We booked this hotel for our first trip to London, not knowing much about the area and trying to find something affordable but decent. What you should know if you're thinking about staying here is that while this hotel is decent - clean rooms (mostly), reasonable size, comfortable bed - it's a 30-40 minute commute to downtown London. The closest tube station is East Ham which is about a 10 minute walk through a semi-dodgy neighborhood. While the Ruskin looks like a traditional English Pub, it's a stark contrast to anything else in this neighborhood, which is primarily populated by Bangladesh markets and restaurants. We didn't feel terribly comfortable or interested to explore anything in the neighborhood, so staying at this hotel meant having a long commute to and from London each day and it was far too much effort to swing by at all during the day if you needed to change clothes or drop anything off. A one-way trip on the tube just to commute costs around 2 pounds, so given the dodgy neighborhood, the inconvenience, and the time wasted each day cramming into the tube to commute, I would highly recommend paying more to stay closer to the city.
The hotel itself was fine - the bathroom is a bit small, they skimp on towels and the bed didn't have a full set of sheets, which was odd. The floor in our room was dirty and even after asking them to vacuum it didn't make a difference. Walking around with wet feet, you will find your feet covered in lint and someone else's hair. The walls are completely bare and ours were dirty, splashed with tea or something. But the room was quiet, our bed was comfortable, staff were pleasant and the complimentary breakfast was great - a large buffet with plenty of options.
Overall I would not recommend staying here and would never stay here again. I would recommend trying to find something near Liverpool Street Station or Aldgate East Station, in the East End neighborhood.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in East Ham London, Ruskin Hotel has a 24-hour front desk, free Wi-Fi and free parking. It also has a bar, a restaurant, and a TV lounge for guests to enjoy. Each bedroom has an en suite shower room, city views, a desk and a minibar. Guests also get tea/coffee making facilities and air conditioning. Wired internet connection is available in every room and it is free of charge. Room Service is available everyday between 11:30am to 22:30. East Ham underground station is a 6-minute walk from the hotel, and it takes less than 45 minutes to get into central London which boasts Oxford Street, Hyde Park, the London Eye, Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral to name a few. Stratford Shopping is 2.5 miles from the property. ... more less
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