What are travellers looking for in a London hotel?

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If you are travelling to London, it is likely that you will be staying in a hotel. This can be a fantastic experience if you choose wisely, so what should you look out for?

Want to make the most of all the attractions that London has to offer?  Then make sure that you pick a central location with great transport links.  With a choice of bus, rail or London Underground, getting around shouldn’t be a problem.  If you really want to get to know this great city, then a central location is best, allowing you to walk between the sights. For example, some people make want to spend some time exploring Paddington, so it makes sense to focus your hotel search on high quality hotels in the area.

After all that sight-seeing, you will be needing to relax.  A hotel offering a spa offers the perfect opportunity to unwind.  Good facilities in the hotel will make for the best experience.  Many hotels also offer a range of treatments that allow you to pamper yourself in luxury.

We all like to stay in touch with friends and relatives, and maybe even share a few snaps of our London experiences.  Doing this on your mobile could end up costing you more than you expect, especially if you are on holiday.  Many hotels offer wi-fi with free or for a small fee, that will prevent this unexpected expense from spoiling your break.

When you are planning your holiday, chose a hotel with good reviews.  A good website will also show you everything that the hotel should offer, and should let you book on line to secure the best deal for your room.

It can be the little things that add your experience.  For example, the ability to check in early or check out late can stretch out your stay and give you an extra day of holiday. Some hotels may let you leave your bags with them on the day of checkout, meaning that you don’t have to cart them around the city with you on your last day.

Friendly, helpful and courteous staff always make for an enjoyable stay. This should be obvious from reviews from people who have stayed there before.  If you are very lucky, you may even receive a recommendation from a friend.

Different visitors can want different types of room.  An overnight business visitor is probably looking for a basic, but comfortable room for a good price. Families will want larger suites and some may wish for a more luxurious experience.

A good choice of room service can give you a chance for a relaxing night in, or maybe breakfast in bed.  A hotel with a good quality kitchen or on-site restaurant is likely to offer a wider choice of dishes that can be delivered fresh to your door.

Last, but not least, price is always a consideration.  But be careful not to confuse a low price with good value.  It is important that you have a great break, so it may be worth paying a little more to get what you want.  Make a list of what you want, shortlist your hotels, choose carefully and have a great stay.