Rydges Kensington Plaza Hotel

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Rydges Kensington Plaza Hotel

, London
4 star

Rooms: 89

61 Gloucester Road - London - England - SW7 4PE - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 02075848100
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Very nice hotel!

from Frogberto
The hotel was overall very small and old for the neighborhood. It's close to the tube station, and that's convenient, but the rooms themselves were very noisy, too cold or too hot, and very very small.

The bar has a great happy hour, and there's a wonderful Indian food restaurant in the hotel next door.

The seven channel television system and checkout from your room were very circa 1980 and not up to the level you expect from a modern hotel.

The breakfast was nice, although not the best we had during our stay.

Overall, adequate, but not great.

Nice, but bring earplugs

from p0llyw0g
While I live close to London, I had two days of meetings that required early mornings so I thought I'd put the money saved on train fares to use by staying over night and getting a good night's rest versus feeling tired and rushed. I got an excellent deal on the room at the Rydges Kensington Plaza Hotel as it's now called.

The room was small, but ample for an overnight. The bathroom was very small and only had a shower, but it had excellent water pressure (something that often seems to lack in hotels). The room would've been fine for a multi-night night stay for a traveller who isn't expecting to stay in the room much. It was very clean and included toiletries, an in-room safe, and a tea & coffee tray complete with biscuits. The hotel website had said it was equipped with an ironing board and iron, but this wasn't in the room so I asked for one from the front desk and they brought it up promptly.

I had a single room on the fourth floor at the end of the hall. It faced the Gloucester Road which I thought was nice at first, but turned out not to be nice once it was time to get some sleep! I am a very light sleep and often have a hard time getting to and staying asleep. I ended up going to bed much later because I hadn't realised that it had become so late since I didn't hear the traffic die down. I finally put my headphones on and listened to music, nodding off hoping the noise would die down and I'd sleep fine (otherwise my tactic of staying overnight would be all for nought!). Unfortunately that never happened. I slept worse than usual because the traffic from the road never died down. Early in the morning when delivery trucks were out there was a lot of horn-honking too added to the general noise of the traffic.

The room also got very warm (the bed is against the radiator) and while I turned the radiator OFF, inconvenient as it was tucked behind the bed, it was still very warm so I opened the window (it didn't really increase the level of noise). The window was a massive thing and because of the bed being situated under it, it was a bit difficult to open and then keep open as you had to use a bit of wood that was on the outside ledge! The building is an old Victorian so it's understandable that they haven't replaced windows. In terms of the noise, I don't think that having an 'interior' room would've made too much difference as there seemed to be another major road on the other side of the block.

Breakfast was one of the better continental breakfasts I've had in England (I'm a US ex-pat). There was a huge choice of FRESH fruits already sliced (and ripe), plus the typical selection of tinned fruits, cereals, breads, croissants, jams and spreads, juices, etc. For an additional £3 you could order the full-cooked breakfast or an omelette. Additional charges for espresso drinks, but tea or filter coffee are included.

The location of this hotel is fantastic. Normally when I emerge from an Underground station I get completely turned around and head in the wrong direction and it takes me a long time to find my way. The hotel can easily be seen from the Gloucester Road tube station which has a small gallery of shops attached (supermarket, Boots, etc.). There were a number of restaurants and cafes very near by. If you aren't wanting to carry luggage around London with you, the hotel will keep it for FREE during the day. The hotel staff were very friendly and very helpful.

The hotel itself is excellent and perhaps if I'd brought earplugs I would've been happier with my stay, but not getting much sleep due to a very noisy location has made me score this hotel a bit lower than it really deserves to be. I might give it another chance, but remember my earplugs and request a room on the backside of the hotel.

Nice hotel - shame about breakfast

from lindale
The hotel was formally several Victorian Town houses and is in an excellent location, being close to Gloucester Road Underground station and supermarkets & restaurants making it handy for exhibitions at Earls Court & Olympia, and easy to reach the rest of London.

