65-67 Gower Street, London, United Kingdom
Doubles from: $107
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The Ridgemount Hotel is one of the only choices on hotel-packed Gower Street that is still run by its original owner, Mr. Rees. When we visited this modest B&B, Mr. Rees was proudly expanding the breakfast room and adding private bathrooms to many of the bedrooms.
But additions aside, the Ridgemount retains the no-frills, 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.
The hotel’s 32 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 at the Ridgemount Hotel feel peaceful, the quietest are those in the back, facing the garden. (Those facing the front of the hotel are likely to pick up some street noise.)
Some rooms have private bathrooms, while 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 homey living room, simply furnished with an old-fashioned red carpet, 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 friendly Mr. Rees and the hotel’s cozy, traditional feel.
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 (click the “more information” link below for the phone number).
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.
Reviewed by: Nina Derham, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
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
- Internet Access: Free
- Laundry Facilities
- Luggage Storage
- Reception: Limited Hours
- Steep Stairs
- TV Lounge
- Vending Machines
- Wake-Up Service
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathroom: Shared
- Bathtubs Available
- Hair Dryer
65-67 Gower Street
Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom
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.