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
The hotel is a s afe 10 minute walk from the hall and 2 minutes from the tube and V & A museum. Clean, well equipped rooms although single is very small. Deal included breakfast, which was plentiful and excellent quality.
Stayed one night for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Flew down from Edinburgh.Hotel is a short walk from Piccadilly Line (Gloucester Road Station) so easy to get to and also a short walk to Royal Albert Hall. Staff were v friendly and professional. Room was single and a decent size for my needs. Breakfast was v good with a range to suit all needs. I used the bar before and after the concert. My only concern is the poor barman who was left to serve bar customers and provide drinks for restaurant orders without any help. Not his fault so still keeping the 5 stars!!
Am back in London next Feb so will look to book again.
A travel agent recommended this hotel near South Kensington. The hotel is a bit dated. It is a few row homes linked together. Rooms are a decent size for 2 people. Thankfully our room was ready early, around 10 am after arriving from the US. The concierge and front desk staff were very pleasant and helpful. The hotel is in an absolutely excellent location, less than a block away from the Gloucester Road tube station. If you are not fond of elevators/ lifts, beware. There are 2 in the hotel, but they are very small and a bit sketchy. Thankfully we were on the second floor. Finally, we did have a bit of trouble with the water temperature in the shower. I believe due to the age of the hotel, it suddenly would get scalding hot and then very cold. We did mention it to the front desk when checking out. Overall, this is a great hotel for the value.
Old fashioned hotel with all you need, exept the bathroom, that was to small/ not practical (where to hang up your towels?). Exelent breakfast, good room, good service and a location that made it easy to visit Central London.
Great staff , great food , great rooms. Overall fantastic. Could improve gym size but that’s minor. Thank you guys! The breakfast was amazing. Best breakfast I’ve had in a long time. Worth every penny.