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Not all of your Easter plans have to involve chasing down sugar-crazed tykes, who are in turn chasing down the Easter Bunny, who is in turn looking for the nearest dive bar. You could instead pack for an overnighter and take a much-deserved getaway to one of the first class rooms on the seventh floor of Radisson Bloomsbury in London.
While technically all of the rooms in all Radisson Blu Edwardian London hotels this month are offering a free chocolate Easter egg, free full English breakfast and free room upgrade for an Easter package starting at £135/night, only room 7007 in the Radisson Bloomsbury contains what might be London's coolest piece of hotel furniture: the hanging egg chair.
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We often complained that hotels have been acting a lot like airlines with their ridiculous fees but this time, we're actually approving of a hotel taking a page from the airline's playbook.
That's because the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel in London has unveiled some "First Class" lodgings on their seventh floor. Think of these upper echelon rooms as sort of a mix between first class seating and airport lounge access, but you know, in a hotel kind of way.
Only those who hold a Seventh Floor key card can access the floor's 11 rooms--five studio suites and six king deluxe rooms. These rooms are tricked out with better amenities than the rest of the hotel rooms, like espresso machines, clothes steamers, boutique bathroom gift set, complimentary movies and music, free WiFi and even drinks from the minibar.
Yes, we know that summer only just ended this week but what can we say? We're in a holiday mood.
Christmas in London: it’ll probably be a wet one, rather than a white one, but it’s a pretty good time to hit town, seeing as half its residents up sticks to the country for a (wet and not white but rural) festive bash.
The hotels will be pretty empty too – which is presumably why Radisson Edwardian are offering 25% off their 11 hotels in London, plus their one up north in Manchester.
The Pay, Save and Stay promotion will knock 25% off the best available rate, any day of the week, and throw in two-for-one dining at the hotel restaurants as well. That means rooms in London are starting at £74 ($124).
Feeling intellectual today? Us neither, but we’re open to suggestions. Hence we’re glad to hear that the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street’s book club is in full swing.
As we told you last month, the hotel is capitalising on its literary history (Virginia Woolf et al used to hang around Bloomsbury) by starting a “Book of the Month Club” - guests can either read up in the hotel, or, more realistically, take home a free copy to read on the way home.
What the hotel would really like you to do, of course, is book (haha) up one of their two suites which come with a bath at the foot of the bed. You could have a good read there, or in one of the egg-shapped chairs suspended from the ceiling, like in the photo here.
Nice as they are, we’d probably go for the train option. Though if you really like the Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - this month’s book – maybe you’ll go crazy. Rooms start at £199 ($328).
Since its refurbishment this year, the Langham has been offering a ”book butler” service (just tell him your tastes when you book, and he’ll have the tomes lined up for your arrival). And now the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel is going one further by starting its own book club.
Bloomsbury the area in central London well-known for its literary connections and famous "turn-of-the-20th century intellectuals" like Virginia Woolf, E.M Forster, John Maynard Keynes and artist Roger Fry finally has a hotel that pays adequate tribute to its rich culture and history. After the Radisson Edwardian Marlborough underwent an almost $37-million makeover, it has been reborn as the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel with a new contemporary design and updated, modern amenities.
It's kind of marketed toward people like those English department graduate student teaching assistants you remember from college: in the reception area, a whole wall is covered entirely with pages from Woolfe's Mrs. Dalloway. Upstairs, "some of the smartest and largest bedrooms and bathrooms in London." And down the street, easy access to the British Museum, Covent Garden and Theatre Land.
And for the intellectual discussions over fine food, chef Redmond Hayward is opening up the Bloomsbury Street Restaurant so guests can nosh on fancypants food and talk about literary theory and metaphors and throw around big words and obscure references. Or just eat. Whatever.
Post-renovation introductory rates start at £139 a night (around $204) until April 30. Pack your argyle sweater vest.