A friend and I need a London hotel room for 14 nights beginning August 7, 2019. Two beds, air conditioning, a tub, reliable Wi-Fi, proximity to multiple Underground lines, and a decent number of restaurants within about 1/2 mile are required. Want to avoid neighborhoods that are totally dead on Saturday and Sunday. Travel mate isn't a big walker and won't be willing to walk a long distance for food in the evening, being tired from sightseeing.
We arrive from York into King’s Cross Station. We depart to a final night at the Heathrow T4 Premier Inn. We’ll be fine with the Underground and don’t anticipate taking day-trips out of the city, so I’m not focused on being near any particular bus or rail station.
Premier Inns seem to be our best option, though it appears finding out about tubs will require a phone call. I'd appreciate opinions on the restaurant situation and general attractiveness of the neighborhood around the Premier Inns I'm considering, or for any others you think I should not overlook. I've already eliminated the Leicester Square location because that area is way too hectic for my taste, especially for a 2-week stay; that PI is also comparatively expensive.
My travel mate is very noise-sensitive, so I've eliminated the following PIs because of construction in the vicinity: County Hall, Kensington-Olympia, Old Street and Farringdon; the latter has windows covered by construction drapes so apparently no natural light. I'm focusing on the following after reading posts on this forum and TripAdvisor reviews:
Aldgate (66 Alie St.; averages £87/night): This new hotel is 1/10 mile from the nearest Tube station, but is it just too far to the east? I don't see a lot of restaurants on Google Maps. The price makes it extremely attractive. PI’s website suggests that all rooms have tubs—not that I trust it.
Kensington-Earl's Court (11 Knaresborough Pl.; £100/night): Just a bit longer walk to the Circle Line than desired, but perhaps balanced by restaurant options within decent walking distance. I would walk to the V&A (a shared interest probably requiring multiple visits), but my travel mate probably would not. Hotel not recently refurbished.
Waterloo-Westminster Bridge (85 York Rd.; £125/night): I see the advantages of the location (many Underground lines within 0.4 miles, plus the Westminster sights). Reviews suggest that this hotel could do with some refurbishment (sounds scruffier than the Earl’s Court hotel), and there have been negative comments about the Wi-Fi.
Victoria (82-83 Eccleston Sq.; £128/night): Does it have a decent combination of accessibility to restaurants and quietness? I see quite a lot of recent TA reviews suggesting that it also could do with refurbishment. I’m not finding any reason to choose it over the Waterloo location. Is there one?
Holborn (27-29 Red Lion St.; £135/night): I threw this one into the mix because it’s about a 4/10 mile walk from the British Museum (another shared-interest, multi-visit place). But to pay an extra £672 (compared to the Aldgate PI) or £490 (compared to the Earl’s Court PI) over the course of two weeks for that reason seems irrational.
As a point of interest, since I have the data at hand, here’s a list of the average daily rates for most of the central London Premier Inns over out 2-week stay, from least to most expensive:
Old Street £77
Farringdon (Smithfield) £82
Tower Hill £90
Tower Bridge £98
Kensington (Olympia) £98
Kensington (Earl’s Court) £100
Blackfriars (Fleet Street) £104
Southwark (Borough High St.) £106
Bank (Tower) £106
Angel Islington £111
Southwark (Tate Modern) £117
Southwark (Bankside) £123
Waterloo (Westminster Bridge) £125
County Hall £127
King’s Cross £128
St. Pancras £130
Leicester Sq. £168
Your thoughts will be appreciated.