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Four star hotels in London have very volatile room rates, few people pay the standard rates posted above hotels reception desk. London is spread out and the London hotel district and which day of the week you stay will have a major impact on the prices on offer for your needs.
The star system only reflects the facilities offered by each hotel, not how good it is. It is only when you get to five star level hotels that things like ambiance are taken into account.
In the very centre of London, the large multinational chains dominate. In the West End theatre district nearly all accommodation is four star or higher and there is a significant price premium. The most expensive hotels are in and around the exclusive Mayfair district.
In general four star hotels are aimed at business people and thus four star hotels in London generally have the lowest rates at the weekend when conferences and business activity are at a low ebb.
London hotel room rates in four star hotels are low during the August holiday period (UK kids only get August off for their summer break) and Christmas, sometimes on par with 3-star hotels. The cheapest rates in London hotels are Sunday nights.
4 star hotels in the main business areas of London (south of the river and around the Tower of London, Liverpool Street Station) are normally significantly cheaper at the weekend than the working week, most other districts that attract more leisure visitors the reverse is true in varying degrees.
With London's excellent public transport and the spread out nature of London itself you can get a lot more 'bang for your buck' by staying just outside this central area. For the leisure traveller a favourite district is Kensington, particularly around the Gloucester Road area.
Set in an elegant Victorian building just 4-min walk from Paddington Station. Combining modern luxury facilities with an old-world charm. Rooms are equipped with interactive TVs and tea/coffee makers. Buffet breakfast is served daily from the restaurant and there is also a bar to wind down in. Great for travellers looking for easy transfers to Heathrow and into London.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant • 24-hr front desk • Lift • Bar • Air-con • Fitness facility
Nearest tube: 4-min walk to Paddington
Set in a traditional townhouse, this hotel offers a quiet retreat just a short walk from Hyde Park. In the restaurant you can enjoy cocktails and international dishes. Rooms feature hard-wood floors, and the hotel has a relaxed, contemporary air with leather chairs and exposed brick walls.
• Free wi-fi • Bar & restaurant • Buffet breakfast • Fitness centre • Tea and coffee facilities • 24-hr front desk • Tickets desk • Single rooms available • Desk in room
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to Bayswater
With free access to the gym, this hotel is just a 2-min walk from Kensington High Street and a 10-min walk to Kensington Palace and South Kensington Museums. For an additional fee you also have access to the sauna and indoor pool. Spacious rooms come with satellite TV, personal safe and a tea/coffee maker. A buffet breakfast is served at Boulevard Restaurant while contemporary European dishes are available for dinner. The Lounge Bar serves drinks, light lunches and afternoon teas in a relaxed atmosphere.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Breakfast in room • Fitness centre • Paid for swimming pool access • Bar/restaurant • Kids stay & eat free • Special diet menus • Snack bar
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to High St Kensington
Beautiful Regency style exterior hides a contemporary interior that has just undergone a multimillion-pound refurbishment to bring the hotel into the Curio Collection by Hilton. Elegant rooms feature 49” HDTVs with Chromecast, tea/coffee facilities, electronic newspapers and bathroom amenities by Floris London. Restaurant serves fusion of Britich-French cuisine or you can relax in the lounge/bar or atrium for afternoon tea. Located on the doorstep of the Natural History Museum.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant • Bar • Air-con • 24-hr room service • Suites
Nearest tube: 5-min walk to South Kensington
Large and historic London hotel that has been welcoming guests since 1909. Situated in the West End it offers 2 on-site bars, restaurant, fitness centre and café. There are 785 bedrooms that offer satellite TV, tea/coffee and all standard facilities. Ideally located for visiting theatres, shopping and attractions. Covent Garden and The Royal Opera House are a 5-min walk away, Trafalgar Square is 8-min walk away.
