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Reviews - The Academy

4Self Classified Town House Hotel Ratings explained
17-21 Gower Street , London, WC1E 6HG
Located just off Oxford Street, The Academy is located in a peaceful yet central location in leafy Bloomsbury. A traditional townhouse hotel, originally built in 1776 with history, charm and character; each guestroom is tastefully decorated, and features iPod docking stations and flat screen TV's, for your entertainment.

Enjoy Full English or Continental breakfasts in our dining room – and dinner in one of the many fantastic restaurants nearby. During summer, take advantage of our two scenic, walled gardens or during colder days, relax in the peaceful, heated conservatory. Alternatively, in keeping with the area’s literary history, while away the hours in our small library before enjoying a drink in the sumptuous lounge.

Take advantage of The Academy's ideal location – just 10 minutes’ walk from Covent Garden’s boutique shops, The West End’s notorious theatres and Soho’s bustling nightlife. We are a short walk to the tube stations of Goodge Street (Northern Line), or Tottenham Court Road (Central Line). For the Eurostar, London St Pancras is just a 5 minute taxi ride or 15 minutes’ walk for the Eurostar is just a 5 minute taxi ride or a 15 minute walk. The Academy provides easy access to all London’s major Airports.

The Academy is a Grade II listed building (and, as such, does not have an elevator - all rooms are only accessible by stairs!). All guests receive a 50% discount on parking at Bloomsbury Square Car Park.
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Guest Reviews Based on 139 reviews
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78% recommended this accommodation to a friend 82% would stay again
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Excellent stay at the Academy
Hotel is very conveniently located. Family rooms on the small side but very clean. Some road noise but to be expected. British museum etc just around the corner. Staff were friendly and helpful. Overall an excellent hotel at a competitive price.

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Gareth Evans

From Llandysul, UK
Who stayed in August 2013

Family with teenage children

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Nice clean hotel, it was nice to stay somewhere that was different and not just endless long corridors with doors........................... Although outside road was busy (used to living in the country !) hotel quiet inside - no late night door slamming etc and air conditioning working if necessary - we could also open the windows !!!
One small criticism - the bathroom was very small and although everything was very clean the tiles etc around the bath / shower need to be cleaned properly to get rid of the limescale staining and build up !

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Jane O

From Sherborne, UK
Who stayed in August 2013

Family with young children

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central hotel
As a central London hotel, this was no doubt value for money. The room was clean but small and the bed was very lumpy. The staff were friendly and If they get a new bed I would not hesitate to stay again

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phil c

From Southport, UK
Who stayed in August 2013

Couple

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staff were very courteous and helpful. As previous reviewers have said, the rooms are a little small but very nicely furnished. The bed was very comfortable and water and amenities replaced daily. Loved the public rooms and courtyards for a night cap away from the crowds.

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H Pint

From Deal, UK
Who stayed in July 2013

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The only issue is the room is too small

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XIAOYAN WANG

From Shanghai, China
Who stayed in July 2013

Travelling alone

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none

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Emilio D

From Glasgow, UK
Who stayed in July 2013

Travelling alone

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Not a boutique hotel
An easy pleasant stroll into town and the reception staff were immaculately turned out and polite. Our room, up many flights of stairs, was in the roof and the steeply sloping ceiling had a couple of intriguingly large holes in it. The room was ok but failed to thrill. Though free fruit -3 apples which were not added to, there was no cutlery or plates. The tea making was in a dark cubby hole - tricky with poor eyesight and the usual problem never enough teabags or milk sachets although hidden in a charming box this was haphazardly replenished. At £185 a night this is to say the least disappointing. The bathroom was fine and contained the usual offerings the high threshold - presumably to contain potential flooding was a nuisance. Exploration revealed a meagre garden completely overlooked by the neighbouring student accommodation. We never found the library and ducked out of breakfast as the additional costs did not seem worth the risk. Why didn't we complain - some days it doesn't seem worth it, I had hoped it would become our pied de terre- but no.

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J Lowe

From UK
Who stayed in May 2013

Couple

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The Academy
Small room but comfortabe, at the top of a lot of stairs, no lift

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n wood

From London, UK
Who stayed in May 2013

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A lovely comfortable stay, quiet, not too hot, comfy bed...yummy breakfast and a bargain price. Excellent!

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Liz T

From UK
Who stayed in May 2013

Family with young children

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Hotel was suitable for a weekend stay
Clean and comfortable, although traffic noise throughout the day and night.... Recommend for weekend. Staff very friendly and helpful. Suitable positioned for access to all the theatres also from kings cross.

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R F

From , England
Who stayed in March 2013

Couple

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