Stayed for a couple of nights with some friends and had 2 superior deluxe rooms. Not the most luxurious hotel in London but perfectly adequate, clean and tidy. This is a grand old building with a magnificent staircase and a number of huge (clean) chandeliers. This was our 4th or 5th visit over 7 or 8 years and the same doorman is still there....a smiley happy chappy!
Some traffic noise but hey, you're in Central London. If you think it may bother you, ask for a quiet room.
Our room was large with a big bed, or rather 2 joined together without the dip and gap that normally occurs when you join 2 beds together. Big TV which was great for the morning news whilst Mrs John occupied the small bathroom. The shower was the strongest I've ever encountered anywhere and I would guess that with that much pressure coming out of the taps, it would challenge the Dorchester's claim of having the fastest filling baths in London.
The mirror had also been treated as despite being a small bathroom which filled with steam from the hot shower, the centre of the mirror remined crystal clear. A nice touch.
A couple of points that need addressing......the hotel claims all rooms have a safe....ours didn't. There's nowhere to put your used t-bags other than the nice clean bin (without a liner) and there's no biscuits with the tea/coffee. Hardly spoilt our weekend though.
Yes the drinks are expensive in the bar but there is a lovely quiet atmosphere....a bit like an old library or reading room with comfortable high back chairs.
£230 for 2 nights and 4 great breakfast spreads is real VFM.
- 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