Staff on reception were cheerful and friendly. My room (executive on first floor, I understand it was one of the better rooms in the hotel) was large and comfortable. It overlooked Gloucester Road, but I was not aware of noise from traffic etc. It had a super bathroom, sympathetically decorated with Victorian type tiles with a powerful shower and good sized bath – again with good water pressure. The very large bed was extremely comfortable. The quality of reception on the television varied

Breakfast, although adequate was hugely disappointing considering the price of staying here, not really having the service, variety, quality or quantity expected of a “better” hotel. I was not alone in thinking this as I saw food being sent back to the kitchens.

All in all a hotel worth staying at – if you can get a really good deal on room rates!

Fantastic Hotel! Highly Recommended

from Melbournebelle
My husband and I stayed at Rydges in Kensington in December of 2005. We were extremely impressed with Rydges and the staff that worked there. We stayed for about four days and very sad we had to leave!

Room was excellent, staff were very friendly and eager to please, room was clean, and the breakfast was fantastic (if you get free continental breakfast with your room make sure you upgrade to the Full English Breakfast for an extra three quid a day, it's well worth it).

Bathroom had heated towel rails and fantastic water pressure in the shower. Hotel was in an excellent location, right across the road from the tube station and only four stops until Picadilly Circus station. Indian restaurant two doors up with fantastic curries and very reasonably priced (for London). The Hop on/Hop off Tour bus even picked us up right infront of our hotel.

Only disappointment would be that we didn't get our wake up call which meant we were nearly late for our transfer to the airport. We suggest if you are reliant upon a wakeup call make sure you have a backup option, such as a mobile phone or travel alarm clock.

Would highly recommend the hotel for any travellers looking for an inexpensive, safe hotel to stay in with good service, clean rooms in an excellent location. Kensington is a beautiful suburb and London itself is fantastic.

Little gem of a hotel in central London!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed one night at this lovely hotel in the heart of Kensington, as we wanted accommodation near to the Royal Albert Hall. Perfect location, quiet, very close to the tube station, local shops, and nice restaurants. Staff were helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. We had a double room with an ensuite bathroom, which was perhaps a little small, but everything was spotlessly clean everywhere. Very comfortable bed, excellent maid service. Most efficient check-in and check out. We used the valet parking and stayed in London for the day after check-out. Our car arrived back at the hotel very promptly, excellent service, as parking is so difficult in central London. They also offer an airport shuttle service to Heathrow (only £16) and Gatwick (only £18) per person, really useful to know. Highly recommmend this lovely hotel, quite a gem to find in London!

Great place, great location.

from KGB_4
I stayed 2 nights here on a brief trip in London during an around the world trip. I booked this hotel based on price and location and got a great rate by dealing directly with the hotel.
It is 20 metres from the subway, direct from Heathrow, which was so convenient to get to. Not to mention getting around the rest of London, though I mainly walked. It was close to Hyde Park and from there I walked to all the major sights.
I had one of the single rooms, and OK, it wasn't big, but I only planned on sleeping there. And it wasn't as bad as some of the reviews on this site would suggest. It was clean, comfy, with everything I needed including coffee maker, hair drier and lots of hot water. Quiet too!
Breakfast was great and they even had vegemite for my toast! The service was also very good for maps, directions, general info including free luggage storage before I flew off again.
There's a bar in the hotel which was great for a drink or two - I was alone but met people from all over the world both nights there.
In short, this was a perfect little place for my brief stay, excellent facilities and service, and great value given how expensive London is.


from RBCumbria
I stayed in the Rydges Hotel on two occasions in December. Once for two nights,once for one.
The Hotel is in a super position with easy assess via the tube to most parts of London. Harrods and many museums are a pleasant walk away. There are many cafes and shops close to the Hotel.
Staff were helpful and my luggage was locked away safely on my last day. Breakfast is taken in a very effectively designed room with a bay window. English breakfast was included in my rate and it was cooked to order. There is a hugh array of breads,fruit etc included in the continental breakfast. Be aware however, the single rooms are really tiny and there is noise from Gloucester Rd. I visit London on a number of occasions in the year and would always stay here because of the location and cooked breakfast !

