London Hotels

Brian1
Brian1 Posts: 595
edited March 2013 in Road general
Takin the missus over to London for a long weekend and have just been pricing hotels(bloody hell they're expensive) Can anyone recommend any hotels.Flying in to Stanstead. Would like to stay 'reasonably' central.Give me your recommendations!!!!!!!!!!
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  • goonz
    goonz Posts: 3,106
    Depends how central you want to stay and how deep your pockets are really. On the top end you got places like the Ritz or if you are venturing out a little a Hilton is a safe bet...
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  • goonz
    goonz Posts: 3,106
    Why would you want to come London though? Take her somewhere warm!!!
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  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Lastminute.com

    Search for hotels by distance from St Pauls.

    Choose the "Mystery" hotel which is very close to St Pauls and priced at £99 room only. It is normally the "Grange at St Pauls" and 5*. You have to pay extra for breakfast but there are loads of restaurants/coffee houses around there.
  • More importantly, why is this in road general?
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    More importantly, why is this in road general?

    Because there isn't a "What Hotel" forum? :roll:
  • No there isn't a what hotel forum, but there is the Bottom Bracket or Cake stop for off topic discussions. This has not even a mention of a bicycle, so why road general? I'll ask about the best cat food in a minute.
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Can't help you, we don't have a cat.

    We've got a dog and she thrives on Skinner's Salmon and Rice if that helps.
  • Awesome, thanks for that. I'll give it a try with the wifey first!
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Awesome, thanks for that. I'll give it a try with the wifey first!

    Suggest you video her reaction to Skinner's a la garlic and you post it for our entertainment. :twisted: Probably best in the Bottom Bracket.

    Make sure you identify who inherits for bike(s) before hand though..... :lol:
  • danlikesbikes
    danlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    No there isn't a what hotel forum, but there is the Bottom Bracket or Cake stop for off topic discussions. This has not even a mention of a bicycle, so why road general? I'll ask about the best cat food in a minute.

    Like an old rock record you need to look for the hidden meaning :)

    Takin the missus over to London for a long weekend and have just b een pr i cing hotels(bloody hell they're expensive) C an anyone recommend an y hotels.Flying in to Stanstead. Would like to stay 'reasonably' c entra l .Give me your r e commendations!!!!!!!!!!
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • upperoilcan
    upperoilcan Posts: 1,180
    Get youself on Trip Advisor.
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  • No there isn't a what hotel forum, but there is the Bottom Bracket or Cake stop for off topic discussions. This has not even a mention of a bicycle, so why road general? I'll ask about the best cat food in a minute.

    Like an old rock record you need to look for the hidden meaning :)

    Takin the missus over to London for a long weekend and have just b een pr i cing hotels(bloody hell they're expensive) C an anyone recommend an y hotels.Flying in to Stanstead. Would like to stay 'reasonably' c entra l .Give me your r e commendations!!!!!!!!!!

    I knew it was somewhere in there! :lol:
  • BigJimmyB
    BigJimmyB Posts: 1,302
    The Thistle above Charing-X is very nice, central West End and pretty reasonable.

    http://www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_ ... index.html

    I've also used Club Quarters whci is in the City (Gracechurch Street). It's usually members only, but you can find rooms abt £70 on some sites

    http://www.booking.com/hotel/gb/clubqua ... tAodSn8AKA
  • danlikesbikes
    danlikesbikes Posts: 3,898
    No there isn't a what hotel forum, but there is the Bottom Bracket or Cake stop for off topic discussions. This has not even a mention of a bicycle, so why road general? I'll ask about the best cat food in a minute.

    Like an old rock record you need to look for the hidden meaning :)

    Takin the missus over to London for a long weekend and have just b een pr i cing hotels(bloody hell they're expensive) C an anyone recommend an y hotels.Flying in to Stanstead. Would like to stay 'reasonably' c entra l .Give me your r e commendations!!!!!!!!!!

