Where to stay in London?

Old Jan 31st, 2001, 01:50 AM
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Where to stay in London?

I'm going to London in April. Does anybody have a clue where to stay under GBP 100. So it couldn't be terrible as well.
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 02:11 AM
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If you are staying for a week or longer, an apartment is a very good alternative.
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 05:19 AM
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For accommodation in the UK, try www.smoothhound.co.uk. In London, you can search by postcode and by price band. You can check prices and facilities, get an online location map, and usually view an online brochure as well.
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 05:20 AM
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Hi Olga
you can do a search on this forum for
London hotel and find many suggestions.
I also have a London file which may be helpful; if you'd like to see it, email me.
Here are some websites
Great Britain hotels
www.smoothhound.co.uk low-cost accommodations
www.theaa.com accommodations in the UK via automobile club, includes Travel Inns
www.buac.co.uk low-cost on-campus accommodations at a selection of universities
www.kgp-publishing.co.uk B&Bs
www.b-and-b-online.com -
http://www.s-h-systems.co.uk /
www.dogpile.com Search hotel
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 05:48 AM
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I booked a hotel through smooth hound last year. It was in the Earl's Court area, near Kensington. There are scads of hotels there. I just want to tell you beware, as the hotel had bed bugs. We came back and developed terrible itchy welts a week later. Ugh. It was the Kensington Court. Avoid it!

Try the Bloomsbury area, if you have a choice. It's much more central than some of the outlying Kensington hotels that might seem appealing at first blush.
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 07:03 AM
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I stayed at the Garden Court Hotel last September. Here is the website: http://www.gardencourthotel.co.uk/

The lobby and front of the hotel are adorable! Very quaint and cute. The rooms are very clean but basic. I stayed in a twin room. The only thing I really didn't like was the shower. It was tiny and the shower curtain needed to be changed badly. However, they also have a shared bathroom in the hall (I guess some of the rooms are cheaper and don't have a bathroom in the room), and that bathroom in the hall was wonderful. It had a big tub and sliding doors on the shower. So, it might just be my room that had a cruddy shower.
Breakfast is included at the hotel, but don't expect large portions. It's more of a breakfast snack. There's a really good breakfast place though a few shops down from the Bayswater tube station.
The hotel is in Bayswater, not far from either the Bayswater tube stop or the Queensway tube stop. The location was great! There are lots of pubs in the area, lots of souvenir shops around (it's a pretty touristy area, lots of hotels in the area), always people walking around at night, so I always felt safe in this area. It's also very close to Portobello Road and Notting Hill. I would definitely consider staying in this area again.
Old Jan 31st, 2001, 07:07 AM
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I also almost stayed at this apartment-hotel when I went to London last September. It was on the back cover of Frommer's "London on $85 a day" last year. It looks really great: http://www.astons-apartments.com/
Hope this helps.

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