Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Gloucester Road 140 yards (128 metres), Railway Station: West Brompton 0.8 miles (1.3 km), Motorway: M4 Junction 1 4.1 miles (6.6 km). On the Western border of what is considered the heart of central London is the Rydges Kensington Hotel. Close to the junction with the Cromwell Road which is the A4 dual carriageway, the main route by road into and out of west London and giving direct access by road to Heathrow Airport and the M4 motorway. This is one of London's most exclusive districts and is close to major shopping areas along Kensington High Street, South Kensington (known as south Ken) and Knightsbridge (home to Harrods). Also close by is the Earls Court Exhibition centre. A short walk away from the hotel is the Natural History and Science museums and the Royal Albert and Victoria Museum (all grouped together). A little bit further on is the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace (former home of the Princess of Wales) and the massive open spaces of Hyde Park.
Hotel in Detail:Rydges Kensington is formed from a row of Victorian 5-storey town houses first built 1854. Now a modern boutique style hotel on the doorstep to central London and just 75 metres from Gloucester Road tube station which is on the same Piccadilly line as Heathrow Airport. Guests will be glad to know that the hotel is fully air-conditioned and WiFi can picked up throughout the hotel.
As standard all bedrooms come with individually controllable air-conditioning to ease the and the Rydges Dream Beds. Amenities available to all guests include a safe to protect your valuables, flat screen television with digital channels and on demand movies, IDD phone, desk, tea and coffee making facilities, steam iron, ironing board and minbar (not in single rooms). Guests have wireless internet access in all bedrooms. Bathrooms have towel warmer, hairdryer, toiltries and mist free mirrors.
24 hour in-room dining.
Superior rooms bedding consist of triple sheeting and feather & down duvets.
Executive rooms come with an espresso coffee maker, bluetooth enabled high definition media hub, complimentary magazines & reading material, fluffy bathrobes, slippers & complimentary beverage.
Premier Suites feature a Rydges Dream king size bed, all the luxuries of the Executive rooms as well as featuring a separate lounge area with sofabed. They also have the same benefits as the executive bedrooms.
Stay in luxury in our Kensington Suite, featuring a separate lounge area, Rydges Dream king size bed (British Standard) & sofabed, along with all the inclusions of the Executive rooms. The suite features complimentary magazines and reading material, espresso coffee maker, bluetooth enabled high definition media hub, fluffy bathrobes, slippers & complimentary beverage from the hotel's restaurant or bar. High speed wired & wireless internet (at a fee) is available throughout.
The onsite restaurant at the Rydges Hotel is the 'Jam Cupboard'. Internationally inspired contemporary international menu. As well as the dining the restaurant also serves wines and cocktails. The relaxing atmosphere is set by the candle lit tables accompanied by background easy listening music.
Open: 7.00 till 10.00 (weekends 07.30 till 10.30), 17.30 till 22.00.
The separate Polo Bar is a traditional pub with dark with wooden panelling, fireplace and old-style seating around low tables. Serves a bar menu (including homemade burgers) and shows sports events on its large screen TV. Happy hour 18.00 till 20.00.
Open daily from 16.00 till 23.00 (Saturday noon till 23.00, Sunday noon 22.30).
The Rydges Kensington Hotel also features a skylit lounge where guests can enjoy an espresso coffee, glass of champagne, light lunch or a traditional afternoon tea.
24 hour front desk and luggage storage facilities. Onsite site pool table. WiFi throughout (charges apply).
There is a gymnasium which is free for hotel guests and there are also a range of meeting rooms.
Bedroom Numbers: 81
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Check-out: 11.00 am
Parking:There is no parking onsite.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 80% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 4 star hotels is 82%. Therefore this hotel is below average for its sector (star rating) .
Milesfaster ranking: 529th from 866 London hotels, and 240th of 329 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.2 miles, 0.3 km) would be the 4 star Mercure London Hyde Park, where rates start from £134 and which has a 79% guest satisfaction rating.
As the Rydges Kensington London is a boutique style of hotel you might also be interested in the Royal Park Hotel. This is also a boutique hotel and is (0.1 miles, 0.2 km) away. Rates start from around £152 and is rated by guests at 90%. The Royal Park Hotel has: free WiFi.If you are looking for something a bit cheaper then take a look at the Best Western Shaftesbury Paddington Court. 0.2 miles from here (0.4 km), has been rated at 82% by past guests and has rates from around £96 (theres free WiFi too).
Would you prefer to go with something that has scored higher in guest satisfaction ratings? If that is what your after then the 5 Star The Arch Hotel seems like a possible option, it's only 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from here. The Arch Hotel has an extremely high guest rating of 98%, one of the best rated London hotels.
Local hotels analysed:The 50 nearest hotels around this area (61 Gloucester Road, SW7 postcode) which we have have on our website extend out to a 0.5 miles (0.8 km) radius. The numbers by star rating are 8 five star hotels (average rating 89%), 32 four star hotels (average rating 81%) and 11 three star hotels (average rating 76%). Top 4 star hotel is Fifty Four Boutique Hotel at 92%. Coming out as the top rated hotel is Milestone Hotel and Apartments (5 star) at 99%.
Base Rates: We compare area starting room rates by using base rates. Bear in mind we use the published base rates which do not reflect short term offers and deals. They do however give a decent relative comparison.
Of the nearest fifty one hotels we have base rates for all of them. Looking at all hotels in the area the average base rate is £134 per night. They range from a low of £49 at Montana Hotel (3 Star, 81%) and the Eden Plaza Hotel (3 Star, 75%) up to £378 at Baglioni Hotel (5 Star, 90%). Rates break down to the following for each star rating: Five Star average: £243, Four Star average: £125 and Three Star average: £81.
Using our in-house algorithm we rank hotels based on guest ratings and weighted for related factors. We have a ranking for Rydges Kensington London 32nd (joint) of 50 and 21st (joint) for the 32 four star hotels in the area. Our base rate rank for the hotel is 21st of 51 (11th of 32 four star hotels.). We use the base rate ranking and review ranking for the hotel to get an overall ranking of 22nd of 48 for sheer value for money (Milestone Hotel and Apartments was top).
Comment: £5 million pound refurbishment January 2011 till September 2011 by Trevillion Interiors reduced room capacity from 90 to 81.
Renovated in 2000.
History:Was called the Rydges Kensington Plaza till 2012 when the Plaza part of the name was dropped after refurbishment.
Originally built by William Blake, a brick layer. The main rooms for the families were located on the 1st floor where they had afternoon tea and painted in the high ceiling rooms with large windows. The stair cases were invariably of stone decorated with iron balusters. Service rooms were confined to the basement, accessed from the street by stone steps for housekeepers and butlers.