This is my first try at the Travel Forum; could anyone suggest a moderately priced room near the Brooks Guest House? Our tour starts there on the 14th but all rooms are booked for the 13th. Thank you. Dawn
Dawn, what tour is that? Isn't the Brooks Guest House in Bath?
Oops! You're right, my mistake. We need a room in Bath. Sorry.
Blast! Please disregard my last entry. Yes, Brooks is in Bath, but as we are arriving a day early and Bath is booked up, we thought we'd stay in London the night before.
In London I like the Lime Tree Hotel on Ebury St near Victoria Station. It's easy to get there from Heathrow by taking the National Express Coach which arrives just literally around the corner from the hotel so you have less than a block to walk. It looks like they have availability on May 13.
I also did a quick look in Bath if you decide you want to stay there. There is availability at Henrietta House where I stayed on another RS tour and is now a part of the Radisson chain. There are also vacancies at the Premier Inn which is a reliable chain in UK. I did NOT look to see if they had a minimum 2-night stay which some hotels in Bath do on the weekends.
dssbg54, did you contact the hotel directly by email? If you tried booking online, they might have rooms blocked for early arriver's that won't show up on a booking site. The whole city of Bath can't be booked up 7 months in advance. Where are you looking for this?
Just staying in London one night, I'd just stay at one of the airport hotels, maybe visit Windsor. Take the National Express bus from airport to Bath.
Re: the Lime Tree in London. We like it too, but you have to know that it's an old, narrow building with no lift. We had room #21, which I thought would be 1st or 2nd floor, but it was 65 steps up the narrow staircase. I counted them each time we went up and down.
Premier Inn County Hall. Next to the London Eye.
Across the Thames you’ll see Parliament and Elizabeth’s Tower.
Better yet as the train to Bath goes from Paddington Station try 63 Bayswater. 10 minute walk from Paddington Station. 63 is across the road from the Lancaster Gate entrance into Hyde Park. 5 minutes from Lancaster Gate tube station.
Fair price for London, breakfast included and there’s an elevator.
Thank you for the info. I'm not fond of "tech", hence the belated reply; but I do appreciate the suggestion and will look into it.
No, I was mistaken about needing a room for the 13th being in Bath, we'll be flying into London and spend the night there.
Thanks for the 2nd recommendation for the Lime, and especially the details of the 65 steps!
Thanks for the information. Breakfast is a nice addition, and an elevator, after a long flight and day of walking!
Just a suggestion, but my sister took this tour a couple years ago and she went from Heathrow to Reading via train. She stayed at a Premier Inn that night and next day took the train to Bath. It helped with the jet lag. I did the England tour last year and I went to Bath the day before the tour and stayed at the Premier Inn as the Henrietta House was booked. It was a typical PI-reasonable, not fancy, with a fairly good restaurant. Next day I took a taxi to the tour hotel. BTW, I was not impressed with the Henrietta House. The bathroom in my room was great, but the shutters on the windows had missing slates and so I had to dress in the bathroom. Not a big deal, but that as well as the staff not being very friendly did affect the impression I got of the hotel.
Correction: she took a bus from Heathrow's Central Bus Station to Reading. This avoided her having to go in to London and change to a train from there.
If you change your mind and go directly to Bath, rather than backtracking into London, the Premier Inn City Center is a good hotel. (I've stayed there twice). It's less than a half a mile walk to the Brooks Guest House.
I checked and they have rooms available.
Dear Laurie and Frank II,
I've been out of state for a few days, sorry for the belated reply.
Thanks for the info. It helps so much to hear from those who have "been there".
The train to Bath (Bath Spa) departs from Paddington. I suggest you make it easy on yourself and choose a hotel near Paddington Station for your one night in London. You can take the Elizabeth Line from Heathrow to Paddington Station.
Take a look at the Pilgrm Hotel ( spelling correct).
It is a new-ish Boutique hotel very near Paddington Station. When Inwent to the website just now, a pop-up offered discounts for April and May bookings.