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GLENARTNEY GUEST HOUSE: PAPER WALLS - ISLE OF ARRAN


The Glenartney prides itself on being environmentally friendly. That may explain the paper-thin walls. I did enjoy my stay here, and had several quiet nights’, but you are at the mercy of the guests being quiet. And their dogs. Other than that - this is a beautiful place to stay. You can sit outside in the gardens and look out over Brodick Bay. Inside they have lovely decorated rooms, comfortable beds and warm communal rooms. They even run a fantastic bar in the evenings. I enjoyed sitting in the largest living room, having a cold beer and browsing through the guest library. Everything in Brodick is a healthy 5-10 minute walk away.

Glenartney is dog friendly. Just pay an extra £10 for rover (only one dog per room). I had a fellow flour legged guest and he was very quiet. His owners spoke loudly, but went to bed early.



OVERVIEW:
* Double, twin and single rooms
* 2 beautiful lounges with a library and large TV
* Large in-house bar
* Free Wi-Fi (you can borrow a laptop if you need it)
* Set in beautiful gardens with free car parking and a path leading to nature

ROOMS:
* Wonderful beds (5 star quality!)
* Flat screen TV, Tea and coffee, Hair dryer, Arran Aromatics range of toiletries
* Free wifi in some rooms (in all common areas)

FOOD & DRINK:
* Resident's lounge bar offers Arran beers and whisky, many other beers and spirits
* Hot Breakfast (8.30 -9.30am) earlier cold buffet, packed lunches (order the night before)

FACILITIES:
* Drying room, secure cycle and golf trolley storage, bike wash and repair facilities
* Dog friendly (£10 and one dog per room)
* Free car parking just outside

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Eco-Tourism, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written October 18, 2014
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CITY HOTEL: THE LONDON ROLLERCOASTER


This is my favourite budget hotel in London. It is located right on the famous Brick Lane (Indian restaurants), it’s convenient for my work, central London and its right next to 2 tube stations. Why the rollercoaster? Because their prices go form very cheap to very over-priced. If you book them in advance you can often get a great deal. The staff are lovely and the one time I had a noisy neighbours the staff told them to literally go to bed. They did. The first room I ever stayed in was a former apartment and I had 2 massive bedrooms, 4 beds, living room and a former kitchen area. Rooms are well equipped. All have air-conditioning, large fridge, coffee/tea facilities, good toiletries, safe, magazines (i.e. Time) and are clean. The décor is basic, but who cares. The beds are reasonable and the rooms are quiet. Ask for a room facing away from the road. It’s not a noisy road, but the back of the building is silent at all times.

They have a nice bar called The Lane and a good restaurant called the The Kapok Tree that serves a large Pan Asian menu. If that’s not good enough, you have the famous Brick Lane on your doorstep. In addition to world class Indian Restaurants you also have a South African (excellent) and some Thai restaurants.

This is my hotel of first choice in London on my business budget. They also remember repeat customers and look after you.

Newspapers are complimentary, but wi-fi starts at £2 for an hour.

City Hotel is the sister hotel of the London Guards Hotel near Paddington and Hyde Park. It is also quiet and good value as well.



* Great prices (sometimes)
* Quiet
* On Brick Lane
* Well located

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Budget Travel, Family Travel
  • Written September 8, 2014
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INDIGO GLASGOW: MY LEAST FAVOURITE INDIGO


I have stayed as some very nice Indigo Hotels across the UK, and unfortunately, this is my least favourite. The hotel occupies the site of the former Scottish Power station built in the 1800s. The nearby Glasgow School of Art was the first building to be illuminated from here. They now supply all the art you will find throughout the hotel. I really liked the photos on their website and location just a few minutes’ walk from the Central Train Station. Check-in was nice enough and when I opened my very long room, I thought it looked nice enough. Then I started noticing things…..

The room was warm and I couldn’t get the air-conditioning to work. The window opens about an inch and was no help at all. My sink was blocked with who knows what. There was no bath. The TV only had 3 channels that I could actually see. The bed was a bit hard. I found it hard to sleep and was very tired at work the next day.

