Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
What We Love
- A 5-minute walk to Covent Garden, the theater-packed West End and Soho
- Views of the British Museum from some rooms
- Room service is available 24 hours a day
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- For Deluxe rooms and above rate includes a $23 daily credit for food and drink (excluding breakfast & room service breakfast)
- Ask for a room on a higher floor if you don’t want to hear any traffic; the staff will do its best to place you in a room that suits your needs
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located in Bloomsbury (onetime home to such literary luminaries as Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, John Maynard Keynes and Charles Dickens), the late-19th-century Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street is a chic crash pad with access to some of London’s best sights. The public areas are decked out with huge mirrors, gold velvet sofas and oversize orange vases on huge wooden tables. Original works of art fill the hotel, and in keeping with the area’s history, an installation made from pages of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway sits behind the reception desk and the hotel runs a monthly literary salon, Hidden Prologues, hosted by Sam Leith, the literary editor of the Spectator and the Evening Standard.
Bed and Bath
A seventh floor was added to the property in 2012, and it’s home to 11 of the more spacious rooms and suites. It’s made up of six Exclusive King Deluxe Rooms and five Exclusive Studio Suites. The rest of the 174 guestrooms are Standard and Superior Queen Rooms, Business Class Rooms, Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Suites. Each is kitted out with a kingsize bed clad with a sink-into mattress topper, a flat-screen TV and all the latest magazines, from Time to Harper’s Bazaar. Double-glazed windows block out much of the street noise, and some of the rooms look out over the British Museum. Many of the bathrooms come equipped with a tub and have Essential Elements by Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.
Cozy sofas, black-and-white photography, Venetian chandeliers and tall copper vases fill the sultry bar, while the restaurant has black leather chairs and screens that pull across to make the dining room more private. Bag a table by the enormous windows for the best people watching. The name tells the story at Steak & Lobster Bloomsbury; dine on succulent ribeye or a whole lobster and unlimited fries for less than $30 a pop. A traditional afternoon tea including scones and clotted cream, finger sandwiches and dainty pastries, is served daily.
In the Area
The free-to-visit British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone, is just around the corner. Don’t miss the Charles Dickens Museum, which takes you on tour of his former Bloomsbury residence, or head to the Royal Courts of Justice to walk the historic grounds or sit in on a court case. You’re perfectly placed to walk to theaterland from the hotel, where you can see such hit shows as Jersey Boys, Matilda and War Horse. Also easily reached on foot is the beautiful Royal Opera House.
How to Get There
Of all the hotels I stay in all over the world, this is by far and away the only one that has left me in a rage.
One two occasions they have sold my booking from under me.
The first I had pre paid! You may wonder why I would go back, but they apologised citing it as a mistake and since my company had a corporate rate with them I thought I would give them a second chance.
The second and final time happened last week. I had telephoned to say I would be checking in late as I had a company dinner to attend. Despite them having all my details on record once again I arrived late to find they had sold my room.
That has never happened to me anywhere else in the world and to happen twice is unforgivable. I have now instructed my staff to never use this or any other Radisson for our hospitality or events and will never return. Avoid this place like the plague
The hotel is in a great location. I had a couple of days working in London and this was very close to where I had to be. I booked a single room with view to the street and I got a room in the corner of the building that was so small there was hardly room for the suitcase. The window had a frosted glass so you could not see outside. Not really the standard I was expecting. I was moved into another room of a normal size, but still not a street view as I had booked. I contacted the staff once again and I was told that I was "upgraded" to a double room with a street view. So, make sure of what you book when you book. The staff were very helpful and accommodating and tried their best to solve the issue as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Well placed and quiet, smart hotel. Handy for Tottenham Court Road tube or if more time a pleasant walk across Russel Square. Good for Fitrovia with a choice of bars and restaurants and very handy for the British Museum.
The staff is ready to help was bad. The Hotel location very good. Small room, but high price. Good restraurant. The towell warmer was wrong in the bathroom and did't repair when istay at hotel. Check-in and check-out was quick, but consingerie was unredy. He sad bad informations.
We stayed here after Karma Sanctum cancelled our pre-paid reservation and we were placed here.
Such a great hotel, it is everything you want and need from a city hotel, clean, spacious and comfortable beds.... though I do expect to have more than one pillow please.
The reception and concierge were excellent, the checkin and checkout we seamless and rapid, whilst being very welcoming.
The bar staff were amazing guys..... though service was a little 'challenging' at times as the bar area was busy.