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London Vacation

Teaneck, NJ
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London Vacation

We need some advice for a 5 or 6 night stay in London. Are there really good B&Bs in a good area of London or should we look for a hotel. We dont like all the glitz of a hotel, but dont want to make this a miserable trip staying in someones basement. Any advise or info would be a big help.

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1. Re: London Vacation

Yes, there are many good B&B's in London as well as many nice hotels. Of course, there are bad in both these categories as well.

You can start your search by clicking "London Hotels" in the upper left of your screen. Once there, you can look at hotels and B&B's.

Also, if you post your price range as well as who is travelling (ie. 20 something couple, family of 6, seniors,etc...) and some of what you are looking for, I am sure you will get some good responses on this forum.

Just help us help you. :-)

Good luck and happy travels!

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If the driver of your choice is lack of glitz and not price then the Luna & Simone B&B might well fit the bill. Its one of the few B&B hotels in Central London that is family run andd run like a traditional B&B outside Central London.

Its behind Victoria and is in a very good central position too.

The Cardiff Hotel near Paddington Station is also similar.

Prices of the above are in the 70-80 GBP bracket for a double.

At around the same price or a little more are several Premier Travel Inn hotels. These are just straightforward decent no frills hotels with little atmosphere but a very reliable product few people can complain about. The best site is County Hall right next to the London Eye, other central ones in good positions are at Kensington (Earls Court) and Euston.

The Darlington Hyde Park is comfortable smallish hotel near Paddington Station. Prices are normally just below 100 GBP for that time of year. Its got a very good reputation for the friendliness of its staff and very nice environment in a low key kind of way without being glitzy and fussy.

Lastly Citadines are a French aparthotel chain that have several sites with studios and 1 bedroom apartments in very good positions. The best located are Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden (Holborn). A studio is usually about 99 GBP at the weekend about 120 GBP during the week.

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Thanks for the replies. We are a couple and have never been to England before. We plan to stay 5 or 6 nights in London and then go to the countryside for 3 or 4 nights. Please excuse my lack of posting info, have never done this before.

Thanks

Winchester, Virginia
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gladrod,

Your timing sounds good. Of course, you could spend weeks in London and not run out of things to do, but 5-6 days will be nice. It will also be great to get out into the countryside or to smaller areas for several days.

I hope you have been able to start looking up hotels. Also, I recommend a good guidebook or two plus searching around the website. Start making a list of what you want to see and do. Then, you can start sketching out an itinerary.

What time of year will you be in England? Also, if you post your budget (room price range in £'s or $'s), then it will help our London experts make some recommendations.

Have fun with the planning and feel free to ask questions as you go along.

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5. Re: London Vacation

Gladrod, there are also replies to your other post (you double-posted) that I'm not sure you've seen: tripadvisor.com/…2459588

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Glad ~> We've booked at a budget hotel that has full english breakfast. Doesn't have all the glitz of a hotel, but will have the coziness and friendliness of a small B&B.

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Welcome to the forum! We stayed at the Express by Holiday Inn - Swiss Cottage and were pleased -- basic hotel, very clean, cont. breakfast included in price, about 200 yeards from Finchley Rd. tube station, which serves the Jubilee and Metro. lines. We were there for 5 nights in Sept. 2005 before travelling toother parts of the UK and enjoyed the ease of access to the rest of London, as well as the variety and abundance of eateries and stores located around the hotel.

This hotel is in Zone 2, however - not as central as some of the others mentioned, but it took us about 15 minutes by tube to reach Westminster, if that helps any.

Good luck and enjoy your trip!