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The Lonsdale hotel is a popular budget hotel in the heart of Bloomsbury, an attractive, safe and peaceful district of London, renowned for its literary connections, as notable figures such as Virginia Woolf, Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens all used to live in the area; in fact Dicken's former home is now a museum dedicated to his life. The hotel occupies one of the grand Georgian buildings of the area and allows guests to explore the city with ease for less.
The Lonsdale hotel's guest rooms are decorated in a traditional style, with a comfortable range of furnishings and fittings, well suited for a short stay. Rooms are available from Single to Family sizes and contain all the amenities you will need to see you through your stay, including central heating, razor points, a colour TV, direct-dial telephone, security boxes if needed and towels and linens. All rooms feature en-suite toilets, but guests should be aware that showering facilities are shared on each floor. Staff at the hotel are friendly and polite, and available 24-hours a day; and a range of extra facilities, such as a currency exchange and fax services are available if needed.
A breakfast is included in the room rate, but judging by previous guests grim descriptions, it is strongly recommended to try the cafes in the local area, which also has a wide selection of restaurants for evening dining. Hanson Raja and the Mary Ward Centre Vegetarian Cafe offer more unusual dining options, whilst Blue Door Bistro and La Porchetta offer more elegant meals in sophisticated surroundings.
The Lonsdale Hotel is perhaps not the most memorable of places, but few people visit London to stare at the wall of their hotel bedroom; especially when that hotel is in such a fantastic location. The Lonsdale is only two minutes walk from the British Museum and opposite elegant, leafy Russell Square. Soho is a ten-minute walk from the hotel and is filled with places to eat out, bars and theatres. Covent Garden, with it's high concentration of theatres and boutiques; Leicester Square's cinemas; and Piccadilly Circus, home of the Trocadero and Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum are all a short walk or tube journey away, as well as the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square and the Royal Opera. Anyone thinking about studying in London will be well placed at the hotel, as the campuses of both University College London and The University of London are both just minutes away.
The hotel also has excellent transport links, with Russell Square tube station nearby, which services the Piccadilly line. The Piccadilly line travels directly to Heathrow Airport in 25 minutes, for international connections; and the Eurostar terminal at King's Cross St Pancras Station, for travel to Europe. From Russell Square you can also catch an airbus to Heathrow Airport and easily reach many other London locales.
Russell Square is surrounded by several well-appointed, low-cost hotels, and whilst the Lonsdale Hotel is good value, previous guests have reported cleanliness and maintenance issues in the rooms and dated bedrooms, so it is recommended to shop around before booking as many hotels close by offer en-suites and an aesthetically pleasing interior design for very little extra money. If you do stay at the Lonsdale, the location will serve you well, but make sure you don't get put in the basement rooms, which are darker and stuffier than the upstairs rooms.