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Her Best Sleeps in London


A 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:
Norma, Jerusalem, Israel

Residence 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

We 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:
Henrietta, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Across 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 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

Near Marble Arch...

Just returned from a September stay in London, England. I was impressed with our hotel, Thistle Hotel at Marble Arch. Website: 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.

Situated close to the tube and also Oxford Street for a nice variety of shops.
Carol, Port Moody, British Colombia, Canada




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