Tempted by low cost of Days Inn Hyde Park, anyone been there? Would like quiet, clean hotel for around 200 pounds or less in central area if any suggestions. Aster (Rick's recommendation) seems high. Thanks
As a local I can't really comment on this particular hotel other than it's not really Hyde Park, more Paddington. Sussex Gardens is home to a lot of cheap hotels. OK, but it wouldn't be my first choice of area to stay.
For cheaper accomodation look at the Premier Inn chain of hotels. They are all over town and popular with local tourists. You won't get cute or quaint but they are reliable, usually well priced and the beds are really comfortable.
I've never understood the appeal of the Aster, other than "Rick says". It really seems hideously expensive compared to other hotels
Like Emma, it wouldn’t be my first choice of area. It’s on a busy road so unlikely to be quiet. It’s Paddington, not Hyde Park, but that sounds far less glamorous! There are dozens of hotels in this area and most would be significantly less than £200 per night. It’s about 10 minutes walk to Lancaster Gate tube station. Some of the nearby smaller roads would be quieter than Sussex Gardens and there are dozens of hotels in this locale.
In the US anyway, Days Inn are individually owned and there is a lot of variation in quality. I learned this after ending up in a Days Inn that had bullet holes in the room next door and a slew of other shady things. I haven’t stayed in one since.
If you want a chain, I would stay at Premier Inn. We stayed in one in London for less than your price point. Prices are cheaper the earlier you reserve.
Loved my stay at Premier Inn Waterloo last April. Very convenient to trains, tube and walking.
Wow so glad I asked about Days Inn, thanks for honest and ptompt replys. My big oroblem is we are friends travelling together so need two separate beds. Wold like separstion so we are not too close together, hard in cramped hotel rooms. I keep reading Premier Inns are best for more budger minded but worried about a guarentee of separste beds. Aster house is so exoensive-- I guess as Rick stays there.
We are two friends travelling together, need separate beds. Premier Inn Waterloo only has a double bed and a sofa bed as a twin room. One of us would be in a sofa bed, not good.
We stayed in County Hall Premier Inn which is only a few blocks from Waterloo. There were two beds in our room so they do have them. It was my husband and I traveling together but we do not do double beds together well. I actually looked for hotels that had two beds as I have found that the designation of the size of beds is less consistent in Europe than in U.S.
We liked the hotel a lot. Not a lot of charm but our room was spacious and the hotel is well located. It reminded me of a Holiday Inn Express in the U.S. which is bland but predictable. I also chose it because it had A/C but in June the highs were in the 50s!
Ronnie, the sofa bed at Premier Inn may not be what you are picturing. It is a single bed. When not needed for use, they set it up as a day bed/sofa. When they know someone will be using it, they set it up as a bed. It is not the fold out variety we all dread.
When I have booked a premier Inn room I have been able to book twin beds, not a double and sofa bed, for two people.
The beds are true singles (3ft not 2ft 6in) and I don't remember feeling that the other person was too close, but everyone has different levels of sensitivity.
Emma Which Premier Inn did you stay in? Anyone know which Premier Inn is the best in London?
I have stayed in Premier Inns all over the country when I travel for work.
This link will take you to a list of their hotels in the central London area
The hotels at Waterloo and County Hall are very popular. They are very central right by the London Eye and Westminster Bridge, just across the river from the Houses of Parliament.
Google Image search “ Premier Inn twin rooms” and you will the various twin room layouts in their hotels.
I stayed in seven Premier Inns in the UK this summer (including the County Hall PI for 14 nights). Some of the rooms had two regular beds, but more of them had one regular bed and one sofa bed, As already stated, the sofa beds are not fold-out couches; they are single beds. I found them perfectly comfortable, but it's true that they are not as extra-comfortable as PI's regular beds. I've stayed in plenty of "regular beds" in inexpensive hotels that were less comfortable than sofa beds in Premier Inns. You have to be OK with a fairly narrow bed, though; they are basically single-bed size rather than double-bed size.
When I was researching lodgings for my trip to London last summer, I discovered that many of the Premier Inns in London especially in the area around St Pancras/Euston have remodeled their various properties and eliminated twin bed setups and also the occasional triple rooms. In many previous to London I had no problem finding them at PIs, but was disappointed to find you they had been converted to double bed setups. There are still some larger "Family rooms" with sofa beds though.
Emma thanks so much, did not know about Google Image. Thanks all for info on Premier Inns. Guess we could take turns on the small bed lol. Sounds like County Hall is good, I thought it was out of the way and was looking for Hyde Park. I just hope the County Hall Premier is quiet, TA reviews seem to say it is.
We had no noise issues at all in the 2 weeks we were there. The building seems to be well soundproofed. Our room faced west, as I recall. Of course, if you happen to have an extremely loud group in the room next to yours, or a family of door-slammers and shrieking children across the hall, that can be an issue in any hotel; there's a bit of luck involved.
I found the location of the PI County Hall even more convenient than I expected. I hadn't realized how walkable it was to the Imperial War Museum and the Churchill War Rooms, for example. And it's extremely handy to have access to the Underground lines serving both Waterloo and Westminster. You can burn a surprising amount of time inside the Underground if you need to transfer (there can be long walks involved), and with access to all those lines, you will not need to transfer terribly often. Note: The Waterloo Underground station sprawls; it is not so easy to find your way from inside the station to an exit convenient to the PI County Hall. It's trickier from some Underground lines than others. Given the option, I chose to head for Westminster rather than Waterloo.
Also handy is the Marks & Spencer Food Hall about 2 blocks away, plus some smaller shops. It's a busy area, so there are lots of fast-food places between the hotel and Waterloo Station or inside the station itself.
If it helps the best tube exit for County Hall from Waterloo station is the one on York Road, not the actual station itself. Waterloo has 3 tube lines, the Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee lines. The Bakerloo and Northern lines are nearest the York Road exit so if you follow signs for them you can't go too wrong. The Jubilee line is right on the other side of the station and it's a bit of a walk to County Hall but it's still nearer than Westminster station. This area has lots going on and very good transport links, including a number of useful bus routes. Use streetview to have a look around the surrounding area to get an idea of what it is like.