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London hotels with A/C

Hello,
Can anyone recommend a London hotel with A/C that's not expensive? We are a family of 4 and prefer to have easy access via Tube to sights and be in a safe neighborhood. Thank you!

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I haven't stayed in one (yet), but some of the the Premier Inn chain hotels get good reviews on trip advisor and I think the one in the same area as base2stay is air conditioned: http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/LONKEN/london-kensington-earls-court - of course you'd want to confirm that. I hope you can find a hotel with a/c in London that's in your price range. London's an expensive city!

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Base2stay - http://www.base2stay.com/kensington_family.shtml I've stayed there, appreciated the AC during an unseasonably hot September. It's a straight shot on the Tube from Heathrow to Earl's Court tube station where you have a lift and a ramp up to the street (no stairs, great when you have luggage), then about 3 - 4 blocks to walk. Helpful staff. Mini-kitchen in the room. Nice bathrooms. On a quiet street but an easy walk to busy streets with shops and restaurants. I was on a solo trip and never felt unsafe walking back to the hotel alone at night. There are great Tube connections - Earl's Court is a quick walk away. It's in an old building that was gutted inside and totally redone a few years ago. Look at the pictures on the website (they also have a base2stay in Liverpool, this is the London/Kensington one) to see what I mean.

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Thanks for the tip. I looked into it and it looks wonderful. But I'm hoping to see if I can find something that costs less.

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Annie, hope you need it, in four visits to London, three of them in July and August, I encountered cool weather and rain, at least part of the time.. I do recomend the Base2Stay its great, and the Premeir Inns have a hotel right on same street, love the area ( Kensington ) and would stay there again in either hotel. Seriously ,the chances of you needing a/c is pretty remote, did you look up the average temps for your visit.. its more like Seattle or Victoria then anywhere really warm. Doesn't mean occaisonally it may hit 80, just means it likely will be 70-75.

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Thank you for all your suggestions. I am making reservations around England from Bath to the Lake District at places without A/C. London is the only place I'm considering A/C. But I'm not opposed to getting a place without A/C in London--that's just a preference at this point, but if I get desperate in my search, I'll do without. Thank you, though, for your assurance that I will likely not need one. Good to hear! Re: Premier Inn--I like the prices. Which Premier Inn should I stay at? I look at tripadvisor and Rick Steves' books. The higher rated Premier Inns are near the Victoria Tube, London County Hall (near Westminster Tube) and Kensington Earl's Court (near Gloucester or Earl's Court Tube stops). I heard South Kensington is a good place to stay at. I suppose the Kensington Premier Inn by Gloucester/Earl's Court Tube stops would be considered South Kensington, right? The Victoria and Westminster locations have .5 higher ratings on tripadvisor, but don't know much about those neighborhoods. Thanks.

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Of the Premier Inns, I think the the one at County Hall is the best location. Unfortunately, it is generally one of the more expensive of the Premier Inns. I just booked 2 nights at the Premier Inn on Knaresborough Place (near Earls Court) for May at a saver rate of 45 GBP per night. That location is fine and I just couldn't beat that price. I've also stayed at Base2Stay and really liked it, but couldn't justify it on this trip given the great rate at the PI.

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We will be staying at the Primier Inn by Earls Court in June. We haven't stayed at this one before but see good reviews for it. We have stayed at one outside of London and were very happy with it - it was basic but clean.

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This is a subject really near and dear to me. I am very warm blooded and have in the past, had a hard time with finding proper AC in London. Keep in mind that just because a hotel says they have air doesn't mean its going to work properly. I used to stay at a very up market four star place in London where the air might work and it might not, what made it worse is they lied about it and told me this is as good it would get, even though I stayed in a room where it worked fine two weeks before. Now I stay at the three star London Lodge hotel where the air works great, I can get the room down to 60 or so. What I look for is a hotel with a wall unit ac instead of centralized. I've never ran into it in England but in Italy and Spain there are hotels that can control the ac in your room from the front desk and they turn it off when they think you have gone to sleep.

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Thank you for all your suggestions. I'm realizing that since there are four of us (2 adults and 2 teens), we have to book two rooms since most of these places have rooms for only up to three people. The few decent ones that have quad rooms are booked. Premier Inn, unfortunately, considers anyone above 15 an adult, so since I have a 16-year-old, we have to book two rooms. I think for the price of two rooms, I might as well stay in one room with two queen/double beds in those expensive American-style hotels. The price comes out the same!

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My husband and I have stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel in South Kensington, three years in a row. It is directly across the street from the Glouester tube station. The Crowne Plaza is part of the Priority Club hotel point system (includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Paza, Intercontinental hotels, etc.). You earn hotel points while you are there, for future stays. The whole hotel is a/c and it is very nice and is in a desirable neighborhood. The architecture in South Kensington is picturesque. We could walk the neighborhood and just look at the pretty houses/buildings. It is a short walking distance to Kensington Gardens also or to the hop-on, hop-off buses. The hotel offers comfortable and adjustable A/C.

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Last July, my mom and I stayed at the Morgan Hotel in Bloomsbury, right behind the British Museum. Even though it was in the 70s, it was so humid that we had the a/c every minute we were in the room. The location was fantastic, with easy walking distance to Bloomsbury, Holborn, and Soho, three different Tube stops, plenty of bus lines, and a short taxi ride to Kings Cross/St Pancras station at the end of our London stay. The price was right135 pounds for a double/twin, breakfast was quite good, if not memorable, and it was very well run. They do have apartment suites for four people for 265 pounds a few doors down from the main building, which is where breakfast for both buildings is served. If you stay at a Premier Inn, I czn definitely recommend them. We stayed one just outside of Newcastle, and those were the most comfortable beds of the trip! It was very similar to your average American chain hotel, with two double or queen sized beds per room, a big restaurant with bar next to the lobby, and decent sized bathroom. I will definitely consider them for my second trip to London, whenever that is.

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Annie, I was just looking at the Premier Inn site, and it looks like you could book a single room if you add a cot for your second kid!

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I just want to say the Premier Inn by Earls Court is a great location, I stayed at the Base2Stay on the same street, could see it from my hotel and I loved the area. The hotels are on a quieter street but just a block or two from two great tube stations, (Gloucester and Earls Court) two grocers, and within easy walking to two great museums( Natural History and Victoria and Albert) Its a great area.

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Another vote for the Premier Inn in Earl's Court . Great convenient location as everyone has said , good A/C . From what I've read , it has recently been renovated as well .