Radisson Blu Portman hotel London
Did you know the Radisson Blu Portman hotel London is five minutes away from Selfridges? But there are other factors to take into account apart from just location.
Often we need to combine work and pleasure while we travel but how do you find a hotel that allows you to do just that? Your reporter had to unexpectedly visit London to deal with some complicated issues and was in a conundrum about where to stay for the most part of the trip.
Location is always key but then so is comfort and functionality and did I mention price? Luckily I decided on the Radisson Blu Portman hotel London in Portman Square and I think I found a gem!
I hadn’t stayed there before so in all honestly I was a little skeptical about what to expect. I needn’t have worried as all my fears were allayed on arrival and my experience just improved as time went on.
The accommodation at the Radisson Blu Portman hotel London
I stayed in an executive room that was spacious and fully equipped with everything you might need in a hotel room.
The little things really make a difference to me so the kettle could be plugged in to a socket on a proper table. You still had ample space to actually make your hot drink at any time.
Real milk was provided for your tea or coffee as were any number of bottles of mineral water I asked for.
The room could be arranged with a king bed or two singles however required, but the important thing was the beds were supremely comfortable with high quality linen. I had a large sliding door window that gave me a good view over London and some of Portman Square that was a pleasure to wake up to. But importantly I could open the window to let in the fresh air at night, but I had the air conditioning on during the day.
I also really appreciated the White Company toiletries in the bathroom. There was an ironing board and iron but I didn’t need to use them.
The food at the Radisson Blu Portman hotel London
I had breakfast a number of times in the Portman Grill (previously known as the Portman Corner) and was impressed with the quality and range of food on offer.
Do try the poached smoked salmon along with whatever style of eggs you like. They will make them fresh according to your order. The waiting staff got to know us quite well and always asked how our day was going.
It was easy to stay healthy with the breakfast offering here but still feel nourished and fuelled for the day.
The same restaurant also serves dinner in the evening and again I was very happy with our meal, which offered good quality British food that was very well priced bearing in mind the area we were in.
It was a great comfort to simply walk up stairs to sleep after a long, tiring day, but it was also easy to walk out to any of the good cafes and bars nearby to have a late night coffee or drink after dinner too.
London has long daylight hours in summer so it’s nice to be in a location that allows you to walk freely in the evenings.
We liked the Grazing Goat a few minutes walk away for a drink or snack.
Pop Ups are all the rage in London now and the pretty terrace outside the Radisson SAS Portman Square hosted a special Portuguese themed pop up with street food and drink from Lisbon!
The Location at the Radisson Blu Portman hotel London
Location is key for any trip but especially when you’re combining work and pleasure, so Portman Square was perfect with Marble Arch tube station just a few minutes walk away.
Hyde Park is also very near but then again the buzzy Edgware Road area with well known Middle Eastern restaurants is just a few minutes walk or a short taxi ride in the other direction and open quite late into the night.
All the shopping of Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regent Street are very nearby and let’s not undervalue the convenience of having a huge Primark five minutes walk away from your hotel!
Last but not least, the lobby of the hotel is large and very welcoming and makes for the perfect place to arrange to meet people in a relaxed atmosphere so you can avoid going to often cramped and expensive restaurants.
It may not be the poshest hotel in Portman Square but it worked perfectly for me.