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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
... attractions at check-in, my stomach condensed into a nauseating knot and the tears started coming again. There was no way for me to pick one or two things to do over my last couple days so I just exited at various tube stations and walked wherever the roads took me. I spent more time drinking than I probably should have but making the choice to walk into a pub was easier than making the choice to see something that I have an ...
Today was the first day we've seen the sun since we arrived in London.
I will admit that as a native Phoenician, the overcast definitely affected my mood. I need my sunshine!
The only downside to a sunny day in London is that the parks, well basically everywhere, is PACKED. When Londoners are exposed to sunshine, ...
... br> regularly used by the royals to entertain and receive guests. It was
closed the week before Easter when the Ireland Prime Minister was
received at Windsor. Bit of history making here. The traditional State
Banquets are held in St George's Hall (55.5m long and 9m wide), with a
table seating up to 160 guests.
The Queen uses the Castle both as a private home,
where she usually spends ...
... mentions she thinks Julia's developed quite the pommy accent, and she went to Cheltenham Ladies College, so she's very English. Maybe we have our own little Pom in our midst. Bye to them, then off to Waterloo station. This place is unreal, getting there via travelators, it's as big as some small towns down there, unbelievable! Home via bus, no foxes tonight, Mac was adamant we'd see another. Disappointed that we didn't. Hot chocolates to wind down, then I'm reading Private ...
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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.