London is one of the largest European cities, so choose well where to stay in London to make the most of your stay. Please note in particular that it is very important choose a hotel well served by public transport. Be it the metro or the typical red double-decker buses. Also, although London taxis are very photogenic, it is better to appreciate this beauty only from the outside (yes, they are expensive).
From the experience of a recent visit to the English capital, and talking to friends who know very well the London city, here are my recommendations on the best place to stay in London. In summary, depending on your style of travel, choose to stay in a hotel in South Kensington, SoHo, Camden Town ou Shoreditch (I explain the advantages of each zone). For business travelers and those in love with supreme luxury, perhaps Park Lane (Westminster) luxury hotels are a good choice of London accommodation - but given the generally exorbitant prices for the average tourist, I will not include in this post on where to stay in London.
In this regard, prepare yourself that there are not many cheap hotels in London. By the way, cheap e London are two words that do not fit - but I'll try to help you decide where to stay in London. Let's do it.
Where to stay in London: neighborhood and hotel tips
1. South Kensington
For the tourist traveler but with some purchasing power, South Kensington is probably the best place to stay in London. This, of course, if you are willing to pay the price for the central location. It is a typical high class area with a perfect location that allows easy access to museums such as the Science Museum, Natural History Museum or Victoria & Albert. Some of the best hotels in London are in South Kensington.
As is well known, cheap hotels in London are a rarity - let alone in South Kensington (see the other regions of London, below) - but the Meininger Hyde Park is one of those rare cases of a well located and relatively cheap hotel in London. Another example, simple but in account (by London standards), is the Hotel Montana.
If you are looking for a more boutiqueI recommend the Sydney House Chelsea and the charismatic The exhibitionist, the latter of five stars. It is a modern luxury option, sometimes funky, very different from the classic English luxury of the The Milestone Hotel (an exclusive hotel that, although not much to do with my style, is surely one of the best hotels to stay in London).
Why stay in South Kensington
In summary, stay in the South Kensington area if privileges the luxury and / or the central location above everything else, and is willing to pay for it. Note that the area of Kensington - and in particular South Kensington - is the region with the highest concentration of hotels in London; there is no shortage of options for all tastes and budgets.
South Kensington hotels are marked on the green map.
Anyone looking to stay in heart of the city, with easy access to theaters, like crowds and assorted restaurants, you can opt for Soho. It is another of the preferential zones for the tourist travelers to stay in the English capital; and some of the good hotels in London are situated in Soho.
If you choose to stay in Soho, avoiding the large impersonal chains and given the location, comfort, price and opinions of other guests, here are my suggestions for sleep. Thus, for young travelers with a short budget, the SoHostel is a hostel good and cheap by London standards, with a cheerful decor and a vibrant atmosphere.
Lastly, and being a fan of apartments, I could not fail to mention the creative, fun and very well located apartment Soho Stables - is to see to believe! (yes, it was an old stable).
Why stay at Soho, London
In short, choose a hotel in Soho if you do not mind staying in the tourist heart of the city (think of Piccadilly Circus or Covent Garden) and want to watch some plays. You will find below other quality hotels in Soho.
Soho hotels are marked in blue on the map of London.
3. Camden Town
Camden Town is a multicultural neighborhood, a mix of influences and a hipster. Ideal for open minds, for those who like music, street food, from unconventional environments and a communion of multicultural energies. For me, Camden Town is surely one of the best areas to stay in London. I loved the ambience; and I easily imagine staying there the next time I visit London.
If you choose to sleep in Camden Town, among the available hotels (which are not many), there are two that stand out for their popularity and good value for money: Camden Enterprise Hotel and Holiday Inn Camden Lock.
For those looking to economize, the hostel St Christopher's Inn Camden solves the problem of the stay with quality and friendliness.
For whom is Camden Town, London
For those who enjoy unconventional environments (watch the Camden Market and already realize). Fancy starting a franchise for Costasur in Camden Town? link below.
Camden Town hotels are marked on the orange map of London.
Perhaps the most unglued London - to use a Brazilian expression that I love -, Shoreditch stay in vibrant East London and in recent years has become another of London's most effervescent and multicultural regions.
Do not expect to find classical London in Shoreditch; think more street art, street food, proximity to markets such as Brick Lane and Old Spitalfields; and of course, alternative nightlife. If this is music to your ears, you'll love Shoreditch (such as Camden Town).
So if you want to stay in Shoreditch, know that one of the most popular hotels in the area is citizenM London Shoreditch, a comfortable, clean and modern (very technological) hotel; which is in a very good location. To my taste, it is one of the Top London Hotels.
Shoreditch's other ex libris is the creative design hotels Nobu Shoreditch, famous for its bold architecture same the penalty). For those looking for luxury coupled with good taste, I recommend the The Curtain. It is a five star hotel and the price reflects this; but look at the pictures to understand the reasons.
Finally, in the opposite budget extreme, I recommend the surprisingly economic Brick Lane Guest House. It does not have the finesse of a four- or five-star hotel but for 70 the night it is surely one of the rare cheap London hotels well located.
Why stay in Shoreditch, London
Choose Shoreditch as your base in London if the word unglued It makes you smile. If you do not like any of these hotels but want to stay in Shoreditch, see other good options in link below.
Shoreditch hotels are marked with the pink map.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of the best hotels in London. It's just a set of recommendations on where to stay in London, according to my experience. Depending on the style of each traveler (and their budget), I recommend sleeping in South Kensington, Soho, Camden Town or Shoreditch. See which area of London you most identify with and stay there.
After all, what is the best area to stay in London?
All in all, and having to choose, I think South Kensington is the best area to sleep in London. The location is very central with easy access to museums and parks, and excellent public transport links to London's top attractions.
When does it cost to sleep in London? (average price of hotels)
London is one of the most expensive cities in the world and this is reflected in the price of London hotels; but I would say that for an average couple who values the location but do not want to sleep or a hostel basic or luxury hotels, the average daily cost will be around 100 £.
Specifically, for a good bed in a shared dormitory, count at least 15 £; in a medium Ibis hotel, the price per double room varies a lot depending on the location, but you can go from 80 £ to 250 £ (two people); and a night at a luxury hotel easily surpasses 300 £, although there are four or five star cheaper units.
How many days does it take to get to know London?
I recommend at least five days.
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