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The Bloomsbury Hotel 4.0

Bloomsbury, London, England

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Pros

  • Elegant, historically listed building with stylish period interiors
  • Central London location between British Museum and Oxford Street
  • Set on a quiet side street in an upmarket, leafy neighborhood
  • Marble bathrooms have underfloor heating and luxury toiletries
  • Chic rooms with luxe touches such as duck-down duvets
  • Fine-dining restaurant and handsome wood-paneled bar
  • Secluded, peaceful outdoor terrace (only open in summer)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Cons

  • Some rooms are small
  • A few rooms have unexceptional views

Bottom Line

The 153-room Bloomsbury Hotel is a classically chic and sophisticated, service-focused property located in a quiet spot in the heart of London. Decor and furnishings are meticulously tasteful throughout, while duck-down duvets and marble bathrooms provide a real touch of luxury. Dining is excellent too, especially with an al fresco terrace open in the summer. Standard for London, some rooms are small, especially those on the top floor which have low ceilings. All in all there are less expensive upscale hotels in the area -- the nearby Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth Hotel for instance -- but the Bloomsbury carries things off with a bit more panache.

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Scene

Upscale, chic hotel

Comprising a stately blend of Georgian-style frontage and neo-classical flourishes, the Bloomsbury Hotel was designed in the 1930s by renowned British Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and retains much of its original architectural features. Elegant stone steps and an ornate doorway lead guests into a lofty-ceilinged lobby space where antique rugs and period furnishings sit on polished herringbone flooring illuminated by Art Nouveau-style chandeliers and wall-mounted lighting. The vibe is cultured and classical with an occasional 21st-century flourish, while a meticulous attention to detail extends to a seasonal drink on arrival and attentive staff remembering the names of individual guests -- the most renowned being the late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney (after whom the hotel's library is now named).

Location

Set on a quiet road in bookish Bloomsbury in the heart of London

The hotel is set in the heart of leafy and bookish Bloomsbury, on a quiet side street in the center of London. The location is excellent for tourists, with such attractions as the British Museum just a two minutes' walk away and numerous restaurants, pubs, and shops within easy walking distance -- the start of Oxford Street shopping and Tottenham Court Road Tube station are a couple blocks away. The renowned nightlife district of Soho is within five minutes on foot, while West End theaters are just a few minutes beyond.

Rooms

Chic rooms with marble bathrooms

The hotel's 153 rooms are spread over eight floors, and all follow an unfussy palette of tastefully muted tones with contemporary wooden furnishings and carpeted floors. Beds are topped with duck-down duvets and feature carved wooden headboards. Wi-Fi is free of charge and 32-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Nespresso coffee machines all come standard. Bathrooms impress with a marble finish and heated floors, plus high-end toiletries and robe and slipper sets. While most rooms have a spacious feel, some are certainly on the small side and a few offer very little in the way of outside views.

Features

Heated outdoor summer terrace, fine dining, and a luxury smoothie menu

Unusual for central London, the hotel has a heated outside terrace where guests can take breakfast or relax with an evening drink. The Landseer Restaurant also provides particularly luxe surroundings with a range of menus from fine-dining to bespoke superfood smoothies, while a handsome bar features rare wines and spirits. Private dining is available in the Seamus Heaney Library, and room service is available around the clock. Wi-Fi is also free of charge throughout the property.

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Address

16 - 22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN, United Kingdom

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