Located in the beautiful heart of London, the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt is a hotel recommendable for a London stay away from the busy city, at just a short walk from Hyde Park and the shopping street of Kensington.
This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.
On Cromwell Road, at the underground exit of Gloucester Road. London's city-centre is 10 minutes away by underground (direct access to Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line).
The Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt is part of the Radisson Edwardian chain which includes traditional hotels in London and Manchester. For its advantageous location, the Vanderbilt is to be chosen by those who want a green getaway in the heart of London. From the hotel, Hyde Park is within a walking distance (allow 15 minutes walk). As for shopping, the area (South Kensington) is not known for being a busy place to shop around, but in 15 minutes walk you can step on Kensington Road, a commercial street housing shops of both large and small companies. Other sightseeing places: the maze of small residential streets starting at the rear of the hotel. It reveals magnificent Victorian façades, as well as renovated "mews", rows of low-roof houses formerly dwelled by stables and staff of bourgeois mansions.
Being part of the Radisson Edwardian chain since 1978, the Vanderbilt was most recently renovated in 1999. This building with an elegant Edwardian façade has the particularity to have a listed lobby ceiling. Dating from the early 19th century, it is decorated with frescoes and gilded wood. In the same tone, the design of the common spaces (reception, adjoining rooms and bar) is heavily loaded with classic style furniture (wing chairs, consoles, gilt framed mirrors). You should also note the fine collection of original paintings, whose style and topical subjects (portraits) evoke to a certain extent the works of the British painter John Constable. As for relaxation, a small fitness room is accessible for free from 6am to 10pm.
Out of all 215 rooms, half of them overlook Cromwell Road (quite busy with traffic) and the other buildings at the rear (a quieter area). Unequal in size, standard rooms have an area of 160 square feet on average. Deluxe rooms are a little bit more spacious. There are also 5 triple rooms. The design, conforming to the style of the hotel, offers comfort and tradition. A thick badged carpet ensures good soundproofing. The furniture is made of varnished wood. The curtains' cloth matches the window, the lampshade is made of pleated cloth. The bathrooms are impeccable, they have a bath, a hair dryer and skin care products branded Spa Therapy. Other amenities: satellite TV, a telephone, a minibar, a kit for tea or coffee, air conditioning and trouser press.
The Vanderbilt restaurant offers breakfast in the form of a buffet (hot and cold) and the other two meals are à la carte. The hall, with a wooden floor and dark red walls, offers lavishing character. Its style, less classic than that of the lobby, presents an Art Deco tone that can be found also in the adjoining bar. On the menu, a good cuisine is proposed that offers the inescapable dishes of the "British modern food": lamb casseroles and home-made puree, Mediterranean pasta, filet of fish with small vegetables. As an appetizer or quick lunch, try the specialty, the "Welsh rarebit" - hot sandwiches covered with chopped meat.