Rydges Kensington London
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Once again, I decided to start the day in Covent Garden. So I hopped on the tube and headed to the gardens to hit the markets. I had one goal in mind, to buy some beautiful pashminas for my Mum and my friend. I made it to Covent Garden without any issues only to realise that the markets changed depending on the day of the week. I was kicking myself …
Day two of London turned out to be quite interesting. After bundling myself up in my nice warm wallabies jacket, I caught the tube (for the record getting the 3 day tube travel pass before I left was one of the best things I did) to Covent Garden, then wandered around for a while. On my wanderings I managed to find Leicester Square, Piccadilly, …
After finally getting off the plane (I guess that's one of the downsides of sitting in the second last row) I headed to the passport control area. In my previous travels, this has always been a slow boring and often downright torturous wait while people are referenced against their passports and questioned to the nth degree.
Not this …
Arrived London 6.20am and flew through customs with Nothing to Declare .. no staff to check us. Tube to Gloucester Rd and an easy walk to our accomodation. Couldn't wait to start exploring, it was just great to finally be back in London. Major change in the last 30yrs is the population. Got caught up in a crowd heading somewhere ... was blown away …
London is much better than I expected, and not as expensive as I thought it would be. It kind of feels just like another Aussie city - so much is the same. You walk into a chemist and all the brands are the same, they play the same music in the stores, etc. The main difference is all the buildings are attached to each other, hehe. The only thing is …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rydges Kensington London
We stayed here in early October and really enjoyed it.The hotel is very nicely decorated and the rooms spotless.We really enjoyed the breakfasts and the upgrade to full english breakfast was only a few pounds,well worth it.The little bar in the hotel is very english,and happy hour was enjoyable.The location is the best,beautiful surrounding streets,cheap restaurants,the italian just up the road is a must.The tube is about 100m down the road very handy,and the hop on hop off London explorer stops at the front door.Being our first overseas trip,this was a great place to stay,very convenient to all transport,yet beautiful parks close by.London hotels dont have laundries,but a good laundromat is a quick walk up the road and alot cheaper than sending your clothes out.I would definately stay here again,with airport shuttle available.tours available through reception,and decent staff, its a complete package.
We stayed at the Ridges Kensington for 4 nights as part of our recent honeymoon. The staff were always friendly and willing to help. What impressed us most was our travel agent booked us into a twin share room when we wanted a double. This was of no fault of the hotel, however they apologised on their behalf and upgraded us to an executive suite.
The breakfast included was very good, with good variety.
It is good to see that good old fashioned customer service still exists. We would highly recommend this hotel .
Good value if you get a good price
Nice lounge and dining areas - the ensuite single room was comfortable but on the small size. No air con though in the room I was staying in.
A decent buffet breakfast was included in the price, which is uncommon in central London, so that's a plus. Two minutes walk away from Gloucester Road tube with its frequent service to Heathrow, this is a really good option for your first or last night in London.
Not perhaps good value if you pay the rack rate (£130 for a single when I stayed), but rooms with discounts of up to a half are usually available on websites. The cheaper the price, the better the value! I'll definitely return - if I can get a good price.
Great value stay
We stayed 5 nights from 24/12/04 - 29/12/04 and found the stay comfortable and pleasant. Whilst the hotel is not a luxurious stay, it is definitely good value for money. We enjoyed the bar and lounge area (with internet acces) in the lobby. One downer, and s is the case with most UK accommodation, no laundry facilities... We returned for one night on 14/01/05. Great location, walk to Harrods, Hyde Park, Kensington Palace and the tube. Would stay again.
Great location and very comfortable room
I have paid twice as much at other hotels in London for similar facilities. The hotel is within 15 minutes walk to Harrods, the natural history museum and many other tourist attractions. I'm sorry that I was only staying one night, but will use it for longer on my next trip to London.
The Rydges Kensington was found to be a home away from home recently. Having had to postpone a recent trip due to a medical problem, the staff and executives of this hotel were more than accommodating during our recent stay. The pub was friendly, the restaurant excellent and the hotel was warm and friendly. Close to everything within walking distance and across from the Gloucester Road tube, we look forward to a return visit.
Coming from Australia it was great to be greeted by some of the Aussie staff members at this Aussie owned hotel. We stayed for 4 nights just before Christmas 2004. All the staff were polite and very helpful. The hotel is very well located and within walking distance of Hyde Park, Kensington High Road, Museums, and even Harrods, Oxford street and Central London if you are feeling energetic as we were. There are plenty of great restuarants in the street and the underground station is a short walk away.
Great price great staff
We stayed 5 nights in a double room at Rydges Kensington and found it great value for our money. The staff are helpful and friendly, it is in a nice area close to everything and the rooms are neat and clean. There was a good selection of many foods at breakfast buffet, if you prefer eggs and bacon it is only a couple of pounds extra. We would stay there again with no hesitation.
Good Hotel, Great Location
We stayed at the Rydes for 3 nights in September, 2004 and found the hotel to be very good. Our room while small was adequate for our needs; it was also clean, pleasant and had consistent hot water.
Staff were helpful and friendly; good breakfast. Hotel is in an excellent location for sightseeing, near the Science and Natural History Museums.
Tube stop across road. There are a number of restaurants, supermarket and pharmacy etc, in the immediate vicinity.
We would not hesitate to stay there again.
I booked a single room at this hotel. I was amazed when I opened the door to the "room". The room, if you call it a room, is merely a corridor with a door. It consists of three sections - a hall way leading to the "living area", a bathroom about 2sqm in size (say 2x1m) and a "living area" with a small single bed. The "living area" is about 4sqm in size (say 2x2m). There is hardly anyroom to turn around to place my small carrying bag into the closet. The closet itself has taken up nearly a quarter of the 4sqm "living area". 5 minutes later I was at the reception again to check out.I went to the hotel next door, which shares the same building as the Rydges, and got roomy single room with a huge bathroom (with bath) for a very reasonable rate.The normal/rack rate for a single room at the Rydges is GBP$130. The hotel advertises the single room over the internet for around GBP$75.