Ramada Hemel Hempstead

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn Hertfordshire, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 7AF, United Kingdom
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Satisfaction Very Good
Excellent
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62
Very Good
32%
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Average
12%
20
Poor
7%
12
Terrible
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11

Value Score Poor Value

Costs 28% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Families95
  • Couples72
  • Solo50
  • Business50

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Travelling to London

by nigelkitching

Hello

My daughter recently started working in London and she has finally found somewhere to live in St Albans.

She will be travelling into work every day and needs to get to Leiceter Square tube station.

I've been trying to figure out the cheapest way to travel (by train) and I seem to have come up with £2,668.00 per year for a Travelcard plus another £1,032.00 for a Oyster card.

Is this the best we can do?

Any help would be greatly appreciated

Nigel

Re: Travelling to London

by zuriga

Unfortunately, travel in the UK is ridiculously expensive. And the fares are all going up in the new year.. don't know if you've factored that in or not.

Can't your daughter live in London? My niece just moved here from the States and found a fairly reasonable flat in Maida Vale. She takes a bus to work, and is thrilled. If your daughter has already rented a place (and St. Albans is quite aways out but nice), then I guess she will have to take the train.

Re: Travelling to London

by northeast80

Hi Nigel,

Will she always take the tube St.Pancras - Leicester Sq? It's only 1.9 miles so can save a lot of money by not buying the annual oyster travel card, which you only costed for zone 1 (when I lived there I got all over the zones). I'd suggest just using a pay-as-you-go Oyster card. If she want to go to another zone doesn't have to top up and if she mainly walks won't be paying for not using it.

Re: Travelling to London

by cubsur

Check those numbers because a season ticket with Travelcard add-on includes the London Underground and Buses in whatever zones you specify. An Oystercard is not necessary. St Albans is outside the Oystercard area of course.

The First Capital Connect website comes up with an annual season ticket starting next Monday from St Albans to London Zone 1 (ie the centre) for £3264.

http://www.fcc.trainsfares.co.uk/season/requirements/st_qtt.asp?sitecode=FCC

or just get a point to point ticket eg to City Thameslink and then walk some (I did, being so mean) and depends how far of course to place of work.

London Zone 1 is more or less anywhere inside the Circle Line plus Waterloo and London bridge areas. Zonal map here:

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/passenger_services/maps/London_Connections.pdf

Not cheap as said, but do the sums of extra cost living in London and travel time.

Buy now, as fares are increasing by up to 10% on 2nd January as government progressively reduces the subsidy to railways.

Re: Travelling to London

by cubsur

Yes and if a point to point ticket works the best buy most of the time, a pay as you go Oystercard for those rainy days when a bus might be needed would come in handy.

That's what I used to do - a mile walk from the station to the office used to wake me up in the morning and if it was raining I hopped on a bus.

Retired now, so those day happily now in the past.

Re: Travelling to London

by cubsur

City Thameslink to Leicester Square is a little over a mile, say 20 - 25 minutes walk? Saving £400 or so a year?? And avoiding the crowds on the tube.

Nice walk too, along the Strand, round the Aldwych, along Drury Lane and down Long Acre, or cut through Covent Garden.

Re: Travelling to London

by nigelkitching

Thanks everyone for your responses.

I fear this is going to be every bit as expensive as I suspected.

Didn't know about the impending price rises and I'll be sure to get the Travelcard sorted out this month.

I also think that walking the last bit of the journey sounds sensible.

Thanks

Nigel

Re: Travelling to London

by SallyM

I just checked nationalrail.co.uk and came up with £3,264 for an annual season ticket including zone 1-6 travel card starting on Monday or £3,540 from January when the fares go up.

That sounds about right to me. My annual season ticket including zone 1-6 costs £2930 from Buckinghamshire.

Travel Tips for St Albans

Only 20mins By train from London

by Wowmoment

History, loads of it. Any visitor to the capital with a little time to spare will be rewarded by a trip to St Albans. Trains run regularly from St Pancras (pick a fast one not a stoppng one).