Good location, pretty good hotel

from PerthTripper
The Rydges is in Kensington, in the west end of London. It's very convenient to a tube station, and close to the Albert Hall, major museums, Kensington gardens and Hyde Park. There are a lot of restaurants and cafes in the vicinity.

Our room was reasonably large and well equipped, but overlooked the kitchen of an adjoining restaurant, and a VERY noisy exhaust blower kept us awake. There was no airconditioning, so we needed to keep the window open for fresh air. We asked for a new room, and got one overlooking Gloucester Road - the exhaust fan was replaced by a lot of traffic noise. Oh well.

Most of the reception staff are Australians, and it was pleasing to hear friendly Aussie voices after being away from home for some time.

Breakfast was very good, and the lounge was very pleasant.

We'd probably stay at the Rydges again when in London, but would first ensure we got a room in a good location.


from sara7
I have just come back from a 3 night stay at the Rydges and I must say I don't agree with the reviews on this site.
I had booked a single room and when I saw it I couldn't believe how small it was, I complained and they said that was of the biggest single rooms they had. In fact they showed me another one and it was even smaller!
They did concede that they get complaints about single rooms all the time but there is nothing they can do about it. Fair enough but I will not go back.

So if you are a single traveller definitely look elsewere.

Great London Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is a great hotel in a perfect location. Very clean and comfortable, literally 1 minute from the tube station and just down the road from Kensington Gardens.
Highly reccommended and will definitely visit again.

Top Local Tips for London

Tube Station! Gloucester Road tube station is on a direct line from Heathrow and if you have a Travel card it's much cheaper than the Heathrow Express and also more direct to the hotel. The problem is when you get off at Gloucester Road there are two flights of steps to get up BEFORE you get the lift to the surface! Quite a snag when you have a large suitcase and hand luggage and can't carry heavy weight, suitcase wheels don't help on steps. This also happened at Victoria when we went for the Gatwick Express, more steps. I asked a Tube station employee about this and he said it was common in the older tube stations as they are over 100 years old! Still better to struggle than pay huge taxi fares. Apart from this the Travelcards were excellent value and made hopping on and off buses and trains easy.

The Old Operating theatre Museum and Herb Garret I read about this place in a newspaper article about 12 months ago and saved it for a recent visit to the U.K. It was fabulous, interesting, educational and something out of the ordinary when it comes to sightseeing. I didn't find it mentioned in any guide books but if you are interested in medicine or science you will love it. My 10 and 12 yr old daughters found it fascinating and it will now be a "must do" recommendation for anyone we know who is visiting London. The Old Operating Theatre Museum is one of London’s most intriguing historic interiors. It is located in the garret (Herb Garret) of St Thomas's Church, Southwark, on the original site of St Thomas' Hospital. It consists of:The oldest surviving operating theatre in the country (dating from 1822), used in the days before anaesthetics and antiseptic surgery. the herb garret used by the hospital’s apothecary to store and cure herbs used in healing. A collection of artefacts revealing the horrors of medicine before the age of science. Includes instruments for cupping, bleeding, trepanning, and childbirth. Displays on medieval monastic health care, the history of St Thomas’s, Guy's Hospital and Evelina Children's Hospital, Florence Nightingale and nursing, medical and herbal medicine. www.thegarret.org.uk/

Sightseeing Purchase tickets on the many hop on / hop off tour buses, these are a great way of getting to all the sights you will want to see and are well worth the money. The even offer you discounted tickets into many of the venues around London which can be big savings, for example you can save 50% of the entry fee for the London Dungeon which is well worth the visit (especially if you have kids).


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  • Address: 61 Gloucester Road - London - England - SW7 4PE - United Kingdom
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