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The Portland Hotel

4 stars
31-32 Bedford Place, London, WC1B 5JH
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.5
out of 5
12 reviews
nice room, lovely location

Since the stairways were narrow and lobby small, I wasn't expecting the spacious room. It had both... See full review

  • Lit Prof
  • Feb 25, 2013
Great location, very spacious room

I stayed at room #2, on the ground floor overlooking a pretty garden. The room was very spacious,... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Jul 20, 2011
The Portland is a boutique style hotel, which has been beautifully restored; it is situated within walking distance from Covent Garden and moments away from Oxford Circus, the West End's attractions and London's financial centre. Amenities providing by the property are Bar, Business center, Concierge, Internet access - High-Speed, Laundry service, Lift / Elevator, Non-smoking rooms, Reception, Room service - 24 hrs and Safe deposit box.

Hotel Map

51.5201 -0.1243
Area served
London.
Nearby airports
Heathrow International Airport.
Area description
Located in Central London close to Holborn, Oxford Circus and Covent Garden this hotel is a great base for your business or leisure trip to London.

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The Portland Hotel Rooms

Deluxe Studio Apartment
Room with 1 King bed, spacious and luxurious, each bedroom is perfectly appointed, thoughtfully providing beautiful marble bathrooms offering guests a truly peaceful and private retreat. Room equipped with amenities like Alarm clock, Bathrobe, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, CD player, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Heating, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Kettle, Laundry service, Modem / data port connection, Non-smoking rooms, Pay TV, Pay-per-view movies, Room service, Safe in room, Telephone, Non Allergenic Pillows, Complimentary Newspapers, Tea and coffee making facilities.
Executive Studio Apartment
Room with 1 Queen bed, spacious and luxurious, each bedroom is perfectly appointed, thoughtfully providing beautiful marble bathrooms offering guests a truly peaceful and private retreat. Room equipped with amenities like Alarm clock, Bathrobe, Bathroom amenities, Cable / Satellite TV, CD player, Ensuite / Private bathroom, Hairdryer, Heating, Internet access, Iron / Ironing board, Kettle, Laundry service, Modem / data port connection, Non-smoking rooms, Pay TV, Pay-per-view movies, Room service, Safe in room, Telephone, Non Allergenic Pillows, Complimentary Newspapers, Tea and coffee making facilities.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
General
Concierge
Dining
Room service
Services
Business center
Internet
High-speed internet

Nearby points of interest

  • British Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Cartoon Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Russell Square: 0.1 mi
  • School of Oriental and African Studies: 0.2 mi
  • Birkbeck: 0.3 mi
  • Institute of Education: 0.3 mi
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: 0.3 mi
  • London Theatre: 0.3 mi
  • Dominion Theatre: 0.3 mi
  • Sir John Soane's Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Charles Dickens Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Thomas Neal Centre : 0.4 mi
  • Royal Opera House: 0.4 mi
  • Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: 0.4 mi
  • Institute of Archaeology Collections: 0.5 mi
  • British Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Cartoon Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Russell Square: 0.1 mi
  • School of Oriental and African Studies: 0.2 mi
  • Birkbeck: 0.3 mi
  • Institute of Education: 0.3 mi
  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: 0.3 mi
  • London Theatre: 0.3 mi
  • Dominion Theatre: 0.3 mi
  • Sir John Soane's Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Charles Dickens Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Thomas Neal Centre : 0.4 mi
  • Royal Opera House: 0.4 mi
  • Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology: 0.4 mi
  • Institute of Archaeology Collections: 0.5 mi
  • The Brunswick : 0.5 mi
  • Soho: 0.5 mi
  • Grant Museum of Zoology: 0.5 mi
  • West End: 0.5 mi
  • London Astoria: 0.5 mi
  • University College London: 0.5 mi
  • Aldwych Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • University of London: 0.5 mi
  • Lyceum Theatre: 0.6 mi
  • London Transport Museum: 0.6 mi
  • British Postal Museum and Archive: 0.6 mi
  • Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret: 0.6 mi
  • Transport Museum: 0.6 mi
  • the Strand: 0.6 mi
  • Courtauld Gallery: 0.6 mi
  • Shaftesbury Avenue: 0.7 mi
  • British Library: 0.7 mi
  • Twinings Museum: 0.7 mi
  • London Chinatown: 0.7 mi
  • St Pancras railway station: 0.7 mi
  • Chinatown: 0.7 mi
  • Fitzrovia: 0.7 mi
  • Somerset House: 0.7 mi
  • Euston: 0.7 mi
  • Adelphi Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Kings Cross-St Pancras station: 0.7 mi
  • Leicester Square: 0.7 mi
  • Temple church: 0.8 mi
  • National Portrait Gallery: 0.8 mi
  • Carnaby Street: 0.8 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
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.