The only good thing is the Gym. It is brand new, state of the art and you have the place to yourself. Their TV had better reception.

For this sort of money, you could do better in Glasgow.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Hotel renovated in 2011, 94 Guest Rooms on 5 Floors, all non-smoking
• Limelight Bar & Grill (Bistro)
• Free standard Internet and Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
• Offsite parking at Q Park adjacent to the hotel. Guests get 25% discount
• Many restaurant and shops nearby
• 5 minutes’ walk to the Central Train Station

ROOMS:
Executive rooms have:
• Large beds, wool rugs and hard wood floors
• 32" flat screen TV, iPod docking station and a complimentary mini bar
• Large walk-in rainhead shower (no bath)
• Rooms measure 21 sq. meters.
• TV (only a few channels), Stereo, Workspace / Desk, Phone / Fax, Phone with Voice Mail
Standard rooms have:
• Bathrobe, hairdryer, Coffee/Tea making facilities, Mini Bar
• Individually Controlled Air Conditioning (if it works)
• Iron / Ironing Board, Separate Hanging Closet

FOOD & DRINK
• Limelight Bar & Grill (Bistro)
• Room Service
FACILITIES
• Health and Fitness Studio (brand new)
BUSINESS FACILITIES
• Business Services, Copying, Fax, PC & Printer available

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Business Travel, Luxury Travel, Family Travel
  • Written September 7, 2014
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DoubleTree by Hilton - London Hyde Park: THE BIG SLEEP


This must be the most sold hotel in London. I don’t mean rooms, I mean the hotel. I have stayed here several times and always under a new owner. This is a very good hotel by London standards. Very good. It is currently owned by Hilton Doubletree who have tried to jazz up the hotel and the rooms. The reason that it is such a great place to stay is that it is an older hotel with big rooms that have not been cut in half like so many others. It is also set away from the road and the rooms on the back are absolutely silent at night. Make sure you request a room at the back. They look onto the back of some residential homes.

The rooms I have had have old massive air-conditioning units, but the climate control works. They have always had excellent mattresses and I have no doubt this continues under the Doubletree brand. My rooms have always been large and functional. Plenty of closet space and living space. The bathrooms have large bathtubs and showers with loads of water pressure. They even have an iron and ironing board in the room. There are 2 Tube Stations within 5 minutes walk, so it is a great hotel for pleasure or business.

I have always enjoyed staying here. In the past the décor has been dated, but who cares? I always have a great sleep, a great shower with my coffee in the morning and great service from the staff. This is one of the best hotels for the money in London. No matter who owns it.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Located opposite Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
• All rooms are non-smoking
• Quiet and comfortable
• Near many good restaurants (and several very bad ones)
• Free Wi-Fi in common areas

• £25 for car parking per day !
•Baggage Storage , Concierge Desk, Elevators, Mult-Lingual Staff, Room Service

ROOMS:
All rooms are newly refurbished, have air conditioning, a work desk, mini fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, safe, radio alarm clock and an in-room iron and ironing board (smoother, steam iron or request). Also there is a choice of pillows, good toiletries and nice towels. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Deluxe Rooms also have:
• Located on the top floor of the hotel with panoramic views of London
• King-sized bed and 40-inch LCD TV
• Complimentary WiFi
Suites:
• Offer panoramic views of the beautiful Hyde Park
• Have a separate lounge area with a sofa and coffee table
• Large bathroom with large lit mirror and walk-in shower
• iPod docking station
Accessible Rooms:
• Located on the ground floor
• Accessible bathroom with wet room shower and lowered sink
• 40-inch LCD TV

FOOD & DRINK
• Urban Meadow Restaurant (International Cuisine)
• Grab and Go menu - healthy sandwiches and salads
• Hotel Bar

FACILITIES
• Business Center

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written September 6, 2014
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EURO HOTEL: GOOD DEAL NEAR LONDON KINGS CROSS


I have to admit, when I showed up at this hotel, I thought – it’s going to be noisy with bad beds. I was wrong. The Euro Hotel is a somewhat refurbished hotel and they are VERY close to King Cross Station, so a real plus. The staff were all students and were obviously chosen for their good customer skills. My room at first was a bit hard to form a conclusion about. It was reasonable size, but had 2 beds and did not have the nicest looking bed covers. It was also downstairs and I was worried the other residents would have slamming doors (boom!) and be tap dancing on my ceiling in the morning. I decide to try the bed – and it was comfortable! Yep, good mattress and a good night’s sleep. It was quiet all night. What more can you want from a London hotel?

