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    The Principal London

    1 - 8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE, England
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    Reviewed 17 March 2014

    what more is there to say... rooms are modern, although the building is very old and has character. Rates are not as bad as you might imagine and worth the position in town and the service you get. We will stay again.More

    Thank Pippa N
    Response from Bart L, Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 31 March 2014

    Dear Guest Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us at Hotel Russell. I am pleased that you enjoyed both your room and the grandeur of our Hotel. We have ensured that our charm has been well...More

    Reviewed 17 March 2014

    the building is beautiful but the dbl room we stayed at on the 7th floor was not. the bathroom was very shabby and badly maintained. The shower head not adjustable and pointed in a way that wet the bathroom floor after every shower. the bathroom...More

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    5  Thank Vida H
    Response from Bart L, Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 31 March 2014

    Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am dismayed to learn that you were disappointed with certain aspects of your stay with us. I am pleased that you enjoyed the rich heritage of our building which we have maintained over the years....More

    Reviewed 15 March 2014

    On arrival the staff could not have been more helpfull,particularly Imna on reception which made the check in efficient and informative,well done,room was clean and tidy with everything required bed was comfortable,bathroom was clean with fresh towels and toiletries,breakfast was excellent with a wide choice...More

    Thank David B
    Response from Bart L, Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 31 March 2014

    Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am absolutely delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us at Hotel Russell. I am so pleased that our team were so helpful, especially Inma our Receptionist. We endeavour to make each guest feel...More

    Reviewed 12 March 2014

    We stayed at the Russell Hotel several years ago because our name is "Russell" and I thought it looked quaint and charming. It also was close to the Russell Square Underground. We enjoyed our stay there and returned last weekend. We enjoyed it even more....More

    Thank popogonggong
    Response from Bart L, Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 16 March 2014

    Dear Guest Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor. I am delighted that you had a wonderful stay with us at Hotel Russell and that both Inma and Carey provided you with exceptional service. We strive to create and maintain our high standards and I...More

    Reviewed 12 March 2014

    very brilliant, friendly staff, rooms were amazing - all the little touches make it even more homely. perfect location for london - weather was brill - fabulous stay. I also slept brilliantly. Perfect for a one night stay.More

    Thank Coby-Lee4
    Response from Bart L, Manager at The Principal LondonResponded 16 March 2014

    Dear Guest Thank you for your review. I am absolutely delighted that you found Hotel Russell to be one of the best hotels you have stayed in. We pride ourselves on our high standards, especially the subtle touches as we endeavour to make each visit...More

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    • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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    • US$281 - US$1,133 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • #285 Family Hotel in London
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    Not sure about the closure, but when we were there last January breakfast was £20 per person, we ate it out
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