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Historical Traveler Reviews Bedford Hotel London
Decent value hotel
Nice lobby and common areas in and outside the hotel. There's a beautiful fountain and flower garden in the back. The rooms are very basic and fairly clean. We stayed with two other couples in three separate rooms. Our room was the cleanest and most functional. The other couples complained of the dust bunnies in the bathroom and shower that worked at a trickle. We didn't have those issues. All in all, the Bedford is the best value in the area and close to theatre district and Covent Garden.
The Bedford is a straightforward 3 star hotel, good location, everything works, but nothing fancy. I had a clean single room, with full bath, lots of hot water, comfortable bed and ordinary TV. Breakfast was unimaginative, but edible enough. You get this type of hotel cheaper in other cities, but the Bedford is good enough value for Central London.
At first sight, this seems a hotel that time forgot, it has metal framed windows, old style radiators and illuminated sign outside proclaiming "Single room £71". On check in, you get an old fashioned key attached to long metal rod so you have to hand it in to reception when leaving the hotel - there is no chance of walking out with it in your pocket. It's been a while since I last had a hotel key as opposed to an electronic card.
The bedrooms have dark wood panelling on the wall alongside the bed and across the bed head. In the bed head is one of those built in "consoles" from the 1970's. I've seen three of these before in the three worst hotels I've ever stayed in. In the Bedford however, the "console" is in full working order. Lights, TV and radio go on and off at the touch of a button. Amazing!
I think the bedroom had bee redecorated. The wallpaper remarkably scuff free, the carpet was spotlessly clean even in the normal tell tale corner behind the door. The linen and bedspread were clean, crisp and hardly used.
The staff are friendly, seemed to care, none of the young couldn't-give-a-damn young travellers earning a few quid as you get in so many other places in London.
I had room 105 overlooking typical Bloomsbury private gardens, very quiet. I suspect the front rooms would be a bit noisy. The bed was medium firmness (I prefer firm) but comfortable.
Breakfast was self service buffet. Basic, but won't leave you hungry.
Best of all, I found free WiFi in my room, but they don't advertise it!
Didn't try the restaurant, but the Indian/Bangladesh take away down the street was very nice. Go out of the door and turn right, about 100m along on the opposite side. Staff at hotel reception got me a plate, knife and fork to take to my room for my food.
In short, this is an amazingly good value hotel. Anywhere else, the old style beige and brown furnishings would be retro or tired and worn. At the Bedford, I suspect they believe they have never gone out of fashion.
Great location at an excellent price - but only for two.
We were delighted with the Bedford. Right on Russel Square, buses right out the front and a ten minute bus ride to Trafalgar Square and a five minute walk to the Piccadilly Line tube station. The rooms have ensuite shower and toilet and wardrobing however they are fairly small (very common in London) and very much a stretch if you try to squeeze in that 3rd person on the rollaway bed! The rooms were spotlessly clean and we had a view of the nice little garden behind the hotel.
They do a great breakfast and its well worth the money. The ladies in the dining room were gorgeous - we wanted to take one home with us!
Very decent hotel
I stayed at the Bedford for almost a week in June, and was very satisfied. Because they were rennovating rooms on the floor of my original booking, I requested another room, away from the noise, and was promptly moved. Very friendly staff. Well located for tube stop, and walking to West End. Lots of good places to eat nearby, and a Safeway within five minutes for take out food. I would easily stay here again. Strongly suggest requesting room facing the back, as noise on street side could be a problem. All in all, one of the best budget price hotels I have stayed in on trips to London.
Good Value, Good Location (repeat customer)
I've been staying at the Bedford on occasional visits to London for several years now. It is one of the most reasonably priced hotels you'll find with a private bath and a decent location. It is not the Ritz, and the rooms are small...But I go to London to see things other than the inside of the hotel room. If you want to lounge around, find another hotel. Staff has always been helpful. TV channels are limited. Rooms in the back are quieter, and from the upper floors you can see the new dome at the BM. Continental breakfast in included. English breakfast is available or is part of your package. There is a bar and restaurant on the premises as well.
The location is very convenient. Very close to the British Museum and a couple of blocks to the Russell Square Tube station - a couple more blocks the other direction to Holborn. You can also set off walking down the street to the Strand, and you can take a longer walk to Covent Garden, Leicester Square, or the shopping on Oxford Street. The run between Heathrow and Russell Square on the tube is just over an hour. You can also take a cab or the Tube to Paddington to use the Heathrow Express. There is a Tesco Express (24 hour) store across the street from the Russell Square Tube station, and a little 24-hour store across the street from the hotel.
Also within 50 yards of the hotel you can eat at Pizza Hut or Subway. There is a Starbuck's across the street for your jolt of caffeine and WiFi. A couple of doors down from that is a Pizza Express (a decent chain offering good prices and more than just pizza). A couple doors down from the Bedford is Denise's Restaurant - A small but diverse menu, good staff, good food. This is my favorite place for a last-meal-in-town.
Like I've said, I'm a repeat customer and plan on returning.