My room had a TV, coffee/tea making facilities, a desk, was good sixed and it worked. My bathroom was small, but did the business. I had an actual closet with real coat hangers – a plus.

The room and bathroom looked a bit dated, but they were fine. In its price range and location – the Euro Hotel is excellent. If you are on business and need to keep costs down – give them a try. I stayed in room 38 for the record.

I have to be fair, I only asked for part of a cooked breakfast and fast. They did that well too. A good stay.


Historical note:
The hotel was originally 3 separate Georgian houses built in 1807 for wealthy merchants. It is located in a crescent named after John Cartwright who was a campaigner for universal suffrage, parliamentary reform and was the first Englishman to openly to support independence for the USA.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Rates include a full cooked English Breakfast and other options
• Rooms from basic (shared bathroom) to family rooms (most rooms en-suite)
• Free Wi-Fi
• Excellent location
• Quiet
• (Clean) steam iron and full ironing board on request
• Walking distance to dozens of good restaurants, bars, pubs, museums and shops
• Public computer in the reception area

• No car parking
• Not wheelchair accessible
• No elevator

ROOMS:
Single basic, Singles, & twins doubles en-suite, Superior triple & quad en-suite Showers, some with a bath and toiletries
Coffee/tea making facilities
TV, hair dryer, mirrors, closet, real coat hangers
Fans (summer) and heating (winter)
Basic rooms with a shared bathroom only share with 1 other room
Radio alarm clocks

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Trains, Business Travel, Family Travel
  • Written September 6, 2014
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Travelodge London Euston: LOUD (ONCE CHEAP) IN LONDON


I stayed here once and that was enough. This Travelodge is very close to one of the busiest traffic intersections in London. It is located right across from Euston Station, so transport is not an issue at all. It is just behind a large Fire and Ambulance Station, so expect traffic noise and sirens 24 hours a day. The rooms are ok, beds ok, just lots of noise. They don’t have air-conditioning. If you keep the shades drawn in the day the rooms are ok temperature wise. They have decent heating in winter.

The staff are nice enough and you do have a good buffet breakfast, evening meals and a 24 hour bar. The rooms are good sized for London and you can swing a cat in it (please not literally!). The beds are ok, but reasonable. You also do get a desk, chair, small TV and some closet space. If you are here to work for 1-2 nights, it is a good option, especially on an advanced deal. As long as you are a sound sleeper.

The location is near the British Museum and there are some good bars and restaurants nearby and corner shops. There are also some bad restaurants nearby as well.

Travelodges are basic, clean hotels that are economical when booked early or during their many sales. It is over-priced if you are booking last minute and you can get into 5 star hotels cheaper using last minute type websites in London. If you do book in advance, make sure you ask for a room on the back side of the building and reconfirm or check in early on your arrival day!

PLEASE NOTE: This used to be a cheap hotel. Now they want £169 ($280) a night! This is outrageous. No way ! You can stay at the wonderful Thistle Euston for almost the same price if you book ahead.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• The hotel is a noisy location.
• Excellent location for transport, food and drink
• Wi-Fi charges start at £5 per hour. There is free Wi-Fi in nearby cafés and pubs
• No toiletries except small bar of soap
• No air-conditioning
• No left luggage facility
• No car parking and nearby is £22 per 24 Hours!
• The hotel is near the Congestion Charge Zone
• Must have photo ID or you will lose the room and your money!

