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Help decide on hotel in London

Originally booked Radisson Edwardian Blu Vanderbilt but had to add a day and they jacked up the price. Looking for nice hotel preferably with separate sleeping area (husband snores) in London for end of April for 6 nights. Would like a place with decent breakfast and available coffee (can be for purchase but free is better). Haven't been to London in 30 years so looking to be tourists. Prefer quiet area close to tube station. Budget 225/275 usd per night.

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Did you want to stay near the Radisson Edwardian Blu? Where are you headed when you leave - out to Heathrow or elsewhere?

I've stayed at this Radisson a number of times. The breakfast is expensive but is a big buffet with lots of hot choices. I don't eat that much so I just headed around the corner and down the street to Starbucks (sorry if that offends anyone!).

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Are you keeping the original reservation and just looking for one more night nearby?

Is your time period during Easter (21st this year) or during the school Easter holidays? If so, that will boost prices everywhere.

Your budget is not high for London.

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The London Elizabeth Hotel is great. Across the street from Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, two minute walk to Lancaster Gate Tube Station and around the corner from The Swan Pub.

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We are traveling April 27-May 3. We don't have any preference on location. Just close to tube and safe area. I was looking at Residence Inn Kensington but the reviews have scared me a little with fire alarms going off frequently in the middle of the night. The Radisson is 2000 usd for the 6 nights so I was wondering if that's the best. The Residence Inn is 1500 for 6 nights.

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Do not stay at the Residence Inn Kensington. I have stayed there and fire alarms is the least of your problems....bad housekeeping, inefficient air conditiong, insufficient space for breakfast, slow elevators that break down, no soundproofing in the rooms so you hear every single noise from the hallway, etc.

Almost next to the Vanderbilt is the Fraser Suites. (This is a chain of apartment like hotels.) There is also a Crown Plaza on Cromwell Road on the other side of Gloucester Road (across from your hotel) that may have one bedroom suites for the separation you request. I have not stayed at either but they are highly rated.

I have stayed at the Vanderbilt but that was 27 years ago. Then, it was very nice. I can't speak for today.

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Also, I'd like to add that I bet if you called the Radisson Blu direct and told them you were considering abandoning your currently-reserved 5 nights because the 6th night is too expensive, I bet you could get them to price-match over the phone. Just a thought.

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The problem you have is that you are coming during school Easter holidays and May bank holiday so prices will be high, high, high. If you wish to change hotel I would move fast as rooms will very quickly become scarce!

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This reply is not for a place to stay, but I can suggest Pret A Manger for breakfast, lunch or anytime. In French it means, eating on the run. They are everywhere in London offering delicious, fresh egg sandwiches, soup, coffee, pastry, and salads at budget prices. My husband and I have visited London 3 times in the past 2 years. We did not bother eating at our hotel restaurant as it could be overpriced. I ordered an omelette at our hotel and what a disappointment...plain and tasteless. I expected an omelette stuffed with cheese, ham and vegs! Nope! Another place for breakfast in Bill's Restaurant. Delicious poached eggs served on toast with avocado. Just google Bill's for locations near you. Enjoy your visit!

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Thank you everyone for all the great suggestions. Anyone have knowledge of The Ashburn Hotel on Cromwell Road? It doesn’t have the separate sleeping area but looks charming and is reasonably priced. Thanks for the breakfast tip as well! We will definitely try it!

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I pass by the Ashburn often but have not been inside in a couple of decades.

If you don't need that extra space, let me put a plug in for my favorite hotel the {Nadler Kensington](https://www.nadlerhotels.com/the-nadler-kensington). I spend about 2-3 months a year there. It's about a 15 minute walk from the Vanderbilt but only a five minute walk to the Earls Court tube station.

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Have also stayed at the Vanderbilt a number of times. Just outside the tube stop is The Bailey’s that my friends liked, and a few blocks away on Cromwell rd is the Ashburn than my sister enjoyed. Around the corner from the Vanderbilt is Hotel London Kensington by Melia. It used to be Rydges and changed ownership in 2018 or so. It does have a room, believe it is room 101 that has a separate room off the main room. Stayed there with my wife and daughter in 2015 and the separate room worked great for my daughter. She had her own space, sofa bed, and tv. The rooms are separated by a door.

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"Prêt à manger" means "ready to eat" - it's based on "prêt-à-porter" ("ready to wear"), a term used in the fashion world to distinguish off-the-rack from made-to-measure clothes.

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Try the Morgan Hotel. Less than $200 USD for a double. Great Bloomsbury location, so easy to walk to important sites, just around the corner is the British Museum. Ask for a room facing the back. I am highly sensitive to noise, and this was nice. A lovely breakfast included. This place is so efficiently run and the people are sweet.
https://cleob.smugmug.com/Travel/England-2010/i-n56TPkS