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spot to stay London

London, last of September for 6 nights. We spend little time beyond sleeping at our overnight spots, do a lot of walking, will use the tube & prefer the buses to view the sites--Last London visit stayed at the LIme Tree (nice but would rather spend our $'s doing things in London), a short walk from Victoria Station. Thank you for sharing any recent experience with the following or making other suggerstions. 1. Seven Dials Hotel, Covent garden 2. Luna Simone, Belgrave Rd 3. Darlinton Hotel, Hyde Park 4. Cherry Court, Sussex Gardens

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Hi Andy - My mom and I stayed at the Luna Simone in May 2014, and loved it. The hotel is exactly as Rick describes it in his London guide book - friendly, well-located, and very good price. We were greeted by Mark, who carried our bags to our second (U.S. third) floor room, and received very helpful information from him throughout our visit. Bear in mind there are no lifts in the hotel. Our twin room was small, but spotlessly clean and in excellent condition. We had absolutely everything we needed in the room. The bathroom was a good size and was sparkling clean and new looking. Breakfast was simple but good (hot English breakfast or cereal, yogurt and fruit), and was efficiently served in the downstairs breakfast room by the twin brothers who own the hotel.

The location was excellent - We walked 5 minutes to Pimlico Underground station one morning, took the #24 bus from Westminster Abbey to the hotel's doorstep one evening, and grabbed a cab right outside the door for a trip to Paddington. The neighborhood was very pleasant, relatively quiet (for London), and there were shops and restaurants in easy walking distance. I heartily recommend the place!

Almost forgot - ask when booking for the "Rick Steves" discount - you will get a 10% discount!