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Apartment or B&B in South Kensington for Budget Travellers

Old May 22nd, 2010, 12:40 AM
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Apartment or B&B in South Kensington for Budget Travellers

When I'm not planning my own trip, the next best thing is help with friends' trip planning. My friend, with her husband and mother, will be in London for six days (5 nights) in July and are on a very tight budget 70 to 90 GBP per night. She's been searching for a budget hotel and in the South Kensington area and is not having too much success. I thought an apartment might suit their accommodation budget nicely and wondered if anyone here has any tips or personal recommendations. If you have any thoughts on another neighbourhood instead of S.Kensington, they are open to suggestions. They will be walking and hopping buses to get around. Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 12:58 AM
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Definitely try www.priceline.com, name your own price, but study up at www.betterbidding.com . You can see winning bids.. put "london" in the upper search box. Easy to stay under 90gbp.

www.hotwire.com also for great hotel deals as well as www.londontown.com and www.trivago.com might help.

London is great for priceline and hotwire, though .
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 01:42 AM
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I have seen this advert but have no 1st hand experience
B&B in a beautiful Victorian House in Kensington W8 near Hyde Park. Single rooms from £45, double from £65 with continental breakfast.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 03:19 AM
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Is that for 2 rooms ? 70 -90 GBP each?
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That's 3 people for that price? Does Priceline work for triples?

Maybe they need to look farther out. But then they'll spend money -- and time -- on transportation.
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That was my thought too about priceline and triples. If you don't mind being a short distance away from South Ken, which is one of the more expensive neighborhoods. Jury's Inn Chelsea has nice large triples for 77 GBP. It does involve taking the C3 bus from right outside the door to either Kings Road and the 11 or 22 bus or to Earl's court for the tube. It would add about 10-15 minutes to get to South Ken or Sloane Square. Look at Londontown .com
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 11:50 AM
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hotwire does triples. priceline only 2 per room.

I put in some arbitrary July dates for three at hotwire and there is a hotel with 90% customer satisfaction for $89 plus taxes. It is in Brentwood/Hammersmith area. Free breakfast. With more time one could probably decipher which one it is at www.betterbidding.com-
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Yes, definitely consider Hotwire. Priceline is terrific for London but it will not work for your friends. PL only deals in doubles and they'd have to get two rooms which even at PL rates will exceed the budget.

W/ Hotwire they can specify room size.

Another option would be university lodging - LSE and others rent out apartment in student accommodation in the summer
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Oh - and I'd also suggest they look in other central neighborhoods like Victoria or Russell SQ. S. Kens is nice but it is also has some pretty pricey accommodations.

Even (can't believe I'm actually saying this . . . ) Earls Court. The money will go farther than in South Kensington.
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Go on Tripadvisor and plug in different areas of London to see what people say about where they have stayed-some of the places that they have recommended have been great for our family!
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 12:20 PM
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Thank you everyone for all your suggestions! My friend is narrowing down her choice and has decided a 2* would be fine and found St. Simeon Hotel in S. Kensington might suit their needs just fine (she's not real fussy). If anyone has stayed her, your feedback would be appreciated since we're still searching.
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Rather mixed reviews of the St. Simeon at www.tripadvisor.com. Has your friend read these?
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