HELP -- London hotel dilemma

Jan 1st, 2004, 05:54 PM
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HELP -- London hotel dilemma

Going crazy trying to find the right area for out three-day stay in London with our thirty year old children. We would like a little action nearby, maybe some shops or pubs, but feel being near a tube stop is most important as we intend to do a lot of sightseeing (1st time visitors). Can you recommend a well located hotel under 90GBP a night? Decision imminent, so help would be much appreciated.
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Jan 1st, 2004, 06:37 PM
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Add on -- a few we are considering might be: St Giles near Oxford, Sloane Square Moat House, Eden Plaza Hotel, Hilton London Kensington, Park International. any of these better than other?
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Jan 2nd, 2004, 02:08 AM
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Most of the visitor attractions lie on a geographical line west to east from South Kensington to the Tower. This is also an underground line, on the District and Circle lines: South Ken, Sloane Square, Victoria, St James Park, Westminster, Embankment, Temple, Blackfriars, Monument, Tower Hill. So I suggest somewhere central on this line. You will find the bigger range of cheap hotels near Victoria, mostly on Ebury Street. Near Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden are just four. If an agent or Thistle Hotels make a special offer, the Thistle Trafalgar Square or the Thistle Charing Cross. Agents are http://www.priceline.com, http://www.lastminute.com, http://www.londontown.com, http://www.orbitz.com. Certyainly look at

Strand Palace Hotel, http://london.hotelguide.net/data/h100241.htm, http://www.hotelsengland.com./, http://www.travelnow.com/hotels/
and on http://www.180096HOTEL.com. Many rooms are small, but not all, so it is good to ask the room size before you book.

Cheaper again is the Royal Albany at Charing Cross (http://www.londonhotelscentre.com/adelphra.htm , www.coventgardenlife.com/places.asp?PlaceID=194
and www.explore-london.co.uk/hotel.html ). The Travellers Inn in County Hall gives you a ten minute extra walk over the Thames each morning and evening.

Over four years now I have collected on disc notes on what Fodors readers have said about hotels near Victoria, and I shall gladly e mail you a copy if you ask me.

Of the hotels you list, only the Sloane Square Moat House is well placed, on the key underground lines. The Eden Plaza Hotel at 68 Queens Gate and the Park International at 117 Cromwell Road are on the District line, but out west.
The other two are north of nearly all the places you will visit, on the Central Line. The Hilton London Kensington is on Holland Park Avenue, well out west and the St Giles is at Bedford Avenue not near Oxford Circus but near Tottenham Court Road tube.

You are indeed likely to visit the British Museum, but that is a ten-minute ride on the top of a bus from Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, and the Strand.

Please write if I can help further, or for the notes from readers. Welcome to London.

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Jan 2nd, 2004, 04:08 AM
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I thought I had responded to this, but I see that it didn't take...I love the location of the Montana Hotel. It's right across the street from the South Kensington tube stop and, in my mind, is perfectly located.
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Jan 2nd, 2004, 05:07 AM
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The Park International is only about 200 yards from Gloucester Road Station, which is served by three tube routes. Piccadilly Line goes there from Heathrow. There is a fair selection of restaurants and other stores in the neighborhood.

Although not fancy and with an uninspired breakfast, the hotel gives very good value. I stayed there in 2002 and will return 3 months from today. I booked online for 35.00 GB Pound a night for a single.

The web site is http://www.parkinternational.com/ They have an 800 number good from the US and answer emails promptly.

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Jan 2nd, 2004, 08:26 AM
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Thanks so much -- big help.
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Jan 2nd, 2004, 08:31 AM
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Got my booking (for April) at Millenium at Knightsbridge. Don't know much about the area, but based on messages here, it looked like a good hotel in a good location - 1 short block from tube station, Harrods and other high-end shops.
Booked it through Priceline at US$125/night.
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Jan 2nd, 2004, 11:33 AM
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This is one of my favorite hotels for the price - and a great location. This neighborhood has lots of cute restaurants, cafes and a couple of gourmet delis. A much better deal that the Park International - which is in a fairly tacky location, and last time I was inside was desperately in need of renovation.
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Jan 2nd, 2004, 12:08 PM
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We stayed at the Sloane Square Moat House hotel for a week in 2002. It was delightful and REALLY well located. The restaurant across the street-corner, The Oriel, is a fun place to grab a bite late at night or probably whenever. The rooms and bathrooms are small, but comfy and cheerful. The breakfast is included and VERY VERY good (you can use the buffet and/or order eggs to your liking, etc.) We got a rate of 75GBP per night, as I recall.
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