ROOMS
All rooms DO NOT have air conditioning. They do have a TV, desk, coffee/tea making facilities, and are all a good size. Bathrooms have a combination bath and shower with good water pressure. Ironing board & iron, hairdryer and extra pillows/sheets/towels available from reception.
• Double Room
Double bed
• Family Room
Double Bed and a pull out bed/sofa

FOOD & DRINK
• Bar Café serves evening meals and snacks
• Bar is open 24 hours a day for residents
• Breakfast Buffet (chargeable) is cheaper if you pay online first

FACILITIES
• 24 hour reception
• Express check-in machines
• Cash machines/cash-back
• The whole hotel is non-smoking
• Vending machines
• Toothbrush/paste, shampoo and shower gel for sale in lobby or nearby grocery stores

BUSINESS FACILITIES
• None

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Budget Travel
  • Written September 1, 2014
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CHESFORD GRANGE: JUST EXCELLENT IN WARWICKSHIRE


I had the pleasure of staying here for business over 3 days. I had an upgraded room that was over-sized. Not that I am complaining. My king sized bed was very nice and I enjoyed running around in my robe and a very nice hot bath. I asked for a quiet room and was given a corner room at the back of the hotel overlooking the nice gardens. Everything was perfect from the staff, to the food, to all the nice things in my room. I had plenty of closet space. In fact I just had a lot of space. This is an excellent hotel in a quiet countryside setting and ideal for a business conference. Nothing was a problem during my stay. Absolutely perfect. The Chesford Grange Hotel is highly recommended by me !

Enjoy.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 205 spacious bedrooms
• Amazingly quiet (17 acres of private grounds and woodlands)
• Full spa and leisure facilities
• Free Wi-Fi
• Guest library and games room
• Conference and meeting rooms for up to 700 people
• Free car parking
• 13 miles from Birmingham Airport

ROOMS
All bedrooms are large with contemporary décor, free Wi-Fi, bath & shower, Tea/Coffee making facilities, trouser press, hairdryer, safe and TV. Many of the ground floor rooms offer doors onto a terrace area. There are 4 categories of rooms:
- Standard Room
- Superior Rooms – add £20 per night, per room
• Air-conditioning
• Bigger rooms with 32" LCD TV and fridge with free mineral water
- Q Star Rooms – add £35 per night.
• A complimentary newspaper of your choice
• Robes, mattress toppers
• Drinks package and hospitality tray in your room on arrival
- Suites – add £80 per night
• 2 Air-conditioned suites with hand-etched glass headboards
• Separate lounge areas
• Beautiful flower arrangements, bathrobes

FOOD & DRINK
• The River Room Restaurant (International)
• Terrace bar

LEISURE FACILITIES
• Indoor swimming pool, poolside heated loungers, steam room.
• Health Club
• Full Spa

BUSINESS FACILITIES
• 13 conference and meeting rooms for up to 700 people
• Full Business Conference and office support

TRANSPORT
• Close to major road networks including the M40, M42, M6, M69 and M1
• 4 miles from Leamington Spa Train station
• 13 Miles from Birmingham Airport

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Luxury Travel, Family Travel
  • Written August 31, 2014
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MY PLACE: A GOOD PLACE IN LONDON


I suppose you really could call this hotel 'my place'. I have stayed here 3 times which is quite a record for my hotel stay in London. The first time I stayed here I was greeted by the friendly staff and told to take the elevator to the top floor. I had asked for a quiet room facing away from the street. I duly arrived in my reasonably sized room that looked a little dated, but fine. I had a comfortable bed tucked right up to the open window overlooking the hotels garden. Yes, I knew I was in for a quiet night. In fact I have always had a good night's sleep here at My place. For that reason alone I definitely rate this hotel as one of the top 'budget' hotels in London. The rest of my room was some old furniture and a modern bathroom. The bathroom had a bath, shower, toiletries, good water pressure and good mirrors. Not the largest in the world, but it does the trick.

Outside in the gardens you can sit in the sunshine in warmer months. They have large BBQ Grills, but seem to be reserved for parties. Just inside from the garden is the bar and breakfast area along with the library of donated books. It’s a great place to have a quiet beer and read a newspaper. The whole hotel is peaceful and I find this a very hard to find quality for business stays in London.

