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The Rathbone Hotel on Rathbone Street is just 100m east of Berners Street in London's West End W1. The Middlesex Hospital is only 250m away and Soho is a 5-minute walk south. Within 500m is the British Museum. The Rathbone hotel is a good tourist class hotel with a traditional British interior decor. All 70 air-conditioned bedrooms are with a private bathroom and there are larger rooms for the physically challenged visitor.
The hotel offers recently upgraded Studio, Suite and Club rooms, all of which are decorated in elegant furnishings, with wood panelling, rich colours and comfy beds, hearkening back to a more refined era in London. In-room amenities are thoughtful and cater to all guest needs, including complimentary water on arrival, iPod and iPhone docking stations, complimentary Wi-fi connection, luxury bathrobe and slippers and even a welcome drink on arrival to make sure you feel at home from check in onwards.
From the liveried doorman, to the reception desk to the bar men, staff will ensure that you are looked after, whether finding you the cheapest cab to the airport, booking you on to London tours or ensuring you check-in is as quick as possible, they are willing to go the extra mile. Hotel facilities include Wi-fi access in public areas, complimentary morning coffee in the hotel lounge, 24-hour room service and laundry and dry cleaning if required. The hotel restaurant is only open for a breakfast buffet, but for lunch and evening meals, the Rathbone offers a unique restaurant club to ensure you experience the best eateries in the area. You can enjoy a drink at the hotel bar whilst looking through a selection of nearby restaurants, catering for a wide variety of tastes, where you can reserve a table.
The hotel is a great starting point to see some of the grandest sights in London. From Rathbone Street you are just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus and Oxford Street, which contains over 300 shops, and just a little farther down the road you can visit the exclusive designer shops of Bond Street and Regent Street; worth a visit even if you can only afford to window shop. Covent Garden also has a wide variety of independent boutiques as well as many historic pubs and buildings. You can visit the London Transport Museum, watch the many street performers or catch a play in one of the area's many theatres. From there, Leicester Square and Soho offer fantastic nightlife and Trafalgar Square is the site of the famed Nelson's Column statue and contains The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery. To the north of the hotel, in Bloomsbury, you can visit The British Museum, or if the weather's sunny you can head to Regent's Park and visit the exotic residents of London Zoo.
The station is just a few stops from Oxford Circus tube, which services the Victoria, Bakerloo and Central lines and has direct links with Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates); Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); and King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates). If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. To park overnight, your best option is the NCP Car Park at Great Cumberland Place; just a few minutes walk away from the hotel.
If you choose to stay at The Rathbone, you will undoubtedly be impressed with the quality of the services and rooms, but to ensure the best experience, book a room on the 5th floor, where you can enjoy views of central London, or request a room near the back of the hotel if you are a very light sleeper.