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Jan 20th, 2014, 09:06 AM
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LONDON: safe, fun budget hotel for college girls

My college-aged daughter and niece will be spending some time in London in early March.
I'm trying to find a hotel that is less than $200 per night and is centrally located, but also fun and safe.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Jan 20th, 2014, 09:37 AM
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They can stay in a hostel in London for a lot less money. They can also get a hostel with a private room and a private bath, which is what my college-aged kids did in London a couple years ago. They should be able to find plenty of well-located, well-rated and safe hostels with private rooms for early March.

I recommend that your daughter and niece research hostels on HostelWorld.com. My college-aged kids used this site to find many hostels in Europe and they tell me that the reviews of the hostels are quite accurate). Hostels are a great place to meet new friends, especially for college-aged people.
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Jan 20th, 2014, 09:45 AM
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I agree - if they want 'fun' accommodations, then a good hostel is what they'll want.
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Jan 20th, 2014, 09:46 AM
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as above http://www.yha.org.uk/
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Jan 20th, 2014, 09:56 AM
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Thanks!
I will check out the hostel site.
By "fun", btw, I meant neighborhood -- close to shops, restuarants, sightseeing, tube...
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Jan 22nd, 2014, 08:55 AM
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Dina, did they find something? The budget hotels I've been researching for that time period have quads, though don't know about availability. We like Bloomsbury area. We love the breakfast included places, and more friendly family feeling. I'll be visiting my daughter who's there this semester.

All pretty well reviewed on tripadvisor.com:

Celtic Hotel, Bloomsbury
Jesmond Hotel, ditto
Morgan Hotel, ditto
Ridgemount Hotel, ditto

Jesmond Dene, near King's Cross
Princess Hotel, ditto, recommended by her university

Lincoln House, Marble Arch area
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Jan 22nd, 2014, 08:57 AM
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King's Cross area is possibly the least desirable of these, from a walking at night point of view.
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Jan 22nd, 2014, 11:29 AM
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"King's Cross area is possibly the least desirable of these"

It really isn't.

If they're prissy about hookers, Marble Arch has now got far more of them. King's Cross is rapidly turning into the polar opposite of the (always inaccurate) cliches, with one of the world's great libraries, universities, an outstanding concert hall, galleries and newspaper offices tawdry dumps like Marble Arch can only dream of.

Now if they're offended by the possibility of bumping into Guardian journalists after the paper's been put to bed (personally I'd string them all up), they'd have my sympathy.

But tolerating such lowlifes is the price we pay for a free press.
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Jan 22nd, 2014, 12:27 PM
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Ha, flanner. Noted, and thanks for the clarification.
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Jan 22nd, 2014, 01:15 PM
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Jesmond Dene, near King's Cross>

Have stayed there a few times and a nice enough hotel but definitely not a fun one or in a fun area - tacky area, especially at night. Mice cheap hotel in a remote nothing to write home about area.
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 01:54 PM
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My college-aged daughter reports a fun student area in Camden nowadays, if that's a main criterion. Not as central, but not bad for public transportation. The only lodging I found around there was on airbnb.com, but I'm not a fun student.
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 03:38 PM
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http://www.astorhostels.co.uk/

the Astor private young hotels are legendary for being good for what a hostel entails - and is a great place to meet folks their age from all over the world.
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 03:38 PM
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I meant Astor youth hostels!
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 03:42 PM
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http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/london-holland-park

YHA - the offical Youth Hoselling Association for the UK and a member of HI Hostelling International has several London hostels including a nice one at Holland Park, in an appendage of an old palace and in wonderful Holland Park - peacocks and all. Smashing location in South Kensington.
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 06:00 PM
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ok thanks, everyone!

PalenQ that youth hostel is actually booked for her dates.

stoke bailey -- i will check out your places.
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 07:30 PM
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also --
any opinions about the Bayswater area?
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 07:36 PM
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Hi, Dina. I somehow read that there were four girls, so ignore my "quad" reference.

St. Athans Hotel near British Museum is another possibility, or look at Gower Hotel maybe, too. We've stayed at Arran House a couple of times, too, and my college age girls love it, bath down the hall and all; it shows up in guidebooks and so is a bit maybe overpriced and more likely to be booked. I found that earplugs improved my Gower St. overlooking room earlier this year. We walked everywhere from Bloomsbury, like back from Covent Garden late at night, and it's easy to catch a bus to Camden from there if they felt like checking that area out.

Generator Hostel is likely to be too young, hip, fun/noisy for us, but maybe for your girls?

Some young friends of ours loved their airbnb.com private room in London. The offerings there seem about as expensive as these hotels, though. Might be worth looking at, with careful attention to reviews.
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Jan 23rd, 2014, 08:23 PM
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Z Hotel in Soho may fit the budget, depending on the dates and is right in the heart of Soho/Covent Garden.

I'm a big fan of the hotel and the location but be warned.... rooms are roughly the size of a mini Cooper, so the two of them better really like each other!
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Jan 24th, 2014, 12:09 PM
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Let's Go Britain has the best IMO rundown of youth-oriented hostels and youth hotels of any source - go to your library and check one out - great critiques of various places - good and bad.
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We stayed in a hostel (which shall remain nameless) in Bayswater. The area is fine, and they would be fairly close to a few Tube stations.

Check for availabilty at the YHA hostels instead - Oxford St., London Central, and St. Pancras would work - or the Astor or Generator hostels mentioned by others.

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