They also have a great location. They are on a relatively quiet side street practically at the doorstep of the Earls Court Tube station and Earls Court Exhibition Centre. There are loads of great restaurants nearby with dinner specials you can book on the Toptable website. There are also a few bad ones. You also have many grocery stores, banks, a main Post Office, banks, currency exchange bureaus and lots of other entertaining things to do nearby. My Place is a great choice.

I always book in advance and ask for a quiet room at the top facing the garden. They have always provided just that for my stays.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 50 rooms on 6 floors – all are en-suite and there is an elevator
• Large garden to sit or have a drink in
• Breakfast is included
• Free tea & coffee anytime in the restaurant/lounge
• Free Wi-Fi in common areas
• Excellent location
• Guest library
• Nightclub can be rented (only)
• 24 hour room service
• Quiet

• No car parking and nearby is a 4 hour maximum stay

ROOMS:
• Standard Single:
- Showers, some with a bath and toiletries
- Fan (no air-conditioning, but rooms stay cool)
- Iron/board or trouser press, hairdryer and safe
- Good sized refrigerator
- TV and telephone
• Standard Double:
- Double bed
- Bath and shower combination
• Twin room
- As above
- 2 twin beds
• Deluxe Double:
- Sofa and larger area
• Standard Triple
- 3 Single beds

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel, Business Travel, Singles
  • Written August 30, 2014
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GRANGE TOWER BRIDGE HOTEL: SIMPLY AMAZING


The Grange City is how all London hotels should be. It is a new and purpose-built hotel with all the modern amenities you could wish for. Everything is perfect from the friendly receptionists to even the corridors. And the location is just around the corner from the Tower of London. When I stayed here they had just opened and their swimming pool was not open yet. No worries as they made sure I could go for a swim at their sister hotel The Grange City Hotel which is very close by. I was greeted warmly and all my possible needs were asked about. Newspaper? Wake-up call? Travel arrangements? Maps? Just absolutely flawless service. I walked past the very nice looking restaurant and up the glass elevators to my floor. The corridors outside the rooms are kind of neat themselves. Plush carpets with excellent lighting leading to rooms with outside newspaper holders and doorbells. Inside my room I was greeted by a bed that instantly looked luxurious. I pay hotels in London to sleep so I am ready for work the next day. I knew instantly that the Grange Tower Bridge would more than meet expectations. The 3 requirements were there. First the room was quiet and I could not hear outside noises. Secondly the curtains made the room pitch black. And the bed? I almost fell asleep just sitting on it. YES.

The rest of the room was well decorated and had lots of extras like a cool mini-bar area, and excellent desk & chair, good TV, closet and even an ironing board. I even had a very nice leather sofa in my room.

The bathroom was efficiency itself. Lots of mirrors, a bath, luxury towels and great toiletries. There was also a separate shower with lots of controls and settings. Absolutely excellent.

I highly recommend this hotel. Sadly my photos do not fully show the beauty and comfort of this wonderful hotel. See for yourself. They have what business people and tourists want – a relaxing stay in a great location. Absolutely first class. In fact all the Grange Hotels know how to treat guests in real style.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 370 en-suite Superior and Executive rooms and suites
• Air conditioning
• Health Club, swimming pool, gym, steam and sauna
• Restaurant and bar
• Spa and Beauty Therapy
• Classes
• Excellent location
• 24 hour room service and reception
• Quiet
• Great multi-lingual staff
• Good mini-markets nearby

• Car parking is off-site in an expensive car park
• 10 conference and meeting rooms
• Completely accessible hotel

ROOMS:
• Climate control
• Mini bar, in-room safe, trouser press
• All rooms are Non-smoking
• Hypoallergenic pillows and duvets
• Tea/coffee making facilities
• Complimentary newspaper
• Shower and separate bathtub
• Great toiletries
• Monogrammed bathrobes, steam iron & ironing board (on request)
• Complimentary luxury toiletries
• Monogrammed bathrobes (on request)
• Hairdryer
• Twice daily housekeeping service
• 3D enabled LED flat screen TVs with over a hundred channels
• Satellite TV channels
• Bluetooth-enabled Media Hubs
• High-speed internet (wired and Wi-Fi)
• Multi-line speaker telephone
• Speaker phone

EATING & DRINKING:
• Tower Bar and Grill - à la carte menu, grills and Tapas
• Knight’s Bar – full bar, great wine list and even pitchers!

