london hotel recommendations please for

Sep 24th, 2002, 03:40 PM
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jj
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london hotel recommendations please for

Staying in london in october for 8 nights and would like to find a hotel "in the middle of things". Wife has mobility issues so elevator is a must. Nothing too "sterile" please. And after your recommendation...on which website do you prefer to book?
Many thanks.
 
Sep 24th, 2002, 04:13 PM
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Timely you should ask - - using that particular price point.

http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessages.jsp?fid=2&tid=31316491

features info about a recent article which appeared in the LA Times and originally in the Chicago Tribune.

Full text here:

http://www.travel-board.com/index.php?board=2;action=display;threadid=283

Best wishes,

Rex


 
Sep 25th, 2002, 01:48 AM
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I'd suggest you try this site for hotel comparisons and discounted rates. Good deals abound.

www.londonrooms.biz
 
Sep 25th, 2002, 05:48 AM
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Another great website for hotels in London is:
www.smoothhound.com
Discount rates and you can see photographs of the property before you make a decision. The site also breaks down the selections by neighborhood.
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 03:20 AM
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Thanks to all of the suggestions. Give me the weekend to look into all of them and I'll be back!
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 04:09 AM
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The hotels featured in the Chicago Trib and later in the LA Times article are at your price point. Unfortunately, as it is pointed out in the article, they for the most part, do NOT have elevators.
 
Sep 26th, 2002, 12:25 PM
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Sep 26th, 2002, 12:37 PM
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As others already mentioned that article recently printed is an excellent source of information for hotels in your price range. I read it carefully and do recall at least one place that has an elevator and is "in the middle of things". It's the New England Hotel --- website is http://www.newenglandhotel.co.uk/home/homepage.htm

 
Sep 26th, 2002, 02:31 PM
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I don't know where my earlier reply to this thread has gone.... But the gist of it was that you might be able to find special rates at Grange and/or Raddison Edwardian Hotels that would be within your price range and also have elevators. Both groups have their own webistes, and I've seen good rates on londontown.com and smoothhound.com, as well as some other London booking sites.
 
Sep 28th, 2002, 08:05 AM
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jj,

Re-read the article by Carolyn McGuire, "London's Best Hotels for $150 or less" and in addition to the New England Hotel found a couple others she mentioned with an elevator.

Cranley Gardens Hotel --- in the South Kensington area
www.cranleygardenshotel.com

Gresham Hotel --- author admits that some might classify this place as a business hotel and so this may be more "sterile" than what you're seeking.
www.thegreshamhotel.activehotels.com

For the time of year you'll be in London, A/C is not an issue. Others should note that most of the hotels discussed in this article do NOT have air conditioning.
 
Sep 28th, 2002, 09:42 AM
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I stayed at the Russell Hotel in the Bloomsbury area two weeks for 102 pounds. I found the deal directly on their website. The hotel is a beautiful old hotel and is centrally located. The British Museum is just down the road and the tube stop is right near the hotel. The room wasn't huge, but clean and suitable for my needs.
 
Sep 28th, 2002, 11:53 AM
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We stayed at the Chelsea Green for five nights over two weekends. This place should be sold out every night, for the value alone. It is in a quiet neighborhood of Chelsea (really So Ken), less than five minutes walk from the So Ken tube. There are outstanding restaurants everywhere within a 10-15 minute walk. It is a 4****, with A/C and lift. We had a suite reserved for 150 GBP per night(which would have been a good deal), but then found the same room on laterooms.com for 110, a week before we left. They honored the rate! It is practically new inside, a beautiful conservatory for breakfast, free paper in the morning, and the suite was very nice sized for two. We arrived on my wife's birthday, and at my request, they had balloons strung up and flowers on the bed. Value like this in London is nearly impossible to find. Can't recommend it enough.
 
Sep 28th, 2002, 12:25 PM
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Sightseer, thanks for the information about the Russel House -- it sounds wonderful.

I've been staying at the Strand Palace -- you can't get more centrally located and the price is under $150. It's big but not sterile, and you walk right out onto the Strand. There are elevators and all the conveniences of a big hotel.

The front entrance has about seven steps up to the lobby, but I believe the side entrance is level -- best to check with them to be sure.
 
Sep 29th, 2002, 04:10 PM
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