London hotel with river view

Jan 26th, 2007, 07:07 AM
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London hotel with river view

I am getting overwhelmed looking on the web. Is there a hotel somewhere between Lambeth Bridge and London Bridge that has river views and is under $250 a night for early March?
Many thanks-
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Jan 26th, 2007, 07:12 AM
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there are several - but my rec would be the Marriott County Hall.
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Jan 26th, 2007, 07:54 AM
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UNDER $250 per night?????
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Jan 26th, 2007, 08:00 AM
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I've stayed in the County Hall in one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the Thames.

The cheapest rate I could find for ANY room there in mid-March was 269 POUNDS per night.

You might try londontown.com or get lucky on Priceline.

how about the Royal Horseguards?
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Jan 26th, 2007, 10:32 AM
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oh darn - I read that too fast and thought it did say £250 (not $250). Sorry

I dare say you will not get a river view for $250. Riverview rooms at Horseguards etc will be way above your budget - that's only about £126.

There is one south of the river hotel that comes up in the Westminster Priceline zone that has river views - but your chance of getting it are pretty slim.

Forget about a view and just get a nic room and walk or take a bus to the river . . . . .
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Jan 26th, 2007, 12:45 PM
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Swissotel The Howard has river views, its about £250 per night, near Temple station.
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Jan 26th, 2007, 01:45 PM
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I got the Royal Horseguards for June at 143.20 pounds per night on Travelocity (best rate I could find after an extensive search, including Thistle website). If you request upgrade to a river view room they might give it to you gratis or they might extract an additional 25 pounds per night. I've seen it go both ways...Don't wait until you get there to request the upgrade at the desk. Call or e-mail the reservation department.

This was for a deluxe triple room.
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Jan 26th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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There is a wonderful view of the river from the Tower Thistle - although it is further than you wanted.
We have stayed there several times and just been entranced by the continual coming and going of the river and its traffic.
Not sure about the current rates but they often have specials.
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Jan 26th, 2007, 03:19 PM
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The Tower does have great views - but I'm pretty sure their best rates are in the 150 GBP range. Maybe through laterooms.com or something you could do better. (BTW - it's no longer a Thistle - it is now part of the Guoman group)
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Jan 26th, 2007, 04:59 PM
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How many nights? Would you consider a holiday flat or do you definitely want a hotel?
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Jan 26th, 2007, 05:04 PM
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Can I just be the pale horse here? What exactly does having a view from your hotel window do for anyone? I sleep, get up, shower, go out, come in ,dress go out and don't spend a lot of time looking out my window. Am I missing something?
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Jan 26th, 2007, 05:34 PM
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Those few minutes of looking out my window in the morning and evening when I'm visiting a unique new place do a lot for me! While seeing something like the Thames fills me with excitement and anticipation, looking at the brick wall next door sort of takes the wind out of my sails. For me, having a view adds a lot to my overall vacation experience.

I'll never forget being on the 44th floor of the Westin in Seattle and watching the fog slowly roll in and encompass the Space Needle! I had such a great view of the lighted Needle from my bed the night before that I could hardly sleep thinking about the exploring I would do the next day.

Just my opinion...
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Jan 26th, 2007, 07:15 PM
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crazy: If that is what you want you can get it -- but not for anywhere near $250 in London.
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Jan 26th, 2007, 07:31 PM
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You're probably right. I was merely making a case for those who appreciate the value of a great view. My goal was to stay under $300. and I was able to do it. The OP will have to decide whether it is worth increasing their budget or continuing to search for a good deal. Where there's a will, there's usually a way...
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Jan 26th, 2007, 07:36 PM
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are you talking about $300 in Seattle or in London???
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Jan 26th, 2007, 07:55 PM
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Yes, Jody,(I think) you ARE missing something?
Then again, it's a personal thing about a view.
WE ALWAYS look for a nice view from the window,,,some people don't and that is fine.
But if you HAVE a view it's something to be appreciated , and often MAGICAL!
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Jan 26th, 2007, 08:04 PM
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In most cities like London your options for "magical" views is quite limited. London is pretty flat, and has few tall hotels.

Now, If you were in the Highlands of Scotland, or in the Alps - magical comes w/ the territory. But even in a city full of terrific views like San Francisco - the number of hotel rooms w/ great views is pretty small.
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Jan 27th, 2007, 04:45 AM
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Has anyone mentioned that the Thames is not the world's most glamourous river ? I'm not sure I'd pay a premium to look at it the few times I'd be in my room, but each to their own. Only the person themselves can deterine if the "view" is worth the price, regarding the Thames I'd say no, but that's my thoughts only. I like higher floors in hotels in general, simply to get away from street noises if nothing else. Views are great in many places (Hawaii for one) but I'd think twice about river vs. non-river in London.
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Jan 27th, 2007, 07:16 AM
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Lori -
You KNOW I'm with you on the views in Hawaii...LOL! Those come at a premium price as well, I'm afraid.

janisj -
My river view room at RH is 143.20 GBP exclusive of VAT so that would come to about...$330. (including VAT)? The OP will probably have to relax their budget a bit if this is important to them. For me, trying to find a triple room (with a/c) was coming to about this much everywhere I looked (that had character) anyway so I went for the view.

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Jan 27th, 2007, 08:11 AM
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You'll love the RH - hopefully your room is on the higher floors. I've stayed in riverview rooms there a couple of times that were more trees/Victoria Embankment views than wide views of the Thames.

Thought the top couple of floors are above the tree tops.
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