This hotel has an excellent location, about 9 minutes walk from Holborn tube station and a little less to Russell Square tube, which has lifts ( very convenient for those with heavy luggage). Lots of buses pass right by the hotel, and this is a more interesting ( and slightly cheaper but slower) way to get around.
The hotel looks a bit tired from outside, but my room (230) had very modern furniture and fittings, was very clean and the lighting was really good for reading in bed. The room was a bit small by Australian standards, but this is London, and I appreciated the wardrobe space and not having to live out of a suitcase. There was a flat screen TV and tea and coffee making, but the coffee was not to my taste; it's best to bring your own coffee, as the convenience stores across the road stock only the cheap instant stuff.
Rooms at the back of the hotel overlook a garden and do not get much traffic noise.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, and there are several lounge areas for spending quiet time. There is a nice outdoor area next to a small kids' pool, but on my visit it was too cold to stay out there.
The free wifi worked very well in my room, but strangely enough you have to ask for a new password every 8 hours, and you have to do this at reception (not by phoning from your room).
The breakfast room faces the pool and offers a selection of fruit juices, cereals, toast with jam and bacon, sausages and fried, scrambled or boiled eggs.
The coffee lounge/bar serves coffee for £1.40-£1.80, probably one of the cheapest in London.
I paid £90 a night from Monday to Thursday, £75 a night on Friday and Saturday, and £52 on Sunday. This is good value for comfortable accommodation in a great location about 400m from the British Museum.
I felt very relaxed here after busy days out seeing the sights in the bustling crowds and traffic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Bedford Hotel, peace and quiet is our priority. With the elegant bustle of Bloomsbury on every side, that might sound like an impossible task. Covent Garden and the West End are just a short walk away, and the British Museum is on our doorstep. But at the Bedford, we can promise you a good night's sleep too. How do we do it? Well, many of the rooms overlook our picturesque private garden. The Bedford is small and intimate, offering a warm welcome with a personal touch. And it's a great place to relax with company too, with a charming guest lounge and laid back café occupying the ground floor. Meanwhile, the Bedford Garden restaurant serves home-made British specialities, with a modern twist, overlooking our secret garden. We're able to offer a little corner of traditional English tranquility, here, in a bustling, international city. It's made us a firm favourite with returning guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bedford Hotel London, England