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Reviewed 21 April 2014

It is my second time at this hotel in the last 4 years and I can confirm that this hotel keeps all qualities I found 4 years ago. Professional staff, nice rooms, very well located with a fair daily rate. I will return.

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review. We are so delighted that you had lovely stay with us at Hotel Russell yet again. We genuinely pride ourselves on our high standards and ensure that all of our guests have a memorable, relaxing stay with us. I do hope that we may have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Hotel...

Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

Thankfully just a one night stay because our 7th floor 'executive' room sprang a leak in the heavy weather and the hotel were prompt and courteous in kind offering to move us but either a room with bed too small for my 6'5" partner or one that backed onto an industrial vent. I reluctantly went for the latter and was...

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review. I am disappointed to read that you were unhappy with your stay with us. Please be assured that we strive to create and maintain high standards at Hotel Russell. I can personally assure you that our Maintenance team ensure that all maintenance concerns are addressed as soon as possible. I do apologise for...

Haslemere, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 April 2014

Stayed here one night with friends, found the deal whilst booking theatre ticket package. A marvelous old style building, with similar decor in the grand reception, staircase and Tempus bar. Room rather basic, and an old fashioned bathroom, but an incredibly comfortable bed and pretty quiet considering it is on Russell Square. The tube is literally around the corner, and...

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for you review on Tripadvisor. I am delighted that you had a lovely stay with us at Hotel Russell. We are extremely proud of our rich heritage and I am so pleased that your enjoyed our marvelous establishment. We have a variety of rooms for our guests, and each room has been individually decorated to enhance...

Reviewed 19 April 2014

Beautiful building. The rooms are tired , dated and damaged . We changed room twice and still didn't want to stay the weekend . Breakfast is full of poor quality produce. The only positive thing I can say is that the bed is very comfortable .

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review. I am so disappointed to learn that you did not enjoy your stay with us. We have a variety of different rooms ranging from traditional to modern. Breakfast is extremely popular at our Hotel and we usually receive many compliments regarding this. I am pleased that you found your bed very comfortable as...

Milan, Italy
Reviewed 17 April 2014

No doubt the building is impressive and the entrance has the 'wow' factor. Plus, the location is fantastic, just round the corner from Russell Sq tube station. I have tried several hotels in the area which irrespective of the quality tend to have similar (high) prices and this ranks in the top positions for cost/quality ratio (I stayed on a...

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am pleased that you enjoyed the rich heritage of our Hotel and the grand entrance. We are ideally located as we are a stone’s throw from many of London’s major attractions and transport links. We are glad that you found our location fantastic. We have a variety of different rooms,...

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This was our second stay at this grand old hotel. Everything is impeccable, and it is well worth staying at just to enjoy the site. Among other things, the grand ballroom of the Titanic was based on the ballroom here. Loved all the marble, etc. The rooms were typical and well cared for. Front desk and concierge were extremely helpful,...

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am so delighted that you had a wonderful second stay with us at Hotel Russell. We are so proud of rich heritage and ensure that the grandeur of our Hotel has been well maintained over the years. I am so pleased that you found everything impeccable during your stay with...

Wassenaar, The Netherlands
Reviewed 14 April 2014

We booked for a long weekend a superior twin room. The room was modern, clean, spacious with two comfortable large beds. There was no noise from the street thanks well isolated windows. The bar was -as always- a joy to relax after a long day in London. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Only downside was perhaps a waiting cue...

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you had a lovely stay with us at Hotel Russell. We endeavour to make each stay as comfortable and relaxing for our guests throughout the hotel including our Tempus Bar. I am so pleased that our team were so friendly and helpful and will certainly pass on your very...

Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed 14 April 2014

My husband and I have stayed here twice before and this third visit was even better. Staff are always helpful and the rooms lovely and clean. It is a great location and easy to reach the tube. Will be booking again to stay shortly.

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review. I am absolutely delighted that you and your husband had a wonderful stay with us at Hotel Russell. Our team genuinely endeavour to make each guest feel as relaxed and comfortable as possible. I am so pleased that you found our staff as helpful as ever and the room was lovely and clean....

Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

I was quite nervous about staying here after reading some of the reviews, but I guess your never please everyone. I really do like this hotel, staff were great, bed was so comfortable I had a great night sleep ( trust me I don't usually when away from home) breakfast was lovely, little queue but you get that anywhere, you...

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Bart L, Manager at The Principal London, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. We appreciate you giving us the opportunity to provide you with the high standards and service which we pride ourselves in at Hotel Russell. I am pleased that our team were great and delighted that you enjoyed the comfort of your bed. Each bed has a high quality mattress to ensure...

San Diego, California, United States
Reviewed 13 April 2014

First use caution, Russell House Hotel nearby, confusion by us tourists as to name. I apologize to England, and owner of Russell House Hotel. Hotel Russell faces park, much larger. Great staff, very helpful. Old style, and yes smaller rooms, but location and cost for us were great. We spent the last two days of vacation there. Was able to...

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Dear Guest Thank you for your review. I am absolutely delighted that you had an incredible stay with us at Hotel Russell. Our Hotel does face Russell Square Park and I am pleased that you were able to locate us. Our team endeavour to provide an exceptional service to our guests and I am glad that you found our staff...

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Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
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Hotel Russell is an iconic establishment nestled in the heart of the city. Whether you wish to indulge in a spot of shopping or want to host a conference at one of London's most exclusive addresses, Hotel Russell is the perfect base for business or leisure. ... more   less 

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Address: 1 - 8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE, England (Formerly Hotel Russell)
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Bloomsbury
Price Range: ₹ 6,511 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Principal London 4*
Number of rooms: 373
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Also Known As:
Russell Hotel London
Hotel London Russell
Russel Hotel London
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#45 Best Value Hotel in London
#285 Family Hotel in London
#296 Luxury Hotel in London
#346 Romantic Hotel in London
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