$141 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jul 27, 2014 Check-out: Jul 28, 2014

The Academy Hotel

4 stars
21 Gower St, London, WC1E 6HG
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
33 reviews
Lovely!

I requested a room on the ground floor, not facing gower street (which can be a bit noisy). That's... See full review

  • west end girl
  • May 5, 2014
Family Vacation

Great boutique hotel. Very British. Like staying at your rich grandmother's house. The staff was... See full review

  • Goucho
  • Jun 24, 2014
This excellent small boutique hotel is based in the centre of London, very close to the British Museum & all the attractions of the West End. It's an elegant 4 star townhouse where your comfort is paramount and the friendly staff will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Hotel's couches are for sinking into & the beds are designed to give you the soundest night's sleep. Outside you'll find a private garden, just for hotel residents, where flowers fill the generous space with color and delicate fragrance and a fishpond ripples softly in the quiet. It's hard to believe you're in the heart of London's West End, but you are.

Hotel Map

51.5207 -0.1311
Area served
Bloomsbury
Nearby airports
London Heathrow International Airport.
Area description
Just a whisper away from the British Library and the British Museum, only a stroll away from the shops and attractions of the West End, lies a sanctuary a million miles from it all.

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The Academy Hotel Rooms

Single Room
Room with Single bed wrapped in Egyptian cotton linen with duck down duvet. Beautifully restored Georgian decor. Bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries. Complimentary business cards, shoe shine and newspaper. Mineral water on turn down, Private Hi-fi Stereo and music library, mini bar, satellite TV, air conditioning. Tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobe and slippers, in-room safe.
Double / Twin Room
Room with Double bed ot two Single beds wrapped in Egyptian cotton linen with duck down duvet. Comfortable bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries. Complimentary business cards, shoe shine and newspaper. Mineral water on turn down, Private Hi-fi Stereo and music library, mini bar, satellite TV, air conditioning, Tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobe and slippers, in-room safe.
Suite
Spacious Suite with a comfortable seating area. Egyptian cotton sheets with duck down duvet on a king size bed. Stylish bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries. Complimentary business cards, shoe shine and newspaper. Mineral water on turn down, Private Hi-fi Stereo and music library, mini bar, satellite TV, air conditioning, Nespresso Machine, bathrobe and slippers, in-room safe.

Amenities

  • WiFi
General
Concierge
Dining
Room service
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi

Nearby points of interest

  • Birkbeck: 0.1 mi
  • School of Oriental and African Studies: 0.1 mi
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: 0.2 mi
  • Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: 0.2 mi
  • Institute of Education: 0.2 mi
  • British Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Grant Museum of Zoology: 0.3 mi
  • Dominion Theatre: 0.3 mi
  • University of London: 0.3 mi
  • Russell Square: 0.3 mi
  • University College London: 0.3 mi
  • Institute of Archaeology Collections: 0.3 mi
  • Cartoon Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Soho: 0.4 mi
  • Fitzrovia: 0.4 mi
  • Birkbeck: 0.1 mi
  • School of Oriental and African Studies: 0.1 mi
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: 0.2 mi
  • Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: 0.2 mi
  • Institute of Education: 0.2 mi
  • British Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Grant Museum of Zoology: 0.3 mi
  • Dominion Theatre: 0.3 mi
  • University of London: 0.3 mi
  • Russell Square: 0.3 mi
  • University College London: 0.3 mi
  • Institute of Archaeology Collections: 0.3 mi
  • Cartoon Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Soho: 0.4 mi
  • Fitzrovia: 0.4 mi
  • Royal Opera House: 0.5 mi
  • London Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • Thomas Neal Centre : 0.5 mi
  • West End: 0.5 mi
  • The Brunswick : 0.5 mi
  • Euston: 0.6 mi
  • Photographers Gallery: 0.6 mi
  • University of Westminster: 0.6 mi
  • Red Mansion Foundation: 0.6 mi
  • Oxford Circus: 0.6 mi
  • London Palladium: 0.6 mi
  • Shaftesbury Avenue: 0.6 mi
  • Carnaby Street: 0.6 mi
  • British Library: 0.6 mi
  • London Chinatown: 0.6 mi
  • Charles Dickens Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Sir John Soane's Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Chinatown: 0.7 mi
  • Kingly Court : 0.7 mi
  • Royal College of Physicians Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Oxford Street: 0.7 mi
  • St Pancras railway station: 0.7 mi
  • Piccadilly Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Leicester Square: 0.7 mi
  • London Transport Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Kings Cross-St Pancras station: 0.7 mi
  • Aldwych Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret: 0.7 mi
  • Regent Street: 0.7 mi
  • Lyceum Theatre: 0.8 mi

Dining

Dining
24 Hour room service available and there are multiple choices of restaurants available in the area for dining.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (33)

Ratings and reviews for The Academy Hotel

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
33 out of 33
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.6

79% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Goucho
San Diego, CA
Jun 24, 2014

Family Vacation

Great boutique hotel. Very British. Like staying at your rich grandmother's house. The staff was fantastic, very courteous, accommodating, and helpful. Had a small suite (family of 4) with plenty of room. Great location between two mainline underground stations. Short trips to all the major sights. Would have given it a five except that our room, despite double windows, was a bit noisy due to street traffic and some of the bathroom grout could use a some cleaning. A definite 4.5 overall.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Hazzah
Roscommon, Ireland
Jun 3, 2014

Enjoyable Stay

This hotel is very centrally located. Staff friendly and welcoming.Hotel catered for all our needs and we would definitely return again if travelling to london

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

short walk to West end etc.Centrally located and close to many attractions

Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
west end girl
philadelphia, pa
May 5, 2014

Lovely!

