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
This was disappointing it started badly the key didn’t work in the lift then not in the door , when I got in the room was tiny the bed is top , bottom and one side against a wall Pinned into the room it is about the same size of this tiny double bed again , the shower room was tiny but ok , but the shower ran hot then cold , the picture on the booking showed a lovely room we didn’t see it . Breakfast at £40 forget it just go down the road loads of little cafes
Old Hotel, old furniture, my room was terrible: noisy, without a desk. The food is average as well as the service. Check out procedures are very efficient. Check in: very long process, no consideration of your needs.
The official website say these are the rooms.
I'm afraid they don't have these rooms they are a general picture for the whole group. The other picture is what you are given. When we tried to complain the night manager just dismissed us terrible lady.
This hotel has many good points. It is in a great location for the theatres which is why we picked it. We had a wonderful dinner at the Steak and Lobster and enjoyed great cocktails in the bar after seeing a show. There was a wide choice of breakfast items and I particularly enjoyed the green cleanse juice. The cooked items could have done to be hotter but we always find this is the case with a hot breakfast buffet. There was an older gentleman waiting on who was friendly and attentive, checking we were ok and chatting to us. In the afternoon we had some extra time and asked if we could have afternoon tea even though we hadn't booked and the staff made us feel very welcome and accomodated us. It was a fabulous afternoon tea!
Now the not so good things. Initially we arrived at the wrong hotel. There is another Radisson Blu Edwardian literally across the road and I am guessing we are not the first to do this. The staff were not particularly helpful, just telling me they did not have a booking in my name. After a few minutes of them checking and me panicing and them telling me there was definitely no booking in my name, it was me who asked the question as to whether I was in the right place and we realised I wasn't. At this point he was able to tell me my room was ready and pointed out the building just over the road. I know this isn't Bloomsbury Street's problem but as part of the same group someone should should speak to them about their unfriendly and unhelpful manner. After making it to the correct hotel, check in seemed to take an awful long time considering I had done the online pre check in and paid in advance. The email said that after doing this it was just a case of going to the concierge desk and collecting the room key. This wasn't the case! Anyway, we eventually made it to our room and I have to say we were underwhelmed by it. It was clean and had everything we needed but it just did not live up to expectations which came from photos on the website. I use a popular budget hotel chain a lot when visiting family or nights before flying on holiday and I know what I am going to get. This felt like the budget chain with a few added nice toiletries but not at a budget price. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the room but it was just not as luxurious as the photos made out and I was left feeling disappointed. So, as the title says, mixed feelings.
Rooms not as advertised on website, nothing like the photos, not what I expect from a 4* Radisson hotel. Started in a twin ‘superior’ room which was far from superior and asked to be moved due to noisy aircon units outside and dark dingy room, and horrible bathroom hidden within the wardrobe. Room was definitely not superior in any way. Unfortunately the hotel did not have any other rooms available so moved to a tiny broom cupboard room, with a double bed pushed against a wall in the sister hotel across the road. The only positive was that every staff member was lovely and a real credit to the hotel….a real shame the rooms weren’t up to standard.