Her Best Sleeps in London
special spot in Bloomsbury...
I stayed at The
Goodenough Club, a 4 star Club/Hotel in the heart of Bloomsbury
designed specifically for academic institutions, the professions
and charities. It is connected with Goodenough College, a convenience
college and open to graduates from around the world. They are located
six or so minutes
by foot from the center of Bloomsbury and across the street from
a private park to which you have access. They provide a wonderful
breakfast in a huge old-fashioned dining room with copies of every
morning paper printed in England. If I recall correctly, a single
room was L80 per night. It was well worth it. Goodenberg Club is
convenient to everything, on a quiet street, etc. Website: http://www.club.goodenough.ac.uk/
Norma, Jerusalem, Israel
for music students...
I just returned from a week in
London and we stayed at Queen Alexandra's
House right behind the Royal Albert Hall at Bremner Road,
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, SW7, Tube: Gloucester Road or
South Kensington. It is an easy walk to Kensington Church St. where
there are many wonderful restaurants. Queen Alexandra's House is
a girls' residence for music students during the school year. During
July and August and at other times if the rooms are available it
is perfect. It is safe and clean. All rooms are singles. We paid
30 pounds sterling including a cold breakfast of cereal and toast
and coffee or tea. I found this residence listed in Sandra Gustafson's
book, "Great Sleeps London."
Kathy (A Woman's Paris), Toronto, Canada
rented an apartment...
It's a joy to recommend Scala
House to your readers. For prices typical of a mid-range
hotel, guests at Scala House can have a fully furnished apartment
and the caring assistance of the Palos family. (They even accommodated
my very special need to locate and make an appointment for me with
a dentist to complete the final stage in oral surgery begun in the
US!) Travellers can save money and enjoy anytime snacking with the
option of using the well-equipped kitchens (yes--dishwashers, washer-dryer,
microwave, and service) in lieu of using restaurants for all meals.
We even found the apartment convenient for entertaining.
The apartments are not luxurious; I call the decor "English comfy,"
but they are certainly very nice. We've always found the place immaculately
clean, quiet, and frequented by people with whom your readers will
probably feel safe and comfortable. Scala House is beautifully located
within walking distance of the British Museum, shopping in Oxford
Street, and in one of London's best restaurant districts. Good tube
stops just around the corner. Website: http://www.scala-house.co.uk
Henrietta, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
from Green Park...
This is my recommendation for
a woman-friendly hotel in London. Fleming's
Hotel on Half Moon Street is approximately one block off
Piccadilly in Mayfair (Green Park tube stop). It's one of the few
times that I traveled with a friend and we were able to take advantage
of the special rate offered by www.aboutbritain.com/
The public rooms were lovely, very English country with lots of
floral, comfortable furniture. There is a restaurant attached at
which I did not eat but the offerings looked very nice. The hotel
personnel were also very pleasant and able to answer questions,
etc. I usually stay in South Kensington and am partial to it but
I did love this location. Green Park is across the street and lovely
for walking. We had a small, twin-bedded
room but the bathroom was huge and wonderfully decorated in black
and white tiles with nice, comfy terrycloth bathrobes. It's not
a huge hotel; it probably falls into the "boutique" category (3-4
stars). We felt very safe walking back at night as there were lots
of restaurants/shops open on Picadilly. In any case, the tube stop
is very close to the hotel. There are also many bus routes up and
down Piccadilly. And Half Moon Street is very quiet. Address: 7-12
Half Moon Street
Barbara, Walnut Creek, California, USA
from a September stay in London, England. I was impressed with
our hotel, Thistle Hotel at Marble
Arch. Website: http://www.thistlehotels.com/marblearch
There are several Thistle Hotels in London.
They have a
business centre that has a computer available for guests. Also,
they have an employee in the centre from 7AM to 11PM every day.
Newspapers, wide-screen TV, comfortable chairs, and refreshments
available. Continental breakfast was included with fresh juices,
cereal, croissants, cheese and a speedy coffee machine (use
pods for fresh cup of cappuccino, hot chocolate or coffee).
The room was
very clean and we had a room facing a courtyard so it was quiet.
Heavy lined drapes and adjustable temperature made for a good
nights sleep. The staff was very helpful and efficient. Rate
was very reasonable for London.
to the tube and also Oxford Street for a nice variety of shops.
Carol, Port Moody, British Colombia, Canada