    I knew it was somewhere in there! :lol:

    Also works if I had said "like an old rock record you need to play it backwards" too but couldn't be doing it that way round as watching the racing at the time
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Caught the end of a prog on tv last week. The one where the guy coaches people on how to get a bargain.
    The couple seemed to get an amazing deal on a top hotel room with free drink etc.
    If you can find the prog on iplayer/itvplayer/c4ondemand etc. just phone up the hotel and ask for the same deal ;-)
  • bernithebiker
    bernithebiker Posts: 4,148
    Don't bother with hotels - expensive, and they will rip you off for every little thing once you're through the door.

    How about a nice 2 floor flat instead?! 20 mins to central Waterloo.

    http://www.frenchberry.com/richmond-apartment/

    Plenty of others on Flipkey and Airbandb
  • The President or The National at Russell Square is what you want. Cheap and cheerful, good service, excellent position for Kings Cross and St. Pancras and only a stones throw from High Holborn and the top of Oxford Street.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,544
    ^^^this

    imperial operate a few in the area (good for theatres, west end shops, british museum, good bus/tube/train transport connections)

    i cycle past the tavistock almost every day, always seems popular...

    http://www.imperialhotels.co.uk/
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Strand Palace or Premier Inn by the London Eye if on a budget
  • diy
    diy Posts: 6,473
    A lot of London Hotels are pretty skanky, often smell of damp etc. Even the so called posh ones can be a bit unpleasant. Personally I would go for travel lodge as they are consistent quality for the price. However The Tower, is pretty reasonable and has good views:

    The Tower - St Katharine's Way London E1W 1LD

    cost around £80-90 per night, but always worth seeing if you can blag a corporate direct rate as they tend to be up for some discount if you are booking direct with the hotel.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Travelodge! I would rather sleep in my car!!! They are grimmer than grim!

    I agree with diy on the skanky London hotels, and quite possibly the Tower Travelodge one might well be ok, but........

    The one in Battersea had plexiglass to protect the receptionists and I genuinely felt like my family were at risk of death. Got very little sleep as I was awake most of the night waiting to defend against intruders.

    The Oxford (Oxfordshire) one was kind of OK I guess.

    Most recently stayed at the Tolworth Towers one for London Bikeathon 2 year ago. Room stank of smoke, T.V. was neither flat nor wide, security doors (why do they have them?) were all broken, and saw 2 prostitutes within the 5 min I was in the lobby.

    Will never use Travelodge again! Stay in a Premier/Holiday Inn at least.

    The only time I will see that awful blue and orange decor again is on a porn site hopefully :lol:
  • bernithebiker
    bernithebiker Posts: 4,148
    Honestly, you lot really are barking up the wrong tree if you want value for money AND a comfy room.

    Airbnb.com is the future ; a 10 second search for London returned this for £40/night;

    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/388767

    and this for £55/night

    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/726669

    No hotel can beat that.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667

    No hotel can beat that.

    What, no bar, no restaurant, no room service, no fellow guests, no gym, no spa, no swimming pool.........

    If thats the future of hotels I am staying at home!
  • bernithebiker
    bernithebiker Posts: 4,148
    Carbonator wrote:

    No hotel can beat that.

    What, no bar, no restaurant, no room service, no fellow guests, no gym, no spa, no swimming pool.........

    If thats the future of hotels I am staying at home!

    Many of the godawful hotels mentioned have none of those things, including fellow guests, unless you include prostitutes!

    In London, bars and restaurants are almost always just round the corner. Rather that than submit to hideous, overpriced room service.

    And with the handfuls of cash that you've saved, treat yourself to a wash and brush up at a decent London spa. :D
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    OK, got to admit you could be right if staying on topic :wink:
    Even the spinning shoe cleaner, playing in the lifts and trolley grabbing does not justify staying in a London hotel maybe :(
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Carbonator wrote:
    Travelodge! I would rather sleep in my car!!! They are grimmer than grim!

