It has been five years since my last review of this property, and because I have stayed there several times in the intervening period (usually for only one or two nights at a time at the front- or tail-end of a longer journey elsewhere in Europe), I thought I would briefly update my earlier review. The Imperial Hotel is a basic tourist-style hotel that offers clean rooms at a competitive (for London) price. Multiple elevators serve eight or nine floors, housekeeping is competent, and the breakfast spread is more than adequate to get you off and running for the day. True, rooms facing the street and Russell Square just opposite are not as well insulated from the street noise as most visitors would like, but I have never found this to be a great distraction from getting a decent night's sleep. And, true, the en suite facilities interestingly locate the toilet in its own small room just across from the shower and basin. I don't stay there for the ambience of the rooms or the color/design of the bedding--rather, I stay there almost entirely for the convenience of its location. Just a short walk from the Russell Square tube station on the Piccadilly line, I find that I can get anywhere I want to go either directly or with a minimum of transfers. And getting to and from LHR via the Piccadilly line is a direct-connect breeze. The staff at the desk is friendly and helpful; and the free internet connection (either via a provided cable or a Wi-Fi signal) is reliable. For these reasons, the "Good Value for Money" theme from my first review remains true and relevant. I will continue to stay at this property on my subsequent trips to London.
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