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Victoria Station Area Hotel in London

Has anyone stayed at the Luna Simone Hotel? Good, not so good?

Or how about another nice, mid level hotel in that area?


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Yes! I have stayed there back in 2012 and do recommend the hotel.....small, nice room & bath (to be expected) Nothing fancy but with modern amenities. No elevator--we were on the 4th floor--but not a hardship. Very clean....great breakfast served by the owners of the hotel!! Well run... Close to Victoria Station & Buckingham Palace--some good restaurants in the area, and also on a great bus line--all the things Rick Steves said and more! Book it! I can also recommend the London Elizabeth Hotel...but that is in a different neighborhood....just across from Hyde Park--if you are staying in London more than a few nights, you might want to try staying here as well for an experience in a different neighborhood....Have a great trip!

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I stayed at the "Lime Tree Hotel" that is a block away from the Victoria Station, I loved it but it is a typical "Rick Steves" hotel, very quaint, the breakfast was awesome and there's no elevator but the rooms where clean and large by european standards and it was perfect for seeing London, gettting around by the metro was easy. Here's the address:

Lime Tree Hotel
135 Ebury St.
London, England

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We stayed at the Best Western Victoria Palace in June and would recommend it. We stayed in the main building rather than the annex and had no complaints other than a balky shower door that a very friendly maintenance guy took care of. Our triple room was fairly cramped, but all was clean and pleasant, staff friendly and helpful. A few blocks from the station and a number of restaurants and pubs in the neighborhood. This hotel is also listed in the Rick Steves London guide.

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Stayed at the Lime Tree as well on the RS Week in London tour a few years ago. Really nice, quiet, good breakfast. Had a single room on the 1st floor up (2nd floor to Americans) which was very tiny but the bed was comfortable. Also stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Victoria, could see the Tower of London from my top floor room! Very friendly staff, decent breakfast, very affordable when I stayed there. It is a bit further from Victoria station (closer to the Pimlico tube station than Victoria) but still walkable.

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We stayed at the Luna Simone Hotel in May of 2013 and had a good time. We loved the neighborhood. The hotel is basic but clean. Our room was small. There is no air conditioning, which was not a problem in May. The twins who work the desk were fun and very helpful. Breakfast, which was included in the price, was basic, satisfying, and efficiently served.

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We stayed there in May in fourth floor twin room. Great stay and highly recommend as reasonably priced London hotel. Nice breakfast and great location.

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I wonder what it is like to stay in a hotel without an elevator. I think I did stay in a guesthouse like that in London, once, but I was 22 at the time. Do they have employees to help with luggage, or are you on your own?

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In almost all cases you are on your own. Reason #3421 to pack light. You schlep what you bring and not only in the context of lodgings.

Keep in mind that you will also need to manage your own luggage on and off public transportation, up and down stairs and in situations where no vehicles of any kind are allowed.

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Thank you. I remember my visits to London in the early 1980s, practically dragging a wheeled (and I use the term lightly) suitcase on and off the train from Gatwick to Victoria. It was no fun. I should start a thread on here called "packing horror stories."