London B&Bs

Old Mar 11th, 2013, 10:12 AM
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London B&Bs

Hi all -
We're traveling to London in June and would like to stay at a B&B in Bloomsbury. Any recommendations? We have contacted the Ridgemount Hotel, the Jesmond Hotel and the Morgan Hotel and they're all full for our travel dates. There are two of us traveling and we would like an en suite room, maybe that adds to the difficulty of finding lodging.
If we can't stay in Bloomsbury, we are looking at Chelsea. Anyone have any experience staying in Chelsea?
Thanks so much!
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Old Mar 11th, 2013, 10:35 AM
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First of all none of those are "B&Bs". They are budget hotels that include breakfast and some call themselves a B&B but they are really hotels. So is that what you are looking for, or do you want an actual Bed & Breakfast?

All three of them book up far ahead because of their locations and because they are better than much of the competition. A similar property is the Arosfa (which also calls itself a B&B ) http://www.arosfalondon.com/

A little cheaper than the Morgan, it also tends to book up early.
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Old Mar 11th, 2013, 11:30 AM
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The lodging designation varies in London- it's not rigid at all. I called them B&Bs because that's how they are listed on tripadvisor.com, though I think the Ridgemount is listed under hotels. Anyway, I used one label to simplify things. The Arosfa was also sold out- forgot to include them. Thanks for the recommendation.
We've booked at The Alhambra Hotel which lists itself as "Bed and Breakfast in Kings Cross" but it is in the hotel category.
Thanks to all. I'm signing out of this inquiry. Best.
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Look also at "London Guest House" on Google - B&Bs are small hotels that let 1-5 rooms; Guest Houses are 6-10 room lessors but are separately categorized in the UK. In the US, we'd still call them B&Bs.
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>><i>In the US, we'd still call them B&Bs.</i><<

None of the places roissy mentioned would be what most Americans think of as B&Bs. In the States B&Bs are usually posh places (or semi-posh) w/ wine and cheese in the evening and an oh so rarefied atmosphere.

The places in this thread are NOTHING like that and and bear no resemblance to B&Bs in the rest of the UK either, which are generally private homes w/ 2 or 3 rooms for rent.

That is why I asked what sort of place the OP really wants - a B&B (American Style), B&B (rural England style), or budget hotel w/ a breakfast room in the basement (London Style).

But it looks like he's taken his ball and gone home . . .
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