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The Academy
Ranked #567 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

Hotel stuff are super helpful and friendly! The hotel is clean, silent and very central. Definitely a place to stay! Walking distance from subway and UCL. I really appreciated the friendliness of people here. They also have a nice open buffet breakfast, which includes a wide range of food.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
Thank elmyrathe
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2014

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time in reviewing our property following your stay with us.

We have a close working relationship with UCL and I was therefore glad to read that you found our property suitable from a work and commute perspective - its all about location!

Thank you for your kind words relating to our staff and of course, there is nothing like a good breakfast to start your day off with!

Looking forward in welcoming you back.

Kind Regards

Andrew van Eeden

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Reviewed January 6, 2014

Stayed here a few years ago and wanted to leave a nice review as the Wife and I had a lovely stay in the hotel. It was booked because of the location to the theatres. What impressed us both was the size of the double room. As the bathroom is located down it's own flight of stairs it makes the room very big. This makes a welcome change to the usual hotel rooms as it is unique in this aspect.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank westyuk
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2014

Dear Reviewer,

Firstly, thank you for choosing to stay with us again following your last experience!

Location is one of our strongest features as you rightly mentioned but, it is also a rare commodity to find a good sized bedroom which I am glad you found in us.

Do let me know when you are staying with us again - you are after all a regular guest now!

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Andrew van Eeden

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We found The Academy on Hotels Tonight app and was skeptical because of the price vs location. It ended up being really great. I've stayed at multiple higher end hotels in central London in the past and this was better than pretty much all of them. It's more of a BnB with amenities of a large chain hotel. Also perfect location of course!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Thank AdaSmalls
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time in reviewing our property following your stay with us.

We have a number of offers available at any given time but, I will always recommend using our own website for the best possible deals available!

Hope to see you back soon!

Kind Regards

Andrew van Eeden

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We booked our room last minute and couldn't of been more pleased. The rooms were well furnished. The showers were hot and the water pressure was awesome! The feel of a boutique hotel with all the perks you get from a larger hotel. An impressive room service selection and even a couple 24 hour options for the restless traveler. I would definitely book again. Great deal!

  • Stayed: December 2013
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Thank CarolineMcGoogle
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property following your stay with us.

It was great to read that you enjoyed the key areas within our property. Glad you enjoyed the benefits of a great deal!

Please keep an eye on our website for more great offers coming up this January including our Winter Break package.

Kind Regards

Andrew van Eeden

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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is in a great location for London's theatres and shopping. It's on a main road but our room was quiet. The room was big enough but pretty standard, no special or unusual touches you may expect from a boutique hotel. We got the room for £100 which is good for this location. The room was ok but could have been a little cleaner, it looked a bit unloved. The staff were helpful though.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank JBugLondon
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for reviewing our property following your stay with us.

I was glad to read that you found the location and the size of your room suitable to your visit. Our location is one of our strongest features being positioned within walking distance to Oxford street and many other attractions in the West End.
Our property features, décor and smaller touches within the rooms do make us stand out from the rest of our competitors and placing us comfortably in the boutique market.

Your offer of £100 was of course a great deal, please do keep your eye out for some of our fantastic Sale specials in January 2014!

Kind Regards

Andrew van Eeden

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

I think the website photographs are misleading. Although clean the hotel looked dull and worn which is a great pity as it doesn't make the most of the good architectural features. Our room was ok but the shower room was tiny and very inconvenient. Worse still, there was a horrible smell from the drains, on speaking to staff about this I was given a can of air freshener to use. They really need to do something about this. If you do decide to stay here, I recommend you avoid room 52! On a happier note the English breakfast was very good and plentiful. The waiting staff were also good. Hotel staff pleasant and willing. The Academy is well located for the West End, being about a 10 - 15 minute walk to Oxford Street and a bit further for theatres.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property following your stay with us.

I am sorry you did not find the décor to your liking - the property is of course made up of a few old Georgian Town Houses dating back to the 17th century hence the old features and slightly quirky layout.
Glad you enjoyed the breakfast offering - always a good kick start to your day and thank you for the kind words relating to our staff.

Hope to see you visit us again in the not too distant future.

Kind Regards

Andrew van Eeden

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Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

This was an 'emergency ' booking as I'd been caught on a very delayed train and couldn't face a further 1.5 hours to get home.

My room was beautifully decorated altho' there was a sacrifice of form over function as the two radiators were behind the thick curtains so it got a little chilly. All was clean and the bathroom and room a goodly size.

Breakfast, hmmm, what is it about this chef and eggs? Another reviewer reported an omelette /frittata confusion; I asked for scrambled and received what I can only describe as an omelette with a teaspoon of scrambled egg in the centre. I couldn't eat it as it was quite leathery (rest of breakfast was good) but the waitress didn't bother to ask if there was a problem which is not what I would expect of 4* service.
I'll stay again but would go out for breakfast.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled on business
Thank Echoawaits
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AcademyHotel, General Manager at The Academy, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property following your stay with us.

Glad to read that you found your room to be a good size and well decorated. Breakfast is an area that we normally excel in and I am sorry that we were not able to meet your expectation on this occasion.

Please take advantage of our January 2014 offers should you require accommodation during this period.

Kind Regards

Andrew van Eeden

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Address: 21 Gower Street | Bloomsbury, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 6HG, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#344 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range: $122 - $353 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Academy 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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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