Here is where we stayed in each town:
1. Bath-Brooks Guesthouse.
2. Stow-on-the Wold- Sheep on Sheep
3. Conwy- The Castle Hotel
4. Keswick- The Crow Park Hotel
5. York- The Minster Hotel
6. London- Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt S. Kensington
Thoughts on each hotel:
1. Brooks Guesthouse has very small rooms and lots of stairs. You have to go down a narrow staircase to get to the restaurant. Offsetting that is the location as respects what you want to see in Bath, the staff is great, and the kitchen offers you several breakfast options and will even cook something to order for you. Good food. But.......I would not stay here again unless they confirm they have replaced the mattresses. They are old and way too soft and very uncomfortable. They could and should fix this.
2.Sheep on Sheep is great. Small but nice rooms, comfortable beds, good bathroom, nice restaurant. What's not to like?
3.Castle Hotel was not as updated, but the view out the back is of Conwy Castle and it is breathtaking. Rooms medium sized. Comfortable bed. Breakfast excellent. Group dinner was excellent. Location is good. Easy walk to the Castle and the town wall. Would definitely stay here again.
4.Crow Park Hotel. Keswick. Overall probably the favorite. Run by friendly locals. Good breakfast, comfortable beds, stairs are manageable, some great views here. Bathroom updated. The people running the hotel are what makes this one a touch better than the other hotels we stayed at. Not that the others were bad.
5.The Minster Hotel. No complaints. Stayed in a room in the back, had to go outside to get to it but the room was large and bed comfortable, very quiet location. Nice shower stall. Close to everything on the tour.
6.Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, South Kensington. If you must stay in South Kensington, you can do worse. But this was my least favorite hotel. So many steps to get to the 7th floor!!! Sure they have two lifts, but they are not near each other like in most buildings, so if one is full you can't just wait for the other. These lifts are so small! The large one holds 3 people, the small one 2. The service staff uses the small one in the mornings to bring their equipment up from the basement, so you cannot get on it. Most inconsiderate. The rooms and beds were OK, once you got to them. The A/C worked. The restaurant served an OK breakfast, but for some reason they wanted all the Rick Steves people to crowd together at certain tables. I would not stay here again, but I would never stay in South Kensington again. There are other, better choices in London.