Hotel in London

May 27th, 2012, 08:20 PM
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I have stayed at the Waldorf Hilton on Aldwych in Covent Garden several times. It is a wonderful location and a short walk to Trafalgar Square and leicester Square. Many theater houses nearby. You can walk anywhere from here or take a tube. Open top bus tour on the next block. You feel you are in "real" London at this location. LSE next door and Big Ben a short stroll down the Strand. I always feel more comfortable here compared to other chains I've stayed at because of the Hilton name and amenities. They are so quick to help you here. Very good service. very safe area too.
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May 28th, 2012, 09:34 AM
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Thistle group are ok, pretty good locations as long as you are sensible and don't go too far out, some nice old buildings albeit somewhat 'corporate' interiors, and in her budget. I stayed at Thistle Charring cross - excellent location over train station (nicer than it sounds, lovely old building, no noise) a spit away from Trafalgar square.
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May 28th, 2012, 11:11 AM
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While the Waldorf Hilton is certainly a pleasant, well-located hotel the cost is almost $500 per night - so won;t work for the OPs daughte.

And for someone trveling fro the first time - esp a young person, I really don;t thinkk the responsabiity and potential hassle of an apartment - versus the services of a hotel really make sense. Once someone is more more experienced they may prefer it - but I wouldn;t touch an apartment with a barge pole - I want a front des, concierge and 24 hour room service (I don't cook at home, why would I do so on vacation?)

I find Thistle and Copthorne Hotels - from the little I have seen - to be definitely a star less than they are rated (by US, not european standards), but the Morgan is in a convenient location and often has reasonable rates - is well worth investigating.
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May 28th, 2012, 11:47 AM
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July in London in expensive as others have said--especially this year with the Olympics. A good, safe budget chain is Premier Inn (various places, see their website), but they do get booked up. I also often stay at the Corus Hyde Park Hotel, within walking distance of Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express comes in). Tubes (Lancaster Gate & Paddington) & buses & a nice walk across Hyde Park to Kensington make it a very convenient base, but this year the prices have soared. You'll find some other good hotels near that one, but also some really awful ones!

You can also look to see if some student accommodation is available (I also often use this in the summer months). Try the LSE (London School of Economics) summer accommodation website, also google London University Summer Accommodation. Of the areas you list, Bloomsbury is best. Avoid Soho for a single woman, & Kensington is pricey. I also avoid apartments, unless ones in the student blocks (can include breakfast). Always check tripadvisor, but take the reviews with a pinch of salt!
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May 28th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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I will be staying at the Travelodge covent garden for about 29-90 pounds per night.
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May 28th, 2012, 03:04 PM
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Try Hilton. They have a few that are within your price point and some are near attractions and trains. We have a Doubletree Hilton booked at the end of June, so I am not speaking from experience, but I personally trust the Hilton brand.
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May 28th, 2012, 03:56 PM
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We stayed at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum in 2011. A room with two twin beds is advertised for this July 2-9th for 155 pounds per night which is equal to about 250 per night USdollars.

The hotel is near a tube station, was in a safe area and was a decent hotel. We stayed there with our teenage daughter's soccer team at the end of July 2011.
It says online they have refurbished the rooms. The rooms are tiny,but air conditioned and were clean and fine when we were there. We also had breakfast with our room which was a large buffet.
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May 28th, 2012, 04:25 PM
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Sorry, we stayed there July 2010!
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