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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Great Location and great breakfast, however very poor customer service, rooms are very small and take time to receive hot water in the rooms, In that location it was value for money and but would consider other locations next time.
During our recently concluded, month long trip to England, we had the pleasure of staying at this hotel twice, on arrival for four days and two while departing for home.
The service and attention in dealing with customers of all nationalities was first class.
In particular Anna at reception could not have possibly been more helpful. The hotel contains a lot of stairs when you are on the fourth floor and have a phobia about lifts which I do.
Anna suggested a room move, which we elected not to take as I can use the exercise. However the pro action based only on a casual remark from my wife was outstanding and much appreciated.
After our previous experience at a hotel around the corner from Radisson it was wonderful to be treated like a valued customer.
We will stay here again
Stayed here for 4 days when my family was on a vacation. The people at the reception and the restaurant are really good. The breakfast buffet had a lot of choices. The only problem I saw, which is not really a problem; was that our room used to be cleaned twice a day. I told them to do it just once a day, for personal reasons.
This hotel is close to the gloucester road tube station, so it is really convenient. There is a drug store around, which makes it easy to get bottled water, medications and what not.
The rooms themselves are ok. They are on the smaller side in comparison to the hotels in America, but they seem ok when compared to the other UK hotels. The AC in the room was functioning well.