FACILITIES
• Health Club, swimming pool, gym, steam and sauna
• Personal Training and classes available
• Ice machines

BUSINESS FACILITIES
• Conference and Events Centre over 2 massive floors
• 10 Conference rooms with natural daylight
• Dedicated Business Lounges, telephone, fax, printing & computer services
• Encrypted WI-FI
• All meeting rooms have fully integrated AV technology

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Spa and Resort, Luxury Travel
  • Written August 29, 2014
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OAKLANDS HOTEL: CLOSE ENOUGH IN CHESTER


Get in there!
Chester, due to its walls and small size, has some very expensive hotels. Oaklands is not one of them. Essentially they have 13 reasonable rooms above a Green King Pub. Book your cheap rooms through Laterooms.com so you do get in there. The beauty of this place is that it is only 7-10 minutes walk to every reasonable venue in the centre of Chester. Its about 5 minutes walk from the train station. You can have a good sized room to throw your stuff into, go downstairs for a pint or 3 and then head off to the restaurants and pubs of Chester.

You also get a TV in your room and coffee making facilities. Not much else, but the beds are good, rooms are clean and it’s actually quiet at night. Yep, no loud thumping music from downstairs. With its nice garden, large restaurant and Sunday Carvery it is more of a family oriented pub – not a disco.

The staff were friendly and I really enjoyed my stay. They also had a nice big free car park. Yes FREE. That’s important here in Chester. They are also 1 block away from a petrol garage. There are loads of restaurants, pubs, off licences and takeaway places between Oaklands and the centre. Plenty. You will not die of thirst or starvation here and out and about.

The pub itself is open:
Monday - Thursday 12 noon - 11pm
Friday & Saturday 12 noon – 12pm
Sunday 12 noon - 11pm

They serve pub food and have a children’s menu.

Have a great night out in Chester!

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Beer Tasting, Budget Travel, Road Trip
  • Written August 26, 2014
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BELL COUR HOTEL & SPA: VICTORIAN VALUE(S)


In Victorian times you could expect a large hotel room in a quiet setting and at a good price in London. Sadly that is almost not true in London anymore. Long live Belle Cour! I asked for a quiet non-smoking room at the back of the hotel. What I didn’t realise was that all the rooms seem to fit this description. I had to climb a lot of step, but then I unlocked the door. It looked more like a mini-suite. I had a corridor that open first into my beautiful and brand new bathroom. I could see large white fluffy towels on my large heated towel rack. My modern shower really was awesome in the morning to wake me up. My turn to the left revealed my king sized bed. King sized. And this was just a standard double room. I had a large closet with floor to ceiling mirrored doors. My large flat screen TV was just opposite my bed. A quick check of the mattress and I knew 2 things. One was that I would get a good night’s sleep and the other was that I would go into work later the next morning. I even had a hi-fi, a full ironing board and a steam iron.

I loved my stay at the Belle Cour. This is a hidden gem inside an old (but totally renovated) Victorian building. It is also a 2 minute walk to the massive Victoria train and Tube station. There are plenty of places to eat, drink and late night shop nearby. This is one of the best value for money hotels in London. Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommended by me. By the way – the SPA is a nail spa – so sorry – no sauna. But of you want to get your nails done ladies……



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Quiet, excellent location, great beds and fully renovated in 2012, non-smoking
• Free Wi-Fi
• All rooms have King sized bed, 40 inch TV, DVD/IPod Docking station, ensuite bathrooms
• Superior and Executive 1&2 bedroom Apartment Suites have full kitchens & washers
• Nail Spa offers a wide selection of nail treatments and designs

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Budget Travel, Singles
  • Written August 25, 2014
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WELBY 64: THE OTHER WELBY IN LONDON


This is one of several properties owned by the Welby group and sister hotel to Welby Belsize. A nice Greek Cypriot family have been operating decent and affordable accommodation in the Camdenn area since 1979. They are a bit more geared towards weekly rentals, but it’s a good budget option for business. It’s a little faded and worn, but clean. The important thing is that the beds are comfortable and the rooms are quiet. There are longer term residents, but you never hear them. Even the road is quiet. Welby 64 is located a reasonable walk away from the Welby Belsize tube station (Northern Line). There are some nice restaurants and 2 excellent grocery stores as well as several good drinking options nearby.

