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“Good value for money”
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Imperial Hotel
Ranked #568 of 1,069 Hotels in London
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15 reviews
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“Good value for money”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Stayed three nights at the Imperial Hotel included was three course evening meal on first night.
First impressions room spotlessly clean as was the bathroom, soap and body/hair wash provided more than adequate for a short stay.
Towels were changed daily room tidied and beds made up.
The meal included in the price we had this at the President which is attached to the Imperial Hotel, good choice of starters mains and sweet courses.
We had breakfast in the Imperial Hotel plenty of variety good quality food on offer.
Food was piping hot.
We arrived at Kings Cross only twenty minute walk to the hotel.
Fifteen minute walk to Oxford Street from the the.
All in all good value staff friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is the second time I've stayed in this hotel. It's really great value for money, mostly because of the location. Russell Square station is a 2 minute walk, and you can get anywhere in the city within minutes using the Underground. The rooms are very basic, with single beds, no fridge, no safe. The bathroom was clean and recently refinished, although the tub is narrow and the shower curtain constantly balloons into the small space. It'd be really great if they would invest in those rounded shower curtain rods. We definitely appreciated that there was a separate water closet! The breakfast was pretty much awful, just some dry toast, eggs - not nicely cooked, some bacon and really concentrated orange juice. There was no fresh fruit, just disgusting stuff from a can. But it's included, so we took advantage nonetheless. I suggest hitting up Pret a Manger after for some fresh fruit and yoghurt. Hotel staff were nice and helpful. The antiquated key system still puzzles me, but I guess it works for them!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

I stayed in a single room and even though they were small it was plenty for me.
Had a full bathroom, single bed, tea and coffee facilities and television.
The only thing I found an issue was that there was no mini fridge in the room to atleast store a few drinks and snacks.
Excellent staff the were nothing but helpful.
helped me plan a few day trips that fit into my schedule and had a lot of knowledge of the surrounding area

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

I was a bit reluctant after reading reviews of the hotel but on arrival, I was extremely satisfied.
The hotel is in a very convenient location, a short walk from two tube stations which will take you everywhere you need to go - Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner (for Harrods, Buckingham Palace, etc). It's also walking distance from the British Museum.

We stayed for three nights in a very clean room which was serviced every day. A full English breakfast was provided - it's nothing gourmet but it's good to get you going for the day. Bathrooms were great despite the shower over bath situation. The water pressure was probably the best part.

The hotel is a little old but for what we payed, it was pretty good value.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Clean and tidy hotel and not too far to walk in to centre of London. Only gripe is that the safety deposit boxes are next to reception and it takes quite a while for each person to be dealt with and only between 9 to 6-30pm, would be much easier to have the boxes in the rooms

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Vancouver
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

The hotel is conveniently located, a few minutes walk from Russell Square station on the Piccadilly line, and just a few stops away from Picadilly Circus and Covent Garden. You can take the tube directly from Heathrow to Russell Square without transfers, which was very convenient for me with all my luggage! Also, the hotel is a short walk from the British Museum and lots of places to go drink and eat. Everyone who worked at the desk had an attitude, but despite this they did their jobs efficiently.

My room was small and simple, with a single/twin bed, a desk, kettle, and private bathroom with a deep tub/shower. However, it was also clean and comfortable despite the small size. There was a blowdryer and a pants press in the room, and the wifi signal was strong throughout my 5 night stay.

There is a strange key system, where you leave your key with the front desk when you leave the hotel, and get it back upon your return by showing your room card. This is a little inconvenient, but the desk staff were always very quick at retrieving my key, so it didn't really impact me.

I ate at the pub onsite, reasonably priced food and drink but nothing special. I'd recommend wandering around the neighbourhood to find something else.

Overall, for a budget trip to London this hotel was clean, conveniently located, and priced right. I would return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights. The rooms were clean a good size and the sheets and towels spotless and brilliant white. Breakfast was buffet style plenty of choice and tasty. The staff were very helpful giving directions recommending places to eat etc. I would definitely stay here again. Only two minutes walk to the underground station. Very good.

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Property: Imperial Hotel
Address: 61-66 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BB, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Casino Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Imperial Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 448
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Imperial Hotel is the flagship of Imperial London Hotels. We're proud of it for a reason. Offering breathtaking views over London's greatest public square, it reflects every ounce of our dedication to service and value. Like all our hotels, the Imperial combines a remarkable location with the great facilities and friendly service of a family-run business. At the Imperial, though, while the price remains extremely reasonable, we add an extra dash of something special. The location is remarkable, connecting guests to the rest of London in minutes. In addition to the central Atrium Bar & Cafe, facilities include a casino and a gift shop. Restaurants and cafes offer plenty of choice to families and business travellers alike. Indulge in the intriguing delights of Coffee and Candy. Enjoy a late night at the Night and Day Bar, serving classic pub fare at great prices. And relax; we've been doing this since 1837, and we know how to make your stay a restful one. ... more   less 
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