With Roo getting older we are now at the age where she makes a fabulous travel companion. Whilst she still enjoys family days out, I can tell that she looks forward to some one-on-one time with either myself or Mr. Boo. After a hectic year and the huge disappointment that she wouldn’t be able to stay with Granny in the summer as she would normally, I wanted to plan a fun few days for us.
London is always our favourite place to visit. No matter how many times we have been before we are always so pleased to hear the train announcement as we pull into Liverpool Street Station. With a fun Project MC2 event to attend and a trip on City Cruises booked, I decided to leave the rest of the two-day trip up to Roo in terms of what she wanted to. With our Merlin Annual Passes, we are lucky in that there are several London attractions that we are able to visit so the London Eye, Shrek’s Adventure, and Madame Tussauds were on her to-do list.
Mercure Hotels | London Bloomsbury
With a fun, yet busy two days planned I wanted to make sure that we had somewhere comfortable and central for our base. The Mercure Hotels London Bloomsbury ticked everything on my wish list.
The Mercure Hotels London Bloomsbury is located on Southampton Row just a few minutes walk from Holborn underground station. Making this a popular hotel choice whether you are staying for business, enjoying a few days in the city with a friend or loved one or even just getting away from it all.
With a selection of bars, shops, and restaurants within walking distance, you are spoilt for choice for where you decide to spend your evening. Although with a beautiful bar within the hotel you might decide not to head out into the local area.
With just myself and Roo staying over I booked a twin room for the two of us. Walking into the room I was a little disappointed to see that the room was smaller than I had anticipated. Especially given that the lobby and reception area is spacious. However, this didn’t detract from how modern and clean the room looked and in reality had all the space we actually required.
Although we had booked a twin room, we ended up pushing the beds together to form one big one (partially as I’m well-known for falling out of single beds). The beds were soft and squishy, with a selection of pillows available depending on your preferred pillow type.
After a hot and busy day in London it was refreshing to find that our room was air-conditioned. The bathroom was beautifully tiled with a bath and shower overhead available, complete with complimentary toiletries (always useful when you are trying to travel light).
It is the little touches that can make or break a hotel stay. The Mercure Hotels London Bloomsbury didn’t disappoint. With the usual tray of tea/coffee-making facilities available along with a Nespresso machine and a small selection of coffees to enjoy (Mr. Boo would have loved this). Alongside this complimentary bottles of water were also provided, much welcomed in the warm summer.
Catering for the varied guests that the hotel receives they offered an additional selection of products within the wardrobe space from an ironing board and iron, additional pillows and towels to bathrobe and slippers.
With another busy day ahead of us we booked in for breakfast with the hotel restaurant. We’d already eaten before checking in the night before so were just seeing the beautiful restaurant for the first time in the morning. The modern and chic restaurant was light and airy with a variety of tables to sit down and enjoy the first meal of the day.
One of the best things about enjoying hotel breakfast is the selection. With both cooked and continental available alongside cereal, fruit and yoghurt it was difficult to know what to try first.
Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…
Arriving at the hotel laden with bags, hot and tired after a busy day in the capital Roo and I were greeted with a warm smile as we walked into the foyer. The gentleman who checked us in kindly ran through all the details for the hotel, including restaurant times etc. Offering to arrange for our bags to be taken up to our room which we declined as it was just a short ride in the lift so we were able to carry them ourselves.
The room was clean, bright and modern with large windows offering us a great view of Southampton Row and beyond. Whilst I have to admit to wanting to get my shoes off and slip into my PJ’s straightaway, Roo took over and snapped all the photos that you see above (a bloggers daughter, what can I say?). We each grabbed a shower, slipped our PJ’s on and snuggled into bed to watch TV. The beds were especially soft and snuggly, with the warm weather we were pleased to have air conditioning available.
A beautiful, modern and bright hotel that we will be looking to stay in again in the future.
Disclosure: We received a one night stay and breakfast complimentary for the purpose of review