Her Best Sleeps in London
| Evelyn Hannon
sincere thanks to all those JourneyWomen around the world who sent
us their tips on interesting accommodation in London. It's always
so helpful to read another travelling woman's opinion when you're
making your own hotel plans. We are especially pleased to post these
recent suggestions because they're both varied and original -- from
budget Girl Guide digs to a high-end Knightsbridge hotel and plenty
more in between.
We always welcome your ideas as well. Just send us a mini hotel
review (up to 100 words) addressed to: email@example.com
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neighbourhood treat in Hampstead...
favourite place to stay is Dillons
Hotel in Hampstead, London. I have been staying
there for years and no matter how long a time elapses between visits
I am always treated like an old friend when I arrive; it is amazing
that the staff just doesn't seem to change! Dillons is located on
a residential street and in some ways is more like a B&B than
a hotel which may be because it is a renovated house. There certainly
are things about the place that are Fawlty Towerish but these tend
to be more endearing than inconvenient although it does need to
be noted that there are 3 floors and no elevators so lugging luggage
up to one's room can be a trial espcially if you are at the top.
The rooms are not fancy but certainly comfortable and well taken
care of. A continental breakfast is included and is served in a
nice large room which exudes a dining room rather than a restaurant
ambiance. It is now possible to get simple evening meals there as
well but I have not tried any of these to date.
One of the best things
about this hotel, however, is its locale and the neighbourhood feel
to its surroundings; it really is an oasis away from the hustle
and bustle of central London. Right around the corner is a nice
little "village" shopping area which boasts among other
usual types of shops, a green grocer, an Odd Bins, a wonderful deli,
a good Italian restaurant and a launderette that also provides laundry
service at a reasonable rate. A few blocks up the road is Belsize
Park Village - more shops and restaurants, a movie theatre and lots
of coffee shops. The more trendy Hampstead shopping area is also
relatively nearby as is the Royal Free Hospital if one is concerned
about being close to medical services.
And Dillons Hotel
really is the ideal place to stay if one is a dedicated walker.
Hampstead Heath is quite close and, although it is a fair hike,
one can walk to the center of London passing through Camden Town
and Regent's Park on the way. And there is a lot to see in Hampstead
itself. Maps for walking tours through Hampstead are available or
one can sign up for a commercial walking tour. Some of the interesting
spots within realtively easy walking distance of the hotel are the
Sigmund Freud Museum, Keat's House and Kenwood House. However, if
one isn't all that keen on walking, tube and bus services are available
not too far from the hotel.
Dillions is not a
place for anyone wanting all the amenities of a posh hotel or easy
access to the heart of London. But for anyone looking for a hotel
that feels like a "home away from home" it is an ideal
place to stay. For more details visit: http://www.dillonshotel.demon.co.uk/
Carol, Suva, Fiji
breakfasts in town...
just saw your request for London tips. Here is my favorite place
to stay. The
Harlingford Hotel -- in Bloomsbury, close
to King's Cross Station. The rooms are quaint, the personnel friendly,
and they serve ENORMOUS breakfasts in the morning -- best breakfasts
in London! Visit their website. They've just finished renovating.
Eva, New York, USA
friend and I stayed at the Morgan
Hotel on Bloomsbury Street when we were in
London. It had been recommended to us by another friend. The location
is great--right around the corner from the British Museum and minutes
away from Covent Garden, Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, etc.
all tube and bus lines. The hotel is small, as are the rooms. It
also has some apartments, which I understand are very nice. The
breakfast was fine -- eggs, cereal, juice, coffee, etc. I don't
have an e-mail address for them, but I do have their fax number.
From the US it is 011 44 171 636 3045. Their address is: 24 Bloomsbury
Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3QJ England. Rates are about $US150
for a double.
Florence, New York, USA
in London, I stayed at Hart
House Bed and Breakfast Hotel, a
short walk to the Baker St. tube station. It was recommended to
me by my dad (he's smart!) and is quiet, well run and clean. Seems
to attract Canadians for some reason. Website: http://www.harthouse.co.uk/
This hotel was recently awarded their 4th Diamond by the AA &
London Tourist Board hotel inspectors.
dorms in London...
dorms in London have saved my budget many times. (1) The
Imperial College of Science
with a pub and a pool (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
located on Exposition Road behind the wonderful Victoria and Albert
Museum, and (2) London
School of Economics (http://www.lse.ac.uk/vacations)
both have what used to be deliciously called "summer letting schemes"
and are now called "Summer rents" (how dull). It pays to look into
Ginny, Placerville, California, USA