I stayed here for four nights as part of a flight/hotel package. Based on the cost of the flight alone, the room was a steal at about $500 USD for all four nights ($125/night).
I was concerned that I might get an inferior room as I was told it would be "run of the house" or a room of their choice with no guarantees of size. I did request at least a double bed as some singles are only a twin. My first room was standard (small) but comfortable. My only complaint was that there was no table or desk to lay open a magazine, book or newspaper and one small uncomfortable stacking chair. The next morning I asked if they had a room with a desk and I was moved to a very spacious room with large bay window, sofa and side chairs, a large desk and larger closet and bath. I was pleased to learn it would be at no additional cost.
The lift is indeed tiny and very slow. I often waited upwards of 5 minutes for it to arrive and it seemed to be being used by staff - perhaps they could lock it off to prevent it from stopping along the way to pick up additional passengers. As far as I know there is only one lift and that is a problem during the morning cleaning processes. I could hear it passing my floor again and again before it finally stopped. In all fairness, there are only four floors and there are several wide and open staircases if you are in a hurry.
The breakfast was plentiful and hearty. I chose to take a tray to my room and had plenty to make a snack for "the road" to take along during my sightseeing later on. The buffet included fresh fruit, pastries and rolls/bread, cereal, juices and other beverages, cold meats, sausages (2 kinds), eggs - both hard boiled and scrambled, fried bread, bacon, broiled tomatoes, yoghurt, and potatoes. Did I forget anything? Needless to say - very substantial!
I found my rooms clean and in good order. The "business center" consisted of two computers and a printer in cubbies with high stools (not very comfortable, so standing was a better option which limited extended use - on purpose???) Only once did I find both computers occupied.
Staff was generally helpful, but more than once they saw me struggling with packages and did not assist me up the steps. One concierge was quite aloof and acted as if it was a major inconvenience to post a letter for me, telling me stamps and a postal station was opposite the nearby tube stop.
The location is superb with the tube a short walk away. There is also a small shopping area adjacent to the station with a Waitrose grocery market, Boots and newsagent amongst others. There are restaurants and take-aways opposite the station, too.
I found the room very quiet with minimal street noise even though I was on the street side.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An imposing Georgian mansion in fashionable South Kensington, the four star Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt stays faithful to its past but espouses modern comfort in a classic London cityscape of porticos and leafy squares. Moments from London’s world-class museums, step into the frescoed lobby and take in a characterful ambience of open fireplaces, deep sofas for laid-back lounging and quietly stylish rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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