I stayed at Riverside whilst attending a conference in Harlow and it was a great place to come home to at the end of a long day. It is only a ten minute drive from the town and yet one feels as if you are right out in the country. It is located very close to Roydon station, so access by public transport is also an option. The owner, Ann, is very attentive and keeps the place spotlessly clean, providing a good selection of things for breakfast (cereal, fresh fruit, juice, yoghurt, breads etc) which are enjoyed in your room and I am sure she would readily accommodate any specific requirements one might have. Other highlights included a brilliantly powerful, hot shower, a good sized fridge and bottled water provided every day - something I certainly did not expect for such a reasonable price.
Not to detract from this being a very positive review, there are one or two small things that prevent me giving Riverside a 5 star rating, although I am light sleeper so they might not be a concern for most people! I have already mentioned the proximity of the trains which do run from fairly early in the morning and the double bed was somewhat firmer than I am used to. There is also a sensor alarm on the front door which I tended to hear as my room was over the hallway, but Ann very kindly turned it off when we knew that another guest was leaving early in the morning. Also, parking is fairly tight and required a degree of cooperation between guests.
But these are all minor considerations and would certainly not stop me from choosing Riverside when next staying in the area. So much nicer than staying in an impersonal chain hotel, it is a lovely little place at an excellent price!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riverside guesthouse is 4-Star graded. Set in the beautiful Essex village of Roydon. Within easy reach of Harlow, the M11/M25, Stansted Airport and 2 mins from the station with main line connection to London Liverpool St (35mins)/Cambridge (45mins). Clean, comfortable, en-suite accommodation serviced daily. Free wifi, off road parking and a warm friendly service guaranteed. Ideal friendly relaxing village location. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riverside Guesthouse Roydon