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Old Feb 20th, 2005, 12:43 PM
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London - Getting started trip planning help...

I will be going to London around the very end of September into the beginning of October for about 5 days. I plan on seeing a West End show, attending an event at the Dorchester hotel (the two biggest events of the trip) among other touristy sites like Buckingham Palace, Harrod's etc...

Therefore, what are suggestions for hotels that will be close enough either to walk or take the tube/other forms of public transportation. I will be splitting the hotel bill with a friend, and our price range is that combined, we do not go over $200 per night for the room. Our preference would be to spend between 50-100 dollard per night per person.

Could someone site any hotel names as to where I could begin my search? There are of course a plethora to choose from. All we need for the hotel room are the basics. A bed and a bathroom. No spiffy accomidations are needed. Just as long as it is clean...

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Old Feb 20th, 2005, 02:46 PM
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do some browsing at londontown.com, they offer a wide range of choices by neighborhood and by price.
Then contact the hotel and ask them to honor the same price, most of the them will.
do a search here on a simple hotel called the Claverley, or maybe it's Claverly. look for it by searching here and at tripadvisor.com, can't remember where i read about it
i've read pluses and minuses, but the negatives aren't very serious ones
location is excellent, a few blocks from Harrods and i'd guess it's a 20 minute walk at most to the Dorchester
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You'd be close to transportation almost anywhere in London. Some of the more popular and convenient areas to stay are South Kensington and Mayfair. S. Ken is close to Harrod's and many museums and the area's tube stations (Gloucester Rd. and S. Kensington) have 3 lines intersecting so they're very convenient.

Nike has provided good information regarding scouting hotels and then contacting them directly - often you can get even a better rate that way rather than using a booking site.

You could also read up on Priceline as a means of getting good hotel deals.

A few hotels I've stayed at in S. Kensington are the Regency and Jury's Kensington (across the street from each other). Both are quite nice and a twin room would be within your price range - breakfast isn't always included in the rate at Jury's, though.
Also, the Rembrandt is nice - right across the street from the V&A Museum and a block's walk to Harrod's - but it may be a little pricey for you.
Another area that's popular is Bloomsbury, around the British Museum, although it's perhaps not as convenient.
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I will be staying in London with my 21yo daughter for 8 nights from 26 August and have booked online with the Caesar Hotel right in the heart of London. The rate was $195 OZ dollars per night for a twin room, payable upon checkout but reserved with credit card...rooms are very modern, not a floral chintz in sight and sounds like great location...check the Caesar out online. Cheers!
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P.S. I, too, got the quote from, and booked through, Londontown.com after having gone to several different websites and reading the very favourable reviews about this place.
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I would advise you to do some surfing. Prices differ no end. Some charge pppn and others charge per room. There are plenty of hotels in the Bloomsbury Square area which is within walking distance of the main shopping/theatre areas and charge reasonable rates.
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