Her Best Sleeps in London
have tried many London hotels, but keep coming back to the Bonnington,
92 Southampton Row, Bloomsbury. It
is a 'real' hotel, not a converted house, clean and modern, air-conditioned,
a nice, airy dining room with an excellent breakfast. A perfect
location -- between two tube stations, buses to anywhere in town,
near the British museum and an easy walk to Oxford Street, Buckingham
Palace and the theatres. I always feel comfortable staying there
and coming home alone at night. Note: There are often 'specials.'
Check rates carefully on the internet; the rates posted varied from
$137 to $192 Canadian. Website: http://www.bonnington.com
Maxanne, Toronto, Canada
women will enjoy this hotel...
The Windsor House Hotel in Earls
Court, London is wonderful for older women travellers. It is a nice
budget hotel, not fancy, but very clean. It's not a party house,
which is wonderful for people wishing to sleep at night. This place
will evict noisy, inconsiderate clients, which makes it a gem, a
pearl of a hotel. The location is great, less than a minute's walk
from the Earls Court Underground station. The staff is friendly
and very accommodating, and the prices for London are wonderful.
Around the corner is a store, banks, three great pubs, an incredible
pizza place, and the buses from here
run everywhere. It is also a short, pleasant walk to Kensington
High Street where the best shops and bargains are. My sister, mother
and I stayed there this June, and will stay there again. It is such
a good price for a clean bed and a hot shower and breakfast in one
of my favorite, favorite cities (22-46 pounds per single).
Justine, Portland, Oregon, USA
Another reader writes...
The Windsor Court Hotel should be stricken from the list of London's
hotels. It is tacky and shabby looking when you enter, with a broken-down
table at the end of a narrow entrance hall serving as "reception."
The stairs (no elevator), covered with a dirty looking carpet, are
tall and narrow. The hotel does not at all resemble the qualities
listed on its website. It is especially crummy in comparison with
similarly priced hotels on the same street, one of which -- Mowbray
Court Hotel , -- I stayed at instead. I have stayed at spartan places
all over the world, but didn't expect a place in London to be so
creepy. Website: http://www.windsor-house-hotel.com
Norma, Jerusalem, Israel
think this is an interesting money-saving idea. If you are a Christian,
Mothers Union members get fabulous discount accommodation in London.
We paid 30 pounds for my family per night and it was right in London.
I joined in Australia prior to going overseas. It's easy. They have
a website where you can check out their accommodations and fill
in your registration form. See: http://www.themothersunion.org/
Many Girl Guide and Girl Scout
members stay at Pax Lodge, a Guiding
World Centre in Hampstead (tube: Belsize Park). Members of their
families (both male and female), as well as non-members of Guiding
may, also stay at Pax Lodge. Accommodation is in single to four-bedded
rooms. The building is wheelchair accessible. Facilities
at Pax Lodge include a large dining room, lounge lobby, TV room,
guest kitchen, laundry room, library/resource centre and shop. Rates
currently range from £17.75 per member/£21.50 per non member in
a shared room to £51.50 per member/£60.00 per non member in an ensuite
single room. All prices are per person per night and include breakfast
and VAT at the current rate. Website: http://www.paxlodge.org
Joelyn, Ottawa, Canada
Another place we stay at while
in London is Baden-Powell House
which is situated in South Kensington, on the corner of Queens'
Gate and Cromwell Road, opposite The Natural History Museum. This
is the Scouting Centre in London (tube: Gloucester Road or South
Kensington). Although Baden Powell House Hostel was designed to
be used by members of the Scout Movement, the facilities are open
to family members and Guiding members at Scout prices and to the
general public at commercial rates. Accommodation
ranges from single rooms to family rooms to dorms (bunk beds). Rates
currently range from £24.00 per member/£29.00 per non-member for
dorms to £46.00 per member/£69.00 per non-member for single rooms.
Baden-Powell House Hostel is great accommodation, but be prepared
for noisy children - many Scouting, Guiding and school groups use
Joelyn, Ottawa, Canada
B & B...
We visited London last year and
found a lovely B & B via the Internet - the Avonmore
Hotel (winner of the AA National Awards for Best Private
Hotel in London). It's located in Kensington near the West Kensington
tube station. It was clean and quiet. Margaret, our hostess, was
very accommodating and helpful. A double room with private bath
was 108 pounds/night/room. Website: http://www.avonmorehotel.co.uk
P.S. Ask Margaret at the Avonmore about the Italian restaurant that
serves the best Italian food we've ever tasted and the prices were
so very reasonable. The night before two of us had eaten at a pricier
Italian restaurant in the west end. The food wasn't half as good
and was twice as expensive.
Maureen, Toronto, Canada