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London hotel recommendations? 
13th-Mar-2006 04:42 pm
Rens
A colleague is going to be flying in from the US in a week or so. Can anyone recommend any decent but reasonably priced hotels close-ish to Central London?
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13th-Mar-2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
If you want basic and cheap how about Travelodge?

The one in Docklands is a stone's throw from the DLR East India station but charges the cheaper outer London Rate.

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/find_a_hotel/hotel/hotel_id/45/LondonDocklands

And if your colleague is using going to use the Buses/DLR/tube while here, tell them to get an PAYG Oyster. Though I object to having to conform to Ken's master plan ;-), you can't deny the savings. For example, Off Peak bus journeys are now £1.50 cash but only 80p with Oyster, so the savings soon add up!

15th-Mar-2006 10:46 am (UTC)
On the Oyster front, check out this article from The Registeron the Met's use of Oyster data to track people's movements!
15th-Mar-2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, I read that on the BBC news feed the other day.

The reaction to it seems quite strong, considering all the other things that track what you get up to!
13th-Mar-2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
I don't know if she's still in business, but I highly recommend a bed and breakfast run by Mrs. Irene Forrest in Hampstead. Wonderful lady and a very comfortable, inexpensive place to stay. As her card says, "Quiet, convenient location, 4-5 minutes to tube and buses, 15 minutes by tube to the Theatres."

She's at 74 Lawn Road in Hampstead and her number is 0171 722 8589. About 5 or 6 years ago, her rates were $65 per night in U.S. dollars.
13th-Mar-2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
Last time I was in a central London hotel was the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt on Cromwell Road in South Ken. Nice in general though rooms weren't excessively spacious -- I'd certainly go back there. Can't have been too expensive as I was an impoverished student at the time!

More randomly, from what I've heard the Chelsea FC hotel (!) isn't bad and is pretty reasonably priced.
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