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Need hotel advice for Kensington

Hi,

we're traveling (wife and myself) to London in early April for a week. Our daughter is studying there for the semester and we will be visiting with her. As most all prices seem very high by US standards (and the rooms seem mostly small ) we're seeking advice on nice hotels somewhere close to 200-250 us dollars per night. A local travel agent suggested The Gorsvenor House, The Kensington Hotel (includes continental breakfast) and lastly the Millenium Bailey's Hotel. The last two seem expensive but i'm looking for advice on all three if possible. Just advice overall and any pointers/tips would be nice. We will be renting a car too. So will the hotels charge us to park our car also ? Thanks for your help !!! J&J

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1. Re: Need hotel advice for Kensington

'We will be renting a car too' Hm. Do you plan to rent a car for London sightseeing? If so then you may wish to rethink that as a car in the city will be a burden rather than helpful. Parking (hotels may charge £30 - 50 a day to park; street parking isn't cheap nor very plentiful in SW5), petrol, the Congestion Charge and traffic are things to consider before choosing to drive in London.

The Millenium Bailey's is a good hotel; the Grosvenor House (if the property in Park Lane) isn't near Kensington; the Kensington Hotel I don't know.

Have a look at the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum (very near the Millennium), the Premier Inn Kensington in Knaresborough Place, the Best Western the Cromwell, Crowne Plaza Kensington and base2stay (very near the PI).

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Please do rethink the car rental. London's public transport system will allow you get to pretty much anywhere in tourist London by bus or tube in about 30 minutes and, assuming you stay in one of the hotel's mentioned so far, it's an easy 35-40 minute journey by tube from Heathrow airport.

If you are heading out of London after (or indeed before) your stay then you might well do better to rent from the airport but knowing your plans will allow us to help further.

Hotel rooms in London are generally smaller than you are used to. There just isn't the space that you have! Little things like no face cloths and the fact that our ground floor is your first floor might trip up the unwary visitor.

All the hotels so far mentioned are of a decent standard. The Kensington would certainly be on my short list and Premier Inn are an excellent budget chain offering normally very good value. Those hotels near Earls Court such as the PI and Base2Stay are slightly nearer Heathrow but are probably further away from where your daughter is staying which could mean a bus or tube should you not be good walkers.

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Just to echo TP and Adam's advice; do NOT rent a car for central London. It will cost a bomb to park at the hotel, and several arms and legs to park elsewhere in central London (that's IF there's any parking availability near where you want to visit), and take an age to get anywhere. Stick to public transport and use either travelcards or Oyster cards. In fact, a certain type of travelcard can even get you discounted entry at some attractions - http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/2for1-london

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No, no definitely don't rent a car, you'll spend more time in traffic than anything else. If you're using it before you arrive in London leave it in a parking somewhere outside the city and use the tube.

Your budget is good so you won't have a problem finding a hotel within your price range. As well as Kensington check out Bloomsbury as there are a lot of good options there including the Holiday Inn which has good sized rooms.

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5. Re: Need hotel advice for Kensington

The 3 choices seem strange recommendations for somebody seeking value, more consistent with 4 star hotels that offer agents significant commission.

Prices in 2012 after March are much higher than the the last few years but $250 or 150 GBP seems a decent budget.

In Kensington basically there is a steep price gradient as you go west along the Cromwell Road from Knightsbridge to Earls Court, The value properties are around Gloucester Road and Earls Court which are only 5 minutes walk from South kensington.

In the higher stars prices can be a lot lower at the weekend than mid-week.

For 4 stars its worth tring the Marriott Kensington and Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, just in case a good direct advance purchase rate is available.

A budget 4 star within your range is the Copthorne Tarra.

There are two Premier inn properties, probably the best quality no frills chain in the UK (similar to Holiday Inn Express in US) and Base 2 Stay Aparthotel which is good quality.

Places like the Abcone, Best western Burns< henley House and Amsterdam hotels are more 2/3 star grade but still comfortable places to sray

Edited: 11 February 2012, 10:37
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If you can consider Hotwire,Holiday Inn Kensington Forum is always on Hotwire with good prices. Read BetterBidding.com to see how you can 'almost' guarantee you select/win HIKF by comparing amenities, stars, and area. Worst that can happen is you end up same area with same amenities.

Can't imagine a car in London. We pick up from LHR any time we're planning on driving around England. Super easy to hop on the tube at Gloucester rd to LHR and pick up your car or drop off

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Please be aware that it is almost impossible to park on the street in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea for longer than 2-4 hours in a pay and display bay. There are few pay and display bays, they are usually full.

Most parking spaces are for resident permit holders only, and if you park in these spaces, or over-stay parking anywhere else, there is a VERY good chance of the car being towed, which will cost you £260 plus a £60 fine (>$500).

Edited: 11 February 2012, 11:14
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If you must have a car, stay in Paddington. Most of the small hotels on Sussex Gardens have parking for one to three cars. They charge between seven and fifteen pounds, depending on your ability to haggle.

Paddington is outside the congestion zone. If you do drive up west, pay your congestion charge in Patson's on London Street.

These three have a larger parking capacity.

www.westpointhotel.com

www.daysinnhydepark.com/

www.edwardhotellondon.co.uk/

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