    I agree with diy on the skanky London hotels, and quite possibly the Tower Travelodge one might well be ok, but........

    The one in Battersea had plexiglass to protect the receptionists and I genuinely felt like my family were at risk of death. Got very little sleep as I was awake most of the night waiting to defend against intruders.

    The Oxford (Oxfordshire) one was kind of OK I guess.

    Most recently stayed at the Tolworth Towers one for London Bikeathon 2 year ago. Room stank of smoke, T.V. was neither flat nor wide, security doors (why do they have them?) were all broken, and saw 2 prostitutes within the 5 min I was in the lobby.

    Will never use Travelodge again! Stay in a Premier/Holiday Inn at least.

    The only time I will see that awful blue and orange decor again is on a porn site hopefully :lol:

    Totally agree.

    The Cambridge Travelodge has PVC coated mattresses (presumably because the pi$$ed up Friday nighters keep making a mess) and the Inverness one has mattresses which have collapsed. I complained so strongly after getting a sore back in the Inverness one they gave me ALL my money back.

    I wouldn't go near them ever again.

    Premier Inn are good.

    Still suggest if you use Lastminute.com you can get good London deals:

    http://www.grangehotels.com/hotels-lond ... hotel.aspx

    I am staying here this Friday, booked last week, for £99. Double room to myself. Room only but as I have paid in advance I will eat around the corner in Waggamama on Friday evening at in Cafe Nero on sat morning. No rip off hotel charges.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    I dont think its wee wee stains that Travelodge are protecting their mattresses from :shock:

    I like Premiere Inn/Holiday Inn in the UK. Never had a bad one.
    Am using them for Ride London 100. That will be as central as I have been with them though.

    Usually stay in Q hotels if its not for an event or specific location. We are in their 'breakaway club' and often go to the one 6 miles down the road for a one night relaxing family swim/spa/meal out/breakfast/swim/spa.
  • jotko
    jotko Posts: 457
    edited March 2013
    Carbonator wrote:
    Travelodge! I would rather sleep in my car!!! They are grimmer than grim!

    I agree with diy on the skanky London hotels, and quite possibly the Tower Travelodge one might well be ok, but........

    The one in Battersea had plexiglass to protect the receptionists and I genuinely felt like my family were at risk of death. Got very little sleep as I was awake most of the night waiting to defend against intruders.

    The Oxford (Oxfordshire) one was kind of OK I guess.

    Most recently stayed at the Tolworth Towers one for London Bikeathon 2 year ago. Room stank of smoke, T.V. was neither flat nor wide, security doors (why do they have them?) were all broken, and saw 2 prostitutes within the 5 min I was in the lobby.

    Will never use Travelodge again! Stay in a Premier/Holiday Inn at least.

    The only time I will see that awful blue and orange decor again is on a porn site hopefully :lol:

    I stayed in the Kings Cross travelodge for a mates wedding a few years back. Whilst we were queuing up to check in a gang of hoody type kids ran through reception knocking some people over and legged it out the door. What was all that about everyone said. A few moment later loads of people came running down the stairs saying they had been robbed, the gang of kids had gone from room to room kicking the doors in and robbing the guests. This was about 5pm on a Saturday. A lovely place.

    To top it all off when I got back after the wedding bash I found the friend I was sharing the twin room with trying to have sex with a morbidly obese female wedding guest. Having dampened their passions by wandering in and refusing to leave, said lady then proceeded to pass out and snore like a walrus all night whilst I lay there wide awake waiting to be robbed.

    I have never stayed in a travel lodge since (or shared a room with a male friend)

    I was very cheap though :lol:
  • navrig
    navrig Posts: 1,352
    Carbonator wrote:
    I dont think its wee wee stains that Travelodge are protecting their mattresses from :shock:

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Nope, not that either.
    I doubt you have a smiley for what I am thinking!