Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

68-86 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW7 5BT, United Kingdom
(4 star hotel)
#289 of 2,367 hotels in London
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 9 reviews
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Gloucester Road hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 27, 2015

I've been trying to burn up some miles on a credit card I want to get ride of and the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt used a reasonable number of miles and was in a neighborhood I was familiar with. Since I was visiting my myself, I got a single room. While small, it was adequate sized and had everything I needed-a in room safe, a small refrigerator, an ironing board, tea service, hair dryer, free wifi. The single rooms have a comfortable full size bed which is slightly bigger than a twin bed but smaller than a queen. There's no closet but there is a wardrobe where you can hang some clothes and a small desk. My room faced the busy Cromwell Road but the glass is sufficient to block the noise, I don't think the windows open.

The bathroom had everything I needed-bath gel, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, all in refillable dispensers on the wall, plus a couple of things that Americans seem to need, wash clothes and a single faucet and even a toothbrush holder. The shower had plenty of hot water,

Unique Quality: This hotel appears to be a converted block of flats, to get to my room I had to go through at least 6 fire doors and I wasn't even the furthest away from reception. The hotel is a 5 minute walk from the Gloucester Road underground station which has three lines running through it, the Piccadilly line which gives easy access to Heathrow and the District and Circle. The ride from Heathrow is less than 45 minutes. To get to the hotel I turned left out of the station, the 1st street is Cromwell Road and the hotel is on that 1st block if you turn right on Cromwell. There's a large Sainbury's 5 minutes west on Cromwell and a Waitrose next to the Gloucester Road station. The Natural History Museum, V&A and Science Museums are 5-10 minutes away on foot if you go east, there's no need to take the underground.

Breakfast was included in my rate and it was a decent breakfast with most of the makings of an English breakfast-eggs, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes plus bread for toast, cereal, pastries (although none were terribly sweet), fruit, juice, tea, coffee. It wasn't my favorite hotel breakfast but it was certainly adequate. The staff is the breakfast room were pleasant and efficient. On Sunday, the queue for breakfast was so long that I skipped it, I think a large tour bus arrived the night before and the hotel might have been near full occupancy.

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Near Gloucester Road station

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 4, 2015

Just over the road from Gloucester Road station is this four star hotel that can be accessed via many booking discount sites. I stayed here in July / August 2015 and found it to be a pleasant but very busy hotel - it is used by Australian tour companies for either their UK based holidays or where people stay before going on a cruise from an English port. Because of the sheer numbers of visitors the hotel is always busy and waits for the lift or to get in to breakfast could be quite long.
The lift was also very small and not suited to the large size of the hotel. On some occasions the staff would fill the lift with suitcases and no one could use the lifts.
The staff are young and helpful and as is the case these days in all of Londons hotels from eastern Europe. Their customer service is very good and the man who booked me in even took my case to my room for me when I told him I had a frozen shoulder.
Book in advance for breakfast and it is £12 which is exceptionally good value for a central London hotel where £20 can be the norm.
The room was small and compact but had a TV, nice bed and bedding, a chair, dressing table and a wardrobe. There was a lack of shelf space and the bathroom was in need of an update.

Directions: Turn left out of Gloucester Road station and the hotel is on the right at the traffic lights.

Great London Location

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 7, 2009

I highly recommend the Edwardian Vanderbilt. Our room was small but comfortable. The nice thing about this Hotel is the location. Tube just across the street. It really does matter where you say in London, don't get the cheapest place because you will be in the worst part of town.

The room has a tea pot and you can bring some instant coffee and breakfast bars and your good to go in the morning.

Another nice thing about this Hotel is the Tour bus will come and pick you up at the Hotel the morning of your tour (Gloden Tours or Grayline). This is very important because you have to be at the tour office on time or you will miss the tour that you prepaid and not get your money back. They do not pick up at some Hotels so be sure and ask when you book your rooms if your Hotel get pick ups for tours.

You are within walking distance of Harrods, The Victoria and Albert Museum and Buckingham Palace.

If I went to London again, I would stay in Kensington or Westminister.

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Agency Booking

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 11, 2007

This hotel was booked by an agency and included in the price I paid for the package. So I don't really know exactly how much it cost - probably more than I would have wanted to pay.

The room was nice, and the hotel personel were helpful. The area was quiet, and there was a bus which ran in front of the hotel and a tube station nearby. Having said that, I found that the hotel was really too far from the main tourist areas. We were always having to take a bus or a taxi (or both) to get back to the hotel.

The designation for breakfast was confusing. I was told we would have a continental breakfast, but apparently even the hot foods on the buffet were included. The other meals were quite expensive, and my grandson got into the habit of running around the corner to Burger King.
Hotel services

* Wireless Internet Access
* Complimentary newspaper
* Express check in and check out on request
* 24 hour front desk
* 24 hour room service
* Currency exchange
* Valet Service available for laundry
* Cribs available on request

Hotel amenities

* Fitness room
* Bar and lounge
* Restaurant
* Conference rooms

Concierge service

* Mobile phone rental
* Limousine service
* Baggage storage
* Theatre and sightseeing bookings
* Flower arrangements
* Car hire
* Valet parking offered upon request. The hotel does not have its own car park.

Unique Quality: We had a nice bathroom with a strange kind of glass partition instead of a shower curtain. There would have been NO possibility of anyone being in the shower and having any privacy if someone else wanted to use the toilet.

There were three windows on the street, with heavy curtains. With the sun coming in, it made the room quite hot and if there was A/C, it didn't work. With the windows open, it was much more temperate, but it was also noisier. The windows had no screens of course.

