Nobody truly knows exactly how many hotels there are in London. Experts estimated in 2010 that there were 123,000 hotel rooms in the Greater London area, but the data has never been comprehensively collected.
Regardless, we don’t need a solid figure to say that the choice of hotels on offer to London visitors is vast and potentially overwhelming with Greater London covering a humongous 607 sq miles and stretching up to 45 miles from the centre of the city.
With so many options at hand, it can be tough to know where to start, but after reading this guide, you’ll be well-equipped to book the perfect hotel for your stay in the UK capital.
Staying on the outskirts
Price and location are two highly influential factors when choosing a hotel, and for anyone flying into the UK – be it Heathrow, Gatwick or London City Airport – there will be the option of going for a hotel close to the terminal.
It’s easy to appreciate the appeal of touching down in a new country and city, and being able to ditch all your baggage at a hotel just a few minutes away. The inbound flight may have been exhausting, so having the opportunity to refresh and recharge at an airport hotel is certainly a positive.
That said, Heathrow, which is where a large number of international London tourists arrive, is 17 miles west of central London. Staying so far out of the city’s buzz means you’ll have to travel every time you want to see the city’s most famous attractions, and that requires a 45-minute Tube journey into the centre of London each way.
For getting in and out of central London, you could take the Heathrow Express – a high-speed rail transfer that gets you to Paddington Station in just 15 minutes – but tickets are considerably more expensive than the Tube and bus.
Staying at a hotel away from the inner city hustle and bustle is actually an effective way of doing London with minimum hassle and stress though. It keeps the centre within reach, but means that you can disconnect and lends your break more of a holiday feel.
Somewhere in between
One hotel that strikes this unique balance is the Park Grand Heathrow hotel in Hounslow, five miles from the airport and just 11 miles from Hammersmith.
Its well-considered location means you can experience the buzzing atmosphere of London, but when you’ve had your fill for the day, you’ll be able to physically and mentally remove yourself from the relentless pace of the inner city.
Park Grand London Heathrow is a chic contemporary hotel, with tastefully styled modern bedrooms, kitted-out with a range of modern amenities, such as complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi, LCD TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe and much more.
Guests can choose to upgrade to a club room to enjoy an extra touch of comfort and pampering, as well as complimentary extras like fresh fruit and mineral water on arrival, bathrobes and slippers. There’s also an exclusive club lounge, which allows guests to relax with a hot beverage whilst soaking up amazing panoramic views of the London skyline.
In amongst it all
What are the pros and cons of staying at a hotel plonked right in the middle of London though? Well, you could essentially reverse many of the points already raised.
Rather than having to invest the time, effort and money into travelling into the city, every time you want to see one of London’s many world-class attractions, you can just walk there, or at worst, hop on the Underground for a few stops. Naturally, you’re already amongst it all, so you can get cracking with your sightseeing.
By staying in the city, you potentially increase the chances of ending up in a grotty or sub-standard B&B, but you can wipe out that risk by staying at one of the many Park Grand Hotels in central London.
They can be found in some of London’s most prominent areas such as Paddington, Kensington, near Hyde Park and Bayswater, as is the case with the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate hotel.
Officially rated five stars by the AA, the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate hotel is a gorgeous boutique hotel near Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations, and again, features exquisite, modern guest rooms with all the modern amenities you’d require during your time in London, such as free Wi-Fi, LCD TV with satellite channels and facilities to make hot beverages.
Two other Park Grand Hotels are also close-by: the Park Grand London Paddington and Park Grand London Hyde Park.
All three are located less than a mile’s walk away from Hyde Park – a 350-acre royal park that is laced with history. Many legendary rock and pop concerts have been staged here over the decades, and indeed, they still occur here every summer.
It is also home to two memorials to the late Diana, Princess of Wales – a playground and a fountain made from Cornish granite – as well as the Albert Memorial, opened in 1872 in remembrance of the late Prince Albert 11 years after he lost his fight with typhoid.
Other novel features of Hyde Park are the free-to-enter Serpentine Gallery and Speaker’s Corner, where people are free to publicly air their thoughts on the issues of the day.
Aside from Hyde Park, the three Park Grand Hotels previously mentioned are ideally placed to visit London’s top attractions, such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, the West End, Soho, Regent’s Park, Harrods, the Royal Albert Hall amongst others.
So there you have it. Hopefully, you’re a little more certain on how to choose the right hotel for your next visit to London.