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The Buckingham Hotel, London is a four-star hotel, deep in the heart of historic and beautiful Bloomsbury. The leafy surroundings disguise the fact that, at this hotel, you are within easy walking distance of most of what London has to offer.
From the Buckingham Hotel you can walk within a couple of minutes to Oxford Street, and Londons most famous shopping district, around Bond Street and Regent Street. You are also ideally situated to visit the citys Theatreland as Shaftesbury Avenue is a stones throw away, and the theatres of the West End are all easily reached. For a relaxing walk, Russell Square is nearby as are Bloomsbury Square Gardens. Culturally, this location is both central and important, as it was the home of the famous (and infamous) Bloomsbury Group in the early twentieth century, but it is also the site of the British Library, the Charles Dickens Museum, as well as many other, smaller museums. Covent Garden is close to hand, and for those who wish to sample Londons nightlife, Soho is easily reached. The nearest tube stations are Russell Square and Holborn.
The hotel itself is located within a Georgian townhouse, and aims to provide luxury studios and suites which combine comfort with the convenience of a location right in the heart of town. There is 24-hour room service, as well as a porter who is available all day and all night. The hotel is non-smoking and provides hypoallergenic pillows and duvets. Each room has an LCD TV with satellite and cable, and has access to both wired and wireless high-speed internet. There are tea and coffee making facilities as well as kitchenettes, and high chairs and cots are available on request. Breakfast is served in the hotels conservatory.
The staff of the hotel is international, and the major complaint people have had with the hotel is that the staff have not understood or responded promptly to their problems. Considering how near it is to the centre of the city, however, the Buckingham Hotel does not suffer hugely from noise problems, as some other hotels in the area do.
You should beware of being allocated a room at the significantly cheaper Clarendon Hotel next door. Bookings at the Buckingham made through certain websites have ended up being given a room at the Clarendon, but the patrons have received no discount for having to stay at a cheaper hotel than the one they thought they were booking.
The hotel has on-street parking, but the nearby car park costs £25 - £30 for a 24-hour stay, a cost which might have to be factored into your considerations. It is a small hotel with great character, although it perhaps does not display the luxury it would like to think it has. However, almost all that London has to offer can be found within a few minutes walk. In all, then, it is a small hotel of a good standard in an excellent location, where bargains can occasionally be found, but where one must be wary of being shunted next door.