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SNIPPETSUK hotels ratings.
This is a general Lodging guide and not specific to any individual hotel or accommodation type.
1 star: cheap and cheerful, hostel type accommodation, basic services.
2 stars: slightly better facilities, still cheap/budget/hostel class.
3 stars: middle ground between better facilities, services and budget accommodation.
4 stars: at this level a good all round standard is expected in all areas, facilities, services. Expect personal services such as concierge, 24 hour reception and daily maid service.
5 stars: At this level the hotel would expect to be of a luxury standard in all areas, facilities and services.
Ratings are usually given by a body such as the English Tourist Board or a recognised organisation such as the AA although in some cases the lodging ratings may be self rated.
Room sizes are always something that often surprises first time London visitors. Generally room sizes are smaller than those in many other countries. This is more prevalent in B&B type accommodation where the building is a conversion (the large majority of them) and not a purpose built hotel.
If you would like to ride on a traditional old fashioned double decker routemaster bus in central London then routes 9 (Hammersmith to Aldwych) and 15 (Paddington to Blackwall) still use them.
Totally new Routemasters hit London streets in 2012 and run on the 38 route from Victoria to Hackney.
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Our >>>Cheap London Hotels page will guide you to the most popular areas for this type of accommodation and suggest some budget priced hotels.
For hotels in the upper to luxury class (4, 5 star) try accommodation around Mayfair W1 and St James's SW1.
The >>>Central London Hotels page will show you the areas that are in the very heart of tourist London.
MYSTERY HOTELSThere are big savings to be made when booking mystery hotels. Part of the deal with these low rates is that the hotel name is not shown until your receive your booking confirmation. Take a look at these popular hotels in central London and at London airports. >>>Mystery Hotels
EXTRA HIGH ROOM OCCUPANCYOne facility many visitors are searching for is hotels where large families of groups of adults can share one bedroom or apartments. We conveniently list all hotels and apartments that allow extra high room occupancy which we identify as 5 or more people. We even have hotels that will allow 7 adults in one room as well as the often request rooms for a family of 5. >>>Family Rooms for 5 or more
HOTEL HOLIDAY PACKAGES: SPA / GOLF / THEME PARK / RAIL BREAKS / RAIL BREAKSHotel and ticket packages available for sporting events, music concerts, cultural breaks, Spa breaks, Golf breaks, theme park breaks, European rail travel, open top bus tours and special events.
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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PACKAGE DEALSNot only can you be sure dining services will be available over the twixtmas period but you can take advantage of some great discounted rates by choosing from specially negotiated packages at the festive time of year. deals for Christmas and for the new year. Our hotel breaks cover the whole of the UK, not just breaks in London.
>>>Christmas and New year Hotel Packages
HIGHEST RATED TOURIST CLASS HOTEL FOR CENTRAL LONDON BY TOTAL REVIEWS
AROSFA HOTEL BLOOMSBURY 3 STARSFree WiFi √
Small (17 rooms) friendly B&B hotel that has been consistently praised by past guests. Located within a short walk from the main central locations of the West End and Covent Garden. A private townhouse hotel making a real alternative to larger, pricier hotels in the surrounding area.
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41 HOTEL 5 STAR TRIPADVISOR RATED NO.1 IN LONDONBOUTIQUE √ HIP √ Suites √ Free WiFi √ 30 bedrooms
Location: Victoria/ St James's/ Westminster
Enjoys a wonderful location overlooking the Royal Mews and adjacent to the Queens Gallery on Buckingham Place Road by Buckingham Palace. A true five star hotel that is regularly in the top 10 of hotels in London on the Tripadvisor ratings and a winner of many top hotel awards. Club like feel the hotel offers opulent luxury and a choice of onsite dining.
MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS 4 STARSuites √ Free WiFi √ Add-on Options: Rail √
TRIPADVISOR TOP RATED 4 STAR LONDON HOTEL
Location: Bloomsbury/ Russell Square/ Covent Garden
Just off of Russell Square and walking distance from Covent Garden and Oxford Street. This is a boutique townhouse hotel overlooking a private garden. Bedroom facilities include 24 hour room service, daily maid service, air conditioning and interactive cable TV. The hotel has two restaurants onsite, a terrace bar and a conservatory. PC workstation in hotel lobby.
