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“A Solid Four Star Hotel”
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The Bloomsbury
Ranked #60 of 1,076 Hotels in London
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

I found the Bloomsbury Hotel to be a solid 4 stars. The room size was pleasant for London, the bed comfortable, and the little extras appreciated - a good selection of magazines were in the room, the aromatic toiletries were nice, and the Nespresso Krups machine a convenient touch. The staff we encountered were polite and efficient, and the hotel was clean and elegantly decorated. The shower is an in-bath affair, which are never terribly comfortable to use, but it did the job.

Breakfast in the morning was enjoyable - the buffet selection had an array of museli toppings, some cooked meats, fruit, and the usual fare. From the hot breakfast, I had the waffle with syrup, which was thick and chewy and simply lovely - a good start to the day.

On the same street at the British Museum, this is a good hotel for the tourist, with Tottenham Court Road being the nearest tube station. Although I usually stay in other London locations, the Bloomsbury Hotel was comfortable and may draw me back to the Bloomsbury area in the future.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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BloomsburyDirofOps, Manager at The Bloomsbury, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2011

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I am very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your recent visit with us. I am also very pleased to read your feedback of our team, services and product and most importantly that your positive experience with us will be the driving force to bring you back to Central London. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Bloomsbury Hotel.

Best regards,

Larry Casillo

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Reviewed January 19, 2011

I stayed at The Bloomsbury for one night last weekend. The room was lovely and very clean but the sheets were very noisy and rustled everytime I moved and woke me up countless times throughout the night. Also the rooms are very dark as is the whole hotel.
I only ate breakfast here but it was delicious and cooked very well.
The worst thing about this hotel is the staff, they really let it down! One of the bar guys in particular was unbelievably rude to me, my mother and my sister-in-law. He was so rude, he has put us off ever staying here again! He treated us as if we were insignificant and made us feel very uncomfortable! And he also took about 10-15 minutes to make 3 drinks!
Just goes to show, you can pay £200 per room and still get really bad service! Think I'll stay at Premier Inn next time, at least I know I'm guaranteed a good nights sleep and the staff will treat me with respect!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank KimDanBilly
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

I already stayed twice at this hotel. The location is great, it is close to Oxford Street and only 300m walking form Russell Square tube station. Also the Britische Museum is close by.
For London this Hotel has a very high room standard. Althought there seem to be differnt room types. The first time, the room style seemed to be more modern, while during my second stay it had a more classic style. Both times everything was perfect.
As I had no breakfast there, I can't say anything about that.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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Thank mrTavelabc
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Reviewed December 28, 2010

We liked this hotel very much. We had a studio suite, which was spacious, comfortable, and modern. We especially appreciated the huge bathroom. We also appreciated having free wifi in our room. The hotel's location is excellent -- close to everything in the west end, but on a quiet street so that we weren't bothered by noise from outside. The breakfast choices they offered were quite expensive, so we went out to cafes instead -- too bad they didn't offer less-expensive choices. My only complaint about our room is that it was quite dark. The lighting was modern, with focused spotlights that were good for illuminating specific areas, but left a lot of dark shadows. Overall, though, our stay was very satisfactory and I think it would be difficult for us to find a better hotel in central London for a comparable cost.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

Great hotel, great location, great staff!
A really nice hotel located very close to the British Museum and shopping area at Oxford/Regent Streets.
Neat and well designed premises, friendly, genuinely caring and efficient staff, quite spacey rooms and bathrooms, tasty breakfast and great cocktails at the bar.
One minus point: lift(s) - when going down for breakfast - the two existing relatively small lifts did not have enough capacity to get us down for some 10 mins (the hotel was full and therefore the lifts capacity did not match the number of guests on a weekend). Also, there is no lift/ramp for wheelchairs/pushchairs at the entry so our pushchair was each time carried by the door boy. Shame.

All in all - a very pleasant place to stay in very central location in London.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 10, 2010

Great Service,wonderful helpful staff.Clean and well designed rooms.
Very expensive breakfast menu..
The Breakfast buffet needs improvement,the choices were limited and cooked breakfast portions were very small,not value for money.
Sleep in the hotel and have your breakfast somewhere else.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 9, 2010

We've stayed at this hotel 2 years ago and we liked it. This time it was a nightmare.
The first evening it was very cold in the room - colder than on the corridor. First they said we have to wait a while to get hotter but we waited more then one hour and nothing.
The heating was not working properly- 5 minutes it was hot air , then 15 minutes it was cold air.
We asked another room but they only had one very small and also very cold.
They brought us a heater but only the second day.
It took them four hours to agree that it was a problem with the heating so we barely sleep that night.
In the morning we did a big scandal and the manager agreed he wouldn't charge us the first night. When we checked out he was not there and the reception guy tried to make us pay also the first night. When he saw we are decided not to pay and we asked for the manager he gave us another bill which was already printed with the wright amount.
Even so they charged the first night on our credit card even it was not on the bill.

Another issue is that the cleaning lady came to knock on our door 10 minutes after she saw us returning pretending to give us some biscuits which she was supposed to put in the room in the morning when she cleaned it. Not to mention we did not received any slippers but we saw a big box with it in the service room.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank etshor
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Additional Information about The Bloomsbury

Address: 16 - 22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Green Hotel in London
#39 Family Hotel in London
#41 Romantic Hotel in London
#47 Business Hotel in London
#58 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range: $242 - $474 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bloomsbury 4*
Number of rooms: 153
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bloomsbury provides tradition through the design of revered architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, and is nestled in the heart of bustling Bloomsbury, itself steeped in literary and architectural history. The hotel is moments from London highlights The British Museum, Oxford Street, Theatreland, Soho and Covent Garden. The 153 contemporary guest rooms and suites are bright, spacious and located over 8 floors overlooking the neighbouring streets and rooftops or onto the quiet central courtyard. Our generous corner suites offer residential style living spaces and are equipped with every convenience for the perfect stay including Nespresso coffee machines, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, marble ensuite bathrooms with Victorian roll top baths and heated floors, flat-screen TVs and luxurious Aromatherapy Associates bathroom products. Bloomsbury Club Bar & Dining Room offers delicious, locally sourced cuisine. Relax with a drink on Dalloway Terrace or savour the quintessential Bloomsbury Afternoon Tea in Dalloway lounge and feel a brief respite from the pulse of 21st century London just outside the door. Dalloway Terrace Breakfast: 7am-10.30am Monday-Friday Breakfast: 7am-11.00am Saturday-Sunday All Day Dining Menu: 10.30am-10.30pm Monday-Friday Brunch 11.00am-4.00pm Saturday-Sunday All Day Dining Menu 4pm-10.30pm Saturday-Sunday ... more   less 
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