Rydges Kensington Plaza in London – A Great Hotel

We stayed at the Rydges Kensington for 2 nights in the Executive One Bedroom Suite and loved it. The hotel has a great location, just a half-block from the Gloucester Road tube stop and about 5 minutes from the Victoria & Albert, Science, and Natural History Museums (all of which are great – and free!)

There are several good restaurants on Gloucester Road (including 3 very good Indian eateries). There are 2 Starbucks nearby as well as a grocery store, a drug store, and a money changer.

Pros:

  • Great location near a bus stop, tube stop, 3 top notch museums, and Hyde Park
  • One bedroom suites have separate rooms for kids and adults
  • Very good continental breakfast is included for most online bookings
  • All the best in-room amenities: safe box, big screen TVs in all rooms, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, espresso maker, and nice shampoos and lotions.

Cons:

  • £20 charge for in-room wi-fi is disappointing (but 2 nearby Starbucks offer free online access)

Here are some pictures of the Rydges Kensington rooms, lobby, and neighborhood.

The main bedroom of the Executive 1-bedroom suite.

The main bedroom of the Executive 1 bedroom suite.

King size bed in executive suite

The main bed from a different angle.

Safe in hotel room of Rydges Kensington

The safe box in the closet.

Second bedroom in Rydges Kensington

The second bedroom in the the Executive Suite.

Couch in second bedroom of Executive Suite

Here's how it looks with the bed folded away.

Bathroom of King Deluxe Suite

The suite has a very nice bathroom with a very long tub.

Bedside table in King Suite

Some fun reading on the bedside table.

Breakfast at the Rydges Kensington Hotel

Breakfast was great and is included with most hotel packages. The coffee is freshly brewed for each table in a french press.

Espresso maker in room.

Some rooms come with an espresso maker (though there are 2 Starbucks within a 3 minute walk).

An iron and ironing board can come in handy.

An iron and ironing board can come in handy.

In the lobby of the Rydges Kensington

One view of the lobby.

The lobby of the Rydges Kensington

And another view of the lobby looking towards the restaurant.

Weather display in the lobby.

A helpful weather display in the lobby.

Bar in Rydges Kensington

The Polo bar next to the lobby.

Bus stop directly in front of Rydges Kensington Hotel.

The hotel sits right on a bus route and a 1 minute walk from Gloucester Road tube station which has the Circle, District, and Piccadilly lines.

Bike share program on Gloucester Road near the hotel in Kensington

The London Bike Share program just a half-block from the hotel

Further Reading

4 questions and comments

  1. Mrack

    Yes, agree with the fine review of the hotel but some of the staff can be far from helpful. To be fair, the last time I visited the worst offender no longer seemed to be there so perhaps something, or management, has changed. The price of the room is very good value for London, when booked online, which likely accounts for why I continue to stay there despite my grumbling.

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  2. Nellie

    The Rydges is booked for some of the nights we’re there but I need to be in the Kensington district. Anywhere you recommend to look or search? Thank you.

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  3. L.H.

    I quite like the Rydges and agree with your positive review. I’ve stayed there on 3 different occasions and my wife stayed there once on her own while I was at a different hotel (long story), so I know it and the neighborhood quite well. While the hotel is nice, its main perk is the location. It’s walking distance to Royal Albert Hall, Harrods, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The tube is just down the street and (as you mention) a couple of very good Indian restaurants are on Gloucester Road. Kensington Gardens is up the street if you fancy a walk and gives one a nice break from the busy of the city. The hotel has bigger suites for when our daughter joins us, which are perfect. The breakfast is very good, served in a charming room, and usually gives me enough steam to get through a whole day of work without worrying terribly much about lunch. Very good deals are available online so it’s well worth looking around for discounts.

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