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Guest Reviews (12)

Ratings and reviews for The Portland Hotel

Overall score

3.5 / 5
5.01.0
12 out of 12
Amenities:
2.6
Room cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.4
Value:
3.3

58% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Portland Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Lit Prof
Business
Philadelphia
Feb 25, 2013

nice room, lovely location

Since the stairways were narrow and lobby small, I wasn't expecting the spacious room. It had both a large main room with a couch and coffee table, and a small side room with two chairs and a small table. If I'd stayed more than one night, the kitchen amenities (fridge, microwave, etc.) would have been very convenient. The only drawback is that I had to pay for wireless (10 lbs sterling for 24 hours, and I didn't receive the full 24 hours for some reason). The hotel is on a quiet street a half block away from the British Museum (wonderful), with lovely small parks on either end of the street. You're in an elegant part of the city, and walking 10-15 minutes over to the more frenetic areas of Piccadilly Square and Soho gives you a fun cross-section of London.

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

Business

Review of The Portland Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Terry Borst
Business
San Fernando. Philippines
Feb 24, 2013

General

WiFi is 10 pounds a day, so refused to use it as its a con! No food served in hotel you have to walk down the street to another of their hotels to get breakfast, don't bother there are a lot of cafes in the area. Bathroom had a slight sewer smell and there was no hot water the first night. The bed you could play ping pong on.You cannot check in until 3pm and you have to be out by 11am, great if you have travelled a long way and get into London in the morning ! I travel and stay in a lot of hotels and I admit this was an experiment, but I wont be back.

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

Business

Review of The Portland Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Thessaloniki, Greece
Jul 20, 2011

Great location, very spacious room

I stayed at room #2, on the ground floor overlooking a pretty garden. The room was very spacious, with a kitchenette and a big all-marble bathroom. The only disappointment was that the refrigerator provided lukewarm temperatures! The corridor between rooms #1 and #2 was tiny, so getting into the room with a suitcase required some effort. The staff were very polite. Breakfast was pricey and served in another hotel (owned by the same company) two doors down the same street. The hotel was very clean and pretty, and the location was outstanding. I would definitely go back again!

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Thessaloniki, Greece
Jul 20, 2011

Great location, very spacious room

I stayed at room #2, on the ground floor overlooking a pretty garden. The room was very spacious, with a kitchenette and a big all-marble bathroom. The only disappointment was that the refrigerator provided lukewarm temperatures! The corridor between rooms #1 and #2 was tiny, so getting into the room with a suitcase required some effort. The staff were very polite. Breakfast was pricey and served in another hotel (owned by the same company) two doors down the same street. The hotel was very clean and pretty, and the location was outstanding. I would definitely go back again!

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
San Antonio, TX
Aug 2, 2010

A comforatble week in London

We were in London during a warm spell and the building is not air-conditioned. A fan provided with each room kept us comfortable. Our room was on the street, below ground, yet we weren't bothered by street noise or employee comings and goings. The bathroom was very nice--I'm tall and the shower head was well above me. Staff brought ice to the room when asked---no room service charge for that. I had no surprise charges when checking out. Internet wasn't free, charges were typically pricey. One irritation: the room's small refrigerator was not powered and was presented as cooler (to be used like a Styrofoam chest).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There are quite a number of places to eat and several small grocery stores ('TESCO') within walking distance. We had no unsatisfactory dining experiences in the neighbourhood. The hotel has no dining facilities, but a companion hotel next door does (on the pricey side--we didn't eat there).

Review of The Portland Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
San Antonio, TX
Aug 2, 2010

A comforatble week in London

We were in London during a warm spell and the building is not air-conditioned. A fan provided with each room kept us comfortable. Our room was on the street, below ground, yet we weren't bothered by street noise or employee comings and goings. The bathroom was very nice--I'm tall and the shower head was well above me. Staff brought ice to the room when asked---no room service charge for that. I had no surprise charges when checking out. Internet wasn't free, charges were typically pricey. One irritation: the room's small refrigerator was not powered and was presented as cooler (to be used like a Styrofoam chest).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

There are quite a number of places to eat and several small grocery stores ('TESCO') within walking distance. We had no unsatisfactory dining experiences in the neighbourhood. The hotel has no dining facilities, but a companion hotel next door does (on the pricey side--we didn't eat there).

