We'll be in London for 4 days. Would it be best to stay somewhere more central, such as the Premier Travel Inn London County Hall, or at one of the B&Bs in Kensington or Belgravia, such as one of Rick's suggestions or the well-recommended new B&B Belgravia? Does the provided breakfast offset the need to travel more on the Tube? I'm open to other suggestions.
There is no set answer. We prefer convenience. We always stay in the Victoria Station area. If you are a good walker you can almost walk to everything. And Victoria Station area is convenient to the tube and the train from HRow. And we think the area is reasonable FOR LONDON. Not necessarily cheap but reasonable.
I stayed in Bayswater, 2 blocks from Kensington Garden Sq.in Nov 2006, a safe quiet area. I walked almost everywhere by going thru K Garden Park. Saved lots of GBP by not using tube much.Rick has excellent lodging recom in this area for a very reasonable rate incl brfast.the tube is very expensive now so you may want to plan accordingly.Thank goodness most museums are free saving lots on admission costs.I used to stay in Portsmouth Sq., now unaffordable to me.
I stayed in one of Rick's recommended hotels in Belgravia in September and LOVED having a hot breakfast ready in the morning. And the full English breakfast is so hearty, I often needed just a snack in mid- or late afternoon, saving money on lunch. Tube travel was never a problem the week I was there, and, if you're fit, you can walk to many sites and parks from Belgravia/Victoria Station.
I also stayed in Bayswater. Three blocks from the Metro. The Bayswater Inn. Nice tourist class hotel. Breakfast daily. Check out their web site.
We're Victoria Station area fans as well. Used the Lime Tree last year (R's tours use it) and was just OK. We're trying the Luna & Simone this spring (Belgrave Rd), for some strange reason not mentioned in R's books, but sure has a great rating on Trip Advisor (something like #8 in London). If we're impressed I'll be inquiring of ETTBD after returning home why it's not listed in the books.
Thanks to everyone who responded. I'm still debating, but your input has been very helpful.
We just stayed at the City Road Travelodge for 26 Pounds a night. We were able to get anywhere we wanted by either bus (right outside the hotel) or by tube (2 blocks). If you find a good price on a room and a convenient place for breakfast I'd grab it.
Our last trip in London we stayed at the Premier Travel Inn London County Hall...FANTASTIC location and facilities. Walked out the front door to the London Eye, walked just across the bridge to the Tube at Westminster.
We also stayed at the Rubens at the Palace close to Victoria station...personally I prefer the PTI County Hall location. Victoria Station area was a bit seedy.
I think that it is nice and a time saver to have breakfast included. A good way to start the day while you plan. I also am a big fan of having a tube stop nearby. With a 1 week travel card it is a good deal and I use it several times a day. So I would say choose both for maximum convenience.
Though I too am a fan of the included breakfast, my husband and I usually stay at the PTI County Hall because of it's great location and the restaurant in the hotel is okay.