Fortunately we had only booked this hotel for one night! The web site of this "luxury four star boutique hotel" looked lovely and was in the location we required so we thought we had struck gold ... how deceptive pictures can be.
Our double room was at the top of the hotel and up a lot of fairly steep stairs (no lift). The double room was small with a very small window, it was really cramped with the tv stuck in a corner, two chairs crammed down the side of the bed, no drawers and a tiny wardrobe with 2 spare hangers. The awful thing was that the room SMELLED OF URINE!! - quite disgusting. We were appalled when we saw the bathroom - it was the smallest bathroom ever seen in a hotel. The washbasin was the size you find in a domestic cloakroom with no room to put even a toothbrush. There was no bath and a very small shower cubicle with nowhere to put soap, shampoo etc except the floor which had a big crack in it! There was no room for our toiletries or bath towels, the light over the sink didnt work and neither did the extractor fan. There is no way this room and bathroom can be classified as four star.
We later moved to the room next door which was better but the window wouldnt open and the view from the very small window was of a brick wall..
Another feature of the website is the lovely garden - we went to find it but it has to be acessed through the meeting room, as a meeting was in progress we couldnt see it!!!!
There is obviously a huge discrepancy in the standard of rooms in this hotel and ours (room 33) should be avoided at all costs!!
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Academy Hotel London
- Academy Hotel London
- Academy London
- The Academy London, England