The Academy Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • It's a 4-star boutique Georgian townhouse in London's bustling West End
  • Close to Covent Garden, Chinatown, the shops of Soho and Oxford Street, and the British Museum
  • Square Meal praises the hotel for having "the quirkiness and warmth of a large private home"

Enjoyed This
"It's a luxurious gem of a place in a lovely part of town. The staff was particularly gracious and helpful--both to me and to my friends who came to see me while I was there. The Academy made my visit for a conference feel utterly like a vacation. I can't recommend the place highly enough!"
11. Jul 2018 - South Pasadena, CA, USA
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The Academy is a 4-star boutique townhouse complex in London's bustling West End. The 18th-century hotel is made up of five Georgian townhouses in Bloomsbury and "offers a sense of sanctuary just yards from the bustle of Bloomsbury and Oxford Street", says Frommer's.

The hotel is in a great location -- the British Museum, dedicated to human history, art and culture, is less than 10 minutes' walk away. Covent Garden is a 15-minute walk away, the shops on Oxford Street are around 15 minutes' walk away and Bond Street is a 25 minutes' walk away.

Through twisting corridors and staircases you'll find 49 rooms and suites restored to accentuate their Regency character, some with views over the property's private courtyard gardens. Some of the Junior Suites include marble fireplaces, and all have Nespresso machines. Homely features include a well-stocked library, antique furniture and floral fabrics. The hotel also offers a 24-hour porter service.

Guests can dine in the Alchemy Bar, which serves classic British dishes such as beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas, as well as international cuisine. You can take afternoon tea in the library or the conservatory.

Note: The hotel will be undergoing refurbishment, public areas, bedrooms and bathrooms will be renovated one townhouse at a time, with minimal disturbance to guests.

The restaurant and kitchen are undergoing renovation until 23 February. During this time the hotel is unable to offer any restaurant services. Breakfast will be served at a local café,a minutes walk from the hotel and cream teas will be served in your room.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour security
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Public car park (fees apply)


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.

The Bloomsbury Suite can accommodate an extra child aged 12 and under on the sofa bed. Extra guest charges will apply as follows: £75 per night.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: The hotel will charge a £50 pre-authorization for incidentals.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(7 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for RW Gower Street Ltd (T/A The Academy Hotel) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.0 Rooms
4.4 Quality of Service
3.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Room was nice but up 6 flughts
Other Comments
No cream tea No room service Poor menu selection for dinner
Sara Lou 05. Sep 2018 New Canaan, CT, USA
Enjoyed Most
Room and bathroom newly decorated.
Other Comments
The hotel is still being renovated and the kitchen and restaurant are not built yet so cooked breakfast not available and afternoon teas are not available. A limited continental breakfast was served in the bar, which only has 3 tables.
Beverley 13. Aug 2018 Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It's a luxurious gem of a place in a lovely part of town. The staff was particularly gracious and helpful--both to me and to my friends who came to see me while I was there. The Academy made my visit for a conference feel utterly like a vacation. I can't recommend the place highly enough!
Other Comments
The hotel is undergoing some renovations but it's only to parts of the hotel that don't seem to be inhabited at the moment. The one impact is that breakfast is served at the cafe on the corner rather than in house but really was all fine.
Margo 11. Jul 2018 South Pasadena, CA, USA
Enjoyed Most
The garden area, public areas in the hotel were perfect, so relaxing. The quality of the mattress was very confortable , the room furnishings were very nice. Cleanliness 5*
Other Comments
Unfortunately our air conditioning unit was non functional as it was leaking water profusely. The staff tried to resolve this during our stay but couldn't . We were in room 48 , under the roof therefore it was very hot.
Philippe 22. Jun 2018 Campbellton, NB, Canada

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