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Experience with London B & B or hotel

Week in London, Fall 2015--any experience with Rick's guide recommendations for:
1. Pimlico, Cherry Count Hotel/fruit basket for breakfast
2. Pimlico, Luna Simone Hotel/breakfast included
3. Covent Garden, Seven Dials Hotel/breakfast included
4. Belgravia, Lime Tree Hotel/includes breakfast
Planning week in London following Rick's Heart of France tour.
Thank you for your response, Andy

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I stayed at Lime Tree in Sept and enjoyed it. Breakfast was cooked to order. I wanted to be within walking distance of Buckingham Palace for a Royal Day Out tour. I do not think it has AC if that is a concern for you.

No experience with the others.

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That's a great neighborhood to stay in. I have stayed twice at Morgan House from Rick's book, which is right in the same area. It was fine both times and gets four stars on Tripadvisor.

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My first London B&B was booked through AAA travel and was cheap, clean with good bath down the hall and right behind Victoria station. Loved it and stayed several times more until ownership changed and so did B&B and not for the better. Began by looking in RS London guide and found good options in the area you seem to like. The Lime Tree excellent in all respects, though cost has made it difficult for me to afford. Stay there if price not consideration. I've shifted to Paddington area west near Hyde Park and Marble Arch. Lots of choices in all sorts of quality ranges, prices and service. Last stayed and very much enjoyed the Columbia which has fine transport (bus) connections to Bloomsbury and central London. Good breakfast, OK elevators, nice range of restaurants close near Edgeware Road too. Best booked internet (Look up Columbia Hotel, London) as to price and availability.

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Pam thanks for Lime Tree update--we stayed there a few years ago. VS thank you for the Morgan House suggestion, we checked with them and they are officially closed effective now. Larry thank you, we like the Lime Tree and the area, but have concerns over the raise in $ since our last stay. We have been checking out Rick's guide suggestions for several areas including the Paddington area. We will spend a week in the Fall in London following Rick's Heart of France tour. We appreciate you responses, Andy

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Andy - My mom and I stayed at the Luna Simone for two nights in May, and loved it. The room was very compact, but looked as though it had recently been refurbished and was immaculately clean. The bathroom was a good size for such a small room and we had everything we needed. There was no lift and we were on the 2nd (ie. 3rd) floor, but Mark, the owner's son, carried our bags upstairs for us when we arrived. Breakfast was simple but perfectly adequate and was served in a pleasant breakfast room by the twin brothers who own the hotel. The neighborhood was very attractive, relatively quiet, and felt like a real neighborhood. Pimlico underground station was an easy 5 minute walk, and Victoria station was very close by as well. I believe we paid £110 with our "Rick Steves" special rate (just mention this when you book). I hope this helps with your decision!

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We have stayed at Cherry Court hotel 3 times (2002,2003 and 2014). We love it. The rooms are very small (including the bathroom) but they are clean and the location is great. Our last trip (2014) I spent some time looking around to see if I could find anything about the same price ,etc. No luck. I also spent a lot of time looking on Airbnb for an apartment (we were traveling with another couple and sometimes it is cheaper to get a 2 bedroom apartment than 2 hotel rooms) Still no luck. So we went back to Cherry Court and had a great time there. The breakfast basket is several pieces of fruit, a granola bar, cookies, and something to drink. We would usually eat a piece a fruit and stick the rest in the backpack. I get very tired of the "English Fry" and loved trying some of the bakeries and coffee shops in London, so we were happy. Some of the our "breakfast basket" food traveled with us the rest of the trip. It was great to pull out an orange or a granola bar when we were hungry and did not want to stop for a meal.

The Patel family runs the hotel and they are fabulous. Their kids are grown now and help in the day to day running of the hotel. They will do your laundry for a fee, and hold your luggage for a small fee too. There is wifi and it worked reasonably well. (better than some of the other places we stayed.).

Once again, be prepared for a small room. If you are traveling light, it is not a problem. The bathroom is small as well. There is a public bathroom on the landing between 2 of the floors, and I know my husband used the shower in there a couple of times in 2003 because the shower was small in our room. They have remodeled since then, and it did not bother him this trip. He just used the one in our room.

The last 2 things I would say are:

The rooms are simple, not fancy. But the beds were comfortable, and there was air conditioning. We were there in September, so we preferred to sleep with the window open, We were on the street side and there was some noise, but it did not disturb our sleep.

You need to be able to climb stairs. There is no elevator and all the rooms require going up and down stairs. You may have to go as high as the 4th floor.

Since I have always stayed here, I cannot comment or compare them with the other hotels on your list. For us, we only use the hotel to sleep at nights and spent all our time out enjoying the sites. Cherry Court works for us.

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My niece and I will be in London early July and just booked reservations at The Lynton Hotel (B&B)…also in Rick's book as well as very good reviews on Trip Advisor. Small, no lift, full English Breakfast…included in fantastic rates (I think). Two brothers own, located on Ebury off Eccelston, 5 min walk from Victoria Station.