We decided to try the Bedford having stayed previously at the Royal National, and were pleasantly surprised. Arriving at mid-day we were immediately offered a room by the pleasantly mannered receptionist.
We requested a room at the back and had no problems. On the 6th floor; twin beds (with sheets and plenty of extra blankets - we're 'oldies' so duvets not always welcome!); even a trouser press; plenty of tea & coffee supplies; also bathroom 'smellies' and bath towels; clean cotton sheets; two wardrobes with plenty of hangers; very quiet (yes, sometimes you do hear next door but have stayed in 4/5 star hotels and had noisy neighbors!)
Breakfast, first day at 7am (needed early start as visiting Houses of Parliament) was very good. Plenty of choice (scrambled as well as fried eggs), fruit juices, choice of oranges, grapefruit or figs, toast, numerous cereals and although it was busy I noticed that the chef kept 'topping-up' everything. Second day at 9am he was still adding freshly cooked bacon, sausage, eggs and bacon when the dishes were nearly empty!
Didn't have evening meals there so can't comment but had a drink which we took into the residents lounge which looks out onto the terraced garden. Too cold for us but I imagine it would be very pleasant in summer. Visited the Brunswick Shopping centre just down the road from Russell square tube station and admired the christmas lights and shops - no need to go to Oxford Street!
Very handy for tube stations and buses but equally close enough for us to walk back in the evenings. Handy newsagent, tesco, had nice meal at the italian restaurant a few doors down from the hotel, plenty of coffee shops and although Southampton Row is very busy we found this hotel,although a bit scruffy-looking from the outside, clean and nice and quiet, and would definitely stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- Bedford Hotel London
- Bedford Hotel London, England
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- Elegant contemporary set amid beautiful English garden - Near downtown London, shopping district. ... more less
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