Go Back  Fodor's Forum > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page > London for Spring Break 2012 - Where to stay
Notices

London for Spring Break 2012 - Where to stay

Reply

Jan 11th, 2012, 01:07 PM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 111
London for Spring Break 2012 - Where to stay

I (40yrs.) am trying to plan a trip with my daughter (12 yrs.) and possibly my b/f (47 yrs.) over spring break in April. I have two issues:

1) if my b/f comes, I need a large hotel room with a king bed (preferably as he can be picky, lol) and at least a pull out sofa (preferable w/ divider but unlikely). Many of the hotel sites don't really give the square footage or layout of the rooms and with 3 of us, I want everyone to be comfortable.

2)The hotel rates seem outrageous! Like most people I'm sure, I'd like to stay in a central location - safe to travel / walk at night.... After reading some of the forums threads, sounds like Bloomsbury (Russell Square) is a popular location, I just can't seem to find anything that will meet our needs and is reasonable. I guess I just need to figure out where to compromise....

I'd like to stay around 200 pounds/night but not sure I can find anything good for this. I checked some year round rates at a few hotels and they don't get much cheaper if I went in Oct let's say. I'd prefer not to take my daughter out of school and her break this year starts April 5th.

Anyway, I haven't been to London since I lived there in 1984-1985 and I'm really excited to take my family for a tour!!!! I'm sure much has changed.

Thanks for your help.
Fishnlines29 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 01:14 PM
  #2
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,525
Look at Priceline. Many here use it to get good hotel prices.
Also, keep in mind B&Bs, there are many in the Bloomsbury area.

http://www.harlingfordhotel.com/booking.html
Michel_Paris is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 01:21 PM
  #3
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,248
£200/night is absolutely doable for a single room. Try Londontown.com, or smaller b&bs rather than large hotels (lots of suggestions here if you do a search).

Hotel rooms in London (and Europe in general), though, are generally much smaller than it sounds like you're used to. You might have better luck contacting a smaller hotel/b&b directly and asking for a triple room (usually one double/queen + a twin), but I'm not sure how likely it is that you'll be able to find a king.

Bloomsbury is my own favorite area to stay in (others here often recommend Mayfair, Victoria and South Kensington as well). I stayed at the Morgan Hotel a couple of years ago - it's very well located. The rooms are small compared to US hotel rooms, but as I said, that is not at all unusual for London. Their web site indicates that they have a triple room that will be within your budget.

http://www.morganhotel.co.uk/price_list.html
jent103 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 01:30 PM
  #4
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 7,525
Another that fits into your price range, very nice place, good location.

http://www.theetoncollection.co.uk/c...spx?pageid=410
Michel_Paris is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 01:31 PM
  #5
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 111
Thankyou Michel and Jent for the the suggestions.. I think "Triple room" is a key term I just learned. I will look into these!
Fishnlines29 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 01:42 PM
  #6
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 5,132
OK, first the bad news!
King beds are rare in the UK.
The majority of beds in hotels are doubles (4' 6"). A single bed is 3' wide.
Less common are queen beds (5' wide) and sometimes these are described as kingsize.

I plugged in your dates and if you're prepared to prepay you can get the Novotel Tower Bridge with a queen bed and a sofa bed for around $200 a night.
Weekend nights are usually cheaper at Novotels.

Travelodges have smaller rooms and usually double beds but are cheaper.

Priceline doesn't guarantee 2 beds and usually only works for 2 people prepared to share a bed.
sassy_cat is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 02:06 PM
  #7
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 111
Thanks Sassy...
Fishnlines29 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 02:17 PM
  #8
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,664
Generally, what Americans call Queen beds are referred to as Kingsize beds in the UK. Very occasionally I've found larger (US King) beds in some pricey business hotels, but it's not the norm, especially in London where average hotel rooms are too small to fit such large furniture in.

What's a "divider" - translation please?

