Once the London home of the illustrious Vanderbilt family, this impressive Georgian mansion boasts old-fashioned four-star comfort, combined with a top notch city-central location.
The Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt on Cromwell Road. Photo courtesy of Mason Williams
The USP: Having recently undergone a huge refurbishment, the Edwardian Vanderbilt combines beautiful original features - wooden panelling, stained glass windows and painted ceilings - with all the security and high standards of the respected Radisson name. The desire not to eradicate the building's original charm makes for a quaint, rambling feel within the hotel's maze of corridors, which is a refreshing change from all the identical, measurement-perfect modern builds around. It's also (quite literally) just a stone's throw away from Gloucester Road tube.
Book it now if: If you're looking for somewhere convenient and centrally-located within the capital - either for business of pleasure - but that comes with a touch of luxury. They're expecting big business come Olympics.
The hotel boasts an excellent location in desirable South Ken. Photo courtesy of Mason Williams.
Bedding down: All 215 rooms feature the classic four-star amenities such as air-con, 24-hour room service and free wi-fi, with comfortable beds and a rich, warming ambience. If you're after something a little more special then opt for a deluxe room, which is on a grander scale. (Side note: If you're not a fan of climbing stairs, you might want to request a room on one of the lower floors. There's only one lift which can equate to rather a lot of waiting around!)
Wind down and relax in the middle of the bustling capital. Photo courtesy of Mason Williams.
Feed me: Dine on 'Best of British' cuisine in the trendy 68-86 restaurant (which is also open to non-hotel residents) or their beautiful wooden-panelled dining rooms are also available for private hire.
Easily bored: You're within walking distance to some of London's top attractions: why not pop round the corner to the Natural History Museum, go for a cycle in Hyde Park or have a nose around Harrods?
What's the damage: Rates from £99 per room, per night, excluding VAT and breakfast.
Point me in the right direction: The Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt, 68-86 Cromwell Road (hence the name of their restaurant), London SW7 5BT, United Kingdom; www.radissonedwardian.com