Ramada Hotel and Suites London Docklands
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... lost daylight. The map of our route took us just above the area of night which is at lower latitudes this time of the year. It is now June 7th. It was a fast birthday. Our third and final flight leg was completed successfully but started with a 20 minute hold at the fate because of traffic congestion in London. Another 25 minutes of hold time while in the air just outside Heathrow made the arrival about 45 minutes late. We walked through the airport terminal to passport ...
... are on the right side. It is not easy getting from the left side to the right side, we ended up in the upper amphitheater on the left side our seats were in the lower amphitheater. We had to negotiate ourselves across narrow rows and then down 20 rows. The seats we had were fine with a good view of the whole stage (unlike Munich) but the seats were narrow without armrests. Let me back up a ...
... every 2 hrs.
Dubai to Gatwick, however, did not start out well. We boarded the plane without issue, but when we got inside the plane it was like an oven. So we sat there and sweated and sat some more and eventually the pilot made an announcement and said that they were sorry for the dreadful heat, but the external air con wasn't working but it should improve once the engines were on. Then we sat some more and got another announcement that unfortunately ...
... bacon and sausage - gotta say, it was delicious! After breakfast, we headed out to find Abbey Road. We were able to walk through some of Little Venice and a very nice area of London on our way. Even though I would not consider myself a huge Beatles fan, I did enjoy seeing Abbey Road and recreating the well-known album cover.
Our next destination was Camden Town to visit some vendors at the market. Instead of heading back to the nearest tube station, we decided to hop on ...
... tour. It was rather interesting to learn about the executions and torture stories, but we then focused far too much on Jack the Ripper (who, let's be honest, I find supremely dull as far as serial killers go). Afterwards, our tour guide shouted us a couple drinks at the bar before I finally remembered I had to be up at 6am the next morning and sleep was probably on the cards. Poor life choices led to me finally going to bed at 2am though. When will I ever learn?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Hotel and Suites London Docklands
Though the staff were friendly, the service left a lot to be desired. This was duly noted in the restaurant and bar. Chaos reigned supreme. An evening drink at the bar turned into one of the most unorganized, chaotic spectacles I have ever witnessed, to the point where I thought that it was a set up and a camera crew would appear at any moment to alleviate the distress of all. If there was an award given for the Basil Fawlty recognition for service, their efforts would have had them inducted into the hall of fame. Heard the adage too many Chiefs, not enough Indians, how about no Chief, too many Indians! At one count eight (8) staff were behind the bar, they had run out of glasses (we opted to reuse our pint glasses for fear of an hour long delay between drinks), there was a minimum 45 minute wait on food (our barman told us it would be quicker to order room service and then bring our meals to the bar!). Waiting staff delivered meal after meal to the bar leaving them to pile up as hapless, hungry patrons darted from one end of the bar to the other trying to get the attention of a staff member to claim their meals. The delivery of the food to bar seemed quite prompt, but I soon understood where the 45 minute claim came in as we watched meals stand in the open air of the smoky bar for the duration of the claim. Saddam had nothing on these guys 45 minute Wielders of Meal Destruction claim. A few other funny things happened that night and the following night at the restaurant when we went for a meal, again all relating to service issues, but I won't go into these. To be fair to the staff it wasn't for their lack of trying, helpfulness and friendliness it was just so badly managed and unorganised. As for the rooms they were fine and very clean. Beds were a little soft for my liking though. On check out they then tried to charge me for an extra person per night for the last two nights that we stayed. I will have to check that credit card statement when it comes in.
Excellent Hotel but not for people visiting central London!
This is an excellent hotel located next to EXCEL, ideal if you are attending an exhibition there or visiting the area, however, don't stay here if you're visiting London as its way out of town. The hotel is clean and bright, nice rooms - ask for one with a view of City Airport and you can watch the planes. Its soundproofed so no worry about the noise. The food in the restaurant is fine, and the prices suit all budgets - reasonable to expensive depending on your choice. Wine starts at around £14 a bottle, which I though was perfectly acceptable for a hotel, and goes up to £45. The staff are helpful and friendly. If you're looking for a hotel in this location then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one.
Very Nice Hotel
This hotel is very modern, clean, great view of city airport runway from our room. 30 odd mins via tube to get into London & very competitive prices via web hotel sites i paid £75 for a double room which included a very nice full english breakfast. I would come back & stay here again.
The Ramada is situated at the very East of the Docklands redevelopment, most of the surrounding land is barren and awaiting a use. Ther Hotel was very new and clean, we stayed in a suite which was spacious and comfortable. It was very quiet so a good nights sleep was had. The Hotel is 5 minutes walk away from the Excel centre (which we were visiting) and has plenty of free car parking space. We didn't eat dinner or breakfast in the restaurant, it was very expensive, the bar was very smoky in the early evening but we had a drink there after returning by car from dinner in Plaistow, there was no draught bitter and the prices were outrageous. There was an alternative at the nearby Fox at Connaught an upmarket pub & restaurant recently opened in an old listed docks building a few yards away.
Ignore the review below
I stayed in a suite at the Ramada Docklands for three nights. There are indeed two rooms and a bathroom in the suite. The rooms are spacious enough and the bathroom was not especially small by British standards. More importantly, the hotel was quiet, spotless and attended by professional and courteous staff. The comfort level is high, everything is clean and modern, and even the fold-down sofa was comfortable. YES, it is a long, long way from the center of London, so if you're humping heavy bags on the train from the airport, stay somewhere closer to the city (at three times the cost and in inferior accommodation). If you don't mind riding the train for 20 minutes and if you don't plan on howling at the moon, it's a reasonably priced if not centrally-situated hotel.
Terrible experience. I booked this hotel after checking the great rating here so I am willing to share my experience.
The hotel itself was great. I heard some guests complain that it was hot, but that was not my experience. I thought the hotel was very clean and spacious HOWEVER... it was out in the Boonies. It was a 30 min ride on the tubes to get into town so if you're a night couple you had to stop whatever you were doing and start your trip home at 11:15pm to catch the last ride back to the hotel (too $ for a cab ride all the way out there). Then after you got off at the stop it was another 5-10 min walk to the hotel. I'm not lazy but carrying a backpack and other bags and suitcases all that way was a pain. Also, there was NOTHING in the surrounding area. No restaurants or stores or anything. It was a wasteland.
Most enjoyable stay in london
The Ramada Docklands was great. I normally despise travelling in london, but this hotel made our stay truly enjoyable. the service was great, and the rooms were clean and comfortable, i didn't even want to leave! it's a little out of the way but a 25 min ride on the tube takes you to the center of london. well worth the extra travel time. it was so modern and clean, i loved it!
We just returned home from our stay at the Ramada Docklands and cannot say enough about this property! We were very impressed!! The hotel manager and all staff were very accomodating. We had three young children with us and they went out of their way to make us feel at home. The restaurant was lovely and offered non-smoking area. The hotel sits on the Thames, and though there is not much in the surrounding area, it was an easy walk to the Docklands Light Railway, which would connect to the subway system. The rooms were absolutely outstanding. We had a suite and an adjoining room, they were very clean, used the best in equipment and were generously sized for London!!!! The bathrooms were clean and roomy and had wonderful fixtures. We would definitely return to this hotel and recommend it.
Ramada's Oval bar is the best watering hole in the Docklands, great choice and helpful advice from the manager Christine. Check it out.