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    The Principal London

    1 - 8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE, England
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          Overview
          • Excellent24%
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          • Terrible6%
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          “russell square” (322 reviews)
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          Reviewed 24 August 2012

          This officious, smarmy hotel looks great from the outside but suffers from Class Rot within. Small rooms are well kempt, but the staff is over the top in being stiff and uptight. You're not a guest in this hotel -- you are made to feel...More

          3  Thank Road_Poet_12
          Response from guestservices_10, Guest Relations Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 5 September 2012

          Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am so disappointed to read your comments regarding our staff as we normally receive many compliments on the professionalism, helpfulness and friendliness of our team. If would like to discuss your concerns further please do...More

          Reviewed 24 August 2012

          Really nice Travelzoo offer, included breakfast and £10 voucher for Harods. Stayed for one night in a corner/turet room - lovely big bed, very clean - nice staff and really good breakfast in the mornng.More

          1  Thank Boris22London
          Response from guestservices_10, Guest Relations Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 5 September 2012

          Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to all of our guests and I am so pleased that you had wonderful stay with us. I am also glad that you enjoyed the lovely spacious, clean room...More

          Reviewed 22 August 2012

          We enjoyed a 2 night stay here and were very impressed. The rooms were spotless, the staff very helpful as well as friendly. Breakfast was very good (although catch it at the wrong time and you will have to queue) and the bar prices were...More

          1  Thank Lesley F
          Response from guestservices_10, Guest Relations Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 4 September 2012

          Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am so pleased to read that you had a wonderful time during your stay. We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service and endeavour to make all of our guests as comfortable and relaxed as possible....More

          Reviewed 21 August 2012

          I probably held off making a hotel arrangement a bit later than I should but found this hotel listed for 300 GBP for three nights. I strongly recommend this hotel if you are visiting the British Museum. It is one block from the Russell Square...More

          1  Thank OreoDog522
          Response from guestservices_10, Guest Relations Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 4 September 2012

          Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us. We pride ourselves on making each guest comfortable and relaxed and I am pleased that you were impressed with the size and comfort of your...More

          Reviewed 21 August 2012

          Nice reception and bar area in this hotel which I am told has nice rooms, but I was put in a corner room, more like a cupboard which strangely had a second floor for a disappointing bathroom/toilet. Clearly a sueezed in extra earning room, rather...More

          1  Thank Pete_Gill_W
          Response from guestservices_10, Guest Relations Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 4 September 2012

          Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am sorry to read that you were disappointed with the duplex room on your stay with us. Due to the age and size of the building each room has its own unique charm. Please do...More

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          About
          Amenities
          • Top amenities
          • Bar/Lounge
          • Restaurant
          • Room Service
          • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
          • Hotel Amenities
          • Business Centre with Internet Access
          • Dry Cleaning
          • Meeting Rooms
          • Laundry Service
          • Concierge
          • Banquet Room
          • Conference Facilities
          • Room Service
          • Multilingual Staff
          • Breakfast Available
          • Things to do
          • Bar/Lounge
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          Details
          • Price range
          • US$283 - US$652 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
          • Hotel class
          • Hotel Style
          • #285 Family Hotel in London
          • #298 Luxury Hotel in London
          • #346 Romantic Hotel in London
          • Room types
          • Suites ,
          • Non-Smoking Rooms
          • Number of rooms
          • 373
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          • Bloomsbury
          • Also Known As
          • Russell Hotel London ,
          • Hotel London Russell ,
          • Russel Hotel London
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          Bloomsbury
          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
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          Nearby Attractions
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          Questions & AnswersAsk a question
          Nelderwoman
          Hi I see there are reviews for this week but online it says the hotel is closed for renovations Can someone confirm please. I am booked for November Also. How much is breakfast please Thanks
          21 October 2016|
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          Response from jessybobs | Reviewed this property |
          Not sure about the closure, but when we were there last January breakfast was £20 per person, we ate it out
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          helen d
          Hi, do the hotel rooms have mini fridges to stir water in ? Thank you
          16 June 2016|
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          Response from Christine N | Reviewed this property |
          I don't know!?
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          houstonmom72
          Does Hotel Russell have any adjoining rooms for families that can not fit in one room?
          2 June 2016|
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          Response from vegas005 | Reviewed this property |
          Yes they do
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