Hello. As a parent with a teenager, will be your typical tourists staying several nights in London and would like your recommendations on safe, friendly, 3-4 star hotels, which provide breakfasts and are near or within easy public transportation of major sights. I did look at Premier Inn London (Tower) Hotel as recommended on the forum and liked their accommodations yet question if it is too close to the business district. Would prefer a location west of this area (i.e. Westminster, Kensington, Paddington, etc.). Your experiences and suggestions are very much appreciated!
Take a look at Premier Inn County Hall or Premeir Inn Waterloo. We've stayed at PI County Hall and found it very central. We don't usually opt for including breakfast, but I think you can at PI County Hall. I'm not sure about PI Waterloo. Lots of U.K.families with kids/teens when we stayed.
When in London, we always stay around Bayswater/Kensington Palace area--west of central London. The Tube stops are right there, and you can get all over town easily. There are pubs and restaurants galore.
I now use Booking.com for most of my accommodations overseas--sorting for lowest to highest prices and looking for customer ratings that are substantially better than others in the same price point. I'll also read about the places I consider on TripAdvisor.com to see what's being said by customers.
If you post this question on the "England" board you'll likely get more responses. This board is for reviews of places someone has already stayed or eaten at.
I like Premier Inn County Hall as a relatively central location. You can do breakfast there, though there is a supermarket at Waterloo station as an alternative and several eateries along South Bank. In the little street behind County Hall, there are a few interesting places for breakfast - or were the last time I was there a few years ago.
What is good about this area? Near Westminster Abbey, the Eye, Borough Market. Across bridges to St. Paul's, even the Tower. Take a train from Waterloo to Hampton Court. Also, buses stop at the top of the street that go to Victoria Station, and you can walk across the bridge to the Westminster tube stop in case you need Heathrow.
When you are tired out and just want to stroll in the evening, South Bank let's you choose how much or how little you want to do.
I have stayed just down the street from the Premier Inn Kenningston.. its a great location. I stayed at the Nadler( which btw is a really nice little hotel and I totally recommend it.. but its gotten pricey.. however worth it.. little kitchenette was awesome and the duvets were comfy and the bathrooms were lovely and modern) .. anyways. the location is perfect. .walk less than 5 minutes to two great museums ( the Victoria and Albert and the Natural History Museum) and two tube stations so two lines( Earls court and Gloucester ) and two grocers (Sainsburys and Tescos)!! I am also a walker so enjoyed the walk to Kensignton Gardens and palace too.
We just stayed at the Premier Inn at Victoria Station...quick access to the tube which can take you to any site you wish to visit...also Victoria station is convenient as it is a coach and train station as well as a tube stop in case you choose to visit places outside London