I'm a 60yo female traveling solo to the UK in July 2023, first for a week in Oxford (yes, I'm doing the "Experience"), then to London for six nights. I've visited both cities several times (including three months in London - staying with an aunt in Ealing - in the 1980s for a college semester) so I'm very familiar with travel logistics/transportation. Like many, I travel on a budget but try to get the most for my money. I've often stayed in UK youth hostels and off-season college accommodation in the past and am not against using such again... But there's the problem of no A/C...
I tend to avoid chain hotels.
I'm hoping to find centrally located accommodation for one in London, with some character... AND A/C. I'll have just spent a week in a Christ Church college room without A/C and want to pamper myself in this respect during my London stay prior to returning home. I don't mind stairs, but no higher than a second floor. I will have one large piece of luggage but figure I only have to get it up the stairs once and down the stairs once! I'd like the room to have something to sit on besides the bed, even if it's just a desk chair.
I'm not into dance clubs and the like but do enjoy a pub some evenings. I love museums and gardens.
I'd like to stay under $200 US/night, ideally closer to $150/night. (I'm willing to go up to the $200/night limit for a slightly larger room and/or better amenities.) Breakfast is desirable but not a deal-breaker. An in-room fridge and coffee/tea facilities are also highly desirable, but I realize I may have to deny myself at least the fridge.
Any ideas or suggestions? Thank you!