Things didn't start too well for us when we first arrived. When we got to our room, the toilet had some issue re-filling. It would take around 10-15min to fully refill with water. Normally this might not be a make it or break it for some people, and we knew this was a very old building, and probably not unusual, however, there were 3 of us staying there sharing this 1 bathroom. The heat didn't work, as well... Though both issues were resolved the same day. The staff was pretty helpful in these matters, but when you're paying upwards of $400/night (A lot for us North Americans) and you're expecting a 4start hotel, you really don't want to encounter these type of issues. Another main issue was the Wifi. I can only describe it as "atrocious". It was a frustrating experience, to say the least. Also, there was no outlet in the bathroom - possibly an issue for some?
It wasn't all bad! Our room (which consisted of a king bed and a couch/bed) was extremely comfortable and quite big. There was no issue with room even though there were 3 of us. The king bed was more comfortable than my own at home. It's also a very convenient location (near the furniture district), just a 5 min. walk to the British Museum and short taxi to China Town and Covent Gardens. There are many many restaurants a couple of blocks away on Charlotte.
Do your homework when calling a taxi or car service to take you to the airport. The staff called us a car (flat fee) and we found out later there were other more reasonable services out there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Academy is one of London's most charming hotels. Located right in the heart of London's West End, it is just a stone’s throw away from the city's finest shops and restaurants and well located for visiting The British Museum. This four-star boutique hotel, in London's Bloomsbury, is made up of five restored Georgian townhouses with 49 rooms and is a comfortable base from which to explore the sights of our capital. This small, quirky hotel comes complete with a cosy library, beautiful conservatory and homely sitting room. The Academy: Renovation Works Please be informed that due to exterior renovation works to the hotel, scaffolding will be erected on the outside of the building from 15th August until the end of September 2017. Our aim is to cause as little inconvenience as possible. Thank you for your understanding and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Academy Hotel London
- Academy Hotel London
- Academy London
- The Academy London, England