Hotel Russell

Hotel Russell
Russell Square
London, UK WC1B 5BE

The Hotel Russell is a landmark historic hotel with an impressive facade and lobby. The hotel has seven floors and is directly located across the street from Russell Square Park in Bloomsbury in Central London. It is about three blocks from the British Library and is around the block from the Russell Square subway (tube) station, which is part of a subway line which connects directly to Heathrow Airport. A 24-hour supermarket and HSBC branch are around the corner from the hotel as well.

The hotel has over 300 rooms. The double room I stayed in had modern furniture, including a bowl sink and a glass enclosed shower in the bathroom. The walls of the room were red and white. The bathroom and alcove entrance to the room were cut off from the rest of the room by a solid fireproof door, and that entry part of the room and bathroom are not air conditioned. The bedroom part of the room was about 6'x12' and was air conditioned. The bedroom part of the room had a medium-size closet, small refrigerator, safe, coffeemaker, a 23" LCD TV, and complimentary coffee, tea biscuits, and glass water bottles were provided.

The hotel has an excellent oak-paneled bar in its lobby that serves until 1 a.m., and the bar and adjoining dining room also serve a full English breakfast, which is included in the price of some of the rooms or may be purchased separately. Internet access in the hotel involves a fee (6 pounds for 40 minutes) and computer terminals are available in a room near the lobby, but more economical internet access is available at an internet cafe nearby, or free wifi access is available at the British Library if one has his or her own laptop.

If one is traveling from the USA or another country, it is advisable to bring the proper electrical adapter/converter so that one can plug in cell phone chargers and computers.

Hotel rates vary by night, but daily internet rates generally vary between 79-99 pounds (approximately $150-180).

- Bryan Glass


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