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John Cassels
14th November 2012, 06:53 PM
Wife and I are looking to spend a week in London 1st.week in December.

Can anyone recommend a reasonable hotel , browsing the internet not much help.
Doesn't need to be too fancy as long as it's clean , tidy and a good breakfast - something
along the lines of the old Merchant Navy hotel.

Many thanks

JC

happy daze john in oz
15th November 2012, 05:24 AM
A very good friend of mine took a trip with Trafalgar tours a couple of years ago Hotel was in Kensington and in early November. He complained about the cold and asked why there was no heating on.
'Sir heating will be put on 1st of December as we are obliged to opperate heating from then until 31st March.'
He said it was so bloody cold and the blankest so thin they took the curtains off the windows to put on the bed.

Captain Kong
15th November 2012, 03:30 PM
They should have sent up a Hot Barmaid to warm the bed.
Brian

Gulliver
15th November 2012, 07:09 PM
A very good friend of mine took a trip with Trafalgar tours a couple of years ago Hotel was in Kensington.........


It's the same old story John ,isn't it? You get what you pay for,and today it's the easiest thing in the world to research your accommodation first on the internet before committing to pay for your booking. Never take for granted what a tour operator says-check everything out.One should read ALL of the reviews first then make your choice.

Incidentally,I have never known an hotel where extra blankets are not available for the asking,or that have a rigid November to April Only Heating Policy. That sounds positively Dickensian !,or sounds like your friend's dodgy(perhaps) travel company was utilising some of London's DHSS Hotels !

Let's face it though,Kensington,despite it's perceived 'upmarket' image amongst tourists is awfully seedy in parts and caters more for the casual unsophisticated bargain-basement tourist. If you want higher standards there are obviously the corporate hotel chains- at a higher price-but you get what you pay for. Then,if things are not to your liking,you have at least some recourse to compensation.I am partial to the Ibis Hotel chain.To me they are like the Holiday Inns,but without the high prices.


I also think that Mr.Cassells might find it more difficult to find a good hotel,as I should imagine he would require smoking accommodation-very much a no-no in hotels everywhere these days-and that would limit his choice even more somewhat.

Gulliver

Jim Brady
15th November 2012, 07:35 PM
John,check out Premier Inns cheap and cheerful value for money book early and get a discount worth a go.
Regards.
Jim.B.

Keith at Tregenna
15th November 2012, 07:46 PM
PM me if need be:

Will chat with some I know and try, incase you come unstuck:

K.

happy daze john in oz
16th November 2012, 05:15 AM
Incidentally,I have never known an hotel where extra blankets are not available for the asking,or that have a rigid November to April Only Heating Policy.

Very True Gulliver, but this company, Trafalgar Tours rates highly with the travel agents. But they must give a lot of kick backs as I have heard other horror stories from people who have used them.
I thougt that heating policy had long gone, but i am informed by family in UK that many places still adhere to it, keeps costs down.

John Cassels
16th November 2012, 08:31 AM
And what makes you think I would require smoking accomodation David ?.

Gulliver
16th November 2012, 11:07 AM
The smoke from your previous threads was coming through my keyboard,John.....

John Cassels
16th November 2012, 12:07 PM
Remember the old annex to the 1966 coll. regs ;

Assumptions made on scanty information are dangerous and should be avoided.

Gulliver
16th November 2012, 01:06 PM
I do indeed remember them John -and I never did,(well not when it came to the ColRegs -Collision Regulations )but forgive me if I am wrong,we were all exhorting and helping you to stop smoking a few months ago?.
May I make the assumption (scantily or otherwise) that you have managed to stop smoking?

If so,well done my friend--the choice of London accommodation will now be unlimited for you !

Best Regards
Gulliver

Graham Payne
16th November 2012, 02:48 PM
Hi John
as earlier advised by Jim, try the "Premier Inns" decent clean rooms pretty cheap as well, sometimes as low as 20 a night for a double room, many of them in the suberbs of London, the breakfast cost approx 7.50 extra, and sometimes all you can eat.
Look on their website they have plenty of choices. There is a new one just opened in Bromley, just a 5 min stroll down to Bromley South Station and 20mins later your at Victoria Station in central London 5 mins walk to Buckinham Palace.
Best of luck & have a nice time :)

John Cassels
16th November 2012, 06:44 PM
Thanks for all the advice gentlemen. Looking forward to our visit and it will be our first trip through the chunnel.

We're still struggling on the hotel side.

And yes David , I can say I've stopped though it's a very tentative clutch I have on the straw.

Wife wants to visit Harrods , anyone have any excuses I can use ?.

Ivan Cloherty
16th November 2012, 07:25 PM
John if you are coming by car, then I would follow Graham's suggestion and plumb for somewhere around Bromley or Sevenoaks, unless you have an electric car or hydbrid congestion charges are horrendous as are parking charges. Trains from Sevenoaks/Bromley are frequent and "fairly reasonable" Premier Inns are a bit upmarket from Travelodge but with both I've never had a bad one travelling around these sceptred Isles, basic, but always clean sheets, your own facilities and tea/coffee making facilities in the room, which are always appreciated after a long drive (where I live is a long drive to anywhere!), no breakfasts in Travelodge (except Kings Cross)but always somewhere adjacent. A lot depends on your budget, I always take the view We'll be out most of the day so why pay for an expensive hotel (sometimes with poor service) unless it's a special occasion.

Harrods, if you haven't been for a long time, it's worth a visit, the Food Hall is always a treat for the eyes, very rarely a treat for the stomach because of the cost, and the Ice Cream parlour has ridiculous prices but eye watering creations. There are a couple of nice, reasonably priced cafes on the lower ground floor, but if you've won the lottery take your wife to the roof garden for lunch

Have a good trip

Harry Zwart
16th November 2012, 09:45 PM
we have stayed in travelodge at london city airport and premier inn at beckton a fair distance from city centre but both 5 minute walk to docklands light rail stations,very good value for money

happy daze john in oz
17th November 2012, 05:13 AM
I have heard Graham that there are a number of 'five star' hotels in that area. Most can be seen through the holes in the roof.
Only $20 for the double room, but is it extra to have a bed in there as well?

John Arton
17th November 2012, 11:00 AM
John
Try the IBIS chain. We were in London a few years ago and got an excellent deal there. Its within walking distance of Victoria Coach station and they even threw in free parking at a nearby NCP parking spot.
Alternatively try Late Rooms dot com or my eldest is always getting good deals from Expedia.
rgds
JA

Colin Pook
3rd December 2012, 02:31 PM
Hi John, I don't know if the M.N. hotel in Lancaster Gate, (10 mins. walk from Paddington) is still there. Stayed there a few times, very comfy!
Colin

John Cassels
3rd December 2012, 07:26 PM
Colin , got a letter from them way back in 2006 saying they were closing , their web site is also gone.