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Compare Four London Hotels

Hi! My wife and I will be in London late June 2016. We're looking at Rick Steves' London guidebook and are trying to decide between four hotel choices: Bakers Hotel, New England Hotel, Cherry Court Hotel (these three near Victoria Station), and The Gate Hotel (in Notting Hill). What recent experiences do you have with these establishments? Any recommendations or warnings?
Thanks. Will

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3580 posts

I don't have experience with any of those hotels. I do have experience staying in the two areas. I prefer the Notting Hill area. It's reasonably close to Paddington Station and Kensington Gardens.

Posted by
9363 posts

I think the only people who could properly compare them are people who have stayed in all four.

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45 posts

I can´t make a comparison because I only stayed at the Cherry Court, and I love it! But I can give you some kind of review of it:

PROS
Friendly family/staff, beautiful small building, super clean, great location/neighborhood, felt safe even at night, close to the Victoria station: easy to go anywhere, nice but simple room (my bed was confortable), Great value/price, air con, TV. If you are in the RS travel style this is a great pick

CONS (if some of the items below matters to you, it wasn't a big deal to me)
No hot breakfast (you have an electric kettle in your room and receive a simple basket (banana, orange, artificial juice, cookies, etc.), no lift (some rooms are up to four levels), the shower can be a little temperamental at the start but worked very well (excellent hot water), small room.

I would definitely go there again if I return to London. Great place!

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933 posts

Please consider the Limetree Hotel, it's 2 blocks from the Victoria Station and the breakfast is really good. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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796 posts

Frankly I wouldn't be caught dead in any of the 4. I understand you are looking for less expensive places. Might I suggest something better than these 4 and yet cheap? Ibis Styles London Southwark Rose ( www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-7465-ibis-styles-london-southwark-rose/room.shtml ) or the Premier Inn Kensington ( www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/greater-london/london/london-kensington-earls-court.html ).

We stay in much pricier London luxury hotels but have recently visited friends staying in these two and they are better than the 4 you are asking about.

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45 posts

Thanks Terri Lynn, but I guess the original poster is looking for something more affordable. Your recommendations are not exactly "cheap" when they have rates 3-4 times higher than the poster's original four. Well, anyway, if the original poster have the budget is good to have other upgrade choices.

Anyway, as you won't be caught dead in any of the 4, I won't be caught dead either expending 3-4 times $$$ with such a great experience I had with the Cherry Court ; )

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I think this is where the value of third-party sites like Booking.com comes in (I assume these hotels can be found on those sites). Instead of relying on a much narrower population on this Travel Forum to provide a critique, check out the hundreds of reviews of these hotels on third-party sites (I prefer Hotels.com and Booking.com since all reviews are from folks who have stayed there). I think there will be enough written to read between the lines and help you decide which hotel best meets your needs. Best of luck.

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WOW, jugadorbasquetpc2k12 you must have got a REALLY cheap deal at the Cherry Court. Did they pay you to stay there? You say that the Kensington Premier Inn in Earls Court is 3 to 4 times as expensive as what you paid at the Cherry Court? Frankly I don't believe you, or maybe you know the owner. I see dates on random days in the middle of June as the poster asked for at £49 pounds a night at the Premier Inn Kensington in Earls Court, the one suggested by Terri Lynn.

For you to be telling us that you paid 1/4 to 1/3 of that for a place you would want to stay at in London is not credible. Did you pay between £12.50 and £16.50 a night, jugadorbasquetpc2k12??!!??,

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I agree with Terri Lynn that Premier Inn is a good choice. Also look at their other locations. Premier Inn London County Hall is a good location. For Premier Inn London Southwark Tate Modern I found a price of $99. per night, which is pretty good for London.

Both locations are excellent because you can walk to attractions and pubs. Transportation options are excellent. Tube and buses are nearby. Both locations are ideal for a stroll alongside the River Thames.

However, I do not like to see anyone "cutting down" the hotels recommended by Rick Steves in his guidebooks. I do not like to see anyone "put down" someone else because they enjoyed a Rick Steves tour, or because they enjoyed a trip to Europe sticking to a budget. That's bad form, to rain on someone's happiness when they say they had a great vacation, and someone else puts down their vacation by saying that unless they stayed in 5-star hotels, they are inferior. A poster who USED to post here did that. They were not criticized for liking posh hotels and traveling in style (as some people here thought.) No poster on here was EVER criticised for preferring expensive hotels. They were criticized for making others feel bad about their budget or mid-range cost vacations. In other words they were saying, "We stay in very expensive hotels, lead a luxurious lifestyle, and if you don't, then eat dirt. We're better than all of you Ricksters who enjoyed your cheap, miserable little vacations." Bad form, also, to criticise Rick, his tours, his books on a website he hosts and foots the bill for.

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27718 posts

Now looking back at that post just above to jugadorbasquetpc2k12 , it doesn't come out sounding very polite. I'm sorry about that. But those figures are just so unbelievable.

I'm glad to see Terri Lynn back giving help, even if it comes out sounding a bit rough from her too.

So jugadorbasquetpc2k12 how much did you pay?

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Nigel, you are right and wrong. As the hotel have a dinamic pricing system, I chose a random date so I got an aprox. 3-4 times the price. But, I did the same again, and this time I selected the same dates I was in London at CC, and comparing actual prices at CC with the Premier Inn, it would be twice the price (2x) expensier in the PI, (not 3x-4x). The thing is that the CC have all-year long same prices rates, and the PI have the dynamic pricings. So, in my dates it would be twice expensier, but in another dates it can be 3-4 times expensier.

There is also a flex rate and a saver rate at PI. In CC everything is flex. You pay on location and can cancel. In the saver rate in PI you need to pay in advance with no refunds.

BTW, I only stayed at the CC once for three nights, and I don't have any interest to endorse any location in particular. I just gave my two cents' opinion based on my experience there back in 2014

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4996 posts

Expensier? Actually, as a former linguist, I rather like it.

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4996 posts

Not at all! One of the joys of language is how creative it is!

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Hi
The Premier Inn County Hall is at the London Eye on the South Bank. I have stayed here twice. It's basic cookie cutter chain hotel, the prices vary depending dates, or a package. I think the kids would like the location and feel more comfortable at this family friendly hotel.

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I've stayed at the Cherry Court with their fruit basket breakfast. It was nice enough, clean, affordable. I prefer the Lime Tree Hotel on Ebury, because I enjoy the English breakfast experience. Lime Tree staff was a bit friendlier and offered to help with sightseeing tips.