Facilities include• Free Wi-Fi • Family rooms • Accessible rooms • Fitness centre
Nearest tube: 4-min walk to Charing Cross
Boasting regular returning guests speaks volumes for the quality of this hotel. Located just a 3-min walk from Kensington High Street you’ll find easy access to shops, restaurants and attractions. There are two on-site restaurants offering a variety of cuisine and a kid-friendly buffet. A short walk will take you to Olympia exhibition centre, Hyde Park, Royal Albert Hall and the museums on Cromwell Road. Good location, facilities and value for money.
Facilities include • Wi-Fi • Family rooms • Parking • Fitness centre • Hypnos Beds
Nearest tube: 3-min walk to High Street Kensington
This stylish Novotel is located to the west of the centre of London, at Hammersmith on the way to Heathrow. Prestigious Kensington High Street is 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel. The hotel is convieniently just 5 minutes’ walk from Hammersmith Apollo. It provides spacious rooms, a fitness suite, and a chic lounge bar. Guests can dine in the Artisan Grill. Rooms all include satellite TV, minibar, hairdryer, and a safe. Some rooms boast Nespresso coffee machines, iPod docks, and bathrobes.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Bar/restaurant • Spa/fitness centre • Breakfast in room • 24-hr front desk • Terrace • Kids' meals
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Hammersmith
Grade II listed building allowing you to experience a luxurious slice of history during your stay. Completely renovated in 2019 with new look rooms, Soak Bar and Tea Room lounge. Situated opposite Victoria station you have travel options on your doorstep for the whole of London. Beautiful historic building in an excellent location.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Air-con • Hypnos beds • Mini-bars • Family rooms • 24-hr room service • Fitness centre • Accessible rooms • Restaurant
Nearest tube: 1-min walk to Victoria
A very popular hotel due to its location, modern style and views across the London skyline. This hotel has an impressive history and is the third largest Holiday Inn in Europe. You’ll experience everything you’d expect from a quality hotel chain with a vast range of facilities available to every guest. Stepping out of the door you’ll find yourself only a 5-min walk from the nearby Museums and access to plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Parking • Fitness centre • Restaurant • City views
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Gloucester Road
This luxury hotel is just steps from the famous Regent's Park and within walking distance to Edgware Road with 2 undergrounds, lots of restaurants for all budgets, The 02 entertainment complex and a supermarket nearby. Rooms are spacious with satellite TV with pay movies, air conditioning and a minibar. Many rooms feature balconies. Cheapest rates at the weekend.
Facilities include • Modern gym, sauna and solarium • Spa • Free high-speed Wi-Fi • Italian restaurant on-site
Nearest tube: 4-min walk to Swiss Cottage
Excellent location just a short walk from Paddington Station and a 15-min walk from Oxford Street. This modern well-equipped hotel has a leisure club with indoor pool, two restaurants and a bar. The rooms feature LCD TV with movies on demand, Wi-Fi (paid for), en-suites and tea/coffee facilities.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi (public areas) • Parking • Family rooms • Swimming pool •Leisure club • Air-con • Pets allowed
Nearest tube: 2-min walk to Paddington
Spacious rooms just a short walk from Knightsbridge's shops and museums and Earls Court Tube Station. There is a restaurant and fitness centre. Rooms include a satellite TV, minibar, seating area and a private bathroom. Guests have the use of a well-equipped gym. Double rooms or American style with two double beds. Cheapest rates at weekend.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Restaurant • Bar • Air-con • Fitness centre • Satellite TV
Nearest tube: 5-min walk to Earl’s Court
The Tower Hotel is a landmark hotel right by the River Thames, St Katherine’s Dock, and next to Tower Bridge, giving stunning views of the cityscape including the Shard skyscraper, and of course Tower Bridge. Here you can enjoy the restaurant, with freshly prepared modern fusion cuisine, bar and fitness centre.
Facilities include • Free Wi-Fi • Terrace • Restaurant • Fitness centre • Suites • 24-hr-reception
Nearest tube: 8-min walk toTower Hill