Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel
What We Love
- Period features aplenty, from the original stucco façade to ceiling frescos and stained glass windows
- Perfectly placed: a block from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the V&A, just around the corner from Gloucester Road tube station
- The modern bistro serves classic British dishes and daily afternoon tea
What To Know
- For Deluxe rooms and above rate includes a $23 daily credit for food and drink (excluding breakfast & room service breakfast)
- The hotel occupies 10 19th-century townhouses; it was transformed into a hotel by the Vanderbilt family in the 1920s
- Free WiFi
- Business Rooms include full English breakfast, early check-in and two bottles of water each day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A block from some of London’s best museums (the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A), the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt occupies 10 interconnecting townhouses dating from 1874. With its white stucco façade, huge Union Jack flag out front, and period features aplenty (including original ceiling frescos and stained glass windows), this stately sleep has a strong sense of place. Pastel and floral print armchairs, a hefty marble fireplace, and tables strewn with newspapers, free fruit and cucumber water create a contemporary country house vibe in the lobby.
Bed and Bath
Owing to the original townhouse layout, each of the 215 guestrooms has a unique configuration and offers architectural quirks from cozy alcoves to beautiful bay windows in the rooms overlooking Cromwell Road (on floors one to three). The traditional decor brings together dark wood furniture, floral curtains and fabrics in warm burgundy and taupe. All feature flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffeemaking facilities, free WiFi and Sicilian marble bathrooms. Splurge on a Deluxe Room for a comfy seating area or a Business Room for daily full English breakfast, free water and early check-in services.
More hip brunch spot than hotel dining room, Scoff & Banter is decked out with industrial-style lights, exposed piping and colorful metal chairs set around chunky wooden tables. The all-day restaurant serves classic British dishes (shepherd’s pie, beer-battered fish and chips, raspberry eton mess) and a daily afternoon tea that offers an impressive selection of brews. Drinks can be taken through to the lobby lounge, where you’ll find original paintings of Napoleon and a cozy fireplace decorated with fleur-de-lis designs. The small basement gym is open 24 hours.
In the Area
Three of London’s best museums are on your doorstep: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. They’re all free to enter seven days a week and open until 10:30 p.m. on the last Friday of the month. In the other direction you’ll find the Royal Albert Hall. Built in 1871 for Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, it’s a grand concert venue with a domed roof, tiered seating and fantastic acoustics. The eclectic lineup of performers includes big name stars as well as more quirky acts such as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Pick up posh treats at Harrods’ opulent food hall. Fill your basket with fancy teas and biscuits and browse the impressive deli counters. Dining highlights include Ladurée for Parisian macarons, a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and a steakhouse where you can preselect a cut from the in-store butcher. Recently renovated to the tune of $18 million, Kensington Palace is full of regal artifacts, trompe l’oeil ceilings and a permanent exhibition on the life of Queen Victoria. Take a breather from the pomp with afternoon tea at the Orangery restaurant.
How to Get There
I like the location of the hotel because it is near the museums, restaurants and parks. Moreover, the staff were friendly and we had a good service. The price was good. I and my wife really enjoyed the suite room because of the spacious area as well as the decoration.
The things that made me decide to come back here once again were the previous experience of a good service and the very good location for transports to central London and to the airport.
For the good service a special thank to Sara Marchiodi !
I attended a performance of the Mounbatton Music Festival at the Royal Albert Hall. I planned the stay and I have to say everything's and everyone was excellent. Hotel, staff, the bar, the breakfast. Perfect.
The hotel is just around the corner from Gloucester Road tube station so it is easy to get around in the city centre, and to Heathrow. It is also a short and pleasant walk to Kensington High Street and Hyde Park. It is a safe neighbourhood so is great for anyone travelling solo and arriving in the middle of the night like me. The room is clean and comfortable - the decor is classic so some may think it looks old, the room is very well maintained though. I am all for classic things so I totally love it. Staff are friendly and helpful. Nice breakfast too! I would definitely go back next time I'm in London.
I stayed here for one night on business. Hotel is located near a tube station so is handy when in London.
On arrival a the hotel, the members of staff at reception were chatting to other staff members on the state of the concierge desk and neither of them broke their conversation to attend to me and looked a bit lost as to why I would be there. Not a great start.
Once checked in I head to my room on the second floor, I had to follow a maze of corridors to get to my room and once I got there the room wasn't impressive. I had only booked a single room but it was extremely disappointing, dated décor and there was an odor in the room, like a bathroom.
The layout of the room wasn't ideal, plug sockets weren't in the correct place, the air conditioning was dated and didn't quite work as expected, there was also a large gap at the bottom of the door that let in a lot of light from the corridor which made it difficult to sleep.
When I tried to use the kettle it didn't work, I would have complained but by the time I had discovered it I was in my PJs and didn't fancy having to get dressed to deal with it.
I used the gym and it's not large, but it has a good selection of kit. However there were two other travellers trying to use the gym as well and it felt very crowded and awkward trying to exercise together, so I cut my work out short.
The breakfast was good, and the staff I interacted with there were pleasant and friendly.
The hotel does have impressive free Wifi so that was a bonus and the TV's do have the ability to send the screen from my phone to the TV which was a bonus as well.
Overall I'm not sure I'd return, to be honest.