There was a minibar with a sign saying that if anything was moved, we would be charged for it - this terrified my grandson who was afraid that he had moved something. The TV had the usual BBC programs, and there was a safe which was big enough for my laptop. There was an iron and trouser press, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary wireless Internet access - the internet access was quite good and was free.

The elevator was room key operated (and slow), as were the lights in the room.

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Posh hotel in a posh neighbourhood

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 13, 2006

I laugh at myself ..... 5 years ago, I was staying at a no star hotel with no bathroom and now I'm staying in this 4-star hotel with a posh name just about 10 min walk to Harrods..... yes, with my own bathroom as well :)

Not only that, the price for one night probably can get me 3 nights in an ultra posh hotel in KL. Nevermind, this IS London and considering that the location is near to Knightsbridge and a stone's throw to Gloucester tube station, the rate seemed reasonable.

The hotel lobby was quite simple, one end was reception and the other end was a small lounge with a fireplace. There are 215 rooms at the Vanderbilt London hotel and each room has a warm classic English ambiance. I suppose the hotel used to be different blocks of houses which explains the different staircase which takes you to different sections of the hotel. There is one lift which is located at the end of the building & a bit of a way to walk to. Plus the lift is slow and takes a while to get to your floor

The room is small (compared to hotel rooms in Asia) which has a double bed, side tables, dressing table, fridge and a wardrobe. One lampshade by the bed had gone missing and the safe wasn't working. The bed was comfortable enough and bathroom was satisfactory. My friend said the room was "bigger" than another place she had been to (I cannot imagine!) so I suppose room size is pretty good.

Unique Quality: Location is great because it's near Gloucester Station, Knightsbridge, other shopping areas and a post office for me to send those postcards to friends

Directions: From Gloucester station, walk left to a traffic light, Vanderbilt London is on the right

Highly recommended Hotel!

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 16, 2006

Location, Location Location -

A block from Gloucester Tube Station, and with good shoes, walking distance from Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, and one of the best "free" museums, the Victoria & Albert (donation suggested).

A very upscale hotel - with very helpful (bellmen gave great pub & grub recommendations) younger staff. Stayed in a standard room which was very well-apointed, also booked on Londontown.com. A bit smallish (like everything built this era) and lack of storage space were the only real problems. Was there on an 89 degree day with high humidity - thank goodness for the A/C, which wasn't that efficient, but made it bearable.

People with mobilty problems take note - there are a bunch of split level floors, steps up and down, and small elevators - most rooms require a circuitous route to get to and from elevators - but I thought this added to the charm of the place .

If you eat big, get the breakfast package if available - a variety of fresh fruit, eggs, Thick bacon & sausage, yogurts and cereals made this at least a $20.00 per person value. It allowed us to eat a late lunch and dine in the west end late, avoiding the rush.

Unique Quality: Very clean, and if the floors creak a bit, remember, it just adds charm!

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Achievable posh hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 2, 2004

I saw this recommended on VT and found a discounted price on Expedia (one night free) so I decided to go for it because it ended up to be only a few dollars more than staying at a hotel at a much lower category.
This hotel is very nice. If you get a price you like here take it. You will probably like the place. The rooms are comfortable, nice bathrooms, many amenities, everything you can expect from a 4 star hotel.
I usually don´t stay at such posh places, and maybe some people who like the Ritz would say this isn´t posh. But this is my tip. And it made me feel kinda old. I have to say it was nice to have a nice hotel in London. The location is great if you like shopping in South Kensington. But I spent most of my time near the West End so I travelled by Underground a lot.. Its also nice to stay in a quiet area of London.

Unique Quality: Although DON'T touch anything in the fridge that you don´t want to pay for. I was just checking if there was ice and the next day had to explain to a very rude guest service guy on the phone that I didn't drink anything and that I wasn´t going to accept the charges. (The other people who I dealt with at the hotel were very kind and professional) Also, a chamomile tea from a bag in the bar cost something like 4 pounds! Although sitting by the fireplace was a great way to thaw out after freezing all day.

Directions: Just across the street and less than a block from the Glouchester Tube Station.

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My Favorite London Splurge

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 14, 2003

In my opinion, Knightbridge is the best place for a tourist to stay in London. Just a block away from the Glouchester Tube Station, it's a wonderful neighborhood environment with pretty houses, comfy restaurants, beautiful churches, and museums and the Royal Albert Hall. It's a short walk to Kensington Gardens and just a bit down the road from Harrods. I usually stay at one of four hotels here and the Edwardian Vanderbilt is my splurge. When the internet gods are with me, and decent rates come up, I book this one when I can.

Comfortable rooms, very nice bathrooms with all the amenities, a work out facility and indoor pool and a business center with internet access provide everything you need. There is a restaurant but I haven't eaten here.

Unique Quality: My favorite thing about this hotel is the bar and lounge. Ultra comfortable furniture, a great fireplace, friendly staff, and a good bar make this such a comfortable home away from home. The great thing about this is, even if I stay "cheaper" on a trip to London, I can always hang out for awhile in the bar.

To book, check out www.londontown.com

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The Radisson Edwardian...

by written on September 7, 2002

The Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt. A very nice hotel in a typical Victorian style.

Unique Quality: The hotel is one of the 'Radisson' chain, which stands for luxe in a real Victorian style. It has got a 'Georgian Bar' and in the basement an English wine bar.
It is quite expensive, but worth it.

Directions: Cromwell Road, close to Harrods.
Ther is a metro station 'Gloucester Road' at approximate 150 metres.

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Address: 68-86 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London, SW7 5BT, United Kingdom

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Amenities at Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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