Need London Hotels Advice

Aug 17th, 2006, 08:09 AM
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I would also vouche for buses. It is very mobility friendly, and as janisj pointed out, there are bus lanes in critical (ie gridlock-prone) parts of the city. Another advantages are you can look outside, and you're less likely to get disoriented.

I really wouldn't worry about A/C. It is very rare to have 30C+ "heat wave" in late Sept. Maybe a pleasantly warm weather (hopefully).
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Aug 17th, 2006, 08:37 AM
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Thank you all for your replies...sounds like AC won't be much of a problem. I will check out the Rembrandt. Any other hotel suggestions that fall within the price range I mentioned? Can anyone answer my question about being able to get a specific hotel from priceline or do you have time to check it out and think about it before accepting a counter bid?
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Aug 17th, 2006, 10:49 AM
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twint31, unless Priceline has changed since I last checked them out, you don't get to know the identity of the hotel before accepting the bid. If you go onto biddingfortravel, you can get an idea of hotels that people have gotten on recent bids in given areas, but getting a given hotel yourself is by no means guaranteed. Once you agree to the counterbid, you get whatever hotel happens to be offering excess inventory for sale, in the particular zone of London you have picked, and which is rated to be of your requested star category. Note that Priceline isn't a sure thing - there may not even be any excess inventory going for the dates and the zone you have in mind - hotel inventory is a very fluid, changeable thing. You can try P/L, but you can't count on it to always deliver.

Londontown might be a better alternative for you, since you know what you are getting in advance.

Prices on TripAdvisor can't be taken as definitive since people travel at all times of the year, including at times which are less popular than late September as you are doing. Less popular times, special offers, etc., can mean lower prices than what you've been quoted.
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Aug 17th, 2006, 01:24 PM
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Thanks Sue.
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Aug 17th, 2006, 04:26 PM
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Hi, in April we spent 3 nights in the Thistle Charing Cross. It was fantastic. Did the Priceline bid and got it for $95 per night, regular price is like $170.

The hotel is nice, right above Charing Cross station, but no noise. About two blocks from Trafalgar and a couple of blocks from the Embankment. Staff was really friendly and helpful.

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Aug 17th, 2006, 04:53 PM
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I was in London in the last week of September some years ago..and I had to buy some winter clothes because I freezed (not only me, which it's nothing special because I went from home and we were near 30 here in Spain, but a bulgarian on the room next door in our hotel freezed too ! )
I have a disability (well, more than one..hehe) and I'm unable to walk long distances or go up and down many stairs but in London there's no problem with buses. I also took taxis sometimes and yes, they are expensive.
I haven't tried the tube, but as janis said, usually the problem with underground trains all around the world is the have a lift or an escalator but no one tells you that you have to walk half the city when you're underground

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