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Mercure London Bloomsbury

Address: 130 134 Southampton Row

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City: London

Phone: 011-44-207-833-3691

Website: www.mercure.com

Expert Review

A mid-range brand of the Accor hotel group, the Mercure manages to avoid the charmless, cookie-cutter vibe that plagues many large chain hotels. This particular outpost, conveniently located near the Piccadilly line at the Russell Square Tube station and within short walking distance of Covent Garden and the British Museum, was recently renovated with bright, contemporary, minimalist design elements and a requisite touch of whimsy that reinforces notions of what a “boutique” hotel should look like. The rooms may be on the tiny side (it is London, after all) but the hotel staff does an excellent job making guests feel at home and large rainfall showerheads and custom bath products help complete the illusion that you’re at a more upscale property. Bottom line: It’s perfect if your primary concern is catching up on sleep, email (the hotel offers free WiFi throughout), and afternoon tea.

Tags: moderate | great value | great location

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