Planning a visit to London soon? Whether you are a long term traveller to the city or if it’s your first time coming to the capital, make sure you come clued up with some of the key facts to note, to help make your visit as smooth and easy as possible. Here are seven top facts and features to help you stay clued in!
1- Check the location
London is a big city, so when you choose a hotel, it’s a good idea to look it up on the map beforehand. If you’re planning to sight-see, then you’ll want to be close to the city’s public transport network, so look for the closest Tube station. The Amsterdam Hotel is one of many that are in easy walking distance to a main Tube station, where you can easily get to anywhere in the city.
2- The right type of room for you
Gone are the days when a hotel was ‘just’ a hotel. Now you have a diverse range of places to choose from – from budget hostels, luxury hotels, and mid-range hotels. For a more intimate experience, you can try apart-hotels, which give you a spacious, apartment feel – or you can even rent an actual apartment in the city, to make you feel like you’re right at home.
Factor in your budget when you choose a hotel room before you visit the city. If you know you’re going to be coming a long time in advance, then it’s better to book ahead, rather than leaving it until the last minute. This way, you’ll be able to get a much better deal on your hotel package and save money!
4- Looking for history?
Hotels are in fact a relatively new phenomenon in the city, with the oldest hotels dating back only as far as the 19th century – but considering that London goes all the way back to Roman times, you might want to experience some of that history during your stay! So look for a hotel that’s close to some of the city’s top attractions, to ensure you get your history fix.
5- More than just a bed to sleep
If you’re after something a little more indulgent than just a bed to spend the night on, then London will really spoil you for choice. There are a fantastic range of hotels with wonderful additional services, including luxurious spas, beauty salons and in-house restaurants. These are perfect for a romantic getaway when you just want to enjoy an intimate weekend away from the rest of the world!
London is the centre of style for the UK – and you can really choose from whatever style you like when you’re picking a hotel. From traditional classically decorated interiors, to uber-cool boutique hotels that feel more like a nightclub than a hotel – to clean and contemporary spaces that will make you feel welcome and relaxed – there is lots on offer. The best way to choose is to browse photo galleries of a hotel beforehand, to help you get a good feel for the place.
7- Don’t forget the details!
Whether you’re coming to London for work or pleasure, the little extras like wifi access and power points for charging up gadgets are all essential considerations. Many mid to high range hotels will include wifi access as part of the service, but if this is an important consideration, it’s best to check it beforehand to avoid any nasty surprises!