The rooms are a bit narrow, but have plenty of extras. There is a good sized refrigerator, electric oven/rings, cutlery, pots, pans, and glasses. There is a workable desk and free Wi-Fi. There is no air-conditioning, but the rooms stay cool in warmer months.

The best things are that the mattresses are excellent and the rooms are quiet. Even the other residents are quiet. You always get a good night’s sleep.

If you are looking for a good, quiet, budget hotel this is a very good option. They are very nice folks and they even left a key for me outside because I arrive very late the first time I stayed with them.

PLEASE NOTE: You need to go to their main office inside their Welby Belsize location. I have listed below the best public transport to get to the office.

(Prices: Start at £60 a night or £380 a week)



STUDIO FACILITIES:
• Quiet, good beds and smoke-free
• En-suite (shower)
• Wi-Fi (charges may apply)
• Double bed or 2 single beds
• Launderette
• Kitchen unit that is fully furnished (pans, cutlery, utensils, etc.)
• Refrigerator/freezer, electric kettle, range top (hob)
• Steam iron, duvets, pillows, bed linen and television
• Towels and toiletries
• Hair dryers available upon request

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Business Travel, Budget Travel, Singles
  • Written August 24, 2014
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RADISSON EDWARDIAN NEW PROVIDENCE WHARF: METROSEXUAL IN LONDON


When I arrived at the hotel, it just looked luxurious. And this was just the lobby. I asked for a quiet room and was given a funny look. All their rooms are quiet! My room looked fantastic when I walked in. the first thing I saw was my wet room. Not a bathroom, but a full wet room with heated floors. And huge towels. Get in there! A separate large bath and modern shower will give you a relaxing soak or a brisk wake-up in the morning. My décor was a little metrosexual, but interesting. The best pert was the bed. A quick check of the mattress and I was looking at my diary to see if I could sleep in late the next day. The closet opened up with lights coming on to show the hairdryer and the iron/ironing board. I decided to raid the cold mini-bar while I ironed my shirt for what would now be a late morning. I started making up my excuses why I had an overnight in London, but couldn’t make a 10am meeting. After I went out for dinner I got into my robe and drew myself a nice relaxing bath. With a few suds and a nice gin & tonic from the local booze store – I felt like a million pounds. The second I hit my wonderful bed – I was asleep.

This is a fantastic hotel for business people. It is across the river from the 02 Arena and in a quiet side road. I had a great stay and would happily stay here again.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• 169 individually designed and fully climate controlled bedrooms
• Restaurant, bar & lounge, outdoor terrace bar
• Gym, full SPA
• Complimentary newspaper in the lobby and the restaurant
• Free wireless internet connection throughout the hotel
• 24 hour front desk, room service, currency exchange
• Courtesy Shuttle Bus Service to Tube and DLR stations
• Full business and conference facilities
• Valet car parking £14 per 24 hours or self-parking for £12

ROOMS:
• Room types: Superior double/twin, Business Class, deluxe double, Suites, Penthouse luxury suite – all air-conditioned
• Wonderful beds, bedding and décor
• En suite wet rooms (separate bath and shower) with huge towels
• Free Wi-Fi, work spaces, Bang & Olufsen, free printing (i.e. tickets)
• Mini-bar
• In room laptop safe, tea/coffee, Ipod dock and Iron and ironing board

FOOD & DRINK:
• Scoff & Banter Restaurant (seasonal British cuisine), Alfresco terrace bar, bar & lounge

FACILITIES
• East River Spa (eastriverspa@radisson.com), modern gym, full business/conference facilities

  • Opinion of Price: most expensive
  • Related to: Luxury Travel, Business Travel, Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
  • Written August 23, 2014
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COMMODORE HOTEL: GREETED LIKE A BROTHER IN LONDON


When I refused to pay a £20 check-in fee at a bad accommodation – I ended up here at the last minute. I am really glad I did. Despite my accommodation website booking me in here 15 minutes before I arrived, the staff were great. Rather than trying to charge me a late check-in fee like the other place, they upgraded me to a suite. They felt sorry for me checking in late! Now that is how a good hotel should treat paying guests. Great work Commodore Hotel people! And of course I am now going to give you a great review of this little gem of a hotel.

