Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

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

7 Reviews

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Satisfaction Very Good
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 22% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • Families74
  • Couples73
  • Solo77
  • Business60
  • Great London Location


    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


    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


    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!


    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


    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


    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...


    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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Nice Hotel

by A TripAdvisor Member

Overall we were really pleased with the hotel accommodations. We asked for a double room on a higher floor, and got a spacious (for London!) room with enough area for our two weeks worth of luggage. The hotel location is great--right across the street from the Gloucester Rd tube stop. Our rate included a full breakfast, which was very good and a lot of food. The staff is very nice and friendly; however, we didn't find them to be very helpful for directions, or knowledgeable about London. Overall the Radisson was very nice and we would stay there again.

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London Next week

by miamiajp

My partner and I will be in London the day after christmas staying at the Edwardian Vanderbilt in Knightsbridge. Anybody knows the hotel and can give me references? Also wanted to know of cool places to eat and go out. Thanks.

Re: London Next week

by syllybabe

If you're referring to the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt then yes, I've stayed in that hotel. Closest tube station is Gloucester which is just across the street.
When I was in London I was in such a "fog" that I don't remember many of the restaurants' names but if you want excellent food and don't mind paying a bit more for it, there's a restaurant called Bentley's...I don't have the address but some of London's free guidebooks will have their ad in there. The best chinese food is behind Leicester square and there's a cool bar overlooking Covent Garden with a heated terrace called Chez Gerard and of course there's the theater.
Have a wonderful time in London...I wish I were going :-)

Re: London Next week

by rvancelett

Try www.mykensington.co.uk.
There are some great places around to eat and go out. I am sure you will have no problem finding good places. Good luck!


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