The hotel is old fashioned and comfortable. Very quiet. Even though they told us that it was at 80% of occupancy we never suffered the crowds. The room was clean with a TV , hairdryer and a jar to boil water. We always found coffee, tea and milk to prepare something to drink. There are no minibar or refrigerator. The bathroom is complete with a bathtub. Breakfast was in the coffee shop in the ground floor. We took the continental which was not very varied. Only juice and toasts. Location was very good. A couple of blocks from tube station Russell Square or Holborn. Around the hotel, restaurants (including pizza hut, Subway's and english and italian restaurants) and also shops (super markets "tescos", bookshops, etc). Reception staff was not very warm and friendly. I recomend the hotel. If you are travelling in summer please ask about air conditioning. I really don't know how it works.
Nothing Special - But Decent Price
we stayed here for two nights on short trip to london. we booked the room via the hotels internet site which was very easy to use.
the hotel reception was very nice, and the staff could not have been more friendly or helpful. there are lifts to all floors from the reception.
our room was clean and had everything we could have wanted. it was a little on the small side, but for central london, we were expecting this. the bathroom is split into two, with the toilet on one side of the room and the shower/bath/basin on the other. this sorta works well, especially if staying with friends because the loo is free even when people of taking a shower! however, both of these rooms were very compact.
our room was on the thrid floor, facing the main road in front of the hotel. on holiday, this would be my worse nightmare, but with the buzz of london below your feet, it didn't bother us at all.
included in the price of the room was a full english breakfast. this was buffet style, which, to me means "all you can eat"!! the food was hot and tasted fresh however there wasn't a huge selection. tea and coffee was in plentifull supply!
we saw the show "We Will Rock You" on our visit to london and the Dominion Theatre is only about 10 minutes walk away from this hotel which meant that we didn't need to use the tube or taxi at night after the show. for everything else we wanted to see, we just got on the tube at either Russell Square (3 mins walk) or the larger Holborn (8 mins walk) which had good connections to the rest of london.
there are plenty of places to eat around this hotel and a Tesco and Sainsburys shops very close which are handy should you need anything.
overall, there is nothing to rave about this hotel, however it is fairly central in london and the price is very low for the location.
A very friendly good value hotel!
i stay in the Bedford every time i visit london it is alot better than the majority of hotels i have stayed at for a reasonable price! it is in a really nice safe area within walking distance of all the theatres and shops and has good links to stations and airports. Reception staff are very friendly and always show in an interest in you as a guest and make you feel welcome - rooms are a good size and clean and warm, although the bathrooms are quite small, i prefer to stay on the front of the hotel as you get a view of what is a very nice area, windows are double glazed so not noisy at all........you wont regret booking the Bedford for a good value stay in London
Room okay, breakfast disappointing
Bedford Hotel, Southampton Row, 27-12-2003 / 29-12-2003
The ground floor has been renovated not very long ago, so everything looks reasonably new. There is a nice sitting room for guests, as well as the breakfast room, and reception, and small café.
The bedrooms (we had a twin-bedroom) are a reasonable size for London standards.
You enter in a small hallway, with on the right hand side a separate toilet, and on the left hand side a very small bathroom(where you can hardly turn around), which had a hand basin and a bath, above which a very good shower (shower curtain). As usual there was almost no room for your toiletries, so you just had to leave them on the table in the bedroom.
We asked for a quiet non-smoking room, and got a room at the back of the hotel. On the front there is a street with lots of traffic and a pedestrian crossing, that are very noisy, so we were glad to be on the quiet side of the hotel; it really makes a difference. You look out on the back of houses (at a reasonable distance), but also on the small garden of the hotel, which seems to be very nice in the summer.
The beds were of good quality, though rather narrow, and with hard pillows, that were a bit uncomfortable. The room was very warm, but you can turn down the central heating, and also open a window. There was no airco, nor a fan. The room and bathroom were as clean as possible, as everything was already a bit older.
The tv. had channels BBC 1 and 2, ITV, Channel 4, plus some extra channels. Also there was a coffee/tea tray.
Breakfast was the biggest disappointment; continental breakfast is included, which contained 4 sorts of cereals, juice, coffee/tea, juice, tinned fruit, toast with jam and some stale rolls, so a very basic and boring breakfast, but you could eat as much as you wanted.
At an extra GBP 4,00 you could take sausages, tinned tomatoes, bacon, baked eggs, or scrambled eggs. This didn't look too appetising, so we didn't try the English breakfast.
This hotel has a long bar of metal attached to the room key, so you had to leave it behind every time you left, and ask for it every time you enter again, which was a bit of a bore.
It is situated in a medium-good neighbourhood, where you will find some restaurants, the British Museum is very close, and you are only a short walk away from the closest subway station, which is Holborn on the Jubilee line. Very near this station you will find a small supermarket.
The staff behind the reception was friendly, but the staff in the breakfast room was very much to the point, and no extra's.
On the whole we were happy enough with the room, but not with the breakfast.