To set this review in context- our family enjoys traveling in Britain and Europe, and we take the Frommers/Rick Steves approach to our lodging- we are not spending all day in our hotel- only to sleep. We'd rather stay in affordable lodging and spend our money on other things.
We spent 5 nights in London with our children (23 and 21), June 22-27. The Ridgemount lived up to our expectations- affordable, clean and great location. Mr. and Mrs. Rees, Alan and Eddie were pleasant and helpful with suggestions for travel plans. Our room was on the 4th floor- en suite quad- one double and two singles- nice little bathroom, exactly what we needed. Room 32 does face the street and was warm only one night when it got up to 85 during the day. With windows open, fan and sound machine running, we were able to sleep, although some travelers may have found it noisy. Our family runs/walks/bikes/hikes, so doing the steps was not a problem for us. There is a lounge on the first floor with free wireless that was very fast, and a PC that tended to be a little pokey. Coffee and tea machine (free) was a delight, there's also a soda machine for 50p. The breakfast room was bright, airy and cheerful, and morning breakfast was tasty and service was excellent.
Ridgemount is in a superb central location in Bloomsbury, on Gower Street. You can take the Picadilly line direct from Heathrow to the Russell Square station and have a short walk to the hotel, or take the Heathrow Express, as we did, to Paddington, then to Euston Square and a short walk down Gower St to the hotel. A short walk takes you to the Goodge St. station on the Northern Line; around the station are many greaty places to eat, a Tesco is around the corner, and restaurants are numerous on nearby Charlotte St. A block or two north and east of Russell Square is a very nice shopping center with a large Waitrose supermarket. The real treat are the buses that run right down Gower St. in front of the hotel- they go everywhere (get a bus route map when checking in), and you can't beat the view from the upper level of double decker bus- a much better way to see London than traveling by tube.
We met many lovely fellow travelers at the hotel, some of whom had been coming back for years. We under stand why, and we plan to stay at the Ridgemount for future trips to London.
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