The Commodore is a quiet hotel. Not often done in London, but it is quiet. Located in Lancaster Square, the Commodore is away from busy streets in the area. The main reception area is housed in an interesting and historic old building. The staff greeted me like a brother and made sure I had everything I needed. Iron? No problem. Nice cold beer in the beautiful Red Bar? No problem. My junior suite had a great bathroom, large bed, big towels, Nivea branded toiletries and other nice touches.

The hotel reception area is ornate, has free newspapers and wi-fi. The whole hotel is cosy, especially the really neat Red Bar. Is small, but comfortable and a great place to have a quiet nightcap.

I didn’t choose the Commodore the first time, but I will choose it again. It’s 2 blocks from Lancaster Tube station, across the street almost from Hyde Park and quiet. I had a great nights sleep after having a bad day. They put me in a good mood and made sure I got off to a happy start to work the next day.



• Quiet location
• Great staff
• Mediterranean restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner (including tapas),
• Gym
• Mini bar
• Wifi

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Women's Travel, Business Travel, Work Abroad
  • Written August 19, 2014
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DoubleTree by Hilton - London Hyde Park: THE BIG SLEEP


This must be the most sold hotel in London. I don’t mean rooms, I mean the hotel. I have stayed here several times and always under a new owner. This is a very good hotel by London standards. Very good. It is currently owned by Hilton Doubletree who have tried to jazz up the hotel and the rooms. The reason that it is such a great place to stay is that it is an older hotel with big rooms that have not been cut in half like so many others. It is also set away from the road and the rooms on the back are absolutely silent at night. Make sure you request a room at the back. They look onto the back of some residential homes.

The rooms I have had have old massive air-conditioning units, but the climate control works. They have always had excellent mattresses and I have no doubt this continues under the Doubletree brand. My rooms have always been large and functional. Plenty of closet space and living space. The bathrooms have large bathtubs and showers with loads of water pressure. They even have an iron and ironing board in the room. There are 2 Tube Stations within 5 minutes walk, so it is a great hotel for pleasure or business.

I have always enjoyed staying here. In the past the décor has been dated, but who cares? I always have a great sleep, a great shower with my coffee in the morning and great service from the staff. This is one of the best hotels for the money in London. No matter who owns it.



HOTEL OVERVIEW:
• Located opposite Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
• All rooms are non-smoking
• Quiet and comfortable
• Near many good restaurants (and several very bad ones)
• Free Wi-Fi in common areas

• £25 for car parking per day !
•Baggage Storage , Concierge Desk, Elevators, Mult-Lingual Staff, Room Service

ROOMS:
All rooms are newly refurbished, have air conditioning, a work desk, mini fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, safe, radio alarm clock and an in-room iron and ironing board (smoother, steam iron or request). Also there is a choice of pillows, good toiletries and nice towels. Tea and coffee making facilities.

Deluxe Rooms also have:
• Located on the top floor of the hotel with panoramic views of London
• King-sized bed and 40-inch LCD TV
• Complimentary WiFi
Suites:
• Offer panoramic views of the beautiful Hyde Park
• Have a separate lounge area with a sofa and coffee table
• Large bathroom with large lit mirror and walk-in shower
• iPod docking station
Accessible Rooms:
• Located on the ground floor
• Accessible bathroom with wet room shower and lowered sink
• 40-inch LCD TV

FOOD & DRINK
• Urban Meadow Restaurant (International Cuisine)
• Grab and Go menu - healthy sandwiches and salads
• Hotel Bar

FACILITIES
• Business Center

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Related to: Seniors, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written August 11, 2014
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