This is the second time I have stayed at the Russelll Hotel. This a 120+ year old massive Victorian edifice is impressive on entry in a disheviled "Miss Havisham" sort of way. The property has changed management over the last few years with several half hearted renovations. One gets the idea that maintaining this big ark probably overwhelmed them. It now run by an outfit taht specializes in running old castles and "classic"properties but they don't seem to be faring much better. The exterior is impresssive and the lobby boasts a palatial stairway with Chandeliers and marble attesting to its past granduer. Unfortunately no-one has figured out how to clean the marble. Once you get past the ersatz modern reception area, into the tiny lifts, and upstairs the attraction fades. The upstairs hallways are dark and musty smelling with radiators and fire extinguishers hanging at strange hanging about like an old rooming house. The rooms are small, clean, and reasonably comfortable with nicely restored baths. Nothing is really wrong, but at 300.00 USD+ per night one expects more of a 4 star property even in ultra expensive Bloomsbury. The eastern European staff struggles with English but makes an effort to be freindly if not warm. It is a shame. This place could be a real stunner if they tried. The "Virginia Woolf" Lounge is advertised on the net but has been closed for years. The club lounge bar is pleasant albeit somewhat threadbare. A special note: this place takes the prize for Internet usery. 1.00 USD (PER MINUTE!) for in-room web conectivity. Fortunately there are several coffee shops with wireless in the area and a very nice internet shop (Rex) right down the street.. Add in a annoying old man trying to take pictures of everyone leaving the and its really not much of a deal..
- 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