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Ruskin Hotel
Ranked #593 of 1,076 Hotels in London
Reviewed April 4, 2014

Stayed there for five days. Clean, comfortable and modern rooms, very, very, very friendly staff, breakfast buffet was good quality, 10 min. walk to East ham tube station. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Ruskin is a great option for someone who visits London for the very first time, when you have to look for a safe hotel in a good area, close to some means of transportation, not very far and always bearing in mind cost! London is famous for so many attractions but also for being one of the most expensive cities. Ruskin is not following this 'policy' and when you arrive you soon smile with your option to choose it, as its great value for money. Rooms are very good and spacious, breakfast was very good also. Hotel staff was very helpful and professional. The pub at the ground floor is a good choice to spent some time for a pint of British beer!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank docklas
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

I stayed one night mid week at the Ruskin and was impressed it is newly refurbished so no surprise that it was very clean,the staff were very friendly,breakfast buffet was good quality and the room was a lot larger than expected. I was on the third floor but this was accessed by a lift,the hotel was slightly out of the way for me but this would not stop me returning

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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3  Thank healyGawa
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

I'm a New York City tour guide on vacation in London. I love the Ruskin. I booked three nights at Booking.com for £51 per night. Yeah. £51 for London. The hotel is modern and clean. The rooms are small but you didn't come to London to hang out in a hotel room. The bed and bedding is comfortable. The bathroom is modern (no tub just shower) but beware the hot water...it is very hot. There is room service from the Ruskin Arms, a pub downstairs. The hotel front desk gives you a coupon for a free drink if you purchase a main meal. The hamburger was well done. I forgot that since mad cow you can't get a medium rare burger or steak in England. The salads and hummus are great. Breakfast buffet is included in the price of the stay and also served in the pub. There is free wifi in the hotel lobby and in the rooms but fades a bit in the pub. I had many questions for Tanya at the front desk. Tanya was very professional and kind. She answered everything accurately with a smile. Tanya was happy to plug in my depleted I-Pad, suggest a currency exchange, and store my luggage. Tanya made me feel very welcome in London. So why is the Ruskin so cheap? Location. It is located in a East Ham, Newham. This is an immigrant neighborhood with many Indian and Tamil businesses. This actually makes a stay at the Ruskin interesting because you've escaped the banality of a business district. However, it is twenty minutes on the District Line (green) from Central London (Tower Hill Station). It is forty minutes from Westminster Station. Once you get off at East Ham you must head north on North Market Street for a five to ten minute walk depending on the weight of your luggage. It's about a kilometer. If you have your Oyster Card just walk across the street from the station and the 101 or 104 bus which come frequently will take you to Ruskin Avenue (the stop is announced) and the Ruskin Hotel is across the street. The Hammersmith and City Line also comes to East Ham from St Pancras Station for all of you Eurostarring in from Paris. London City Airport is also accessible from the hotel (about thirty minutes) using the District or Hammersmith and City lines to West Ham and then DLR to London City Airport. For Americans the London City Airport is an extremely small but convenient airport that has BA service from New York City plus connections to most of Western Europe. I found staying at the Ruskin not just affordable but staying in East Ham allowed me to see a real neighborhood of working Londoners. It was also convenient for explorations of the Thames Barrier, Canary Wharf, Stratford (Westfield Mall by the ArcelorMittal Orbit), Emirates Cable Cars, and Greenwich. I highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
9  Thank JamesNYC212
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a great hotel with space to move about, and this extends to the single rooms, as well.

Hotel staff are courteous and professional from staff at reception to the those that lay out breakfast. Breakfast takes place in the pub on the ground floor which is spacious. Breakfast is a buffet of scrambled Eggs, Sausages, Baked Beans, various Cereals, Yogurt, Juice drinks, Tea and Coffee, Lettuce, Cucumber, slices of Cheese, and other choices.

Rooms are clean and smell clean. There is a Thermostat in the room for controlling the temperature of heating. The bed is clean with and is made every day. There are regular supplies of Tea, Coffee and accompanying Sugar sachets and UHT Milk, with sizeable Mug and Kettle. The Glass Cup is rather small, but everything is clean. Also, the television works well.

There are regular supplies of Soap and Shower gels, as well as clean towels for various purposes. There is good shower power and ready hot and cold water easily regulated by the user.

The nearest tube station is East Ham, which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the hotel. The hotel is easy to find from the station. There are shops, markets and bus stops within easy access.

The environment outside, the walk to any of these facilities, is perhaps the least desirable aspect. It is not unusual to see saliva on the littered on the ground. The environment makes the area seem more crowded than it really is.

Overall it is a great hotel at a reasonable price. I stayed there twice and I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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1  Thank Jacqueline O
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Comfortable 3-night stay. We had a clean room on the third floor. Hotel reception staff were helpful and friendly. As a budget hotel this ticks most of the boxes. Minor issues such as the flimsy quality of bathroom fittings, a sink plug that did not fit and noise disturbance from a faulty gutter/downpipe during rain, did not detract significantly from the overall experience. The hotel was competitively priced at £153 for 3 nights, including buffet breakfast. Breakfast had a choice of hot and cold options. Coffee is better avoided. The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk from East Ham tube Station, from where the journey to London Bridge or Charing Cross takes about 25 minutes. We ate well at the Ruskin and at the nearby Taste of India vegetarian restaurant.
We would recommend the Ruskin Hotel for a short stay.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank John P
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James P, Manager at Ruskin Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2014

Good Evening John,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a lovely and honest review.

I would like to mention that the gutter has now been fixed and would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused.

We hope to see you again soon.

Regards

James

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

The hotel is in a nice place surrounded by shops. There are so many options for food around this place. The hotel is very clean and nice and the beds are comfortable. The tube stop East Ham is 10 minutes walking distance. The hotel is easy to find as it is on a straight road to the tube stop. Enjoyed my stay at this place.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Ruskin Hotel

Address: 386 High Street North | Manor Park, London E12 6PH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > East End / East London
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#31 Best Value Hotel in London
Price Range: $63 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ruskin Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in East Ham London, Ruskin Hotel has a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi and free parking. It also has a bar, a restaurant, and a TV lounge for guests to enjoy. Each bedroom has an en suite shower room, city views, a desk and a minibar. Guests also get tea/coffee making facilities and air conditioning. Wired internet connection is available in every room and it is free of charge. Room Service is available everyday between 11:30am to 22:30. East Ham underground station is a 6-minute walk from the hotel, and it takes less than 45 minutes to get into central London which boasts Oxford Street, Hyde Park, the London Eye, Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral to name a few. Stratford Shopping is 2.5 miles from the property. ... more   less 
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