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Rydges Kensington London
Ranked #369 of 1,069 Hotels in London
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Dublin Ireland
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“Special Birthday Celebration”
Reviewed October 29, 2011

This hotel booked by our sons who were treating their Dad on his 60th birthday, (I also benefited from this too!!). We were in one of the basement rooms and while a little apprehensive when we heard this, was very surprised by the room, which was beautiful, nice and large, with a large bathroom and a little courtyard facing the room (with no junk as has previously been said in other reviews) with nice potted trees. The only fault I would have with being in the basement is that when you get out of the lift it appears to be very stuffy and lacking in fresh air, but that being the only problem would highly recommend this hotel, and also for its proximity to Gloucester Road Tube Station. Very nice helpful staff too.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

I have just found a new favourite hotel in London! I normally stay elsewhere and my normal hotel was fully booked, so i chose this hotel as a cheaper alternative and it was convenient for Gloucester road tube station.
I had a room on the 3rd floor - which was a single, small as a city hotel but modern and comfortable and spotlessly clean.
The reception staff were fantastic.
The bed is very comfortable. I will be staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 5, 2011

We arrived 2 hours early to ask if we could store our bag & go sightseeing & got checked-in no problem. We had room 110 (Double Executive) opposite the stairwell door which made us a little pensive about noise at night. The room was excellent, very spacious, contrary to some of the reviews but it was an Executive so perhaps it's worth spending the extra £20 or so for the space. The furniture was lovely & comfortable & a Dualit coffee machine which made our day as we hate cheap hotel room coffee! The air-con was that quiet we didn't think it was working!! The bathroom was a little on the small side but no banging of knees while sat on the loo so no complaints there. The shower was excellent, good volume of water, constant heat & powerful. The room was very clean, bedding was crisp & the bed / pillows very comfortable. The staff very helpful, friendly & polite. Breakfast was great. We stayed on B&B basis so had the full English & helped ourselves to the buffet. The mini croissants etc were fresh & delicious. When the breakfast came it could've been warmer but my husbands poached eggs were perfectly done & it was all very tasty.

As for our concerns over noise from late returning guests (we were opposite the stairwell door). It was unfounded as there was very little noise. Noisy guests on the level above us but that died down before midnight & noisy guests are not the hotels fault so we can't mark them down for that.

We will definitely be returning to this hotel. Excellent location, good eateries nearby. Gloucester Rd tube station is literally 200 yards from the hotel. I'm seriously picky about things & I complimented the staff when I checked out. Give this hotel a chance, it is worth it!

Room Tip: 110 at the front of the hotel, opposite the stairwell & close to the lift but noise wasn't a...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Loved everything about this place except our room was a little on the small side. Good breakfast, lovely room and spotless. Good location, near the tube and very quiet. The staff especially all the front desk staff were fabulous. i would recommend and I will go there again

Room Tip: Ask for one of the larger rooms. the smaller ones are fine but are more suited to business people no...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 21, 2011

I read several reports about this hotel but due to just about every other Hotel in London being booked I had no real choice within my Budget. The reviews said the hotel was tired and in need of restoration.
I am pleased to confirm that my room a queen size was brand new with a great bed, flat screen TV, tea and coffee, Iron and board and a nice shower. It is in a great location with plenty of pubs and restaurants to chose from.

They have their own restauarnat and a small Bar with Sky Sports, good bar menu and the usual array of beers. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

You do have to pay to use the Gym and also for Internet, although there was access to free Internet behind reception.

Room Tip: Single rooms quite small so go for as big as you can afford
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 20, 2011

I stayed at the Rydges Kensington Plaza for a night and whilst the room (single) and ensuite was rather tiny, it would've been adequate for a single person. Hotel staff are very courteous and helpful. The tariff for a single (without breakfast) circa £100 +/- , is rather steep but is reasonable granted the overall cleanliness, high quality of this property's furnishings and proximity to the Gloucester Road Underground station. A walk to Harrod's in Knightsbridge is only a 15 minute walk.

Room Tip: Pay for a double if you can afford it and try to get the room for around £80-90
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Portadown, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 19, 2011

Excellent value for money, rooms clean and freshly painted. Breakfast was excellent. I cannot complain.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Rydges Kensington London

Property: Rydges Kensington London
Address: 61 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4PE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > South Kensington , Kensington and Hyde Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#257 Business Hotel in London
#262 Luxury Hotel in London
#326 Family Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Rydges Kensington London 4.5*
Number of rooms: 81
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rydges Kensington London is a four star deluxe design inspired boutique hotel which has been fully refurbished in 2011. Facilities include wired and wireless internet, fitness suite, Restaurant & Wine Bar, Lounge Bar, 24 hour room service etc. ... more   less 
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