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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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  • Ian L : Edenbridge, United Kingdom
Nice clean and well presented

We have stayed here a couple times and enjoyed our stay on both occasions. Nice little private car park is nice touch as well. Top tip is to book direct as you will save a few quid. The top floor room offer great views.

  • Tony T : Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Two day break

We spent two days at the Russell Hotel and we were very satisfied; All the staff from reception to breakfast were very friendly and polite. Breakfast food was good with plenty to choose from. Room although quite small was clean and bed very comfy. Tea and coffee; small TV and walk in shower; hair dryer and plenty of storage. Lovely white towels. Only down side that our room was up three flights of stairs and could be hard work for older people. No lift. Staircase and landings could maybe do with freshening up i.e.: painting and new carpets. However would still visit again as made to feel very welcome

  • Mark G : Derby, United Kingdom
Quirky and bit old fashioned

Once again my usual choices of hotels were full so found the Russell on a search engine which caught my notice as the price looked very good so booked it on line.The hotel advertises free parking (a real boon in Tunbridge Wells) but arriving around 5.45pm found it only had capacity for about 8 cars. Needless to say it was completely rammed with a fleet of white vans double parked just to add to the misery. If you're not familiar with TW it is the driver's nightmare as far as traffic jams and the lack of parking so beware. It does get a little easier at the Russell after 6pm when parking on the single yellows on the adjacent street is allowed.I had to park at the top of the hill apx 100yds away on the very busy London Road. It took nearly 5 minutes to get a gap long enough to open my door and get out!I staggered down the hill, suitcase in tow to be greeted by some steps and 2 heavy doors. Sign guided me to the reception where the check in was friendly and efficient.I had booked a room in the annexe. Frequent travellers know that the word 'annexe' has a variety of interpretations by hotels. in this case it referred to the next building down the street so it was back out of the 2 heavy doors and down the steps and the pavement to arrive at the front door of the 'annexe'. The hotel uses the types of key that look like a piece of plastic ticker tape but they were well labelled and access was easy.I climbed the stairs and entered the room and was pleasantly surprised by its' large size. On further inspection I believe it was a bed sit in a previous life. The evidence was a) that the bed was one that would fold up into a wall cabinet, there was a small kitchenette, a large leather sofa and a large bathroom with a 4 piece suite. Be careful if you need the loo straight away as the bathroom has a large picture window which if the blind is up is fully visible both from the street and the buildings opposite! I can still heart the screams!The hotel does not offer evening meals so I decide to go back up the hill to get a takeway. I found the Water Margin, ordered a curry and returned to my room.The kitchenette came into its' own yielding plates, crockery, glasses, cutlery etc and a sink to do the washing up.The bed was a little firm shall we say but the night passed uneventfully.With morning cam the prospect of the shower. I've been in worse but it hasn't been installed in the recent past and probably not since the 1980's.Abluted, I ventured back out on the street to the joyous sounds of white van men directing fellow drivers out of the car park and entered the breakfast room. Interesting décor and wall artwork (me thinks it's by a keen but not so talented artist) and was shown to a table. A very polite and presentable waitress suggested the full English with a choice of tea or coffee and toasts. I decide this was the way to go and happily ate a yogurt and a glass of orange juice until the plate arrived. I say a plate as it was completely invisible under a pile of breakfast including 2 sausages, 2 rashers of back bacon, a triangle of fried bread, a ring of black pudding, half a grilled tomato, poached egg, mushrooms and a sea of baked beans! Certainly set me up for the day and the next!The hotel is honest and clean and well placed to explore TW so would be happy to give it another try

  • LiverpoolLovetravel : Liverpool

Desperately needs re-decorating, very old fashioned carpet, mis-matched and badly scuffed wallpaper. En suite in our bathroom pink, and tiles from 1970s grout same age, dirty needs re-doing. Mattresses throw you off to floor. Not very impressed for the price. Breakfast sausage was also underdone. Best thing about it is location to town centre.

  • 1saltpepper : vendee
I have stayed at this hotel every month for 4 nights for the last 5 years

I can tell you that it has some problems i.e needs a bit of updating and sometimes the car park is full. But that is all.I have always found my room to be clean and tidy and comfortable.The price is very competitive when compared to other hotels in the area, and its location is perfect for me, right in the middle of Tunbridge Wells, but close to green spaces for walking around.All of the staff have always been excellent, very polite and helpful, if i have ever needed anything they have tried to accommodate me.If i did not like this hotel or its staff, i would simply choose another, but i have never had any reason to do so.

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  • 373 rooms
  • Restaurant
  • 2 bars
  • Meeting facilities
  • Business centre
  • Internet station
  • Laundry services
  • Concierge service, Babysitting service
Hotel room includes:
  • 1 double bed or 2 twin beds
  • 1 full bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Cable and satellite television
  • Hairdryer
  • 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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