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Accomodation London for 3 Days in October

Hi all, I'm heading over to London for the first time with my girlfriend. We'll be there for 3 days from October 2-5. We still haven't booked our accomodation and are getting a little nervous as it's only 2 weeks away! We're happy to stay in a B&B or a hotel (but no hostel for this trip). We'd like to spend around $150/night, but could spend as much as 200 or even 220 if need be and it's a great place. Looking mostly at 3 and (ideally) 4 star places We're looking to stay either above Hyde Park around Bayswater Tube or below/west of the Park around Earl's Court. We'll be dependent on public transit so being walking distance to a tube is key. Thanks so much!!!

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There are few if any true B&B's in London (would be like looking for a B&B in Manhattan). This was discussed here yesterday, go here to read that: http://www.ricksteves.com/graffiti/helpline/index.cfm/rurl/topic/56018/bb39s-in-london.html ¶ I think what you meant is, as Toni explained in the other thread, a small hotel that may (or may not) include a full English or continental breakfast. See Toni's post in the link provided for a recommended property, Toni is a frequent visitor to London. And also the two other posts in that thread for specific properties.

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Hi Kent, That is what I meant. Sorry for being unclear. Thanks for replying!

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Glad to help. The other thread will get you started. We have a few UK residents who regularly post here, they're probably asleep by now but may see your post tomorrow.

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The London Elizabeth Hotel would be a fantastic hotel for you to stay at...http://www.londonelizabethhotel.com/ ........ it's at Lancaster Terrace, Hyde Park....it's a 2 minute walk from Lancaster Gate tube station...across the street form Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park and there is a great pub around the corner The Swan. We enjoy staying at this hotel.

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And Robin (above post) is also a frequent visitor to the UK.

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Alex, how are you arriving and leaving London? Why did you pick the two areas you mentioned? Knowing not only your budget, but the details and your plans can help us make relevant suggesstions. For example, we fly in and out of Gatwick Airport mostly. We like to stay in the Victoria Station area because of that and its proximity to the tube, good restruants and shoping in the area. If you are arriving at Heathrow, Earl's court might be a good choice. I've seen recomendations on TripAdviors' London Forum for several smaller hotels in that area.

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Hi Robin, Thanks for the reply. The London Elizabeth looks great. My only concern is that it is £150/night which seemed high for a 3 star hotel. The Parkcity also got great reviews and is 4 stars, but is closer to Earls Court (maybe that neighbourhood is less expensive?). Trebovir was around £100/night - also in Earls Court but a 3 star with good reviews. With so many hotels to choose from it's almost overwhelming! Toni - we're flying into Heathrow and then taking the Chunnel to Brussels when we leave. We'll be traveling pretty lightly so changing trains won't be to difficult. We chose these neighborhoods because we heard they were lively, not too touristy and will give us a real sense of London life. Thanks for the replies! What a friendly place this is!

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Maybe you want to hold off on booking, for one more night, and check back with us tomorrow morning, after our UK forum members wake up a few hours from now - to see if they come up with anything. This may be a challenge, London being one of the more expensive hotel cities in Europe and this being only 2 weeks out.

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Thanks Kent. I look forward to seeing people's suggestions tomorrow. I sure wish I had thought of posting here sooner!

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Alex: We appreciate the kind words. We DO have a great group of people here, don't we? No one here is affiliated with the Rick Steves organization, they're just doing it to share knowledge and help out other travel junkies. You probably didn't hear of us before because we're actually a small forum, maybe a hundred Regular Repliers. People reach the Helpline typically through a google, they click, they're here, and then they realize there's free help and people are knowledgeable and nice, you don't get dissed for asking newbie questions because we're used to getting first timers here, nobody flames 'em. If they do, the Webmaster kicks their posterior.

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Alex, if you call them 011-44-20 7402 6641 you will probably get a better rate...I haven't been there for a couple of years....I would always called and got a great rate..but things may have changed but it's worth a try. Another hotel would be...http://www.lunasimonehotel.com/ ....The Blades is also nice.

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Hi Robin- thanks for the suggestion. I did call the London Elizabeth and they lowered their rate to around 140, but that was still a bit high for us. They said to call back tomorrow to speak with someone else? In any case, the woman was very friendly and spent 5-10 minutes looking up rates for me. I'll check out those other 2 hotels today! Thanks!

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did you try the Ridgemount-near British Museum-gets good reviews-around 75# for double ensuite

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Thanks Kathy! I see on Trip Advisor that the Ridgemount is well regarded. I don't know much about the neighbourhood- is it typical London? Somehow I thought areas near Soho were more touristy? Thanks for the suggestion, the rate looks great!

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If you can live with getting any hotel in the star class and area of town you [INVALID], you might consider Priceline. Try biddingfortravel.com and you can see what hotels folks have been getting and at what rate. This will help you know what to bid (I usually go 50-65% off published rates). You should also know that you pay upon your bid being accepted - no refunds and no changes. These will be your typical chain hotels: e.g. Hilton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, etc. You also get the rooms that are left over and that the hotel wants to get ride of or lose a night's fees. Having said that, I've had good luck with them about 95% of the time. But I take the time to read all the rules and set my expectations accordingly. Good luck!

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British Museum is a very good (quiet) area. Very close walk to West End and Charing Cross Road. Also some london University student housing. On a good tube line.

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So we're back and I wanted to quickly give my impressions of Hotel Trebovir: The hotel staff was very friendly. We checked into room 103 which was a quiet, small room out the back. Nice big windows but not much of a view. We were hardly in our room except to sleep so its size didn't bother us. Th location was awesome. We ended up not eating around earls court at all as we were out with friends all over the city, but there were definitely lots of tasty looking restaurants. The location was awesome. Right near the tube station. We also caught buses easily. Also: clean, good breakfast (basic) some shelves - really perfect crashpad. Also had 20+ channels. Would definitely stay here again. Our rate was £100 per night and seemed to be the cheapest place around (there was an expo in town the same time as us). Hope this helps :)