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Town Hall Hotel

I am considering staying at the Town Hall Hotel near the Bethnal Green type station.
I have ran the numbers in City tracker and it does not seam to be any longer in general to the standard tourist locations then pretty much all the other places in it’s price range £220 or so) for two separate beds. It says it is about 5min walk to the Tube station (a positive) and the Bethnal Green station does not have an Escalator (downside) And it has pretty large rooms and a small kitchenette.
So what is the downside? What is the neighborhood like?
What are other options in a similar price range (or less).
Keep in mind I don’t need a fancy hotel. Safe, comfortable, clean. I am just looking for a place to sleep. I have even considered staying at a cheep Holiday Inn type place.

Suggestions?

Thanks

Posted by emma
London
4013 posts

If you are looking for cheap and cheerful, and where many brits stay when they travel, have a look at the Premier Inn and Travelodge chains. They have hotels all over town and you should be able to get a room for less than £220.
Clean, modern often with a/c and very comfortable beds.

Bethnal Green is traditionally working class and immigrant area of town which has in the last 10 years gone very "hipster". It will never be described as pretty but it has an interesting history and a busy urban feel with a mix of old housing council estates and new build flat developments.
The town hall hotel fits into the hipster bit of that description.
I can't really comment on journey times to the sights because I don't know which sights you are interested in seeing? If you want to send alot of time in the south kensington museums its a bit of a hike.

Posted by Nigel
Northamptonshire, England
19505 posts

What emma says, but more diplomatically than I.

A huge WW2 tragedy was at the Bethnal Green tube station. Google for the details.

If I were choosing a place to stay in London Bethnal Green wouldn't be at the top of the list. I tended to go there during the day for special foods, not so much now. Maybe it is better where you are looking.

You will be quite close to the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Nothing wrong with a Holiday Inn by the way, especially if you can stay on points.

Posted by emma
London
4013 posts

Nigel it's positively trendy around the town hall these days! If cool and a little bit of edgy is what you are after its great.

I always feel a bit funny going into Bethnal Green tube because of that awful event in the war. Same at Balham tube station where it got a direct hit. History, so much of it sad, everywhere!

Posted by ramblin' on
Royaume-Uni
1240 posts

£220 is a decent budget which will get you a much more centrally located London hotel closer to the traditional tourist hotspots. Of course, you may want to be in the East End – a fascination with Jack the Ripper and the Krays perhaps?

Posted by Nigel
Northamptonshire, England
19505 posts

For that very reason, emma, I always took the bus into Bethnal Green, never the tube.

Posted by Alison
New Hampshire, USA
208 posts

If I go to grad school this Sept, I think I want to stay here when I get in a week early. Brand new build:

Acton Travelodge

Looks near both Tube and buses, with a grocery nearby, and located not far from Kensington Palace. I'd be willing to be one of the first to try them out :)

Posted by Nigel
Northamptonshire, England
19505 posts

Let us know how it goes. Acton wouldn't ever be my first choice - unless I was going to the deep storage area of the Transport Museum for their open day. Good luck...

Posted by BigMikeWestByGodVirginia
Almost Heaven
334 posts

That's what about $300? Seems like a lot but maybe that's just me. How about VRBO? Much better than a room but of course you have to do your research.