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Location is an Advantage When Choosing a Hotel

One of the best things about the Internet is that experienced travelers have every opportunity to post their reviews of different hotels worldwide. This makes it possible for first-time visitors to get clues about which accommodations are best for their situation based on the observations of people who've actually been there!

For example, several reviewers commended The Imperial Hotel London at Russell Square as centrally located with good transport links. This benefit of location was deemed especially important for getting around seeing all the amazing sights that London has to offer. Reviewers said they found the Imperial's rooms to be clean, although single rooms were found to be rather small to Americans used to large, standard double-sized rooms. Unlike some accommodations, one reviewer noted happily that the Imperial boasts really hot showers, a blessing to those who've struggled through cold or tepid baths. A continental breakfast is included with the usual $80 - $120 per night double room cost, although the dining room offers a buffet with eggs, bacon, toast and fish. Many rooms have a view of the courtyard and the staff was courteous.

The Central Park Hotel London is another London hotel where a good location is its best feature for guests. The Central Park can be found on Queensborough Terrace, a strip of hotels located on the north side of Kensington Gardens. While it doesn't have the charm of a hotel in a building from the Victorian era, several reviewers commended it as a pleasant enough place to stay. It has 267 rooms, all with en suite bathrooms, and all non-smoking rooms. Close to Hyde Park, the Central Park also is just a three-minute walk from the Queenstown Tube station, so traveling around London is easy. Travel experts also say that it's likely to find economical rooms at the Central Park when many other hotels in the area are full.

The Tavistock Hotel is a recommended site among the six Imperial London Hotels chain arranged around the imposing British Museum. The Tavistock has 395 rooms ranging from around $100 US for a single to $136 US to a double. The hotel overlooks the charming Tavistock Square about one block north of Russell Square. Reviewers have noted that the smoking rooms in the Tavistock, located on floors 1 through 4, seem to be unintentionally retro (think 1972). Rooms on the nonsmoking floors 5 through 8 have been refurbished with new furniture, wallpaper, carpets and bed linens. The Tavistock also has a bit of recent history; it survived a bomb explosion directly outside in July 2005 during the London bus and subway attacks. The Tavistock's staff seems to be upbeat despite the incident, say reviewers. Guests at the Tavistock are typically a mix of business people and tourists who appreciate the clean, unpretentious surroundings and the economical cost.

These three hotels in London are just some of the excellent sites that visitors can find for convenient accommodations when touring the exciting capital of the United Kingdom. As always, the key to finding the right London hotel is to do plenty of advance research and watch for special deals that will help meet your travel budget.

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