Lonfdon Hotels: Victoria & Strand
LONDON HOTELS, cheap, and centrally placed
HOTELS AT VICTORIA STATION
Notes quotred from messages to Fodors Forum for Europe in July 2001.
Introductory. Be sure if you pick something from the web to make sure you can see pictures of the rooms - I was burned badly at a dud hotel, and don't want it to
happen to you. In London especially you get what you pay for - so don't try to skimp too much. Be careful, for some of the small hotels in this location look a little seedy. But if you are saving, Ebury Street is quiet but right near Victoria Station and is a great place to start. You can walk to the street with your luggage on wheels. It's one B&B after the other. There's a good bar on Ebury Street (had dinner there the first night; I'd describe it as "world cuisine".. eclectic, some Thai touches, some French, some Italian) and there were several boutiques on Ebury Street that I didn't get to explore but looked promising. The street is near Buckingham Palace and a good walk to the West End. Tube stop nearby.
Arden Hotel. http://www.ardenhotel.com/. Basic, but clean, about 10mins walk to Victoria on a quiet street.
Arden Hotel. I was there a month ago, clean and convenient. The rooms at the back "benefit" from the noise of the trains entering and leaving Victoria station. It's not a strong noise since the trains go slowly at this stage, but people with a light sleep should ask a room looking on the street.
12 St Georges Drive, SW1, phone 7834 2988
Astors Hotel. I cannot necessarily recommend the hotel (it was pretty worn, but the price was right), but the area was great. 110 Ebury Street, SW1, phone 7730 3811.
November 2001: We stayed on Ebury Street at the Astors Hotel for about $120 in 1998. We survived it. Nothing to write home about. Severely dated; slightly smoky, and the bathroom was kind of rigged up in what may have been a closet. That said, exchange rates were terrible at the time and it was liveable.
Cardiff House. I stayed there last time I was in London. Bernadette is the manager. After getting back to the states I found out my mother and her friends have stayed there several times. It's clean but not fancy. I shared the bath down the hall. I believe it was $35/USD in February. So the price would be higher in Aug/Sept. Not in the London phone book.
Cartref Hotel or James House. I stay there as often as I can as long as they have a vacancy. Both B&B's are owned by the same family and they are located directly across the street from one another. The facility is spotless and the staff are so friendly. Coming down for breakfast every morning was a delight! Good luck! Cartref Hotel, 129 Ebury Street, SW1, phone 7730 6176 and 7730 7637. James House Hotel, 108 Ebury Street, phone 7730 2511 and 7730 7338. Double 68 pounds a night bed and breakfast. http://www.jamesandcartref.co.uk/htm/about.html/.
Chesham House Hotel. We paid 55 pounds for a double room without bathroom per night which included a full English breakfast. They also have rooms with bathroom. We found it to be quite adequate for our needs. Our room was not large or luxurious but we didn't go to London to stay in our room. 64 Ebury Street, phone 7730 8513, fax 7730 1845.
Collin House. We had a family room the summer of 1997 for about $125. We recommend it. 104 Ebury Street, phone 7730 8031. http://www.milford.co.uk/go/collinhouse.html/.
Double with breakfast, with en-suite 82 pounds or 115 dollars, without en-suite 68 pounds or 96 dollars
Ebury Court Hotel. My favourite. Not all rooms have private baths. Room #1 is particularly pleasant. Like staying at Grandma's house. No children under 6 allowed in dining rooms. 28 Ebury Street, phone 7730 8147.
Ebury House Hotel. In the late 1980's we stayed at this delightful small hotel. It was made up of a couple of Georgian houses and we had a room with a canopy bed and a fireplace. It was moderate price then and only a few blocks from the station. It had a full English breakfast which was served in the basement of the old house. We found this hotel in guide books but it is probably on the internet.
102 Ebury Street, phone 7730 1350. Double or Twin Bed and Breakfast from 55 to 75 pounds, 77 to 105 dollars. http://www.smoothhound.co.uk/a44192.html/.
Elizabeth Hotel was perfectly awful...We could not get into another hotel without paying over 200$ a night...we were there for 6 night, much too long!!!! The Rubens looked lovely and I wish we would have stayed there,,,,oh well, you live and learn!!!!! 37 Ecclestone Square, phone 7828 6812.
Grosvenor Thistle, the Victorian hotel right at Victoria station. I stayed there years ago several times. There is an entrance right in the hotel to the station which was convenient . The rooms were clean, the help, friendly, helpful shops and cocktail lounges.
Grosvenor Thistle, right there at Victoria, indeed over it and surrounding it, cannot be beat for location, location, location. It is huge, and it does lack the charm that smaller places can deliver. However, being right there at your train station and/or tube stop has huge advantages. Our room there was spacious, clean, and comfortable. Buckingham Palace Road , SW1W 0SJ, phone 7834 9494 and 0870 333 9120, fax 0870 333 9220. 148 pounds or 208 dollars a night for a double. http://www.thistlehotels.com/hotel_dir/property/index.jhtml?id=4684
Harcourt House Hotel. Do not stay there. I stayed there a couple of years ago and it was awful. (5 nights there - I still can't believe we didn't just leave and go someplace else). 50 Ebury Street, phone 7730 2722, fax 7730 3998. http://www.harcourthousehotel.co.uk/cgi-bin/ePages.storefront/EN/Catalog/3069
Holly House Hotel. reasonably priced and the rooms are okay. Nothing fancy but we only wanted a place to lay our weary heads at the end of the day. We got a 5-person ensuite family room for only 90 pounds, including a continental breakfast. reasonable. 20 Hugh Street, SW1 WOLU, phone 7834 5671, fax 7233 5154. 0870 333 9120. http://www.hollyhousehotel1.fsnet.co.uk/. Twin or Double Room: Basic 40 pounds, en-suite 50 pounds.