Forget Priceline, you can search for rooms for more than 2 people per room on http://www.laterooms.com/
Gordon_R is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 02:33 PM
  #9
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,248
One other idea, if space is extremely important and you'll be staying for several nights, is to look for an apartment. I haven't rented one in London myself and I'm not sure how likely it is that you'll find one in your budget, but there are many, many threads here about London apartments. Wouldn't hurt to look through them.
jent103 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 02:35 PM
  #10
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 111
Thanks Gordon, I just meant like a little separation between the adults and child... We do not normally all sleep in the same room as it's my b/f, not my ex(her dad)
Fishnlines29 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 02:40 PM
  #11
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 111
Thanks Jent, I've thought of that, I'm just not sure they come with everything? Towels, sheets, etc... We're coming from the US
Fishnlines29 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 02:59 PM
  #12
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 19
We have just booked here,
Seems very reasonable and close to everything
Approx 100 pound/night

http://www.parkgrandlondon.co.uk/index.php
Samo64 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 03:05 PM
  #13
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 4,248
I'd be surprised if they didn't, though I suppose there might be a few. The one I rented in Rome came with everything furnished. They usually rent to tourists who don't feel like lugging their linen closets with them.
jent103 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 03:32 PM
  #14
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 7,083
Yes, apartments come with linens, towels, dishes, utensils, pots and pans. Here's one site with many reasonably-priced listings in London: www.rentals.chslondon.com. Another good site with lots about renting self-catering accommodations in Europe is www.slowtrav.com. It has reviews of rentals and rental agencies.

London isn't terribly walkable. No one location is central to all sights. So you will be using public transportation. (Search this forum for the many discussions on Oyster Passes, travelcards, and 2-for-1 tickets.) Generally stay north of the river in a one-digit postal code (SW2,WC1, etc.) These are more or less in the center of London.

Speaking of walking, look at www.walks.com. London Walks offers a wide variety of walking tours as well as some all-day excursions.
Mimar is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 05:03 PM
  #15
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 59,830
Samo64: "Seems very reasonable and close to everything"

Sorry but that hotel is not 'close to everything'- not actually close to much except Paddington Station and Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens.

Fishnlines: Unfortunately Priceline isn't an option since it only deals in doubles. Though for the same sort of pay-in-advance-discounts you can use Hotwire. Your budget is quite generous for an apartment, but the problem is you are traveling so soon and many flats book up weeks/months in advance.

Laterooms.com and Londontown.com are good sites for hotels.
janisj is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 05:34 PM
  #16
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 57,643
The OP is looking for a triple room I believe. There are a couple of problems - most rooms have one double bed and no room for anything else. And don;t order a "cot" for your daughter since that is British for a baby's crib.

Some room will have queen size beds - I have seen VERY few actual king size beds in europe except for a few very upscale hotels (as in $600-700 per night or more).

You need to look for a family room and probably accept that the best you can do is 2 double beds.
nytraveler is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 06:29 PM
  #17
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 8,212
We had a great experience booking a London apartment through www.londonconnection.com They have several properties that would be in your price range; a one bedroom with a sleeper sofa would work if a two bedroom is not available. You can search availability by the number of people who will occupy the place.
The company is based in the US and all staff were very friendly and easy to work with in making arrangements. We booked airport transport with their driver and that was excellent, too. They do have agents in London to meet and orient you to the apartment and to be available if needed. We wound up being stuck behind the volcanic ash cloud and the staff was great, took good care of us.
The apartments are fully furnished, including linens. I would not wait to reserve, though, as their places tend to book up fast.
Seamus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 07:27 PM
  #18
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 19
That may be so Janisj but what is that is of a reasonalble rate

Some reviews from Trip Advisor below

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_...n_England.html

Fishinlines29
Here is a Very Good Link to what you may be looking for

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotels...nd-Hotels.html
Samo64 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 11th, 2012, 08:47 PM
  #19
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,769
The Morgan does have some apartment suites. You can Google the hotel.
carolyn is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jan 12th, 2012, 08:48 AM
  #20
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,131
Hi,Fishnlines29.

I found the base2stay in Kensington to be a very comfortable hotel with an easy tube connection to Heathrow. The hotel service was superb, as well. The tube is very close, but I loved my walks all over London back to the hotel... from Piccadily, the City, Notting Hill, etc. There's so many wonderful buildings to see, walking is half the fun.
http://www.base2stay.com/kensington-london/the-hotel
Highly rated at tripadvisor.com, which is how I found it. They have a deluxe room that might appeal.

Also, I was looking at the London Melia White House for 3 adults last spring because my company had a corporate rate--but I didn't stay there. Location is near Regents Park. Maybe a Londoner can chime in this location near Regents Park and the Great Portland STreet tube stop.
http://www.melia-whitehouse.com/en/m...ite-house.html

Good luck with your search!
ChgoGal is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 07:39 PM.