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REVIEW: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel in London

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Would you want to stay in the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel?

Review: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel in London

The British Museum. The biggest theatres of London’s West End. The LGBTI bars of Soho.

The Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel is at the centre of the most important sights in London.

Sitting next to the quiet boutiques, the four star deluxe hotel feels like it’s in the middle of everything.

I stayed here at this Radisson Blu hotel on Thursday 2 August, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

I needed a place in central London to crash before heading to St Pancras for an early morning Eurostar to Amsterdam.

And it was a comfortable, easy space that I will easily recommend to friends and family who need a place to stay in the capital.

Location: 4/5 ★★★★★

If you’re looking for central London, welcome to the perfect place. With top spots on your doorstep, there’s enough to do in a mile radius to keep you busy for a week.

The only thing it felt like it as missing was views. I stayed on the seventh floor, the quietest and ‘exclusive’ place. It looked onto a bunch of low-rise apartments. This is fine, and it was certainly quiet. I imagine if you had the space, the quiet and the location, as well as views, the price would be doubled.

LGBT life: 5/5 ★★★★★

LGBT nightlife is five minutes away. On a hot summer’s day my partner and I enjoyed a beer in The Yard and fled into the well-conditioned basement of Friendly Society.

There are a ton of options in Soho.

Room: 5/5 ★★★★★

Large bathroom, big comfortable bed, and all the amenities you can ask for. I’m an insomniac and I had a perfect night’s sleep.

Design: 4/5 ★★★

It’s a little brown and beige. It feels, sometimes, like the hotel isn’t quite sure of its own design. The lobby is art deco meets pop art, which I adore, and the restaurant Steak & Lobster is sleek yet rustic. The bedrooms, however, are more muted.

I’m sure there’s an argument that muted tones are better for sleep, but the multiple shades of brown in the standard rooms weren’t for me.

In the deluxe suite, which I stayed in, there were big pops of red that delighted the eye. In other rooms I’ve seen, you can get aquamarine velvet crushed sofas.

Service and Amenities: 5/5 ★★★★★

Perfect service. Reception staff were smiling and cheery, and other guests clearly felt welcomed. The bartenders were informed and helpful with suggestions. And, even though us two were perhaps the first two at breakfast, the early morning didn’t break their positivity.

The gym is small, perhaps, but well air-conditioned and the machines looked very well maintained.

Check in and check out was a breeze.

Breakfast: 5/5 

Buffet with a la carte options. Great array well set-out. If you think many hotels offer a buffet service like this, this one does it a little better. The fine meats were well-cooked and there were a plethora of vegetarian options.

Ranking of Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street: 5/5 

If you need a London hotel in the centre of it all with great transport links, then the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street hotel is a great choice.

More info on Radisson Blu’s website.

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