I requested a room on the ground floor, not facing gower street (which can be a bit noisy). That's exactly what I got. The room was surprisingly large for London. Comfy bed and cushy pillows, big closet, and a fabulous bathroom. Shower/tub is quite narrow so larger/taller people might have trouble. Not much floor space but for one person it was more than enough. Zero view - but you don't go to London to sit in your room. The mini fridge is a very helpful amenity for storing your own water and snacks. Had breakfast a few times - just eggs and tea, expensive but good. Location is perfect. As a solo female traveler I feel quite comfortable in this area. Good deal, charming, would definitely consider staying here again next time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Planet Organic is just a few blocks away for a quick healthy bite or groceries. Discount with student ID as well.

Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jannyb
Berlin
Jan 18, 2014

Great value & location

Overall pretty happy, and the room pleasantly surpassed expectations given the price (£100/ night). Staff friendly and helpful. The room whilst small, was nicely fitted out and had everything you needed, plus more (complimentary wifi, decent hairdryer, iPod dock etc). Would stay there again no problem.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
qbantiques
Business
New York City
Jun 26, 2013

Spacious rooms for a good price

I stayed in a more expensive hotel for a few days and decided to stay in London an extra day and had to change hotels. This place was cheaper and the room was much larger. ONly downside is that there was no elevator and I was on the 4th floor. However, I had them carry up my suitcase. There was no way I could have done it. The only other small issue was that there was very little water pressure and the shower could use some good grout cleaning.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Mr.Uncertain
Orange County, California
Apr 15, 2013

Good location, upkeep not so much

If you are looking for British experience - than this is a good choice for you. Tiny rooms with 1950-ies style. Room 22 has spots on its ceiling, spots on wall paper, spots on the carpet. No spots on bed linen - phew! Free Wi-Fi is 0.3Mbps :))) And you need new password for each device each day! Location is great and seemingly safe. It is just few blocks from great taverns and pubs. It is 15 min from Euston station, 10 min from Tottenheim subway (Goodge St. was closed). You can just walk to British Museum and such. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Thirty Something Gal
New York, NY
Nov 18, 2012

Everything that Matters to Me!

Overall - Charming, Convenient, Clean, Good Service The Good -- Very charming hotel with very friendly staff who went out of their way to help me with taxis, restaurant reservations, my luggage. If I made a call to the front desk, they would address my needs within less than two minutes (unlike larger much more expensive hotels that respond within the hour if you are lucky.) Conveniently located near the tube so you don't have to pay for expensive taxis for your entire trip. In a very charming location with lots of brownstone buildings, in an academic location. Very clean room with comfortable bed and bedding -- both of which was important to me. The Bad - There are lots of stairs so if you don't like to walk up stairs, this is not the place for you. The rooms are also small so if you need something large and spacious, you are better off spending more money at a chain hotel. I also came back one night to the door closed and locked which scared me a bit -- it was after 1am so I was surprised and a little concerned to find the door locked. It was easily resolved when I rang the doorbell and one of the staff members opened the door for me. Just startled me a bit - they should leave a sign at the door when you walk in so their guests are notified in advance and aren't surprised like I was. Overall, great experience and was really satisfied and pleased.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Use the Euston Square tube station for getting around. It will cost only 25% of what you would spend on a taxi.

Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Regev
Israel
Nov 14, 2012

Great location, very old, small

The hotel is located very close to totenham court and oxford street, the room is small and except for the bed, there is not enough room to do anything. the building is old and doesnt have an elevator included, but for a quick visit in london for solo travelers you get what you pay for.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Tothenham street is very close having the top electorinc stores nearby

Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Beth O.
South Bend, IN, USA
Mar 15, 2012

Lovely staff, cozy and comfortable room, great location

I truly enjoyed my stay at The Academy and very much hope to return. The staff were helpful and friendly and the room was tidy and comfortable. The apples and sparkling water were a nice, friendly touch. The location is wonderful and close to just about anywhere you want to get to in central London, the City, Southbank, Marylebone, etc. As a traveler on an early morning flight from the U.S., it might have been nice to be able to get into the room a bit earlier, but I understand the constraints. Overall, a lovely place to stay!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

There are several grocery stores close by. The Tube stop is close, but walking also gets you to many places easily!

Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Study Abroad Mom
Chicago, IL, USA
Nov 1, 2011

Safe and Clean Single Room

Friendly and helpful staff. Room was clean. Bathroom was nice size. Hotel was in a safe and well lit area. I would stay at the Academy Hotel again. I was a bit disappointed that there was daytime construction going on at the hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
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