There’s no shortage of hotel options when it comes to staying in London, but one of the city’s latest openings is worth considering for your next trip across the pond. Formerly the Principal London, the Fitzroy was rebranded as a Kimpton in fall 2018, fresh off of a $113 million renovation done under the previous ownership.
You’ll be seeing more Kimpton properties in the U.K. and Europe soon (in addition to its Amsterdam property), with openings set in Glasgow, Manchester, Paris, and Frankfurt between now and 2023. And, as of March 2019, the Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel is now open in Edinburgh.
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Located in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood in Russell Square, the Kimpton Fitzroy offers convenience, history, and style. The iconic heritage building opened in 1898; its new name takes after the original architect of the hotel, Charles Fitzroy Doll.
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The grand building overlooks the park and is a few minutes’ walk away from the Piccadilly Line Tube station. Bloomsbury is home to universities, so the neighborhood reflects student culture in bookshops and cafes. You’re also not far from the British Museum and Charles Dickens Museum—the author, along with other literary legends like Virginia Woolf, lived here during the 19th and 20th centuries.
I stayed in the large Junior Suite, which has one of the most gorgeous hotel bathrooms I’ve ever seen. The standard rooms have thoughtful features like plugs built into the sides of mirrors to maximize space. Velvet accents and a signature red rotary-dial phone appear in all rooms. I loved the complimentary tuck box with tea, coffee, and sweet and savory treats.
Some of the hotel’s most convenient features are its on-site dining options. If you’re looking for a quick breakfast or space to do some work, the attached coffeehouse, Burr & Co., is an ideal spot. In the hotel, you’ll find the Palm Court, a light-filled setting perfect for afternoon tea; Fitz’s Bar, a posh hangout; and Neptune, a full-service restaurant with a gorgeous raw bar.
The brand has carried over all its customer-favorite amenities like a daily hosted happy hour, in-room yoga mats, the complimentary “Forgot It We Got It” items, complimentary bikes, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a welcoming stance toward pets.
There’s a modern, spacious area for conferences and events, as well as a small fitness center, which isn’t something you find in every London hotel.
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