It took blood, sweat and tears to stay at The Bloomsbury. And I don’t mean this as an expression. There really was blood.
A few months before booking my stay, I happened to see a tweet from The Bloomsbury hotel. The hotel was running a contest. The rules were simple: post a picture of your favorite breakfast and tag one of the three Doyle Collection hotels in London that you want to stay at. The prize? A night at the hotel that you tagged.
My favorite breakfast is a bagel with lox cream cheese. I will eat it every day if I could. In preparing to take a picture of my bagel which was from a local bakery, I had to cut it so I could put the cream cheese in the middle. The bagel was a few days old and getting stale. So when I was cutting it even with a pretty sharp knife, it was harder than usual. I don’t really know what I was thinking as I cut the bagel but the next second I saw blood oozing out of my finger.
Not a pretty site. I had a pretty deep cut on my thumb. After freaking out, putting some lavender essential oil and covering my thumb with a bandage, I set up my shot. And this is what it took to stay at
The Bloomsbury is located in Bloomsbury, a neighborhood in central London. When landing into London Heathrow Airport (where most flights from JFK fly into), you’re still about 40 minutes away from central London. You can either take the convenient Heathrow Express into the city or use a Visitor Oyster Card to take the tube (London’s subway system).
Once at the hotel, you’re practically neighbors with the British Museum. It took me three minutes to walk there! Also right by the museum are several squares like Russell Square Park and Bloomsbury Square for sitting down and enjoying the day (if it’s not rainy!).
I took a taxi from The Kensington (also a Doyle Collection hotel) to The Bloomsbury at around 9 am in order drop my suitcase off and arrive on time for a food tour at Borough Market. So I was too early to check into my room.
After the tour and visiting The Shard, I headed back for the hotel at around 4 pm. Since I arrived later in the afternoon, I was able to check in fairly quickly. And since I already gave my info while at The Kensington, The Bloomsbury already had some of the info on file.
I walked through the lobby area to get to the elevators. The first thing I noticed was the clock in roman numerals.
I was also immediately drawn to the high ceilings and darker hued furniture.
I found out that the hotel is filled with history (there was even a book all about it in the room!). The building is a Grade II listed neo-Georgian building, designed in the 1930s.
My room at the corner of the hallway was a Studio Suite 1 King Bed room. It had more than enough space for one person (at 430 square feet).
A comfortable (and huge!) king bed in the suite was where I laid down at night and pretended I was in my own studio in London. (Haha)
Lots of closet space! Inside the closet was a safe, iron, ironing board, extra blankets and a mirror.
A separate closet door opened to the mini bar and tea and coffee station.
There were four windows in the room and helped brighten up the sitting area.
I also liked the dark pink color scheme.
The workspace included a desk and rolly chair! In front of the desk was a mirror that covered most of the wall and several outlets, including a USB port so I didn’t need to use an international converter to charge my iPhone.
My favorite park of the room. Yes, it was a marble bathroom with a separate toilet area.
And a separate shower.
But my favorite was the free standing clawfoot bathtub. There was a TV in front too so you can watch while enjoying the tub.
The tub definitely gave the suite extra stars.
The Bloomsbury provides 100 ml bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and body wash from Aromatherapy Associates.
There are also slippers in the closet.
Two of the windows in the room (and also the one window in the bathroom) were facing Great Russell Street, the same road as the British Museum’s address. There were shops and what looked like apartment buildings.
The other two windows perpendicular faced the back of Dominion Theatre. This is where Hillsong London meets every Sunday, which I was happy to find was so convenient for me!
Around The Hotel
When the weather is nice, you can head to Dalloway Terrace, The Bloomsbury’s terrace open for all day dining.
It was a bit cold during my visit so breakfast was served below the ground floor. I couldn’t leave London without having a Full English Breakfast, which I ordered on my first morning. It kept me full until around 3 in the afternoon. With 2 eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, blood pudding and tomatoes and toast… it’s very filling.
On my second morning I didn’t want to stuff myself again so I got a delicious scrambled eggs and Irish organic smoked salmon on toast.
These were a la carte options. There’s also the option for the continental buffet which includes cereals, fruits, yogurt, cheeses and fruit.
There are a few meeting spaces in The Bloomsbury. I wandered into The Seamus Heaney Library which is used for meetings and had a table set up but is lined with shelves of books.
Afternoon tea is served at The Bloomsbury! Read the full review of afternoon tea at The Bloomsbury here.
I had no issues connecting to fast and complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel. It worked great all over the hotel.
Social Media Aspect
The Bloomsbury is on Twitter (where I found out about them!), Instagram and Facebook. For beautiful Instagram photos of food and an outdoor space, follow their separate account for the Dalloway Terrace here.
Overall, I was pleased with the stay. I loved that it was so close to the British Museum so I could go to the museum for a bit, go back to the hotel to rest and head back out to the museum or around the neighborhood. My stay was during a weekend so it was quiet and nice to relax before heading back to NYC.
Oh and here’s the winning #BreakfastBrilliance photo 😉
Room Rate: Studio Suite 1 King Bed Room £332 GBP per night (check here for various room types and rates)
16-22 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3NN
Note: I received a media rate for one of the nights at The Bloomsbury. As always, all views and opinions are my own.