$142 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Dec 22, 2014 Check-out: Dec 23, 2014

The Academy Hotel

4 stars
21 Gower St, London, WC1E 6HG
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
26 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
A Lovely Hotel!

The hotel (former residences that have been converted into a hotel) and the room were excellent.... See full review

  • Trae I Am
  • Aug 29, 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. Please note that The Academy is a Grade II listed building, and, as such, does not have any elevators, and all rooms are only accessible by stairs. Should you require a room on the ground floor, please contact the hotel directly with your confirmation number.

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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 (26)

Ratings and reviews for The Academy Hotel

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
26 out of 26
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.6

77% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Regev
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Tothenham street is very close having the top electorinc stores nearby

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Beth O.
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Study Abroad Mom
Business
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
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Redwinter
Business
Tucson, AZ, USA
Oct 21, 2011

Great Location but Needs Improvement

The Academy in Bloomsbury boasts an excellent location for enjoying London, especially the British Museum, Soho, and the theatre district. Our first night there was inauspicious: we were given a small room on the top floor, four flights up with a window (opening onto a scaffolding) that wouldn't close. It was obvious that the window had been broken into. The staff quickly moved us to another room, a suite two flights down, that was a lovely compensation and much better value for their high prices: spacious, comfortable, elegant. They offer an additional-cost breakfast but we didn't take it. The Academy is a mixed bag of nice boutique rooms with good beds but with shabby stairs and halls and no lift. Another drawback: the high-speed internet doesn't function well, if at all, and is far from high speed.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Pietros
Business
San Diego, CA, USA
Sep 30, 2011

Quaint and comfortably cozy

A very comfortable hotel with no elevator - I prefer stairs anyway. Two intimate lounges with adjacent gardens and one with a computer made for very convenient meeting spaces with other members of my group. Breakfasts were very good with a fine continental breakfast buffet and ala carte menu. One of the best aspects of this hotel is the congenial and helpful staff - they were super. If one wants to experience a more British cultural style of hotel and is able to put up with less luxury, this is a very good deal.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Always buy your tickets for the trains at the ticket window NOT electronically - if a mistake is made at the window you can correct it. If you buy electronically you may pay more and if you want satisfaction for a mistake good luck trying to get it.

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Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Lagos, Nigeria
Aug 10, 2011

Nice location, but not much of a hotel

The hotel has a reasonably nice reception and outdoor patio. Otherwise things are fairly nondescript. The single room was reasonably sized, but the bathroom wasn't particularly nice (no place to put soap or shampoo while you are taking a shower for example). The room was relatively drab and uninteresting. The air conditioning also didn't cool, which made the room fairly uncomfortable. The hotel was willing to switch me too a different room, but that meant repacking everything so I didn't. For a hotel that charges a healthy rate, though, these kinds of things shouldn't be issues. There was definitely not an atmosphere of excellence.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Chicago
Jul 29, 2011

The Academy Hotel

The Hotel staff at The Academy are first rate - very helpful and provided good advice on travel within London, sites to see, how to negotiate the city. The room was less desirable. We are extremely seasoned European travelers and the room was exceptionally small and we know small European hotel rooms. Basic things, such as outlets for recharging various electronic devices were notably absent. The room was clean but the washroom toilet did not flush well and there was absolutely no place to put toiletries when shaving, cleaning up, etc... again, very cramped space. My advice, if you value creature comforts is to look elsewhere.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Great restaurants on Charlotte St. in this part of Bloomsbury neighborhood. Numerous options: Indian, Thai, Italian, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, etc... and very good food, indeed.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Fort Worth, TX
Jul 7, 2011

Great London location

The hotel was extremely easy to find & 2 Underground stops close by made it very easy to sight-see all the things London visitors want to see. The hotel was comfortable and well equipped. We didn't spend a lot of time in the room, but the accommodations were good. The hotel is an older hotel, but nice. We selected it because of the good reviews and were not disappointed. Very friendly and helpful staff - GREAT food nearby (Thai Metro on Charolette Street was FABULOUS!)

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Everywhere you want to go is a quick tube ride away. Be sure to check before you leave to see if the best station is Goodge St. or Holborn...different Underground lines, but a short trip if you do your homework before leaving the hotel. The British Museum is right across the way & many good shops nearby.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York, NY
Jun 13, 2011

Did not endear itself

I was too hasty based on [...] 4-star rating. Location is good: Gower St. is a series of townhouse hotels probably all like Academy. NO ELEVATOR --this shd be indicated in the [...]listing -- and room was on topfloor; fortunately there was a friendly young helpful porter to help w/ the bags. The bathroom is unacceptably small: the sink dimensions are 8" X 15". We asked to change but were told nothing available and basically sinks all the same.Staff was OK though leaving my husband asked what terminal Delta is at Heathrow and the guy breezily said 3 but it was 4; fortunately we checked on our own. [...] rate did not include breakfast wh was L10 or so and my husband said did not look particularly inviting.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of The Academy Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Florida
Jun 12, 2011

great hotel.

Hotel was clean and the staff were very helpful. Just a short walk to many different restaurants. Would recommend this hotel.

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

Business

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