I chose the Hotel Russell because I love opulent old hotels, but there are three other reasons to recommend the Russell. A tube station for the Piccadilly line (has all the most famous attractions) is right around the corner, it is a block from the British Museum, and leafy Russell Square Park is across the street.
After reading through the many varied reviews on this site, and looking at the somewhat confusing hotel website, I decided to communicate directly with the hotel to make sure I would get a room I would like. We stayed in a second floor "Victorian" junior suite, room 136, The Queen Mary, with large windows looking out over pretty Russell Square park. I'm not sure why our room was a "suite" (it didn't have a separate living room) but it was nicely decorated and roomy, with high ceilings, king bed, desk, two comfortable overstuffed chairs facing a marble fireplace and a large flat screen TV. The bathroom was updated with a great tub/shower and marble tiled floor, although the glass surround allowed water to spray and leak onto the floor. (I didn't complain because it wasn't that big a deal to us). There are 2 decorating schemes for the rooms: Modern vs "Victorian". The second floor has Victorian suites like ours. It was a great room, and we looked forward to coming back to it at the end of each day.
Because I booked directly with the hotel we had free internet, which worked without problems. We appreciated the complimentary breakfast buffet. From the reviews, there do appear to be some rooms that are shabbier than others, but we had no complaints about ours. We paid 1300 pounds for 7 days. The staff was great, and bent over backward to meet our needs. Well worth it.
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- We are delighted to present The Principal London which will open in stages throughout the course of the summer, and will fully launch in September 2017. The Principal London 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, The Principal London is the perfect base for business or leisure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Russell Hotel London
- Hotel London Russell
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