Our first visit to London, so there were a few things I was looking for with regards to accommodation. It had to be nice, obviously, but also central to as many of the touristy sites as possible, with enough shopping options at hand to melt my wife's credit card. I wanted to sample 'traditional English pubs', and ingest as much warm English ale and 'pub grub' as possible. Thank God we stayed at The Bloomsbury!
Arriving from Paris via Eurostar at St Pancras Station, both my wife and I were unable to locate Platform 9¾ despite our best efforts. A three-minute cab ride to the hotel, where no sooner had our luggage touched the footpath than a nice young chap appeared and whisked them upstairs. This became the (gold) standard of service we received from the staff at The Bloomsbury: attentive, cheerful, courteous, and always one step ahead.
We were two hours early for check-in, so amused ourselves by sniffing around the immediate surrounds, and soon discovered that (had we been so inclined) there is literally no need to go more than 500m from the hotel -- a dozen great pubs, the British Museum, the shopping mayhem of Oxford Street -- all within a lazy amble. That could easily have been it for me, but my wife wanted to see all the ye olde tourist attractions, and so The Bloomsbury became our walking base. It was perfect.
We stayed in Room 403 and I have to admit that I giggled like a little girl when I first stepped into the room. It totally exceeded expectations, and for once was every bit as good as the photos you see on the website. In fact, our room IS one of the ones on the Doyle Collection website! Spacious, quiet, modern, ridiculously clean, with a big bouncy bed and down pillows, I don't think I have ever slept better in my life. Huge television, and another one in the bath! Awesome. Walk-in robe where we could tuck our suitcases out of the way, and all the usual quality amenities you would expect from this verging-on 5 star hotel.
The hotel is so handy to Oxford Street that I now have permanent friction burns on my hands from hauling shopping bags up and down the street for my wife, who went into somewhat of a frenzy. There are so many pubs (my favourite, the Three Tuns) nearby that it almost made decision-making irrelevant -- just spin a bottle, walk a hundred meters in the direction indicated, and prepare for the gastropub experience of a lifetime. Say what you like about the English, they know how to fry a chip!
Finally, the hotel made me break my cardinal rule, that when on vacation one never dines twice at the same hotel. The Landseer Restaurant, on the lower-ground level of the hotel, was the best eating of my life, and was so good it will be getting its own review. breakfast was served in the Landseer, and the daily buffet was varied, interesting (kippers!) and fresh.
This hotel gets full marks from me. We walked everywhere from The Bloomsbury except the Tower of London, and only then because the London Marathon was underway and there were annoying road closures. For that really rainy day, having the British Museum 50m up the road was sensational. i don't know if staff at The Bloomsbury review TripAdvisor postings, but if they do -- thank you and well done, we had the time of our lives!
- Also Known As:
- Bloomsbury Hotel London
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- Just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Street, Leicester Square and Covent Garden, The Bloomsbury Hotel (formerly Jurys Great Russell Street Hotel) is a fabulous fusion of London design styles. Its Superior and Deluxe bedrooms, modern restaurant, bar and conference centre blend old world grandeur with contemporary comfort and new technology, offering everything for the discerning visitor in a London setting of immense charm. ... more less
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