Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel
What We Love
- Heart-of-the-action location in Bloomsbury, close to Oxford Street and the theater-packed West End
- Traditional British dishes served at Scoff & Banter
- The gym is open 24 hours
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- There's no spa, but in-room treatments are available
- Rooms are on the small side (from 129 square feet), but this isn't uncommon in London
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With a classic London location a block from the British Museum and within strolling distance of Oxford Street and Covent Garden, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth occupies a resplendent red brick building in the heart of Bloomsbury. Behind the 19th-century façade, the marble lobby features chunky columns and velvet sofas and is dotted with sculptures. Artworks from the owner’s private collection is on display throughout the hotel.
Bed and Bath
The rooms feature walnut beds and wardrobes, purple and navy velvet throws and Sicilian marble bathrooms. Handy amenities include tea- and coffeemaking facilities, mineral water, U.S electrical outlets, free WiFi and iPod docks. Junior Suites are decked out with French furniture and hand-painted silk fabrics and offer extra lounge space with a separate seating area. Book a Business Class Room for daily full English breakfast, bathrobes and slippers, and early check-in (subject to availability). All rooms come with a hypoallergenic Vertue mattress made from sustainable materials.
Scoff & Banter is an all-day restaurant with rich red booths and banquettes and an impressive stained glass cupola. Start the day with a full English breakfast, indulge in a traditional afternoon tea, or fill up on British fare in the evening. Choose from a reasonably priced two-course set menu for around $25, or order the beer-battered fish and chips followed by comforting desserts like fruit crumble and trifle.
In the Area
The hotel is a block from the British Museum, home to the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles and an impressive collection of mummies. It’s also within easy reach of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, a little-known repository stuffed with antiquities and artworks in a neoclassical townhouse. Visit on the first Tuesday of the month for a candlelit tour. Both are free to enter. Shopping thoroughfare Oxford Street is just around the corner, or hit Carnaby Street and Kingly Court for smaller independent boutiques and to browse Liberty, arguably the city’s prettiest department store, where creaky staircases lead to artfully designed rooms stocked with luxe labels.
How to Get There
Hotel was beautiful. I stayed in a junior suite which wasn't as big as I'd expected but was very clean, nicely decorated and adequate. Other hotels I've stayed in at this rate have provided little extras such as chocolates or biscuits but this wasn't the case here. The mini bar was also empty. On arrival I was able to check in early however so maybe this explains the mini bar. I went to the hotel bar after checking in and ordered a cocktail, which took 40 minutes to arrive!! I was disappointed that the glass was on the small side and also full to the brim with ice. And then to have a service charge and charity charge added without being asked was the icing on the cake, don't drink there!! I had a good night's sleep, the bed was very comfortable. Breakfast the next day was enjoyable. The dining room was very busy though and this was midweek. I would possibly stay here again if I was attending the same conference rooms nearby. One quick mention - the concierge whose name I did not catch, was extremely friendly, helpful and attentive. He deserves a gold star!
The hotel was near to where I wanted to be but I found my room, a single with a slightly larger single bed was bland to look at and not very impressive or inviting. As I entered the room, immediately to my right was a small area which contained a safe, fridge, wardrobe area and a hairdryer. That area was very small as was the room.
I visited the bar with my friend before going out and found that a service / gratuity was added plus a charity cost without asking or indeed producing a ‘bill’ to show all the extras.
The only reason I would stay there again would be for the location .
We visited the hotel as a treat for my husband along with a show, We arrived early and asked to leave our luggage before we went to lunch, the reception supervisor was very helpful and said we could certainly leave our luggage, but would check in case our room was ready. When he saw it was my husbands birthday, he upgraded our room to a suite and arranged for us to go to it immediately. Which was great after a long journey in 30 degrees. We went to lunch in the hotel restaurant which was very enjoyable, food was freshly prepared and table staff were very attentive. When we returned to our room, a surprise awaited us, a card for my husband, wishing him a happy birthday, a bottle of prosecco and as it was our anniversary the following day a mini anniversary desert to share. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable, everything you would wish for a celebratory evening away. We returned to a comfy nights sleep in an air conditioned room, then a lovely inclusive breakfast in the morning of fresh fruit, al a cart or full english. We had a wonderful time, all the staff surpassed themselves and the management should be very proud of the amazing team they have in this hotel and we hope they are recognized for all their hard work. It is so common now days, to visit hotels with untrained staff, who find it difficult to smile or in anyway put themselves out for their customers. Will definitely be back for another visit in a few months time.
Just a one night stay, event at The British Museum, so ideal location.
Room was small, bed not the best I've slept in and whilst the air conditioning worked, it was so noisy.
Bath had no plug, so had to unscrew and use sink plug.
Room is double glazed......it needs triple !!!
Breakfast was good, at £20 not bad for central London .......and it's almost a straight 20 mins walk to and from Euston.
The room was very small and probably one of the smallest in London, the most challenging part was the bed, I’m 186 cm which seems to be a problem as both of my feet were hanging outside bed. The bathroom was clean.