Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Where to stay

London offers a whole array of possibilities in terms of accommodation, ranging from hostels to superior luxury hotels.

Accommodation prices are subject to changes throughout the year, so that, hotel rooms will be definitely cheaper during the fall-winter time, when you could also find lovely room at affordable prices, representing very good value for money. If you are, instead, considering to spend time in London in the summer time, namely from June to September, be ready to pay higher hotels rates and be sure to book your rooms well in advance.
Hotels in London are located everywhere across the city, so that you could first better decide in which area you’d like to spend your stay in London, and, then, narrow your hotel search within the area in which you have decided to stay.
If you want to stay within zone 1, Bayswater, Kensington, Paddington, Victoria and Earl’s Court definitely are amongst the most attractive and strategic areas within which narrow your search. All of these areas offer you excellent public transport services and lot of amenities.
If you are lodging in a hotel in Paddington, it is very likely that you also are at walking distance from Hide Park and Oxford Street. If you have decided to stay in a hotel in Victoria, you can, instead reach, still walking, Westminster and the Big Ben in just 10 minutes time.
Bayswater is a very lively area, very close to Notting Hill and offering so many amenities you could also decide to spend your evenings there.
As for breakfast, unless you’ll book in a very good hotel, in general, there are some common issues guests are used to cope with, in hotels whose accommodation costs are below £50/60 per night.
One is the size of the breakfast room, usually very small and unable to accommodate all the guests at one time, so that often people are obliged to queuing in order to have their breakfast. And if queuing is something British people love, or are used to, this doesn’t necessarily apply for all other people, who could find it boring and unpleasant to wait in a corridor to have their breakfast.
The other problem relates to the quantity and variety of the continental breakfast. You should usually be ready to get a couple of toasts, butter and jam, orange juice, cereals and coffee or tea.
If you are expected to be served croissants or “real” coffee you’d be surely disappointed, in that, in the largest number of cases you won’t.
In particular, as for the coffee, some hotels are even used to serve you just hot water, you could, then, be supposed that they misunderstood your order, but actually it is because you simply have to add instant coffee powder to get your coffee ready.