First of all Bloomsbury is in my opinion the best area to stay in London. It is convenient for everything including the West End, Covent Garden, the Embankment and a huge number of other attractions but still relatively peaceful. The Bloomsbury Hotel is itself just a two minute walk to the British Museum and has been the subject of a recent refurbishment which really shows in the rooms and public areas.
I booked a superior room on the 4th Floor which was spacious and extremely well equipped with quality furnishings and fittings. The bathroom although small was beautifully finished and had underfloor heating. Everywhere you look in this hotel you will see the original woodwork and glass a treat for those interested in design and architecture.
The check in service and staff are on the whole very welcoming, friendly and efficient. There is someone on hand to help with luggage and taxi reservations and the concierge was helpful with directions, restaurant bookings etc. The bar in the foyer area is lovely and the service there also very good. It is a lovely venue for afternoon tea.
So why not excellent? Breakfast was included in the room rate that I got. The breakfast room, main bar and restaurant are all on the lower ground floor and although a lot of money has been spent on these areas it still feels a bit dark and soulless. What little natural light might be available is effectively ruined by the shutters.
Breakfast itself is an area where the hotel really needs to think again. The cold buffet is fine-plenty to choose from and mostly very good quality. The cooked options are made to order which would be okay if they could do this to a good standard in a reasonable amount of time. On none of my three visits was the breakfast area particularly busy but service of a cooked option took at least twenty minutes. On our last morning after 20 minutes the waitress informed me that they had run out of my order-waffles?- I declined to order anything else mainly because of time. After a further 10 minutes my Mother's scrambled egg and smoked salmon had still not arrived and we left as we had a taxi to catch. If the breakfast area had been busy I would have understood this but there could not have been more than half a dozen tables in at the time.
In summary this is a very good hotel in a great area but if you are a stickler for breakfast then you might be better off at one of the Radissons along the road.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Street, Leicester Square and Covent Garden, The Bloomsbury Hotel London has remained loyal to the subtle vision of grandeur and understated-elegance upon which it was founded. Its Superior and Deluxe bedrooms and collection of Suites blend tradition with contemporary comfort and new technology. The Bloomsbury Hotel is located in the heart of the theatre district, and within walking distance of most London shows. Tottenham Court Road Tube Station and The British Museum are situated 200 metres from the Hotel, and Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Soho and the shops of Oxford Street are all easily reached in less than a 10 minute walk. Free Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station are provided in each room, along with an en suite natural stone bathroom and a flat-screen TV. Luxury bedding, Aromatherapy Associates toiletries, Nespresso machines, In room Mini Bars, a 24-hour front desk and free use of the on-site fitness centre are also included. Dining options within the hotel include Landseer Restaurant & Bar, celebrating the best of British cuisine and the all day dining Lutyens Lounge or exclusive Terrace, where you can enjoy an afternoon tea or evening drink in the privacy of London's most central location. A range of traditional ales and cocktails are also on offer in the bar. Offering a choice of breakfast options, both in the restaurant and in the lounge where takeaway is also available. Conde Nast Johansen Best Service Award Finalist, 2013 ... more less
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