This hotel is a real mixed bag. Let's start with the negative. The breakfast: this costs either £11.50 for the continental or £16.50 for the continental plus a hot serving. The cooked breakfast was good with choices from the menu but the continental was one of the worst I have ever seen. Rubbery, tasteless cheese, one variety of cooked meat (salami), some fruit, cereal, and the smallest of pastries ever (one bite). The coffee was merely coloured water.
There was no clock or pen in the room, both of which I found strange. No newspapers were available in the hotel and the nearest store to buy one is twenty minutes walk down the hill into Richmond. Which is great, but only if you fancy a scenic stroll first thing in the morning.
On the plus side, the service at reception was friendly and efficient. The room that we stayed in (room 14) was huge and the bed was very comfortable. It also had non-feather pillows and duvets, which was great as I have allergies. However, room 14 is opposite the maids cupboard so it can be a little noisy first thing in the morning.
The public areas were homely and welcoming and the hotel was well kept and clean.
It is a great location being right next to Richmond Park and only a 15-20 minute stroll into Richmond centre, most of which can be done along the riverside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The four star Richmond Gate Hotel is an elegant eighteenth century building situated at the top of Richmond Hill. Located in Surrey just 7 miles from London's West End and within easy distance from London Heathrow Airport. Richmond Gate is ideally located for visiting the attractions of West London and Surrey, including Twickenham Rugby Ground, Wimbledon Tennis, the new Wembley Stadium, Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace. ... more less
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