My husband and I are looking for hotel recommendations in London city center-clean and reasonable-near the bus/rail. We don't need luxury but want it to be clean and safe. Thanks for any advice you can give.
Have a look at the Ridgemount on Gower Street.
Just curious--has anyone ever asked for a dirty, unsafe, expensive hotel, far from any attractions? :-)
I have often wondered that myself! The dirty and unsafe hotels must be suffering.
Its real easy to use the tube in london. But if you get a warm and fuzzy feeling by staying near a train/bus station, go for it.
just a note. you may want to state your budget so they can give a better recommendation with respect to $$$.
Please do give us your budget.
I can recommend Vancouver Studios in Bayswater. The rooms include en suite bathrooms and kitchenettes complete with plates, a fridge, and a tiny cooktop so you can buy meals at the grocery store. The hotel is close to the Bayswater and Queensway Tube stops.
I'd also recommend getting comfortable with the buses since the Tube undergoes frequent planned construction, especially on the weekends, and checking the Transport for London website daily for Tube line closures.
Just got a single at Swinton Hotel on Swinton St for about 50 LBS per night. Contrary to tripadvisor, I found the room clean and well apportioned. Swinton St was quiet at night.
PS> it's near King's Cross station.
There is the Falcon Hotel(www.falcon-hotel.com). It is very close to Paddington Station. The nightly tarrif is 95gbp.
I understand that it can be a bit precarious picking a hotel, from what friends have told me London can be hard. I have always used Rick Steves recommendations and have not yet been sorry. It is usually right on. Also most of his choices are on Trip Advisor too. So you can double check. We have picked one in Belgravia in London and keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best. Some countries are better than others, but most are not like United State hotels.
Wonderfulthings, we haven't had our trip yet, we are going to be there from March 21-26th. But we are staying at the Celtic Hotel which is right around the corner from the Russell Square tube (which is the same line that goes to Heathrow), it's one stop away from King's Cross and it has decent ratings on Trip Advisor for B&B's (82 of 501 in London and has a TA Certificate of Excellence). A common praise for the hotel was how clean it was kept! I'm not sure what your budget is, but we're paying 102 Pounds for a large double room, ensuite and with breakfast. And this is probably considered off-season. I saved a lot of money on lodging in the other UK/Ireland cities we're visiting, so I splurged a bit in London so we could stay central. (I'm sure 102 Pounds isn't splurging for a lot of people!)
Thanks to all of you that offered helpful advice. I will definately check out all of the suggestions. I would consider myself lucky if I could find something decent and very centrally located for $100-$200 US dollars. Could pay a little more if I need to. I would like a place on or close to a bus/tube line.
We have stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (South Kensington). It is part of the IHG Hotel Group (such as Holiday Inn, Intercontinental hotels, etc.) It is in a great neighborhood. You can walk to Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park. It is directly across the street from the Gloucester Tube station. We have stayed there four years in a row. Then we stayed at the Doubletree Hotel, Westminister (part of the Hilton Hotel chain). We could walk a short distance to Parliament, Big Ben, The Tower Bridge, the Horseguards Parade, Westminister Abbey, etc., etc. We even had a view of the Thames from our window. It was just a few yards from the river. The Doubletree had breakfast included in our price. Both hotels were wonderful.