Richmond Hill Hotel
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We visited two iconic British monuments today, the British Museum and Buckingham Palace. After a half hour ride on the tube (the London subway system) we arrived at the massive British Museum. Entry is free and the museum was crowded with tourists and many, many groups of British school children on field trips. We went immediately to the Egyptian rooms on the second floor as Cory is fascinated ...
... s a wicket gate then Pete, if you don't mind me asking?'.
Pete (Steve) replies, ' course I don't mind you asking my inquisitive little friend.....a wicket gate is someone Dud, my ole mucker, it is actually someone with.............a very cool walking style'. (Wicked gait - geddit??)
You have to believe that it was funny at the time and what's more, that it sparked a good hour of fun doing Pete ...
... and some Ravenclaw key rings. Apparently there are also some more presents at home. Sydney and Keira arrived when we were in the middle of opening presents. We went for a walk in Richmond park this afternoon and played board games when we got home. We had a MASSIVE dinner which included turkey and several desserts. We played a few rounds of "murder" tonight and then sydney and Keira had to go ...
... Cass and Luke had already seen all this by night light so they excused themselves and offered to take GJs suitcase home as they had to go by our hotel to pick up all their electrical devices anyway.... they later told me they got some weird looks and comments on the tube about the size of that suitcase!! So a quick night time whip around the sights for photo opps and home to bed... we were all weary travelers. Tomorrow we have one last day in London then home..... all good things must come to an end.
... on the current site. After the history component finished, we were left to look through the rest of the castle, including a look at the crown jewels of Scotland, and the Stone of Destiny, upon which all the kings of Scotland were originally crowned. These days the castle is mainly a tourist attraction, although it does house a barracks worth of soldiers. After the tour I looked around the Royal Mile with another girl who was on the tour, before heading back to my hostel for ...
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Don't stay in rooms overlooking kitchen
We have stayed at this hotel twice now. The more recent time, we were placed in a room located above the kitchen. By the time we had gotten used to the noise from the kitchen, the heat was unbearable and we had to change rooms.
On the other hand, the rooms are well presented with a filling breakfast menu and the hotel is in a great location for easy access to the River, Richmond Park and Richmond town centre, with the facilities at the nearby gym available for your use.
I did not enjoy my stay at the Richmond Hill Hotel, and at times I found myself exasperated by the lack of care and attention given by the Front Desk and maintainance staff. My room was extremely small with a filthy window that looked out into a back yard. The shower in my room was broken and completely useless. I asked several times for this to be fixed and nothing was done by anybody from reception (although they had assured my not to worry!). Eventually, I had to shower and change in a relative's room. The receptionist even had the front to suggest I dressed for my appointment in the gym locker-room where some showers were located. Later in the day my shower was fixed - too late by then. There was no apology offered at all. The bar staff were rude, and I was subject to a patronising lecture simply because I brought the wrong guest card to the bar. I was not impressed at all.
Booked into this hotel by my employer for a short course. A much extended hotel that, along with the leisure centre sit in a relatively small site on Richmond Hill. The Leisure Centre is not solely for the use of residents and much of the car limited parking is taken by non-residents visiting the Leisure Centre. Having squeezed the car into the last available sparking spot I tried to check-in. A problem with the check-in system meant that the staff at reception were under some pressure even at 10:00am but despite this they were very curtious and helpful.
A lovely hotel
Six of us stayed overnight for a birthday celebration at this hotel. We ate in the hotel restaurant and the meal was lovely, waiting staff were really friendly and couldn't do enough for us, the restaurant supervisor Chrissie even went to the trouble of putting up a "happy Birthday" banner and decorating the table, having complimented the chef (Lee) he came out to personally thank us! never had service like that in a hotel before!!
The rooms were modest but very clean and nicely decorated. The hotel is "old style" but this fits in with the town itself. It was close to the town, about 5 minutes walk to shops, clubs, bars and 15 minutes walk from Richmond station. Would definately stay again.
The hotel is not near any transportation at all - it's a 15-20 minute walk to get into Richmond proper, and the reverse journey is uphill. No air-con, but you're lucky to find anywhere in London that has that. Room was on the small side. Going by the noise, major refurbishment was going on in the room next to mine for a large period of time during the day, but I'm assuming that was a one-off - plus I guess most people wouldn't be in their room during the day anyway. No iron and ironing board in the room itself, but there was an ironing room on the floor. Main advantage was that it's close to a great viewing point over Richmond Park. The room was also clean and in good condition.
Stayed for a weekend at the Richmond Hill Hotel for £45/room for a mini double room. At that rate I was quite happy with the place. Great location, plenty of parking, staff pleasant, room was fine. The room and bed were small but as we were warned and the price reflected that, we were happy enough. There was a noisy wedding going on on one night but we couldn't hear it in our room. The floorboards creaked and I felt a little sorry for those below us. Not the place for a romantic getaway maybe but a perfectly reasonable hotel at the price we paid.
Bedroom: Appalling. Possibly the oldest, lumpiest bed I ever splet in, with Pillows at least 15yrs old in a tiny, tiny bedroom that smelled liked an old deckchair and a view of the Carpark (noisey from early morning to late as the Leisure Centre Members/Visitors avail of carpark). Hotel is obviously a classic Wedding Hotel, with reception/entertainment in full flow until 2am. The noise unbearable.
We stayed at this hotel because we were attending a wedding reception, and were offered a discounted rate. At the price we paid, and taking into account the high prices of hotel rooms in and around London, it was good value. The Richmond Hill Hotel has plainly seen a long succession of added building over the years. As a consequence the geography is a little bewildering, but perhaps more seriously, the site is so over-developed that there is nowhere near enough parking. The fabric is a little tired and the rooms rather small; there is no air-conditioning. The beds were moderately comfortable. The staff were prompt and helpful. The food was good, although not gourmet class. The setting, on Richmond Hill, is quite attractive and some rooms might just have views over the River Thames (ours didn't). However, it isn't particularly convenient for public transport into London.
A very expensive cupboard
I recently spend two nights at the Richmond Hill Hotel with a colleague. At best our rooms could be described as a very expensive cupboard - no wardrobe or drawers, just a bed and chair! Perhaps the management should take my colleague's suggestion on board that being able to fit a bed into a room does not qualify it as a bedroom.
After a great deal of trouble and hostility from the reception staff, we were moved to alternative rooms but still not the double rooms we had booked and paid for.
This is not really the standard I would expected from this hotel after having stayed in the sister hotel (The Richmond Gate) which was excellent.
On a more positive note, can I add that the resturant was of the highest standard both for food and service.
Lovely venue for a w/e break
My boyfriend surprised me with a Valentines w/e away here. It's a lovely hotel with a great restaurant, friendly staff and good leisure facilities (pool, gym). We had a fantastic 3 course meal in the restaurant then enjoyed a few drinks in the bar. A bit of refurbishment maybe needed in places e.g. corridors, but minor. Great location and lots to see and do in the area as well as central london only 20-30 mins away by train/tube.