65-67 Gower Street, London, United Kingdom
Doubles from: $118
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
One of the only B&Bs along Gower Street still run by its original owners, the Ridgemount Hotel retains the old fashioned feel of a truly traditional London B&B.
Pros: Fantastic location. Friendly staff. Clean and comfortable. Classic B&B.
Cons: No elevator. Street noise.
Travelers looking to book that old fashioned, story-book London B&B they've been dreaming about should certainly consider the Ridgemount Hotel, a charming spot located very near the British Museum in the heart of Bloomsbury. Of the dozen or so B&Bs lining Gower Street, the Ridgemount is one of the only still being run by its original owners, and it’s certainly one of the very best deals.
The B&Bs 34 simple rooms have an antiquated feel, with quilted bedspreads, patterned carpets and floral curtains. Bed frames and wardrobes come in dark wood, and all rooms are equipped with a fan, heater and TV. Although all of the rooms feel peaceful, the quietest are those in the back, facing the garden. (Even with the double glazing on the front windows, those facing busy Gower Street will probably still pick up some street noise.)
About half of the rooms have private bathrooms, while the others share facilities. All bathrooms are simple but clean and well-equipped. Hair dryers are available.
At the back of the hotel, a walled garden provides a lovely oasis, especially if you're lucky enough to be in London during one of those rare heat waves. There is also a comfortable living room, simply furnished with a couple of comfy sofas and a vending machine.
A large proportion of Ridgemount guests are American, and many use the hotel for long stays on school trips. The Ridgemount also has a substantial number of repeat guests—surely attracted by the friendly Mr. and Mrs. Rees and the hotel’s cozy, traditional feel.
A full English breakfast, included in the room rate, is served in a room that embodies the archetypal B&B, with bottles of ketchup and brown sauce set atop red and green gingham tablecloths. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and there is also a free Internet station.
Reserving at the Ridgemount Hotel
As we point out in the box above, the Ridgemount does not offer online reservations. You will need to call the hotel directly to reserve a room (see below).
Those looking for a similar option that does offer online booking might consider the George Hotel, a pretty B&B on Cartwright Gardens. The sweet, “budget-boutique” Arosfa Hotel is another excellent choice.
More on the Ridgemount
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
About the Ridgemount Hotel neighborhood
Leafy Bloomsbury is centered around Russell Square, north of Piccadilly Circus and the West End, and boasts the British Museum, University of London, and Georgian townhouse-lined streets. Budget-friendly B&Bs line Gower Street, just west of the University.