Travelodge London Farringdon
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I was able to get a nice FISH & CHIPS meal here in Picadilly Square... I know i'm a total tourist. but I love going to this place, cuz I know my way around and I always know where to go and all that stuff with the TUBE and Heathrow express and whatever. can you believe I caught a RAINBOW in LONDON? is that a paradox or an oxymoron? :D
... to Trafalgar Square, through a park to Buckingham Palace, to the Christmas market still going on in Hyde park. It was a great day of sights. During the rainy days we visited the Tower of London, St. Paul's, the natural history museum, the British Museum, Harrod's, and the national library. I took huge flack for the last one but they have an exhibit of old manuscripts including Jane Austen's notebooks, early copies of the Magna Carta and ...
... began to feel my spirits lifting. Best case scenario, my foot will heal up nicely and I'll be back to my old tricks again in a few days. Worst case scenario, it will still be a bother and I'll have to visit a clinic or the emergency room. I hope it doesn't come to that.
Still, I wasn't going to let this stop me from enjoying one of my planned tours--a nighttime vintage open-top sightseeing bus tour of London's Christmas lights. I ...
... were actually pretty dam good!). In the morning we were off to explore Cambridge, do some last minute shopping, and go punting down the river Cam. On the river punt, we saw more famous colleges and heard more local legends including the students desire to put crazy things on the roof of the church- many via free climbing. This included sneaking up to put a road cone on the top of a church steeple, until the university had to put scaffolding up to get it down, the night ...
... doing once getting to the UK!
Strolling along the streets grabbing a toasted sandwich and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the fallen leaves, having a few 'touristy' photos we are still waiting to get up to our room for a much needed shower and possible snooze!
Catching up with a good friend tonight who I worked on the island with which will be fantastic! Then later on have a meet up with our fellow contikians.
BRING ON THE EUROPEAN EXTRAVAGANZA!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Travelodge London Farringdon
London Ryan affordable
I have definatetly stayed in nicer hotels, however I must say that I got exactly what I paid for. The rooms were very clean, new windows, nice bathroom and maid service everyday. There was tea and coffee along with kettle and cups/cream & sugar each day. The hotel is somewhat in need of a facelift, but as it was a place to lay my head at night, it more than did the job. The continental breakfast was superb, wonderful maitre de at the restaurant, very helpful.I would recommend this hotel because it is affordable, clean and located at a great tube station, Kings Cross, where you could get a choice of trains to many attractions. I would stay here again.
This has to be the worst hotel I've stayed at in London even for the low price. Better to stay at a smaller family run hotel with "less amenities" than to stay here. It was dirty in the public areas, the reception staff was rude. We practically had to beg them to store our very small bags for the day. When we went back we found they had a huge porterage room and it should have been no problem whatsoever.
Incredibly loud rooms as well, you could easily hear anyone in the halls or the rooms next to you. In the morning there was some form of construction directly outside in the back of the hotel that began at 7am. Thank God it was only for one night!
Ryan is Vile
Absolutely appauling hotel - beds cloths had cigarette burns and make-up on them, the breakfast tables had sheets for tablcloths (un-ironed at that). Emergency exits did not stay shut - so anyone could have wondered in. One of the rooms we had didn't have hot water.
The window didn't lock, staff were rude and unhelpful both in the hotel and even the customer realtions at Thistle head office. Eventually one year later - I had a refund. Never would I stay in a thistle hotel after the way I was treated
OK, the hotel probably is not very nice, but one doesn't expect 5 Star accomodation at those prices, but what is amazing is THE AREA. You can travel anywhere in London and most of the UK from Kings Cross/St Pancras (5 minutes walk, unless you are severely obese, then it's seven) and Euston Station (fifteen minutes walk unless...). Unlike what some think, it actually is in Bloomsbury, same zip code, you see, and as to touristy things, well... the British Museum is fifteen minutes walk away, and you can see charming Russell Square and the University of London's outstanding buildings. Then there is only another ten minutes walk to Covent Garden and so on. If you set out in the opposite direction, there is St.Paul's Cathedral twenty minutes away, and you get to see trendy St. John Street and famous Smithfield Market on the way, and you can stop by one of the oldest churches in London, St.Bartholomew's. There are endless restaurants, clubs and bars everywere around, including Michelin-starred ones. So, don't be lazy, do your homework, it's not the area, it's your lack of curiosity. How do I know? I see the back of the London Ryan Hotel from the back windows of my very elegant and rather expensive house. It's expensive because of the area it's in.
The hotel was stuffy for the first few days, but after a few days ventilation it was comfortable. The location was good and we enjoyed eating at the little restaurant at the end of the block.
My friend and I stayed at the London Ryan for 8 nights in early October 2003. She had won a free trip, so we didn't get to choose our hotel, and we most likely would not have chosen it if we had an option. It's a mixture of good and bad. First, the location. It's on a very busy street (King's Cross Rd.) and even with the window closed it was pretty loud. It is also in the middle of nowhere, at least anywhere remotely touristy. If you want to stay somewhere to really experience London that is not in the guidebooks, this is the place. We didn't feel unsafe ever, but it is a little on the seamy side. For example, there was a sauna / massage parlor across the street from the hotel, we saw drugged out teenagers begging for money, and we witnessed an (unsuccessful) exchange of money for sex. Not a place I would encourage my parents to stay. It's about a 30 minute walk from Bloomsbury and about a 10-15 minute walk to the tube station called King's Cross. The tube station is great, because it's a major one with trains connecting to everywhere that you want to go in the city.
The london Ryan Hotel - where do I start? I went for the Highlife Musical Break in london and part of the deal was that we were to stay in the London Ryan Hotel, apparently a three * accomodation! The Kings Cross area is dangerous, I cannot stress that enough! From the tube station we decided to take a bus to the hotel, even though it is only a 15 min walk, due to the somewhat dodgy look of the locals! The staff at the reception are all foreign and the language barrier is apparent! The hotel is going through a well needed refurbishment at the moment and this affected the card-key system for our rooms, which ment that my mother and I had no access to the room for our first night of our stay!
Not the best nights stay
The hotel needs a massive revamp. Rather tatty in places and the lift has graffiti in it. Our room had no cold water and the trouser press cable was detached from the plug which was still in the socket!! Even though the window appeared to be closed, I could still clearly hear all the traffic and voices outside.Also, not situated in the most attractive place> Would not have considered walking there at night...
Hot and lousy
The Hotel was hot and sticky . Had to call several times to even get a fan for the room. Staff seemed like they hated thier job . Only one of the two elevators was working and it only held two people with bags.
Good rates available but.......
The London Ryan offers some very cheap rates but not without good reason. It's proximity to King's Cross means this is not the most desirable or attractive of locations in London. The reception staff are polite and courteous. The decor is somewhat dated and there are some glitches in the cleaning department. The lounge is devoid of atmosphere and when I was there had only one beer on offer. Breakfast is self service and has a good range on offer. If you are on a tight budget and are not too fussy then this hotel will do the job. If you are after comfort and convenience then I would suggest looking elsewhere.