4. Are there grocery shops close by?
When staying in self-catering accommodation, you might want to buy some teabags, milk or even some biscuits. Book a room within walking distance of a grocery store to avoid running low on essentials for your stay.
5. Is it near popular landmarks and things to do?
This isn’t essential but it it’s nice and convenient if you don’t have to travel far to see some of the landmarks that make London one of best tourist hotspots in the world. Central London is packed full of beautiful and historical sites. Choose accommodation that’s conveniently placed close to some of the best things to see in London for a memorable trip.
6. Is it easy to book?
Fiddly online booking systems are a real pain, especially if you’re in a rush or trying to book on a smart phone or tablet. Get your trip off to the best possible start by choosing a room that is really easy to book. Look for accommodation with an easy to use website with obvious contact details and a great customer service team.
7. Is there someone available on-site to ask for help?
If something is wrong with your room, you’ll need on-site assistance. Many hotels now operate with minimal staff instead favouring online or phone support. This can be incredibly frustrating if you have an issue that needs dealing with immediately. Get the personal touch by booking a room that is in a well-managed building with around the clock support staff.
8. Is it warm in winter and well-ventilated in summer?
No matter what time of year, being too hot or cold isn’t fun. In fact, both can make you feel miserable. Before you book make sure that your preferred accommodation option has heating that works and air conditioning for when it’s hot outside. Top tip: if you want to avoid a hot and stuffy room choose a room on the ground floor.
9. Where can I park my car?
Cheap on-street parking in central London is hard to find. If you plan to drive to London be prepared to pay high parking meter rates. It’s also highly likely that you might end up having to park far away from where you are staying. A better solution is to find accommodation that includes free or reduced rate parking.
10. Is it quiet?
Day and night, city centres are normally busy and loud. Choosing accommodation away from congested main roads and noisy night life will help you to get a good night’s rest. Before booking a room ask about how rowdy the area is. Ask if you can choose a room that doesn’t overlook a main road or a bustling thoroughfare.
11. Group Accommodation
If you are travelling with your family, you’ll want to find accommodation suitable for large groups. This can be difficult during holiday or peak seasons and you might end up paying inflated costs for rooms. Find out if hotels offer larger rooms for families and whether they are flexible to last minute booking additions.