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
Initialy was planning to stay 3 nights but first night has been fiasco with the room. First room did smell and second room was a total disappointment regarding size of the room and bathroom. I cancelled the confirmation for the other two nights. At the check out the receptionist asked me to reconsider coming back; they offered me a different room and included breakfast due to all troubles. In addition they provided me two tickets for the A&V museum as part of their special package.
The hotel is authentic, initially a challenge finding a room. What makes this Hotel special is a location and people. I was visiting friends in Earls Court so the location was perfect. Breakfast has been very good, challenge was waiting in the morning to get a table but staff was very efficient.
In summary, when you reserve this hotel you need to make sure that you request a room in a front and not back part of the hotel. Staff makes the difference and breakfast is definitely above average. If you need to stay in this part of London this hotel provides a very good value.
Stayed for 6 nights. Contrary to some comments the room had very large windows with lots of sunlight and was a good size. Everything in the hotel is clean. The front desk staff are very friendly and helpful and spend time with you. I did receive an email before I arrived asking if there was anything I needed which I thought was a nice touch. However despite a confirmation for 2 beds, there was only one king. Not to worry, Evalina was right on it and found another room a few days later. She was very persistent to make this happen (and she has a great personality!). Hotel is in a great location. I recommend this hotel.
Lobby area nice, location good, and breakfast very impressive!
But the rooms... true old school London style: Tiny despite already having been upgraded. And in urgent need of an renovation... unfortuantely the room was also quite noisy despite its high location. Until this place has been renovated, I will only book if absolutely no alternative is available or the price unbeatable - but as said the breakfast has quite a bit going for it!
We arrived at 12, which was too early to book in. We left our bags and were given a room number by a confused young lady. We returned at 11pm - no recollection of our booking or room, although they had taken the money. They then booked us into a different room assuring us our bags would be there. They weren’t. Another trip back to reception to find the bags were still in storage. It took 20+ minutes to check in for the second time. No information regarding breakfast, facilities or an apology for there incompetence. Room adequate but pricey, bathroom good. Won’t be returning.
I booked a superior double room for myself but, as I was on my own, I ended up a suitable target for the crampy minuscule single room that enables the hotel to maximize profit at the expense of decency, not to mention customer satisfaction. Staff at check-in did not even bother telling me until, sensing something was not right upon being handed over my key, I asked for confirmation that the room was what I had booked. The attendant then claimed he was going to tell me, which was a blatant lie, given that he had already pointed me towards the lift.