England Hotel Chain Primer: London and Beyond

Posted by Fodor's Editors on May 27, 2011 at 1:30:32 PM EDT | Post a Comment

London-myhotel-Chelsea-suite.jpgEngland has a number of hotel chains: some are moderately priced, others are luxurious. Particularly in London, they can be a quick way to narrow down the many lodging options available. Here's a list of some of our favorites.

easyhotel

One of the first chains to bring so-called "pod hotels" to London, the easyhotel chain specializes in very cheap (less than £50 a night for a double) rooms that are clean, secure and offer all the basics, but are teeny-tiny, and have no extras at all. There are 6 branches in London, including one conveniently located in Heathrow Airport, and 7 others throughout Europe and the Middle East. www.easyhotel.com easyhotel London Review

Grange Hotels

This 13-property chain includes a good mix of large and small hotels, with reliable (if somewhat dull) neutral decor, good service, and plenty of gadgets for business travelers. Prices vary in and around London, although most are moderately priced. www.grangehotels.com Grange Blooms Hotel London Review Grange City London Hotel Review

Malmaison

With lavish, elegant small hotels around the country, this dozen-strong upscale chain offers luxurious designer style, good restaurants, and trendy bars. www.malmaison.com Malmaison Birmingham, The Welsh Borders Hotel Review Malmaison Leeds, Yorkshire Hotel Review Malmaison Liverpool Hotel Review Malmaison London Hotel Review Malmaison Manchester Hotel Review Malmaison Newcastle upon Tyne, Northeast England Hotel Review Malmaison Oxford Castle, Thames Valley Hotel Review

Millennium

Similar in style to Premier Inns, Millennium (and its other brand, Copthorne) hotels are targeted at both business and leisure travelers. Their seven England options offer well-designed rooms with plenty of gadgets and have frequent sales. www.millenniumhotels.co.uk Millennium Gloucester London Hotel Review myhotel A small chain of pricey boutique hotels, with a designer decor, trendy bars, and a modern approach, myhotels offer reliable comfort and service, if you don't mind the price tag. Two of their three branches are in London. www.myhotels.com myhotel Chelsea London Hotel Review (pictured above)

Premier Inns

This widespread chain features medium-size, budget priced hotels. They're known for their attractive if bland look, and for frequent sales, which keep prices cheap. With their Straford-upon-Avon property that opened in April, Premier now has 600 properties throughout the U.K. www.premierinn.com Premier Travel Inn County Hall London Hotel Review Premier Travel Inn Southwark London Hotel Review

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