Help my parents find a hotel in London
January 27, 2012 9:20 AM Subscribe
Help me find a hotel in London for my parents' vacation.
posted by PercussivePaul to travel & transportation (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've been living in London for 3 months but I'm not really sure where to send them. They're coming for a week in early May and it is their first visit to the UK. Budget in the £120 to £170 / night range, I think. They are mostly going to be doing touristy things but don't mind taking transit to get around. They don't need much in terms of luxury but a high quality bed is very important due to back issues, so super-budget places are out.
They went to Paris last year and loved the relaxed neighbourhood cafe culture. It kind of seems like London doesn't roll that way; too busy, and Londoners have pubs instead of patios. (Parents don't drink, by the way.) I would direct them to the west end so they are close to everything, but prices are a little high there and every time I venture to that part of town it is absolutely mobbed. And despite living here I don't actually know the areas around the middle very well -- I live in the northeast and mostly hang out in the east, in a part of town that is probably too far away from the centre for them to consider, and better to live in than visit in any case.
The ideal spot, I suppose, is bustling and vibrant, but not chaotic, and would be a nice place for a morning or evening stroll, and has fairly quick bus or tube links to all the "stuff". Maybe it's historic and picturesque and "Londony" too. Areas to look in or specific hotel recommendations are welcome.