Suite Dreams - Hotels in London

There’s no doubt that hotels in London can be expensive – very expensive. This is where you’ll find many luxury hotels; famous names like The Ritz, Claridges and The Dorchester – as well as The Savoy Hotel (which is due to re-open in the summer after a major refurbishment). The sort of hotels that have Michelin-starred restaurants and wonderfully relaxing spas - sumptuous stops on any culinary tour.

However, if you can’t afford the rates charged by five-star hotels in London, it doesn’t mean that you’ll have to opt for some downmarket guesthouse in a grotty part of the city. You’ll be glad to know that there are an increasing number of competitively priced places to stay in London, offering clean, comfortable accommodation within easy reach of all the main attractions like the Tower of London, Tate Modern and the West End theatres.

Luxury in London
If you want to treat yourself on your culinary tour, then you’ll find plenty of luxury hotels in London from which to choose. Whether you go for a legendary name like The Savoy, or a newer kid on the accommodation block like the Wyndham Grand in Chelsea Harbour, you can be sure of being comfortable and cosseted.

And what about the food? Well, there are several places with a reputation for particularly good food. Top of the tree is The Dorchester where Alain Ducasse has 3 Michelin stars for his French food, while Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley is hot on his heels with 2 stars. Other hotels in London offering Michelin-starred food are The Connaught (Carlos Place, Mayfair); the Metropolitan (Old Park Lane) – home of the celebrities’ favourite Nobu, and the Hilton Park Lane. There’s also The Lanesborough (Lanesborough Place, Mayfair), which offers Italian cuisine; the Crowne-Plaza (Buckingham Gate, nr Victoria) for Michelin-starred South Indian food, and The Halkin (Halkin St, Belgravia) which is the home of nahm, Europe’s first Michelin-starred Thai restaurant.

A number of hotels also offer traditional English afternoon tea. If we had to pick one of these then Brown's would come out tops. It’s full of history (everyone from Agatha Christie to Winston Churchill has been here) and it does award-winning afternoon teas with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones and delicious pastries.

Contemporary Chain Hotels

There’s now a good choice of modern chain hotels in London. These offer inexpensive, clean and comfortable no-frills accommodation – ideal if you’re planning to spend most of your time exploring London’s attractions. For centrally located rooms at under £100 a night for a double, try Premier Inns their County Hall hotel is just a couple of minutes’ walk from the London Eye), Ibis (who have over 500 bedrooms in their Earl’s Court hotel), Novotel (check out their hotel in historic Greenwich) or Express by Holiday Inn who have an hotel south of the river in Southwark. Cheapest of all will probably be easyHotel easyhotel – the price is kept low by removing all frills (in many cases your room won’t have a window).

Serviced Apartments in London

Alternatively, you might like to think about taking a serviced apartment. These offer you the freedom of self catering and can be an economical choice if you’re staying in the city for a week or more. SACO have good quality serviced apartments in Waterloo, the City (the financial centre) and the West End.

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