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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
Best area in London
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.
Not that great
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.
There are lots of little restaurants along King's Cross Rd., and a couple of the other bigger streets parallel to it. Most are fish and chips shops, but there were two standouts. First, a brand new "pan-Asian" restaurant a block from the hotel towards King's Cross station, called Bamboo. We unfortunately discovered it on our last night there -- it was very good and inexpensive. Also, there is an Italian restaurant called Casa Mamma near the tube station that was also very good. No Indian restaurants nearby though, which was disappointing. Also, 3 or 4 very non-touristy pubs around the area that were nice.
Other than that, there's not much to do anywhere near the hotel. No shopping or anything touristy at all. There's an internet cafe on King's Cross Rd. on the way to the tube station that we spent a fair amount of time in -- run by 20-something Russians who smoked continually, played war video games loudly, and drank lots of beer. At any time of the day.
The hotel itself is nicer than the area surrounding it would suggest.
It has definitely seen better days, but there were lots of signs up promising that renovations would be starting soon. Unlike other reviewers, we found the hotel staff to be very nice and helpful, despite how incredibly busy they were. Our room was pretty nice. It was much bigger than people who had been in London before had led me to believe. We had a double bed and a single bed, a large dresser, nightstand, tv mounted on the wall, good sized closet, shelves, and a tiny bathroom. There wasn't a lot of room to walk around in it, but it wasn't tiny either. Everything was cleaned daily, and decorated ok.
It's definitely a budget hotel, but it wasn't bad.
The restaurant (only serves breakfast) was pretty good. There was a nice selection of food, both hot and cold, and we were satisfied.
Definitely not gourmet cuisine, but every day they served a buffet consisting of at least two kinds of eggs, sausages, potatoes, fried tomatoes, ham, fresh fruit, bread, cereal, cheese, yogurt, different juices and of course coffee or tea.
The only real problem with our hotel was that one of the rooms on our floor (2nd) had a major leak, which they apparently couldn't get under control. It spread down the hallway and for 4 days they had huge curtains and towels and blankets all over the hallway to soak up the water. Needless to say, it really started to smell like mold after awhile, and the carpet remained squishy for the whole trip. So, it didn't appear that they had that situation under control very well, but the staff did handle other emergencies much better. We had a fire alarm one night about 7 p.m. and they had everyone out of the hotel and across the street in minutes. Luckily it was a false alarm.
If you are used to budget hotels without frills, and don't mind being in a non touristy (or really, non attractive) area, this is the place for you. We were ok with it because we just used it as our home base for sleeping and breakfast, and we were gone the rest of the time. The tube station is pretty convenient, and you can almost always catch the train you need from there, without having to make a switch.
Je ne comprends pas!
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!
In the morning, we went down to breakfast for our "upgraded" option of a full English Breakfast Buffet. both my mother and I went for the bacon, as well as hash browns, sausage, egg and toast. The waiter, who didn't speak fluent English either (!), came over and asked how our breakfast was, to which we replied "the bacon and the toast are stone cold!". He recipitated, saying " I get you new food!". He dissappeared to the kitchen for exactly two and a half minutes and told a waitress to send our breakfast back - which had bacon (warm) sausage (warm) egg (warm) and mushrooms as well as beans both of which we are both allergic to and hash browns which were warm also. When a waiter tells you he gets you a new breakfast, yes you expect it to be warm but also the same as you chose in the first place!!! The decor of the hotel is shauddy and the Exectuive suite which friends we made on the stay were in was definately not an upgrade! The trouser press which was promised in the brochure was broken and the film channel on the television was practically an adult movie channel! If you are looking for a budget hotel, go to the London Ryan Hotel, but don't be dissappointed when you see the service provided and the area!
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.
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