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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The hotel is situated in a good location for the West End and The British Museum.The rooms at the front of the hotel are a little noisy (traffic) if the windows are open.Breakfast is buffet style and very good and there is service with a smile.Only problem is, if you run a bath keep your eye on it otherwise it overflows!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Rush L
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

If you want to stay in an inexpensive hotel with 1 or 2 people traveling, this is an excellent choice. I stayed 2 nights in a single room prior to a Contiki tour. I actually paid for a shared accommodation the second night, but they let me stay in the single room free of charge which was nice. It was a basic room with with little frills (Honestly, all I did was sleep in the room, it was all I needed). The location was great. It was around the corner from the Russell Square tube station, walking distance to from the British Museum. I could easily get anywhere in the city within 30 mins or less at all times of the day. There was a grocery store around the corner, which was very convenient as I could buy fruit or other small snacks at inexpensively.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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5  Thank CdnTraveler314
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

A typical sixties built large hotel block adjacent to Russell Square. The quality of the room was really very good given the price. Breakfast is included and given that the breakfast room is enormous the service was fast and efficient. It has a well located bar overlooking the Square, the underground station is about 800 metres from the hotel. I think this hotel represents good value for Central London.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank John W
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Hotel is now looking tired and could do with a makeover,however it is cheap and convenient.
Front rooms facing made rd can be noisy. Breakfast buffet good and more than adequate.
Area is convenient with good access to west end and sights also various restaurants within <2min walk.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank pgm1
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

Four night stay at the Imperial, checked in on the Friday after Christmas and left Tuesday, New Year's morning. We were in an Executive Twin room, highly recommend this type of room for couples, there's lots of space for luggage, a small sofa and coffee table in front of the flat screen tv and additional seating.

A large desk can hold lots of bits and bobs as well as a kettle and cups for coffee or tea. Two large windows overlook the courtyard at the front entrance to the hotel. Long heavy curtains can be drawn over the windows to block light and noise. All in all a very comfortable space to settle in and relax.

The bathroom is clean, spacious and modern, shower power is pleasantly invigorating, plenty of towels, soaps, body wash. Climbing into the tub requires just that, a climb. But it seems all UK tubs are like that, not sure why they're set up so high. Also the bottom surface of the tub is very slick and slippery, a bit scary when making that climb in and out.

The interior courtyard is one of the best parts of the Imperial, as it allows guests some protection from the incredibly busy Southampton Row with its continuous stream of red double-decker buses roaring up and down the street. It's also convenient for airport car transfer drop-off and pick-up.

Breakfast is included in the cost of the room and is plentiful. Standard breakfast fare is on offer, eggs, toast, juices, baked beans, bacon, sausages, fruit, coffee, tea and more. The breakfast room is nicely decorated and allows plenty of room for guests.

Russell Square, the Tube Station, the Brunswick Centre for shopping and cinema, the British Museum and numerous shops, pubs and restaurants are all over the immediate area around the hotel. A ten minute walk south will take you to Covent Garden or the Strand and from there it's a short hop to Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, the river, Leicester Square, the Mall, Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, Piccadilly Circus, the theatres along Shaftesbury Avenue and Soho beyond.

Since our last visit in 2011 the Imperial has done some major redecorating of the Atrium which connects it to its sister hotel, the President. Once a somewhat dingy and undefined space, the Atrium is now stylish and comfortable, lunch and afternoon tea can be taken there as well. A sandwich shop, a newsagent and a hair salon are conveniently located just off the Atruim.

There has been some comment in Tripadvisor reviews of the Imperial about the room key, which is an actual key rather than a card and is attached to a long metal rod. This arrangement is obviously to prevent guests from walking off with room keys. A complete reno of all room doors to accommodate key cards would be expensive and would be offset by higher room rates. Personally I'd rather have the current key and rod than more expensive rooms.

The Imperial Hotel offers very good value for money, it's located in a convenient part of town, and the hotel is comfortable and well-run. A guest could hardly ask for more.

Room Tip: Go for the Executive Twin if travelling as a couple.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank StickyToffee
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