The Handbook escaped south west London and headed into central London to spend a night on Bedford Street at Myhotel Bloomsbury.
Part of a group of boutique hotels, Myhotel Bloomsbury is meant to be a fusion of east meets west, although this theme wasn’t too apparent throughout the hotel, there were little nods to it here and there such as the names of the meeting rooms and a couple of pictures in the room, but had we not been told of the theme I don’t know if we would have guessed it.
Although there is the serene, Asian-inspired Jinja treatment suite which offers a variety of rejuvenating beauty and health treatments – which would be perfect if you spent a busy day sightseeing in London.
With a mix of suites and bedrooms there are 78 guests rooms in the hotel as well as three exclusive suites – two of which: myplace1 and myplace2 have balconies offering stunning views across Bedford Square. The interiors have been designed by Conran & Partners, giving a contemporary edge to the hotel; some of the suites we viewed were done up like modern apartments or studios – like a home from home, with bright colours and bold furniture it was reminiscent of a certain Swedish shop – that wasn’t too say we didn’t like it though, we thought it was great!
Our own room was a more toned down affair, white walls and linen gave way to rich purples and dark plum colours. With an array of mirrors and paintings the room felt spacious and open and maximised space with a built in wardrobe and impressive flat screen TV.
It was beautifully clean and comfortable; the bathroom was well stocked with Anyah eco-friendly treats, robes and slippers – but surprisingly no hair dryer was to be found anywhere. Lyon coffees, teas and hot chocolates were welcomed after a blustery walk, although our cups were both chipped (sometimes it’s the little things that count the most) and we steered well clear from the mini bar, we may be in central London but £3 for small packet of crisps? Really?
Downstairs are both Gail’s Kitchen and Gail’s bakery – for us, the hotels’ winning features. On the one side the bakery is serving up a myriad of cakes, crossiants, biscuits, brownies and sandwiches whilst on the other side the restaurant was relaxed and minimal think exposed wooden panels, white wire chairs and muted greys and sandy coloured tones and diners could indulge in more substantial healthy dishes as well as continental breakfasts with lots of croissants and granola..
Myhotel Bloomsbury is the perfect place to stay if you are off to an exhibition or have a meeting in central London since it is in such a good location; for comfort and cleanliness it couldn’t be faulted. But would we go if we don’t have another engagement in London? Perhaps not, unless it was to go back to Gail’s Kitchen.