PREMIER INN LONDON CITY (OLD STREET) 3 STARSFamily Rooms (2+2) √
TRIPADVISOR TOP RATED 3 STAR LONDON HOTEL
Newly opened in 2012. The Premier Inn generally are all well reviewed especially the more modern ones and the Premier Inn City (Old Street) continues in the same vein. Air-conditioned bedrooms and a modern restaurant and bar provide the basis for a pleasurable stay. Minutes from Old Street tube station and close to the City of London. It is just a 10 minute walk from the hotel to the Barbican arts centre.
THE HIDE LONDON HOTEL 4 STARS TRIPADVISOR HIDDEN GEM!BOUTIQUE √ Free WiFi √ 23 bedrooms
From Central London: 6.2 miles (10 km)
Just a small hotel in north London but fast collecting lots of positive reviews. Slightly out from central London means budget rates but with excellent transport links back into the centre of London.
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Location: Finchley/Golders Green
Located on the Southern edge of Finchley and first opened in summer 2007. Opposite the hotel on Regents Park Road is 'College Farm' which is open to the general public while within a short walk in both directions is a range of shops and amenities. The hotel is air-conditioned throughout and offers WiFi internet access and business services (including meeting room).
SUITABLE FOR THE OLYMPIC STADIUM
PREMIER INN STRATFORD 3 STARSOnly opened in September 2011 making it one of the newest hotels so close to the Olympic Stadium, actually just a few minutes walk. What an amazing location as the hotel is located on the top floor of the largest shopping mall in Europe, Westfield Stratford City. While the hotel has its own restaurant you have a large number of options for all your shopping and dining needs on your doorstep.
TOP ECO HOTEL
LANCASTER LONDON HOTEL 4 STARWinner of two top eco hotel wards in 2012 makes the Lancaster London a great choice for guests looking to support sustainable tourism. Located by Hyde Park and close to Paddington Station with the amenities of Queensway and chic shopping of Notting Hill on your doorstep. Good transport links make trips into the most central parts of London just a few minutes away.
LOOKING FOR IDEAS? THESE HOTELS ARE ALL POPULAR CHOICES.
CROWN MORAN HOTEL 4 STAR Triple room's √ suites √Free WiFi √ Spa √ Gym √ Swimming Pool √
From Central London: 4.8 miles (7.6 km)
142-152 Cricklewood Broadway, London, NW2 3ED
Location: Cricklewood/ Hendon/ Golders Green
This north London hotel offers above average facilities for a hotel in the London suburbs with a leisure centre which includes a swimming pool. Close to major high street shopping amenities and social amenities including theatre and pubs.
DARLINGTON HYDE PARK HOTEL 3 STAR Quad rooms √From Central London: 1.6 miles (2.6 km)
Another much praised 3 star hotel offering value for money accommodation. Some 300 yards from Paddington Station, 350 yards from the huge Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and just over half a mile from Marble and Oxford Street. Serve breakfast (buffet, continental and English) in its conservatory. There are luggage storage facilities and drinks sold at reception desk. WiFi internet and flat screen television with digital channels in bedrooms.
MINT HOTEL WESTMINSTER 4 STAR suites √From Central London: 1.2 miles (1.9 km)
Location: Westminster/ Vauxhall/ Victoria
Another popular and highly praised hotel. Very close to the banks of the River Thames and the Tate Britain gallery and walking distance to the Houses of Parliament. Slightly away from the main nightlife areas but convenient for Victoria station. A large hotel a contemporary style. Bedrooms feature iMacs, air-conditioning, high end entertainment system and laptop size safes. Restaurant with Al Fresco dining along with a stylish lounge bar. Onsite gym.
APEX LONDON WALL HOTEL 4 STARSFree WiFi √
From Central London: 2.1 miles (3.3 km)
Location: City of London/Moorgate
In a small side street in the City of London and the Square Mile. Close to amenities. Upmarket 4 star plus accommodation. Bedrooms have air-conditioning, flat screen television and WiFi. Restaurant, bar and fitness room within premises. Concierge team.
PREMIER INN COUNTY HALL 3 STAR Family rooms √From central London: 0.9 miles (1.4 km)
Exceptional location for a budget chain hotel. Sits right next the major attraction of the London Eye, the River Thames and Westminster Bridge with views over the Houses of Parliament. Walking distance from Waterloo and Westminster stations. Good value for its combination of rates and location. Onsite restaurant and bar.
