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In London location is everything for me. Because no matter how nice a room is, you are in one of the liveliest cities in the world. So why would you want to sit in your room?
Especially if the rooms are as tiny as they are in London. I think these are the rules for London hotel rooms: no matter what price you pay it is always tiny and the window always overlooks a courtyard with smelly garbage bins which will be emptied every morning around 5am. So don’t expect to sleep in. Bring as little luggage as possible, because there is literally no space in the room to store it and you want to you shopping anyway, don’t you?
My favourite hotel in London is My Hotel. True, it is in line the general rules (tiny! Garbage bins!), but it has a lot of wonderful things to offer:
Make sure to book early though, because unfortunately a lot of people have discovered how lovely it is there. Rates are expensive (but what isn’t in London), but if you want to save a few pounds just book without breakfast. There are a lot of nice coffee shops on Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street (my favourite: Cafe Nero), where you get great coffee, amazing sandwiches, freshly squeezed juice and good people-watching for a fraction of the price.
11-13 Bayley Street
Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HD
telephone: +44(0) 20 3004 6000
fax: +44(0) 20 3004 6044