Review of The Portland Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
David du Plusee
Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 18, 2009

Nice Place, Few Amenities

The location was great within one-quarter mile (possibly less) of two Underground stations. Rooms were kept very clean and comfortable. The staff was very professional and courteous (but not an English person to be seen) I was led to believe there was a bar and dinning -- But NOOO! You could get a drink from a limited menu and sit in the lobby or your room. The dinning was at a "sister" hotel down the street where the prices were outragous for what you got. For example 17 - 21 Pounds ($27-34) for no more of a breakfast buffet than some hotels in the U.S. give you complementary (the higher price was if you wanted fresh fruit). I won't even talk about dinner. There were no other amenities (pool, outdoor seating, workout area etc.). Still it was a nice place but nothing to do but sit in the room when you came back. They did have a computer with internet access you could use.

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

There was alot to do in the neighborhood. Small but nice parks at either end of the block, some shopping, a lot of decent dinning (some very good) within a walking distance or a short cab ride. A good old (real) English Pub near the one underground stations. If you want real nightlife this is not where to go. But for middle aged people this was a very nice area. Central to many attractions and easy Undergroun access to the main sites in London.

Review of The Portland Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
David du Plusee
Pittsburgh, PA
Dec 18, 2009

Nice Place, Few Amenities

The location was great within one-quarter mile (possibly less) of two Underground stations. Rooms were kept very clean and comfortable. The staff was very professional and courteous (but not an English person to be seen) I was led to believe there was a bar and dinning -- But NOOO! You could get a drink from a limited menu and sit in the lobby or your room. The dinning was at a "sister" hotel down the street where the prices were outragous for what you got. For example 17 - 21 Pounds ($27-34) for no more of a breakfast buffet than some hotels in the U.S. give you complementary (the higher price was if you wanted fresh fruit). I won't even talk about dinner. There were no other amenities (pool, outdoor seating, workout area etc.). Still it was a nice place but nothing to do but sit in the room when you came back. They did have a computer with internet access you could use.

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

There was alot to do in the neighborhood. Small but nice parks at either end of the block, some shopping, a lot of decent dinning (some very good) within a walking distance or a short cab ride. A good old (real) English Pub near the one underground stations. If you want real nightlife this is not where to go. But for middle aged people this was a very nice area. Central to many attractions and easy Undergroun access to the main sites in London.

Review of The Portland Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
New York City
Nov 26, 2009

Just what I wanted

Since I was traveling by myself and spending four days and nights in London, I wanted a hotel where I could prepare my own meals in Bloomsbury, and The Portland was a great choice. I paid more for a King-sized suite with kitchenette, and for once the money was worth it: I had a very nice room (#2) on the ground floor, in the back of the building with a huge window facing out at the garden. It was quiet and peaceful, and the room was very large and pleasant, with a large modern bathroom attached. The kitchenette provided a mircrowave, a mini-fridge, and a coffee/tea maker, and some plates, bowls, and cutlerly. Just the basics, but that was fine. The staff I encountered were all professional and polite and very friendly. I don't know about other rooms, but I was very happy with mine and look forward to staying at The Portland again. One caveat: the hotel provided soap, body wash, and shampoo -- some moisturizing body lotion would have been nice, as would a robe.

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

The nearby Waitrose grocery store is full of good, fresh prepared food.

Review of The Portland Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
New York City
Nov 26, 2009

Just what I wanted

Since I was traveling by myself and spending four days and nights in London, I wanted a hotel where I could prepare my own meals in Bloomsbury, and The Portland was a great choice. I paid more for a King-sized suite with kitchenette, and for once the money was worth it: I had a very nice room (#2) on the ground floor, in the back of the building with a huge window facing out at the garden. It was quiet and peaceful, and the room was very large and pleasant, with a large modern bathroom attached. The kitchenette provided a mircrowave, a mini-fridge, and a coffee/tea maker, and some plates, bowls, and cutlerly. Just the basics, but that was fine. The staff I encountered were all professional and polite and very friendly. I don't know about other rooms, but I was very happy with mine and look forward to staying at The Portland again. One caveat: the hotel provided soap, body wash, and shampoo -- some moisturizing body lotion would have been nice, as would a robe.

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

The nearby Waitrose grocery store is full of good, fresh prepared food.

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