considering you're in London, where hotel prices are a folly. The area where the hotel is located is perfect - just a few blocks from the British Museum, lots of restaurants, walking distance to Leicester Sq, Soho, and all the fun. Public transportation is everywhere, and there are lots of shops, supermarkets, whatever you want.
The hotel itself is typical of small London hotels. An old big house was transformed to be a hotel. It is cozy, with a very nice conservatory. I booked a single room and it was tiny, despite what you see in the pictures portrayed on the site. Basic facilities are available - a small TV, wardrobe, electronic safe (that never got to work despite my requests to reception), desk, radio. The bathroom was the good surprise - newly fitted, nice shower with plenty of hot water.
I never tried breakfast - much cheaper and healthier to have something in one of the several cafes along Store St. I have stayed in a couple other hotels on Gower St. and this is the best I tried. But don't be fooled by 4 stars. This is not a luxury hotel.
All in all, I think you get a good deal in terms of price, comfort and convenience. I'd happily come back, but would go for a larger room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Academy is one of London's most charming hotels. Located right in the heart of London's West End, it is just a stone’s throw away from the city's finest shops and restaurants and well located for visiting The British Museum. This four-star boutique hotel, in London's Bloomsbury, is made up of five restored Georgian townhouses with 49 rooms and is a comfortable base from which to explore the sights of our capital. This small, quirky hotel comes complete with a cosy library, beautiful conservatory and homely sitting room. The Academy: Renovation Works Please be informed that due to exterior renovation works to the hotel, scaffolding will be erected on the outside of the building from 15th August until the end of September 2017. Our aim is to cause as little inconvenience as possible. Thank you for your understanding and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Academy Hotel London
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