When going on a break to London, there are so many things to get excited about – from the amazing sights you will see, the wide variety of cuisines you will sample in the capital’s many restaurants as well as the memories you will make. At the end of a long day shopping and catching as many historical and cultural sites as possible, you will undoubtedly appreciate just how much a great hotel room is needed.
Being able to lay down every night in a comfortable, freshly changed bed is the perfect way to refresh and it is always that little bit better when you know that you don’t have to change the sheets yourself the next morning. And let’s not get started on having a mini bar as well as tea and coffee to hand in your room….
Here we have some tips on things to check before booking a hotel room in London to make your trip all the more luxurious and fun.
What is the location?
When looking for a hotel room to stay in during your trip, the location is one of the most important things to look at. After all, on a city break to London you don’t really want to be miles out of the city centre and having to squeeze on to trains with commuters making their daily journey.
If you have planned an itinerary for your trip which includes a mix of shopping on Oxford Street, a walk along the Thames and the Houses of Parliament as well as a visit to see The Queen at Buckingham Palace (disclaimer: we can’t guarantee you will actually see the Monarch herself), then staying in the Marble Arch area is absolutely perfect.
Not only are you literally minutes away from Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall as well as the many museums of South Kensington are merely a leisurely walk away. If the weather calls for it, a 40 minute stroll will find you at the Thames and we strongly advise considering walking as you will get to see so many wonderful parts of London that you may miss should you travel underground or by bus.
If you are heading to London to experience a concert or theatre production at one of the city’s many venues, or perhaps an exhibition at a world class gallery, then it is really important to check that the dates match with the hotel you wish to stay in.
Should you decide that you would like to stay in a particular area or at a specific hotel yet the suite or room you wished for is unavailable at a set time, why not see if the event you are attending has other dates in which you can purchase tickets for. This way you can have the luxurious stay that you wished for and experience the event also.
When booking a hotel, make sure that you are well aware about the food services on offer. From room service, to bars and restaurants, it is important to know what to expect, especially as after a tiring day taking in the wonderful sights of the capital, chance are that you will want to come back to a hot, delicious meal. Or, should you go out for a few evening drinks, a midnight snack may be on the agenda.
One particularly-British experience is Afternoon Tea, and if you happen to stay at the Montcalm London Marble Arch, it is highly recommended that you reserve a spot for yourself and whoever you are visiting with. From a beautiful tiered cake stand filled with finger sandwiches, scones and cakes, along with loose teas, it is an absolute must when staying in London.
Check-in and check-out
Before booking your hotel, make sure that you know what time check-in and check-out is. It is important to be aware of this as if you are planning on booking specific events or tours on your arrival or departure date, you will need to bear this in mind.
Depending on the type of break you are after, a hotel with a spa can be very rewarding – after all, who doesn’t want to have a calming swim followed by a luxurious facial when given the option? If you are partaking in a fitness regime, then a hotel with a gym is a must also and make sure that the establishment can cater to all of these needs before booking.
For a hotel which matches all of these requirements, head to the Montcalm London Marble Arch.