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“Enjoyable Business Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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The Academy
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   21 Gower Street Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6HG, England (Bloomsbury / Holborn)   |  
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Ranked #575 of 1,066 Hotels in London
Cheshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Business Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Although we only stayed for 1 night, we found The Academy a pleasant place to stay. The room was clean and catered for our needs. The Academy is in a great location, it is within walking distance of Euston Station and some good restaurants. The staff were excellent and we especially appreciated the very comfortable bed. The only minus was some cracking to tiles and basin in the bathroom. We would certainly stay here again on an overnight stay and the advance booking price was very reasonable..

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience here with us.

I was glad to read that you enjoyed your stay and most of all that our staff were able to assist you and provide the best possible service.

We are currently reviewing our bedrooms, including our bathrooms, in order to improve the service offered to our guests.

I do hope to have the chance to welcome you soon again,

Kind Regards

Federico Ciampi
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

I don't believe that seriously mildewed tiles and shower screen equates to luxury. Nor would I say that simply having space to include a sofabed turns a room into a suite. Really very disappointed with the condition of the bathroom and the size/layout of the room. Can't fault the location and style of the property but couldn't even sit in the conservatory as it had been designated for a private meeting. Also booked a breakfast-inclusive rate direct with hotel, only it wasn't: supplement charged for anything cooked but no mention of this on the website.

Room Tip: Junior Suite is no more than a large double
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for choosing The Academy Hotel for your recent stay here with us.

I was sorry to read that our Junior Suite did not meet your expectation and please rest assured that your comments are taken very seriously as those will be helping us our goal to offer the best possible stay for our guests.

I have also noted your comments about the breakfast offer on our website.

I do hope you will give us a chance again in the future,

Kind Regards

Federico Ciampi
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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I stayed there for one night in June with work. What a great place!
The rooms are spacious and very well furnished.
I particularly enjoyed the feather quilt and pillow!
One downpoint though is the bathroom, which had some cracked tiles. Shame.
Short(ish) walk to Leicester Square and all the theatres. Great neighbourhood.
Just be aware that there is no lift though (although the staff did help us with our luggage).
Breakfast was great. Great choice, spacious room, although a little pricey (I wasn't paying for it myself, but still...)
All in all, very nice place!!

Room Tip: No lift, so ask for a room on the ground or first floor if you don't like stairs!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience here with us. I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and found our hotel comfortable.

Being a townhouse indeed we do not have a lift but as you correctly stated, our staff are always looking forward to be helpful and make a guest stay a great one.

I was sorry to read about the bathroom comments; we are in process of scheduling a bathroom refurbishment programme that should take place towards the end of the year.

Looking forward to welcome you again in the future,

Regards

Federico Ciampi
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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Very nice hotel. WIFI was not great. This is a great neighborhood, the bus stop is across the street, the tube a short walk and the theater district a nice stroll. There are lots of good local restaurants in the area, TAS, was our favorite. However, most of the hotels in the area were originally townhouses and do NOT have elevators. The staff helped us with our luggage, but we were originally given a lovely room on the 3rd floor and it was just too many stairs [about 60]. Ask for a quiet room facing the garden on the 1st or 2nd floor. As for breakfast both the full English and the Continential were overpriced. But, the ala carte eggs and toast or porridge were quite reasonable and comparable to cafes in the area.

Room Tip: facing the garden on the 1st or 2nd floor.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience here with us.

I was delighted to read that you enjoyed your stay and found our Hotel comfortable and indeed in a great location.

For your next stay with us please do request a room overlooking our garden and we will be happy to allocate a quiet room.

Thank you also for your feedback with regards to the breakfast prices. Our breakfast prices are based on an average of the other 4* Hotels in the area and I was glad that you found a choice on our menu that was satisfactory.

Looking forward to welcome you again,

Kind Regards

Federico Ciampi
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is in a fairly decent location and could ooze character if given major TLC. I get very irritated when I walk into a room and see a torn/cracked lamp shade. This tells me straight away that attention to basic detail is not there. The room itself (up many stairs on the top floor) was not bad but in need of an update. I was grateful for air conditioning. The one window did not close properly. The bathroom is surprisingly small, very dated and the shower has cracked tiles. I would not say that my room was not worth the £200 I paid. Hopefully the manager will be able to convince the owners to invest in this potentially lovely place.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing The Academy Hotel for your recent stay in London.

We are glad that you took the time to share your feedback with us and I am glad to let you know that our Hotel has scheduled for a bathroom refurbishment to take place towards the end of the year.

Our intention is indeed to make this Hotel the perfect choice for both corporate and leisure guests.

Please feel free to contact me personally for your next stay and I will be delighted to oversee your reservation.

Kind Regards

Federico Ciampi
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Paddock Wood, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Stayed in the Bloomsbury suit. Beautifully decorated, air conditioned, large tv, sound system and nespresso coffee machine. Extremely comfortable bed, sofa and chair in the room, everything you could want, bathroom spotless. I had continental breakfast in the morning. Couldn't fault the hotel. 10 minutes from Oxford street/regent street. Bus stop almost outside the front door. Friend paid for my room so unable to comment on value for money. Would love to stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to share you recent experience here with us.

We are delighted to know that you did enjoy your stay and that you would love to come to stay with us.

So why don’t you, our website is always updated with new offers and packages and it would be a pleasure to welcome you again.

Kind Regards

Federico Ciampi
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Durham, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 59 cities Reviews in 59 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We stayed here some 8 years ago and thought it a smart stylish small hotel. Fundamentally it has remained so but it is starting to look tired inside. The rooms need redecorating and the whole place needs new carpet. Our shower room needed attention too. Blackened sealant does not give a good impression. The staff are friendly and breakfast a good selection of continental (cooked on request for an extra £5). The most impressive thing for me was the quietness. We had a room overlooking the garden; we had no outside noise nor did we hear fellow guests. There is a lovely lounge which opens out onto the garden. Location was ideal for us, 20 min walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras and 20 min walk to west end. Come on Academy -spend some money on refrbishment!!

Room Tip: Quiet rooms overlook the garden
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us and most of all for the loyalty showed over the last few years on choosing The Academy whilst in London.

We are currently programming a soft refurbishment in our bathrooms and we do hope we will have the chance to welcome you in the future to show you the difference.

Once again thanks for choosing The Academy and don't forget to check our website for the latest promotions and offers.

Regards

Federico Ciampi
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Address: 21 Gower Street Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6HG, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury / Holborn , Camden / Primrose Hill
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#324 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Academy 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Charming, friendly Georgian-style hotel located in the University quarter; near Soho, Trafalgar Square & other attractions. ... more   less 
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