St Albans has got the lot - Roman and pre-Roman times; One of the finest Norman Abbey Churches in the country; Architecture from almost every period; Evidence of the great days of the Mail Coach and much, much more. Being a part of the great scheme of things. St Albans has been her for thousands of years and will be here for many more. This place puts life in perspective.

Battles of St. Albans

by graeme83

The First Battle of St Albans was the first battle in the War of the Roses. It was fought on 22 May 1455. Richard, Duke of York and his ally, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, defeated the Lancastrians under Edmund, Duke of Somerset, who was killed. York also captured King Henry VI.

This battle is widely known for its appearance in Shakespeare's play Henry VI, Part 2. The play ends with the result of the battle.

The Second Battle of St Albans was fought on 17 February, 1461, at St Albans. The army of York was beaten in the battle by the Lancastrians and King Henry was released. However, the York army eventually won the war and the kingdom.

The Sopwell Nunnery

by St_Vincent

I’ve been to St Albans quite a few times but didn’t know that the Sopwell Nunnery existed until I saw it mentioned in the pages of another VT member (Willettsworld ). So last time I went I searched it out and found a real treat. It is set far enough away from the road to feel secluded yet is also quite easy to find. If you get there at the right time, and are lucky enough to be the only one around, it has a rather mystical quality to it as it appears out of the early morning mist like some magical ancient ruin. The fact that the local authorities keep the land around it naturally overgrown helps with the effect that you have stumbled across some previously undiscovered site.

The original Nunnery dates back to 1140 and was built by Geoffrey de Gorham the abbot of St. Albans. In the 1500’s it became part of Sir Richard Lee’s Tudor mansion but the Nunnery seems to be the only surviving building. There is enough of it left to get an idea of the size and layout and as you wander through the archways of the ruins it is easy to imagine you are going from one room to another or walking out into the courtyard.

It is a walk of around 15 minutes from the town centre but definitely worth the trip. Located off Cottonmill Lane, it is close to the end of Prospect Road which links Cottonmill Lane with the bottom of Holywell Hill near the Abbey Station and the entrance to the park. There is also a public footpath that runs beside the river that takes you there from the Verulamium Park.

Olde Worlde charm in Fishpool Street

by St_Vincent

For an interesting and nostalgic walk through olde worlde St. Albans, seek out Fishpool Street. If you are in the town centre head for the Clock Tower and turn right down the High St. Follow the road to the left of the Tudor Tavern which becomes George St. and then Romeland Hill and you will see the Cathedral on your left. Continue down past the school and you will find yourself in Fishpool St. which gets it's name from a large fishpond located nearby in mediaeval times. It is a residential area that is a real treat, a mix of old and older properties, stepped entrances, wrought iron door knockers & boot scrapers, old gas lamps, cobbled pathways and ivy clad walls. Follow the winding road for more gems. Soon you will pass the Lower Red Lion, a 17th Century Coaching Inn and one of the best real ale pubs in St Albans. Another feature you will notice is the high pavements, ideal for alighting horse drawn carriages but not for the cars of today.

Further on you will see St Michael's Manor, an old manor house which is now a luxury hotel, and at the bottom, there are two pubs, the Blue Anchor and the Black Lion Inn. But don't stop there, follow the road a little further round to the left and over the bridge and you will find two lovely old pubs, the Rose & Crown and the Six Bells in St Michael's Village.

Fishpool St. also features in my travelogue of A Sunday morning walk through St Albans

Fit for a King?

by planxty

The first place of note on the City Trail is French Row, a small street situated near the Town Hall. It is so named because it was where King John of France was imprisoned after the Battle of Poitiers in 1356. the site of his actual imprisonment was where the Fleur de Lys pub now stands (see seperate tip).

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 Ramada Hemel Hempstead

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Address: Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn Hertfordshire, Saint Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 7AF, United Kingdom