PARKCITY HOTEL 4 STARFrom Central London: 2.6 mile (4.1 km)
Boutique hotel in a residential area close to Earls Court and South Kensington. Highly rates hotel with past guests. Though slightly away from the very centre of London it offers a good balance of rates, facilities and comfort. A step above the normal type of guest houses you tend to find around this part of London.
IBIS HEATHROW AIRPORT 2 STARTriple room's (2+1) √ U To 15 Days Parking √
On the Bath Road sitting opposite the northern perimeter road of Heathrow airport the hotel offers a decent blend of low priced accommodation, close proximity to the airport and basic facilities.
HOLIDAY INN HEATHROW 4 STARTriple room's √ Parking rates √
Offering some good standard bedrooms and onsite facilities and right opposite the airport. Onsite bar and restaurant and parking packages available.
Free WiFi √
Location: Lancaster Gate, Paddington, Queensway
The hotel was fully refurbished in 2010 and is now receiving consistently good reviews. Offering good value a couple of minutes walk from Hyde Park and less than a 1/3rd of a mile from Paddington Station. The bar serves snacks in the evening and the breakfast room serves full breakfast in the morning.
HOTEL RAFAYEL ON THE LEFT BANK 5 STARSEco Hotel √ Free WiFi √ Spa √ Suites √
One of the first purpose built environmentally friendly hotels in London, and a luxury rated hotel to boot. Sited adjacent to the Battersea Helipad on the south side of the River Thames close to Wandsworth and Clapham. Low energy throughout with innovations such as heat conserving air-conditioning. Minimal use of plastics and paper.
FOOTBALL/RUGBY/RACING FANSFancy being part of the stadium or sports facility while your staying in London?
Two hotels are located within actual football stadiums, these are at West Ham Utd and Chelsea, while the Marriott has a hotel at Twickenham Rugby Stadium. Within Greater London is the Holiday Inn Express Epsom Downs, actually located within the grounds of this grade 1 racecourse and home to the derby.
>>>Nearest Hotels to the Olympic Stadium
HOTEL NEWSThe Langham has the best bar in the world
All Seasons becomes Ibis Styles
Dorchester Hotel named top Luxury hotel in the UK and 8th in the world
Premier Inn named best budget brand 2012
Doubletree by Hilton opens 2 new hotels:
1:Doubletree by Hilton Westminster
2: Doubletree by Hilton Tower of London
Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5 opens
CENTRAL LONDON: CHARING CROSS?Officially the centre of London is taken as Charing Cross Station. However as far as the tourist heart of the capital is concerned it is really on the South East side of the central areas. For the purposes of measuring distances on this website we use Piccadilly Circus as the point of reference as we believe in the real world it represents the central tourist heart of London for most people. The distance between the two is actually only 0.4 miles.
LONDON AIRPORTS - TRAIN TRAVEL INFORMATIONGatwick Express from Victoria Station
Cost: single from £19.90 Return £34.90 (online £17.75, £31.05)
Journey Time: 30 minutes to Gatwick Airport South Terminal
Phone Number: +44 08705 301530
Heathrow Express From Paddington Station
Cost: single £20 (online), £20 (ticket machine), £25 (on train)
return £34 (online), £34 (ticket machine), £39 (on train)
Journey Time: (Heathrow Airport terminals 1-2-3) 15 minutes
(Heathrow Airport terminal 5) 23 minutes
Phone Number: +44 0845 6001515
Heathrow Connect From Paddington Station
Cost: £9.50 single, £19.00 return
Journey Time: (Heathrow Airport terminals 1-2-3) 20-25 minutes, 30 minutes to terminal 4
Phone Number: +44 0845 678 6975
Stansted Express From Liverpool Street Station
Cost: single ?23.40 , return ?32.80
Journey Time: 45 minutes to Stansted Airport
Phone Number: +44 08705 301530
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London Eye Gallery
Formal Gardens in Holland Park
Boating lake in Regents Park
Houses of Parliament
Covent Garden Piazza
St Katharine Docks
North Side of Piccadilly Circus
souvenir shop on Oxford Street
South side of Wardour Street
Looking Towards Kensington Palace from Hyde Park South West end.
A walk along Kensington High Street
Sloane Square which marks the start of Kings Road, Chelsea. Kings Road starts in the opposite corner , Sloane Street on right. View is looking West.