Limetree Hotel. I read about it on the Rick Steves board. The owner is delightful, our room was small, but cheerfully appointed, we had a stall shower, the area is quiet at night and has a pleasant boho feel to it, and an English breakfast is served. It was a little under 71 pounds or $100 a night. Most of the other guests were repeat customers, too.
Limetree Hotel. I stayed there two years ago and really enjoyed it. I booked one of the smaller rooms (only in London for two nights). It was cheerfully decorated in floral prints, had a stall shower, no bath, bring your own soap, big closet, and a desk. Breakfast was the traditional English breakfast and Dave and his wife and the staff were friendly and helpful. Compared to other dreary and threadbare places I've stayed in London, the Lime Tree was a welcome change. 137 Ebury Street, phone 7730 8191, fax 7730 7865. 75 to 115 pounds or 105 to 157 dollars a room. http://www.limetreehotel.co.uk/location.htm
Quality Inns, I think. I stayed recently. We decided that time to save money. Big mistake. It was not pleasant. The sort of place one questions the wisdom of taking off one's shoes. I think it was on Belgrave Road. Not in the telephone directory.
The Quality Hotel about 3 blocks from Victoria at your price. I stayed recently at I can't say it had atmosphere--just a hotel. I walked down Ebury Street --you'll find lots of postings about it--and it seemed like a good street of hotels in old houses. It starts about 2 blocks from the station so the distance would depend how far down your choice was.
Rubens Hotel. We went with a sort of "family" outing and got three rooms there. They weren't near each other, but given the dynamics of travel, that was perhaps for the best. All age ranges--seniors, boomers, and teen--enjoyed the Rubens.
Rubens Hotel. My Mom stayed there and loved it - nice rooms etc.
Rubens Hotel. I highly recommend it. It is literally across the street from parts of Buckingham Palace. We stayed there twice, and liked it quite a lot. The first time we had a huge breakfast buffet option, and the second time, for unknown reasons, only a "continental" buffet, but both were good. We liked its smaller size and comfortable lobby.
Buckingham Palace Road, phone 7834 6600.
Topham Belgravia Hotel. We were pleased with the accommodation. The restaurant was excellent.
Topham Belgravia Hotel. I second this. The public rooms are charming, particularly the breakfast room. The bedrooms were sweet and clean. The staff was friendly.
28 Ebury Street, phone 7730 8147. http://www.tophams.co.uk/. In August, double or twin, without en-suite, 110 pounds or 154 dollars. Otherwise, from 130 pounds or 182 dollars.
Westminster House Hotel. My husband and I just returned (last week) from a fantastic 5 day London trip. A B&B (really a small hotel). Just about $100 or 72 pounds per night with full breakfast. Clean, quiet, with private WC and shower. Mr. and Mrs. Jones (proprietors) and their three daughters were nice. Walk to either Victoria or Sloane Square tube stop (we preferred the latter, as it took us right through our lovely neighborhood, Belgravia -- Mrs. Thatcher lives on the square behind, according to our host!). We would return - lodging is so expensive in central London and this was good value. 96 Ebury Street, phone 7730 4302. http://www.westminsterhousehotel.co.uk/contact.htm/.
Twin or double room with breakfast: standard 70 pounds or 98 dollars, en suite 80 pounds or 112 dollars.
Woodville House Hotel. nice: in Rick Steves' book
Woodville House Hotel. I believe the price was under $100 US, but I do not have it listed in my journal - it is probably listed in Rick Steves book. The room did not have toilet or shower, there was one on each landing. It did include a typical English breakfast - more food than we ever ate at breakfast but then we saved money on lunch! The owners were extremely helpful.
107 Ebury Street, phone 7730-1048, fax 7730-2574. http://www.woodvillehouse.co.uk/. Double or twin room with breakfast, and showers down the corridor, 62 pounds or 87 dollars.
Along Ebury Street from north to south.
28 Ebury Court, 28 Topham Belgravia. 50 Harcourt House, 64 Chesham House, 96 Westminster House, 102 Ebury House, 104 Collin House,
107 Woodville House, 108 James House, 110 Astors, 129 Cartref, 137 Limetree.
HOTELS ON AND NEAR THE STRAND
Travel Inn County Hall. £62.95
Royal Adelphi Hotel. From £45 or 80 inc breakfast
Strand Palace Hotel. £159 to 199
Also at discount £57 any date in August
and £66 Fridays to Sundays all year
Discounts also on http://www.travelnow.com/hotels/
and on http://www.180096HOTEL.com
Many rooms are small, but not all, so it is good to ask
the room size before you book.
Charing Cross Thistle Hotel. £190 to 255
Waldorf Meridien. £210 to 495
Also at discount £165 any date in August
and £176 Fridays to Saturdays all year
Savoy Hotel. £265 to 1190.