Hotel Highlights

Our Charity Partner

Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel Supports Rays of Sunshine

Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel are delighted to announce their new charity partner this year is Rays of Sunshine,, a UK registered children’s charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children aged 3 to 18 by granting their wishes, granting hospital ward wishes and organising large scale events.

Our aim is to raise £2000 in the first year of the partnership to fund magical wishes for brave and deserving children and to do that WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

Every day of the year Rays of Sunshine gives brave and deserving young people the chance to put their illness on hold and enjoy a moment of escape. Over 6,000 individual wishes have been granted since the charity was set up in 2003. Wishes can be as unique as the children themselves and whether a child wants to be a princess or a fireman for the day, go to Disneyland in Paris, visit Santa in Lapland, own an iPad, meet a favourite celebrity or even a ‘real life’ mermaid, Rays of Sunshine works hard to make that wish come true.

Rays of Sunshine charity logo in bold yellow text.

Rays of Sunshine also grants ward wishes, which offer a distraction to hundreds of children during their time in hospital or a hospice. Events and outings are held throughout the year for large groups of seriously ill children including trips to theme parks, hospital activity/pamper days and parties.

We hope you will all GET INVOLVED and support our partnership so we can reach our £2000 target and grant magical wishes for brave and deserving children.  Please ask at reception about how you can support our partnership.

Leicester’s most iconic hotel gets a grand makeover!Marco's Bar at Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, white and brown leather bar stools at a marble bar

Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel has undergone a major refurbishment, including the redesign of the hotel’s bedroom corridors as well as the renovation of the ground floor, including the restaurant, bar, reception and fitness room.

The stylish and contemporary feel blends seamlessly with original features such as the sweeping Victorian staircase, and uses modern colours and fabrics to give a present-day style. The new reception area and lounge have become the  place to meet, drink, High backed velvet armchair in the lounge at Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, dramatic grey pillars and large staircasedo business and socialise in Leicester city centre.

The renovation also included the opening of the brand new Marco‘s New York Italian restaurant, offering guests and locals superb traditional Italian dishes as well as a variety of meats and fish and a mouth-watering dessert menu.

Located just a stone’s throw from the newly regenerated Cultural Quarter, Mercure Leicester, The Grand Hotel is the place to be for those looking for a stylish hotel to meet, eat and drink in a central location.

Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel LGH Monogram on the hotel front window            Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel, Marco's New York Italian Restaurant, dining table with photo of Marco Pierre White above.             Velvet armchairs and a low leather chesterfield sofa with modern artwork on the wall and sweeping staircase in corner

Visit Leicester – the home of Premier League Champions Leicester City 

Our great city of Leicester really enjoyed the sporting spotlight in 2016 thanks to a historic Premier League football win. Needless to say Mercure Leicester The Grand Hotel was proud to be at the centre of the celebrations.

In one of the greatest stories of football the world has ever seen, Claudio Ranieri’s humble Leicester City FC won the 2015/16 Premier League for the first time in their history, having enjoyed a modest 14th place in the preceding season. With a strong teamwork belief and recognition of strength in diversity, Leicester City FC mirrors the ethos of Leicester itself – a cosmopolitan metropolis evolved from a medieval hub, based on the Rover Soar and surrounded by the picturesque Leicestershire countryside.

We can’t promise these levels of excitement all the time, but we guarantee you’ll love our sumptuous and stylish hotel and hospitality.