a visit to Sepia Saturday.