Travel review: Top service and luxurious room ensure my stay is just capital
Leah McLaren enjoys a plush overnight stop in the heart of London.
WITH my hectic lifestyle – all work and no play it seems sometimes – and being in the midst of the chaotic process of moving house, the chance of a luxurious night in London to get away from it all was a most welcome opportunity.
My getaway was the four-star deluxe Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street Hotel.
It is smack bang in the centre of London, in the heart of Bloomsbury and moments away from Covent Garden, Theatreland, the British Museum and, not forgetting, my favourite place to shop – Oxford Street!
The building itself is quite understated and a bit tricky to spot for a deluxe hotel.
However, upon walking in the entrance you are greeted by the concierge to take your luggage and a fabulous red sculpture of a stag stands proudly in the impressive lobby, creating a fabulous first impression which makes up for the restrained façade.
Excited to see the accommodation after taking in the plush reception, and in need of resting my feet after the journey down, I was shown to my king deluxe room.
I immediately jumped on to the giant bed and took in the details of the room as I sank down into the comfort of my boudoir for the evening.
The hotel clearly has a dark and moody theme that screams style and it continues into the 174 bedrooms, which range from spacious rooms to suites.
My room was dressed mostly with a plush purple décor and the bedside lights, which hung on either side from the ceiling, were a very nice touch. Comfy white robes were waiting in the wardrobes to help with the relaxation.
The bathroom was clean and white with modern, neat fittings and a fantastic power shower.
Complimentary bottles of water were also left in the room along with tea and coffee making facilities and, hidden away, to my surprise, was an iron and ironing board.
All the hotel's rooms feature sleek flat-screen TVs and complimentary high-speed wireless comes as standard, which is a must for a girl like me who can never seem to put her phone or laptop away.
Three striking suites are also offered and come with a decadent free-standing bathtub.
Each of those has been upgraded to include the finest furnishings and top-of-the range amenities, including iPod docking stations, Bose sound system and Nespresso coffee machines.
The hotel also offers an exclusive top (seventh) floor with superb views over London's eclectic architecture. It can be hired exclusively and is serviced by its own private lift.
My lovely accommodation did not have a free-standing bath, which was probably a good thing as I doubt I would have left the room!
After getting comfy and unpacking, I decided to go and have a much-needed cocktail before dinner in the hotel.
I decided to leave my exploring in the city for the day after and so propped up the bar and ordered a French Martini.
The bar was very cool and chic and I can well imagine myself popping into such a bar for a quick cocktail after work some days – but sadly there is not an equivalent in Derby just yet.
I took the chance to sit and people-watch and soak up the atmosphere while waiting for my much-anticipated dinner.
I decided to go the whole hog, why not, three courses, yes please! I can get back to the gym on Monday.
I ordered sweet potato and leek soup with smoked paprika oil to start (£6.50).
For my main it was rib-eye steak (aged for 28 days) from Northern Ireland, served with grilled vine tomatoes, chipped potatoes and pink peppercorn sauce (£19.50).
Of course, I always save room for my favourite course, the dessert, and I relished in my order of warm pear and chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream (£6.50). Delicious!
The restaurant was smart and buzzing but not too formal. Importantly, the cuisine was excellent.
I enjoyed a few glasses of wine before getting back to my big fabulous bed and snuggling up for the night.
Breakfast was a fabulous treat of continental and full-cooked breakfast, provided in a buffet style, all you can eat.
I fuelled up for the day and thought through my shopping plans.
The hotel is beautifully designed and provides a convenient location for travellers and shoppers, with Tottenham Court Road tube station just minutes away, and within walking distance of all the big high streets.
I had nothing but high-quality service throughout the hotel and, to top it all, it boasts all the stylish mod-cons of five-star luxury at four-star prices!
WHERE: Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street Hotel, 9-13 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QD
RATE: Rooms from £200 per night (excludes breakfast and VAT)
RESERVATIONS: Call +44 (0)20 7636 5601
MORE INFORMATION: www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/bloomsburystreet. Facebook: /RBEhotels. Twitter: @RBEhotels
The understated exterior of the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Bloomsbury Street Hotel, London, left, gives little clue to the luxury which lies within, above.