London hotels represent a staggering diversity of choice, offering everything from the palatial marble clad interiors of The Ritz, to trendy ‘boutique’ hotels like The Sanderson, mid-range chain hotels like Holiday Inn through to the humble and ever popular B and B. From the flea pit to the fantastically fashionable, there are so many varieties of hotel on offer in London that there should be something to suit everyone’s taste and pocket.
Since the millennium over ten thousand more hotel rooms have sprung up all over the capital helping to deal with the ever spiraling demand in peak season. Standards of service and quality have improved but have caused prices to rise sharply in the centre of town causing many to go a little further out to areas such as Greenwich and use public transport instead.
You’ll tend to find that prices are generally high for what you get but it’s worth remembering that everything costs more in a capital city, so when you book make sure that you do your research and look for special offers because you could make some great savings.
Of course London is famous for its classic luxury hotels such as The Ritz, The Waldorf and The Dorchester to name but a few, and at this end of the scale you can expect fantastic service and a memorable stay albeit with a very hefty price tag. Many of these hotels offer modern facilities that exist alongside the more traditional customs that they have always observed such as afternoon tea.
Over the last ten years or so, London has seen a new breed of hotel come in to being. Frequently dubbed ‘boutique’ or ‘designer’, these establishments offer a contemporary twist with modern designer furnishings and employ world famous designers such as Philippe Starck for their cool minimalist interiors. Hotels like myHotel Chelsea and The Sanderson are becoming ever more popular, just beware of the horrific price tag.
For most people though, the luxury hotels will be way out of their price range. A good alternative for those on a limited budget is the mid-range hotels slightly further away from the centre of town. Chain hotels such as Thistle and Comfort Inn offer comfort, reliability and reasonable prices and often have good deals if you book in advance.
If you’re traveling on a really tight budget, don’t worry because there are much cheaper options available, the most obvious being bed and breakfast. Rooms are often clean and comfortable and you can pick the brains of the owner about the area you’re staying in to get a real feel of London. There are many agencies you can contact who will assist you in booking the booking of a place that suits your needs such as The London bed and Breakfast agency or At Home in London.
Hostels are a good choice for students and younger people searching for action packed weekend breaks. Cheaply priced and centrally located they include programmes of events and have bars and meeting rooms where you can exchange stories of your intrepid adventures among like minded people. Check the web for the Youth Hostel Association and St.Christopher’s London.