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Hotel near tube station in London.

Hi,
Traveling with my mother to London in September. Can anyone suggest hotel very close to tube station. Mom can't walk along way. I've been looking at Darlington Hyde Park. I have stayed at Commodore, ok, but bit of a walk to Lancaster gate. We will be arriving in London by train from Edinburgh.
Thanks .

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There are literally hundreds of hotels close by tube stops in virtually all price ranges - so I'd recommend looking at sites like Trip Advisor, etc. to see what is available in your price range and then checking out the hotel websites - virtually all of them include a link to google maps which shows the location of the hotel and the nearest tube stop. Once you've narrowed it down, then check for recommendations!!

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Sharon,

Do you have a budget? Also, can your mother handle stairs? If those are a challenge, you may be better off staying near a hotel on a bus route.

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To follow Laura's comment - yes, if your mother has mobility problems the Underground may not be very usable. Very few stations have elevators all the way from the surface to the platforms and many have no elevators at all - the deeper stations usually have escalators but these can be very long and not good for people who have balance issues.

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Hello Sharon,

I've had friends stay at the Darlington and they really enjoyed it. I don't know if there's a lift - you may want to check if staircases are a problem. There is a bus stop along Sussex Gardens that's not too far away, so if you're comfortable with the buses (routes 7, 23, 27, 36, and 436) then there you go. Incidentally, route 23 is a great one to take to see lots of the West End highlights - if you're starting at Paddington Station, the bus comes down Edgware Road to Marble Arch, goes along Oxford Street, down Regents Street to Piccadilly Circus, and along past Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery before continuing up the Strand towards Covent Garden.

For a hotel that is actually located above a tube station (with escalators going all the way down,) look at the Paddington Hilton. It's not very far from the Darlington and is directly on top of the Paddington tube station.

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I'll second the comments about issues with Tube stations for folks with walking difficulties. Many Tube stations are quite large and involve considerable walking. Most of that is below ground, so the size of the station at street level in no way reflects what's in the depths. Once you're down there, getting to the right train can involve a city block or more of walking. You will come across steps up, and then down, sometimes during that little stroll.

For tourists, I think rush hour transportation in London is to be avoided, regardless of age. Way too crowded. Have dinner, find a pub, etc.

Check out www.tfl.gov.uk, which is the"Transport for London" site. Very helpful, including planning trips by bus, Tube, etc. (there are a number of aboveground rail lines in London) and for finding out about downtime on the routes (especially worth checking on weekends.)

Finally, most of what I do when I visit London involves walking and the Tube for getting around, mostly walking. But, I'm always ready to grab a taxi at the end of a long day, if my feet tell me to do that. Yes, cabs cost more than buses or Tube, and can be difficult to flag in rush hour, but when you are worn out, you are worn out.

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My husband and I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in South Kensington. South Kensington is one of the nicest areas to stay in. The hotel is lovely. The Crowne Plaza is part of the IHG Hotel Group (includes Holiday Inn's, InterContinental Hotels, etc.). You earn hotel points there for any of those hotels, anywhere in the world. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza, four years in a row. We stayed at the hotel for anywhere from 10 to 14 days, each time. The hotel is located in a very safe part of London. It is directly across the street from the Gloucester Tube station. Gloucester station is only one stop away from the Knightsbridge Tube stop, where Harrod's dept. store is. They have a great food court. They also have a lunch buffet, upstairs next to their Georgian Room (served until 3:30 PM). You can also have a very nice afternoon tea in their Georgian Room. It is a beautiful setting for tea. On weekends, it is best to make reservations. Make sure you get Oyster cards at whichever Tube station you go to. The Oyster cards save you a lot of money and are very convenient.