Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Room at the Radisson Edwardian Kenilworth

In case any other hopeful travelers may be considering this hotel, here are shots of my room on the 5th floor. Now when I saw this room was right across the elevator, it had me worried. But no problem, the room is entered via two doorways with the second door keeping all the noise from the hall to a minimum. This room is large by London standards unless you are staying at one of the big hotels around Hyde Park. But the rooms are all modern and include all the basics although I could never figure out the increasing use of so many decorative pillows on the bed.

Most Americans would find the television very small. But it does its job to entertain whilst in the room. I like how text messages are sent to hotel guests via the TV. Also there is no radio in the room. A few channels on the TV is set aside to carry radio broadcasts. The comfy couch and in-room coffee service made for some relaxing moments to read the paper during some of my down time. There is an in-room safe under the desk and the unnecessary in-room bar in the cabinet underneath the TV. These rooms include wireless internet service.

Probably to cut costs, all the soaps are in liquid dispensers attached to the walls of the tub and above the sink. Also there is no shower curtain around the tub. A swinging glass panel the length of half of the tub is all that's there to keep the water from spilling on to the bathroom floor. It does not succeed entirely. But still, a hotel room worth staying in again.

By the way when booking a room at this hotel, read the description carefully. Some of the rooms are rather small that the description indicates the room cannot accomodate more than one person. Rooms have decent views along Bloomsbury & Great Russell St but tend to carry some of the noise from these streets. If you absolutely need quiet, request for rooms away from the street. However these rooms will likely give you a view of the backside of a neighboring building.

Lastly always check if the room rate includes the 17.9% VAT. This can add a substantial amount to the per night cost of the room. Room rates will also note if breakfast is included.


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