Hotel (Grosvenor) of the week

It’s a fickle, fickle world, but there are some things you can rely on. Hotel of the week, for example, which swings by every Friday without fail, to kick-start your weekend. Today’s temptation, Hotel Grosvenor, adds a shot of modern glamour to Shaftesbury’s cobbled streets. It’s worth a visit for its Smith offer alone: a half-bottle of champagne and an assortment of home-made truffles and fudge.

Style Revamped Georgian retreat
Setting Shaftesbury’s Hovis hilltop

Why this week? Stay for less, with the Grosvenor’s current boutique hotel offer for Smith members – bed down for three nights, but only pay for two.

Our favourite bits We love the hotel’s stately Georgian façade and 16 smart, city-style bedrooms, adorned with gigantic headboards, Cecil Beaton fabrics, Tassimo coffee-makers and the cleanest lines in Dorset. Treasure by name, treasure by culinary talent: the Greenhouse restaurant’s chef, Mark Treasure, is blazing a trail in Dorset’s gastropub-dominated cuisine scene with Michelin-friendly fine-dining delicacies. The menu may be small, but it makes use of fresh, local ingredients to create plates worthy of a Parisian gastronome.

Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘When we first accepted our reviewing mission to Shaftesbury, Mrs Smith and I were expecting a country tavern-style stay: all open fires, beam-loads of brass tat and perhaps a splash of Farrow & Ball to up the chic. Not so at this hip hotel: in an area of Britain dominated by chintzy B&Bs, cosy coaching inns and wellie-trodden wayside gastropubs, Hotel Grosvenor stands out like a manicured urban thumb.

The listed Georgian facade in the town’s main square is impressive enough, but inside, a mammoth two-year renovation has turned a – by all accounts, dodgy – pub-hotel into a gleaming space of calming taupes and olives, walls hung with tongue-in-cheek artworks and celebrity sketches. The only traces of the building’s period history still apparent are in the odd under-carpet hump in the floorboards and in the vast dimensions of the first-floor ballroom…’

Read the full anonymous review of Hotel Grosvenor, in Shaftesbury

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Weeks before first joining Mr & Mrs Smith's editorial team as assistant editor, Sarah Jappy was interviewing hot blondes in Copenhagen for a city guide. Having penned food porn for Blue Tomato and fashion features at Itchy City Guides, Sarah was delighted to bring an appetite for alliteration and expert opinion on hot topics including: the marzipan to pastry ratio of the perfect almond croissant; which shop-bought hollandaise sauce generates the best eggs benedict and where to source the capital’s most drool-worthy moules marinière. That's not to even mention her 12 years of Irish dancing prowess. She has now moved Down Under to head up Smith's Melbourne editorial team.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Daniel at 11:42 am

    Half a bottle of champagne- How does that work? It doesn’t look like the kind of hotel I’d associate with Shaftesbury.

  2. Sarah Author at 12:17 pm

    Sorry Daniel, it’s a half-bottle of champagne! You’re right about the hotel, it’s unique in these parts and that’s why we love it!

  3. Katherine at 4:24 pm

    Looks great – how does one get into hotel reviewing? Sounds like an amazing job!


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