This must be one of the largest, oldest hotels in London - and some of the original architectural features that survive are impressive - with a marble staircase, some lovely woodwork, stained glass and other fittings in the public areas. Its a shame that some of the modern alterations (heating, emergency signs and sensors) are not sympathetic to the original - leaving an impression of some 'cheap and cheerful' work in the recent past.
The hotel is near Russell Square tube station, and overlooks Russell Square - moments away from the Brunswick Centre (shops and arts house cinema) and the British Museum. The entrance is on a busy road, the rooms at the sides and back will be quieter, but the view will not be so impressive. Some rooms are on accessed from the central staircase which might be noisy too.
The rooms are fairly modern and functional - and could be in any business hotel. I stayed in a double room on the 5th floor, at the back of the hotel - and got an excellent night's sleep.
No water in the room, no bedside radio, and the lighting could be more subtle, but everything was very clean and tidy, and well maintained.
Internet charge is £15 per day - which feels far too expensive.
Staff were friendly and efficient - albeit busy at the desks. Food was fine too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are delighted to present The Principal London which will open in stages throughout the course of the summer, and will fully launch in September 2017. The Principal London is an iconic establishment nestled in the heart of the city. Whether you wish to indulge in a spot of shopping or want to host a conference at one of London's most exclusive addresses, The Principal London is the perfect base for business or leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Russell Hotel London
- Hotel London Russell
- Russel Hotel London
- The Principal London England