Review of Ramanda London Finchley Hotel

Written by Karen Bryan

I stayed at the Ramada London Finchley for three nights in late February 2016, It cost £40 a night for room only on the Agoda hotel booking website. I selected the hotel as it had reasonable reviews, the price was good, and there were some places I wanted to visit nearby including Alexandra Palace and Highgate Cemetery.

As I didn’t fancy a 25 minute walk pulling my suitcase from East Finchley Tube station to the hotel, I took the 263 bus. The bus stop is located under the Tube line bridge. It’s a real wind tunnel and I was chilled through in the 10 minute wait for the bus.

To reach the hotel from the closest bus stop entailed either a dash across the road, or a couple of minutes walk down to the crossing. I managed to spot a gap in the traffic to make it across the road at the bus stop.

ramada london finchley exterior

The hotel is located in a leisure park which has a health club, bowling alley and some restaurants including Pizza Hut and MacDonald’s. I was rather dismayed by the amount of litter lying around.

The hotel has its own car park, which is free of charge for guests.

I arrived at the Ramada London Finchley around 30 minutes before the official check-in time of 2pm. But I was able to check-in immediately. The very friendly receptionist asked for my preferred room location. I requested a quiet room on the top floor.

The room key was quite strange, constructed of flexible grey plastic with holes punched in it at one end. Initially I couldn’t get my bedroom door open,  as I was inserting and then pulling out the key before trying the handle. Fortunately a housekeeper spotted me, and came over to explain that you need to leave the key in to open the door.

Walking into the room, was like travelling back in the time a few decades, due to the dated decor. The carpet was threadbare on one patch. My room was in desperate need of a refurb.

Ramada London Finchley hotel review

The room was a good size, with a coffee table and comfy chair.

ramada london finchley bedroom

I was happy to have an open outlook over some paying fields, with Alexandra Palace on the horizon, from my room. But the view was rather marred by the filthy window.

ramada london finchley view from bedroom

There was plenty of space on the desk area for my Chromebook. But there was real shortage of electrical sockets in the room. I could only find on double socket behind the TV, which had to service the kettle and my laptop and mobile phone chargers.

In the bathroom, there was good-sized bath with a shower. The sink’s taps proved a real hazard for me. The water pressure appeared high, and I kept turning the taps on full instead of turning them off, resulting in a wave of water bouncing up from the sink onto my body.

The bed was a bit soft for my liking, but overall I slept OK as the room was quiet and not too hot and stuffy.

Official check-out time is 11am, but my request for to check-out at 12 noon was granted.

In summary, for £40 a night I thought that the Ramada Finchley offered reasonable value for money. I think it’s best suited to people visiting London with a car. Next time that I visit in London by rail, I’ll look for a hotel that is within a 10 minute walk of a Tube station. If the rooms at the Ramada were refurbed, but the price stayed the same, and I was travelling to London by car, I would consider staying there again.