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Blandford Hotel London for young female traveling alone?

My daughter will be 3 nights in London this summer. She's been there before but only when traveling with me. We've chosen the Blandford as the sites she wants to focus on this time are the London Zoo, The Sherlock Holmes Museum and the British Museum. She coming into St Pancras on the Eurostar and planning to walk to the hotel (2 miles). She's flying out of Stansted a few days later using EasyBus from Baker Street.

Based on her chosen sites and her transport in and out of the city, have we chosen a good hotel? I am just not very familiar with London. Daughter travels light, been to Europe numerous times but never solo. She's 21.

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It is always hard to find a hotel that meets our price/location/transportation etc.
In London.
I usually always stay a couple blocks from Kings Cross/St Pancras station.
Jesmond Dene Hotel (small hotel - more of a B&B) full english breakfast is extra.
I walk everywhere and it is so close to tube stops, trains, walking distance to British Museum (across Russell Square)
As a single woman traveling, I have always felt very safe in this area and at this hotel.
Check is out tripadvisor and their own site. If you contact them directly the price is a bit less than using a booking site.

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Decent neighborhood. Walking all the way down Euston Road after arrival from Paris isn't the most pleasant because of the noisy and very busy (24/7) traffic. Perhaps she could go through UCL and then stay a block or two south of Euston Road for the walk which would be much calmer. Or use a Boris Bike.

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Thanks for the responses. Nigel - I was hoping for better than decent. I was hoping for kind of charming...am I just dreaming? Do you have other recommendations? I looked at a ton of hotels. I'm willing to change the hotel but just couldn't find charming, located near her chosen sites.

My goals were that she stay in a busy area so that she can wander around a bit at night and be in the midst of restaurants, shops etc. No matter what you tell her, she'll end up refusing to ride the Tube, and she's happy to walk a few miles to avoid riding.

The Blandford is expensive at $200 per night - I'd appreciate other ideas in great neighborhoods for a quick visit.

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Would the Premier Inn Leicester Square be a much nicer area to stay? I see you all keep talking on other threads about the Covent Garden area but I don't see many hotels that are actually right there although it looks so nice.

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The Alhambra near St Pancras is fine. When I was taking an early morning train to Durham I booked there for an overnight. Quiet, clean, safe. Would stay there again.

Jesmond Dene hotel just up the road.

On the tube 10 minutes on the Metropolitan line to Baker Street. Or she can walk. Her preference.

She should include a stop at the British Library if she walks. The Treasure Room (Sir John C Riblatt Gallery) is impressive as is the library itself.

In route to the Zoo via the Broad Walk there is a nice small cafe. Was called the Cow and Coffee Bean when I stopped at it a few years ago. Hope it's still open and serving.

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Yes, it's charming. Well, charming in my book. A 21 year old--it's been a while since I've been 21, but it's a nice area. Plenty of young professionals about.

I love Chiltern Street and had a room that looked out over the Blandford when I stayed at the Sherlock Holmes. Marylebone's a great area and she can walk over to the Oxford Street area from there as well. Also, there's a Tesco Express on Baker Street near her hotel if she wants to pick up some snacks.

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Thank you for all of these messages. I've looked at more places and...wow...London is pricey. We found a fantastic hotel in Paris, which I admittedly know better, for about 100 Euros per night. I've nixed the St. Pancras area. I know it's a lot nicer than it used to be but this trip is a college graduation present and I want it to be pretty awesome.

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I was hoping for better than decent

Decent is pretty good - it isn't a negative remark.

I'd happily stay there.... It is close to Marylebone Lane, too....

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2118 posts

@Nigel - You can blame my mother for my misinterpretation. "Decent" is her go-to word when an opinion is required but she can't think of anything specifically nice to say. Glad to hear that it's a good spot. Based on prices I'm seeing elsewhere, I guess I'm going to stick with the Blandford.

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We just stayed at the President Hotel at Russell Square. It is part of Imperial Group. My 9 year old thought it was the fanciest place ever as the bell man carried our suitcase to our room for us. I can't recall travelling without my parents to a place with bell men. It was £238 for 2 nights.

It was large (80 rooms/floor) with fully staffed front desk, multiple restaurants and a good included breakfast. She will be among the youngest but she won't be hassled either. It's in the University College London area so lots of young people around. Right near British Museum but not Baker Street.