London Lodging--Thistle

Old Apr 19th, 2005, 01:56 PM
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London Lodging--Thistle

My wife, 23 year old daughter and I will be in London in May for 4 nights. Someone recommended the Thistle Marble Arch--130 pounds per night for a 3 person suite. Is this a decent price? Is this a good place to stay? Can anyone recommend a good hotel or B & B which might be less expensive? Thanks!
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Old Apr 20th, 2005, 05:30 AM
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I did a quick search on various hotel sites I have used in the past for London. I wasn't sure which dates in May you are going, so I plugged in Memorial Day weekend May 26th-30th. Your 130 pound rate is lower than what the Thistle website offers. The Thistle hotel chain is nice for family vacation travel. I heard the rooms at this hotel are larger than the usual london hotel room. THe location of this hotel is good for tourists. I think you got a good deal. Other hotels I would consider are much higher right now.
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Old Apr 20th, 2005, 05:56 AM
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The reviews on tripadvisor.com for this hotel are quite mixed, and include a number of comments that the rooms not cleaned well, that there are long line-ups at check-in (hotel used by lots of large tour groups) and that service is bad. There are several other reviews indicating that users had a much more positive experience.

Unfortunately, 130 pounds doesn't buy you much in London, unless you bid on priceline. I've stayed in quite a few London hotels and, while I've had some good experiences, I've generally found that you don't start to get a really great hotel room until you're paying more than 150 a night (unless you've booked through a discount service or on priceline).

On balance, though, it sounds like you're getting a decent rate for a very conveniently located room/suite that's big enough for 3. You'll be taking a risk regarding quality of service, etc. If you can book the room and cancel it without penalty, I'd take it now and then shop around for a better deal).
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Old Apr 20th, 2005, 06:01 AM
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You had a previous Thistle thread with several responses here:
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34605056
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Marble Arch is pretty close to many of London's tourist attraction. We prefer to stay more in the Theater district (Soho/Mayfair). We just got back Monday from a week in London. We got The a room for two at the 4* Waldorf Hilton on Priceline for $115 (that's dollars not pounds). I have seen some others get that same hotel for as little at $105. You don't have anything to lose by trying Priceline in that discrict to see if you get lucky.
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Old Apr 20th, 2005, 06:08 AM
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STLDon - I was going to say the same thing WillTravel beat me to it.

If you can't find your earlier posts, click on your name and they will all display in the frame to the left. And if you want more input, you don't need to post a new thread, you can just top your previous one.
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Janis and WillTravel, thanks for the response. I was a first time user and could not find the earlier thread--so I thought that perhaps I had not posted it.

Aisle Seat--do you know if your hotel books rooms for 3 adults?
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I have no idea on the 3-to-a-room question. You might try the Hilton website and see what you get or just try for a 4* for 3 in the Soho/Mayfair district on priceline and see what comes back.

Actually at that price you could book two rooms. 1 pound is about $1.90 so 130 pounds in Marble Arch would equal $247. Compare that to $115 x 2 or $230.

What * rating is the Thistle? Does their price include taxes?
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Old Apr 20th, 2005, 10:55 AM
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London hotels on Priceline are double occupancy only, and they're very strict about that, with rare exceptions. Sometimes people have negotiated an extra fee of 30 to 50 pounds per night for the third person.
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We have a studio booked at the Citadines Trafalgar Square. Our internet only rate is 62 pounds. There are several Citadines Apart'Hotels in excellent locations in London. They offer one bedroom apartments that have sleeping quarters available in the living area. They also have a stovetop, microwave, refrigerator, utensils, and pots and pans.

The website is www.citadines.com; check their internet only rates.
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Old Apr 21st, 2005, 10:32 AM
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www.thistlehotels.co.uk
I've stayed at Thistle Hyde Park, just down Bayswater Road from Marble Arch. Great location opposite Hyde Park, and a very luxurious hotel, think Agatha Christie's "At Bertram's Hotel", as that's what it reminded me of. Also stayed at The Royal Horseguards, just down from Trafalgar Square on the river, which is also very good but I didn't like it quite so much. Other London Thistle Hotels are cheaper, but the Thistle quality is good wherever you go. I think you seem to have got a good rate for 3 people, so if they don't make you pay up front when booking, I'd go ahead and book, while noting their cancellation policy, and keep an eye out for other opportunities, just in case something better does come up. Bear in mind if you are there when it is what we Brits call a Bank Holiday weekend, prices will be higher. Bed & Breakfasts may well be a cheaper option, and could be worth looking into, but can't recommend any - sorry.
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I stayed at the Thistle Victoria a couple of years ago and loved it. We were in London for 10 days and stayed there the entire time ( booked in advance). I cant't remember how expensive it was though. The hotel is very old and the lobby was stunning. The halls were somewhat worn looking and I was worried on the way to our room but was pleased once we got there. Very clean, though small from an American standpoint, a mixture of old (12ft ceilings and thick moulding around ceiling and doorways) and brand new, the room must have been recently renovated. A continental breakfast was included and was very nice as well. The best thing about this hotel was it's location, for us anyway, because we were not going to rent a car. The Victoria shares a wall with Victoria station (no noise from all this though so it must be very well insulated). All the buses and trains go through here. Also, we had planned a number of escorted day trips that took us to Bath, Windsor, Stratford-on-Avon, etc. and those buses went out of a station only a block away. It made getting around London very easy and stress free! The hotel is on Buckingham Rd. and only a few blocks from Buckingham Palace too!
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