London Hotel Tips

London hotels are expensive.  Part of the price stems from the weak American dollar's exchange rate against the British pound, and part stems from London's position as a major international city.  So our first tip for you is, be prepared to pay a premium price to stay in a nice hotel.

Like many European cities, London's hotels can lack some of the conveniences you would expect in even a basic American hotel -- such as air conditioning and private bathrooms.  Plan carefully here -- even some of the higher rated London hotels will fall short of your expectations.  Confirm any details that are important to you, via e-mail to the hotel.

If you are visiting the typical London tourist sites, try to book a hotel close to them.  This allows you to stop back by your room to drop off packages, change clothes, take a nap, etc. 

Our favorites (we've stayed there):

  1. The Rubens at the Palace -- part of the Red Carnation chain, this is a very nice, almost boutique style hotel that is located across the street from the Royal Mews (the royal stables) and Buckingham Palace.  We booked a standard room package that included a three course dinner and breakfast the next morning.  It was a short walk from Victoria Station to the hotel, and upon check-in, we were upgraded to the George V room in the Royal Wing.  We were able to walk to Harrod's from the hotel, and following breakfast the next morning we had a pleasant stroll around the perimeter of Buckingham Palace.  Very nice property, very attentive staff.  We used the strategy in our Hotel Tips page to book a room at a significant discount.


  2. The Savoy -- one of the all-time great hotels of Europe, the Savoy has retained its reputation for service and fine accommodations.  We used the techniques on our Hotel Tips page to book a room at a remarkable price.  Using this strategy, we checked over and over again until finally, several months prior to our London visit, we took advantage of a short-term special with a significant drop in rates.  In addition to staying at one of London's "name" hotels, booking a room at the Savoy gave us a location that is right on the Thames River, very close to the London Eye, Covent Garden, shopping on Bond Street, and many good restaurants. 





Quick Travel Tips for London

London's currency is the pound.  Click here for the XE currency converter. 
London's electricity is 240 volts.  Click here for converters for your appliances.
London is in the Western European time zone, which is 5 hours later than U.S.
Eastern Standard Time.
Interactive Map of London
London Tube Map
Official London Website




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