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Places to stay in London?

As someone who lives in London, I'm not very knowledgeable about places to stay. A friend of mine will be visiting in late July/early August and would like a pleasant B&B (or hotel), centrally located or at least near an tube stop, and ideally not too expensive. She'll be staying there for at least a week. Any recommendations?

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gleodream
May. 1st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
I don't really know if this is competitive for London, but when I was a kid, we stayed at the Harlingford Hotel, which is quite close to Euston, Russell Sq., St. Pancras, and King's Cross. Single is 79/night...is this reasonable for London? It's not part of a big corporation, which may or may not be an attraction.
agincourtgirl
May. 1st, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
I don't know of any either, but this site should be useful, I hope!

http://www.bedandbreakfasts-uk.co.uk/britainexpress/londonframe.htm
rjw1
May. 1st, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
http://www.blacklionguesthouse.com/ has been recommended by several perl mongers in the past
ancrenewiseasse
May. 1st, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Another useful website for a clearing-house service: http://www.londonbb.com/. The listings have helpful pricing categorizations, descriptions (including whether the B&B is near a tube station), and reviews from former guests. A friend who's used the service highly recommended a single listing in West London, which shows up as "B63A Stamford Brook." I'll be staying there myself later this month and could give you a review when I'm back in early June, if you're interested.
ballincollig
May. 1st, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
I liked the Tavistock Hotel in Russell Square...though the last time I was in London was almost a decade ago--I have no idea what the hotel's like these days.
intertext
May. 2nd, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
When I was there I stayed at Base2Stay. It was 80 (pounds) per night which seems hideous in retrospect but I gather is actually considered cheap, was in Kensington, right by a tube station AND had a microwave oven and fridge so you could make your own meals, in fact they encouraged you to do so.
wibblepot
May. 2nd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
Barston Gardens, 2 mins from Earls Court, is on the right tube line for most sightseeing places, so not too much extra faff. Nice food, friendly, good rates (cheaper than travel inn types), nice size rooms. Not modern, but very nice. Josie loved it.
mutabbal
May. 4th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
I'm the same way about Beirut and New York - at a total loss for hotel recommendations.

If she's staying a week or more, tell her that she might be able to negotiate a further price discount directly with the hotel.
noncalorsedumor
May. 7th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)
I don't really know what's a good rate and what's not, but when I went to London in 2000, my mom and I stayed at The Euro Hotel in Russell Square. It was an excellent location with comfy rooms and a tasty free breakfast.
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