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Hotel Russell

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Built in 1898 by the famous architect Fitzroy Doll, who also worked on the grand facilities of the Titanic, this hotel is located in the heart of Bloomsbury. The imposing terracotta Victorian Style building features intricate Renaissance architecture with the interior retaining many of its original features including Sicilian marble columns and high vaulted ceilings, huge chandeliers, oak paneling and the grand marble staircase. Hotel facilities and services are modern including a full-service business centre and conference facilities, and dining in Fitzroy's Doll's Restaurant - this grand dining room is identical to the one on the Titanic.
 
Location: British Museum, Oxford Street, Covent Garden
Subway: Russell Square

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  • Travellerinseat17 : Middlesex
A good B&B hotel improving gently

I returned to the Russell on Christmas Eve 2016 and again just over a week ago.. That makes four overnight stays in three years. Perhaps that says it all, but I’ll add just a few comments. My rooms were again on the first floor, clean and comfortable. Staff were again welcoming and helpful. Breakfast was again very good, the coffee excellent. I parked behind the hotel without any problem. The hotel is a fine building in a very good location. Rooms at the front have a pleasant outlook over the Green. The hotel has benefited from some redecoration and I gather that this will continue step by step. The building very much reflects the spirit of Tunbridge Wells in its heyday. The management deserve support in their efforts to preserve it. I’ll be back on Christmas Eve!

  • Adrian M : Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Comfortable and friendly

Some areas of this old hotel could do with redecoration, but my room had been recently painted in attractive warm colours. It was generous in size, including the en-suite which had space for a bath. The bed was comfortable, the lighting excellent, and the sharp television was nicely recessed to avoid reflections. Bonus points for including decaffeinated coffee in the hospitality tray, amazing how many hotels don't think of it. The site is convenient for the town but quite quiet. The staff were friendly, and breakfast in the morning was very good.

  • Colin B :
Good location

We stayed at this hotel already aware of some negative reviews. The location is unbeatable near the town centre but not noisy. We booked at short notice by phone and this went without hitch. The welcome from the woman on reception was a little luke-warm but the man at breakfast (who was also the cleaner) was pleasant and enthusiastic. The breakfast was included and the fried breakfast was cooked nicely. Our room was an attic room on the 3rd floor (with no lift). The decor and equipment in the room work but have seen better days. The tv was tiny. The room was bright in the daylight but windows were too high up to look out of. The room was warm (even in February) and we left the window open over night. The kettle, toilet and shower all worked. There was evidence of some work to improve parts of the building such as the breakfast room had been modernised and there was a wet paint sign on the first floor.We would consider visiting the Russell Hotel again for a short stay. Despite its shortcomings, the hotel is reasonably priced by Tunbridge standards, the location is excellent and the breakfast was up to standard. Thank you.

  • tomhoward11 : London, United Kingdom
Good hotel, even better location

As you'd expect with hotels like this, the interior isn't the most modern. That said, our room (51) seemed to have been recently refurbished. The bed sheets were clean, as was the bathroom which is all that really mattered to us. The biggest plus point was the hotel's location; it's a 5 minute (if that) walk into the centre of the town. All in all, good value, clean and great location.

  • M1lkman17 :
Lovely exterior, Twilight Zone interior!

We stayed here for one night after we had been in the Tunbridge Wells Travelodge for 2 nights and were unable to get a 3rd night there. The Russell is a lovely old building in the style of Tunbridge Wells, very quaint and beautiful. However once you get past the check in desk the interior looks like it hasn't been updated since the 70s. It's absolutely filthy, our room had a dark line of dirt all the way round the edges of the carpet. Bathroom was horrendous avocado and filthy grouting etc. The decor was kind of Laura Ashley meets the Walking Dead. The place totally freaked us out and we struggled to spend the night there it felt so dirty. We paid about £90 for one night, absolute joke not worth 20. I've stayed in cleaner hostels in Amsterdam. Breakfast was the only half reasonable thing. Would rather sleep rough!

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  • 373 rooms
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  • 2 bars
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Hotel room includes:
  • 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
  • 1 full bathroom
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  • Clock radio
  • Coffee maker
  • In-room safe
  • Trouser press
  • Max occupancy of 2
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Russell Hotel
80 London Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1DZ England

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