Covent Garden Tube Station- only stairs?

Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:04 AM
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Covent Garden Tube Station- only stairs?

We thought we'd try the tube when traveling from Heathrow to the Covent Garden station- looks like it would make sense since we can go directly there on the Piccadilly line. When you get on the tube at Heathrow, are there escalators/elevators vs stairs? And how about at Covent Garden? (We are trying not to overpack, and will have roller suitcases, but one will still be larger than carry-on size.)

Also, we need to find a place for 3 nights once we leave the flat we'll be in for a week- nothing right now on Travelzoo, and Hotwire/Priceline zones are not appealing- any ideas for central London? Would be nice to stay in the same area, as far as moving luggage around, but not a total requirement (not sure what to say our budget would be- ideally $150/night- or thereabouts). thanks!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:19 AM
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No problem getting to the tube at LHR - no stairs. Covent Garden uses 4 large elevators.

What is un-appealing about the priceline zones? If you try the Mayfair/Soho zone you'll end up in the same general area.

$150 a night in/near Covent Garden will be on the tough side though.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:35 AM
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There are stairs at Covent Garden before you get to the elevators though, aren't there?
The lifts aren't at platform level so it's not wheelchair accessible.
Just don't take the spiral staircase to the top with suitcases (or without unless you want a work out!)

I think there's a Travelodge at or close to Covent Garden without your price range.. check reviews out though as it's fairly basic.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:36 AM
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that's withIN your price range!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:50 AM
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good catch, janis- yes, of course the Mayfair/Soho zone is great- but so are the prices!

If there are stairs at Covent Garden before you get to the lifts, hopefully there aren't too many??

Will check out the Travelodge- of course we would prefer to find a nicer place, but one having a special or something!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:57 AM
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There are short stairs but I've never had any problem carrying luggage/things -- but then I do pack light.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 11:02 AM
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I think there's just one flight of stairs (probably about 30 steps or so..? to the lifts). Just in case you're claustrophobic I'll warn you that it's a BUSY station. My friend won't use the station (she says she's not a sardine!)
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 02:31 PM
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I guess it is a very busy station- was looking at the tfl website, and on the map of the tube system, it advises to avoid the crowds at Covent Garden by using one of the other nearby stations.

Would it really be better to do that? And schlep our stuff that much further? (Our flight arrives at 6am so I suppose we'd be getting there in the morning rush hour.)
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Covent Garden is very busy, especially on the weekends. If I remember correctly, they actually restrict it to "exit only" at certain times (I may be misremembering, though). But Leicester Square station is literally a 5-10 minute walk away, and Holborn's not too far on the other side. Where exactly are you trying to go?
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 02:37 PM
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The lifts at Covent Garden are at street level.....it just gets really busy at the weekend....
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 02:46 PM
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If you're concerned about hauling your luggage around when you arrive, you could always get a car service like Just Airports to pick you up at Heathrow and take you directly to your flat.

Not sure what you mean by the PL/Hotwire zones, for $150/night you get something fairly nice I would think.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 03:46 PM
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I suggest www.betterbidding.com They might give you some guiadance on Priceline/Hotwire. I have done it in London several times and done great. Generally I am aiming for the Kensington area however.
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Hi, just to add to previous comments, Leicester Square Station is indeed very near to Covent Garden, a 5 minute walk (and much nearer than Holborn)and whilst perhaps a touch less busy, it does throw you out immediately onto a very busy road, as does Covent Garden, so there's probably not much in it.....
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 05:46 PM
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It's busiest at weekends because of the shops. weekdays would be ok and if you're arriving that early (8-ish?) on a weekend even then you would be ok.
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There is a very handy London for Transport, no step tube map. If I knew how to make a link I would, but it is easily Googled.
I had to look at the map a couple of minutes to get it, but it is indeed clear and easy once you study it a minute or two.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 09:55 PM
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The Strand hotel is only a couple of blocks from Covent Garden. We've always stayed there, but we haven't been to London for 5-6 years. The Strand is an old hotel, but well located and clean. We've always been comfortable there. Breakfast is included and there are several restaurants on the property. I've no idea what the going rate is, but seems to me we paid less than $200 for our stays, but they were a while ago.

There's another tube station nearby, between the Strand and Trafalgar Square, but I can't think of the name of it right now. maybe Charing Cross. And another one riverside a block or so down from the Strand, again not sure about the name but think it's Embankment.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:38 PM
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At current exchange rates this is within your price range: http://www.lsetopfloor.co.uk/northumberland.htm
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Old Apr 2nd, 2010, 10:41 PM
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I should add that I would not use the stairs all the way up at Covent Garden unless you are in good shape.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 01:42 AM
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I think you should be open to looking at other areas of London--might be easier to find something in your price range and if you transfer off-peak it will be no worse, and shorter, than the trip in from Heathrow.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2010, 05:06 PM
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Giovanna, it is The Strand Palace, and it is a fine hotel. Not fancy, but a very large hotel, and a lot of their guests are tourists, but also business people and people in town for theater weekends.
Breakfast is not always included - it depends on how you book it. Some hotel booking sites include breakfast and some don't.
But I agree it would be a good choice.
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