I will be in London in October for 8 nights. I'm flying into LHR and am thinking that if I stay near the paddington station, I'll have an easy to/ from the airport with my bag. I bring a carry on with wheels and a backpack. It's not much, but I hate dragging it around. paddington station looks like an easy tube ride to the main touristy places (london eye, tower of london, Westminster abbey, etc). I'd reality like to keep the cost low, but I don't want a hostel. If I could stay around $100USD a night that would make me really happy. Any recommendations? I found the Cardiff, falcon, Shakespeare hotel online??
In the general neighborhood: check out No. 63 - https://number63.co.uk/. In a different neighborhood altogether, look at County Hall Premier Inn Southbank. No 63 is friendly and quaint - a B&B facing Hyde Park, The Premier Inn is cookie cutter, but well-located. I have stayed in both. Premier Inn is literally right at the London Eye and easy walking to either Tower or Abbey or many other places. No 63 will probably cost less. When I stayed at No 63, they insisted on feeding me when I arrived early in the morning as I had missed breakfast. They were v. friendly. I would stay at either again. Different experiences. If you are there for 8 nights, maybe No 63 would be more of a good home-base and less hotel-like. I got to join a visiting group there for breakfast. There is a pub next door, too for friendly suppers.
Go to Google Maps and type in Paddington Station for the city.. A map of that part of London will pop up with little bed icons for accommodations. Put your cursor over the icons, and the price pops up along with the customer ratings. You can find a number of hotels there.
We usually stay around Bayswater along the north end of Hyde Park. The Underground gets you anywhere in town quick from there.
Use any accommodation search engine (my favorites are booking.com and momondo.com). They will allow you to enter general area and price limits. Then you can see the options on a map and take your pick.
BTW. also check buses for a ride to the sights.
Why Paddington? LHR is well served by the Tube which will allow you access to more central hotels.
Look at The Falcon Hotel, 11 Norfolk Square, its a 5 minute walk from Paddington Station. The rooms are small, but very clean. Breakfast is included and good.
If you are going to be in London for 8 nights, don't let the idea of arriving and departing with a bag be the reason you choose one location over another. You need to choose a location that is central to most of the places you would like to visit. Many locations in London are near several tube lines.
I stayed at Premier Inn Waterloo when I was in London for a week last April. It suited my budget and my plans. I found it was a great location for me and it worked well. I knew that I didn't want a hassle when I first arrived. It was late, I was tired, and so I simply planned to treat myself to a taxi ride from Paddington to my hotel. I did exactly that and it was quite easy. On the way back to the airport, I chose to take the tube to Paddington and it was not difficult. It would have been fine to take a taxi as well.
I stayed in the Paddington area due to its convenience with the Heathrow Express, just this past April. I found that there are many boutique hotels to the south and to the west of Heathrow, stellar service, rows of them all along Hyde Park's area, but not the cheapest, but does feel safe. I stayed in Park Grand Paddington, got a deal for a few nights by booking far in advance. Then went to the Comfort Inn on Edgeware Road, to the east of Paddington. The hotel itself was really good, looked like a little nothing place from the outside but had a huge very comfy room, but also was in a neighborhood with many beggars and sirens at night. Prices were not $100/night, I tried to get a cheap room at a place called the West Cromwell Hotel in the Kensington area, but they were really dirty in ways that they tried to hide, dirty stuffing in a duvet cover instead of having an actual duvet in there, bad bed, so I left after one night for the Comfort Inn. All the suggestions about doing searches for places you've never been to, in order to get a certain price, was very bad advice for me. Much better to choose a reliable brand name that you know you like and can function well in, and be sure to have a credit card you can use to bail yourself out if you insist on trying a cheap place that is not reliable. I found it became important to take care of myself and increase my budget. In the future I'd probably either get a taxi out of Paddington to wherever I want to be, probably closer to the V&A if I could, that was an amazing place.
Also, Paddington Station had poor signage and is missing an entire wall, so it was difficult finding where the exit was, it was Very cold because of the missing wall, and took a long time to get an employee to tell me where the taxi area was, which was different from the front of the station area with the Hilton hotel. The gift shop and Paddington statue were on one side (no signs) near platform 1, and there was only a lift/elevator to get to an area where the taxis were waiting on the other side past platform 12, but no sidewalks to anything else up there. If I had it to do again, I might have studied the station's maps more, and had a warmer jacket for the wind tunnel.
Also there were buses saying they were going to Paddington, but really they stopped at a bridge and told everyone to get out where there were no signs to tell you how to get to the station. Turned out I had to go down loads of outside stairs to get to the Tube section of Paddington Tube Station, walk all the way through it to get to the overland train section of Paddington Station... not fun with suitcase even with wheels. In the case of Paddington, it was a real hardship every time I tried to do anything there without calling a taxi. Fortunately there were some friendly, helpful strangers who offered to take my bags up or down stairs when I looked teary-eyed enough :} Oy. It LOOKED so simple, get on Heathrow Express and poof, but it's more complicated. I also found the Heathrow Express was very difficult to find from my LHR terminal. Next time I'll ask my brother in law to come pick me up. This was my 4th trip there, I thought I might have known *something by now. I think the next time I'll take my own advice, stay in Windsor near LHR first, and then go where I want to go after resting up. The Windsor to Waterloo train goes WAY out of the way, but I think the other one is more direct, it's got 2 stations so it's important to do homework on that too. Oh well, it might be a while before I go again, so I probably have time.
Hope YOU have a great trip!
Thank you Allison. I'll keep your notes about the station on hand! Good to know info. I decided to spend more to get a better hotel. I loved at RS book and went with some of his recommendations. You're right... saving a buck isn't always worth it.
Yes, I found that if I could not really effectively function because of a sleepless hotel, then no amount of money savings was worth it. Already spending money to travel, need to also be able to function. :) I hope you have a great trip and post about it afterwards!