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Recommended accommodations in London


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Basil Street Hotel, Basil Street, Knightsbridge, SW3 1AH
Practically next to Harrods in fashionable Knightsbridge, the Basil was built in 1910. The Edwardian-style hotel has been privately owned ever since. The Basil is nicely decorated with antiques and objets d?arts and the location is very convenient for shoppers.
Traditional without being stuffy.
Phone:  20.7581.3311
Fax:  20 7581 3693
Web:   www.thebasil.co.uk/
Doubles from:   205GBP

Blakes, 33 Roland Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 3PF
Created by noted British designer Anouska Hempel, Blakes is one of the most stylish hotels in London. Colorful, dramatic, and convenient to Knightsbridge shopping, these converted Victorian townhouses have been lavishly refurbished. Rooms are filled with gorgeous antiques and art objects and each is unique. Standard rooms tend to be small but nicely outfitted.
Phone:  020.7370.6701 or 800.926.3173
Fax:  020.7373.0442
Web:   www.blakeshotels.com
Doubles from:   275GBP

Blooms Hotel, 7 Montague Street, WC1B 5BP
This 18th-century Bloomsbury townhouse is a charming place to stay. The walled garden overlooks the British Museum and is a pleasant place for breakfast or a pre-theater drink. Like Tim and Kip Kemp?s other properties, it has a country house feel and offers many extras including 24-hour room service.
Phone:  020.7323.1717
Fax:  020.7636.6498
Email:  blooms@mermaid.co.uk
Web:   www.blooms-hotel.co.uk
Doubles from:   175GBP

Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9HB
As the name suggest, the Covent Garden Hotel is right in the heart of theater land. From the lovely drawing room, which looks like it belongs in a grand country estate, to the stylish Brasserie, everything about the Covent Garden succeeds admirability. The 58 rooms have every imaginable luxury, including two-line phones with voice mail and data ports. The bathrooms are especially nice. There?s also a small gym and a beauty room for massages and treatments. In 1997, Travel and Leisure proclaimed this one of the best 25 places to stay in the world.
Phone:  020.7806.1000
Fax:  020.7806.1100
Email:  covent@firmdale.com
Web:   www.firmdale.com/covent.html
Doubles from:   210GBP

Dorset Square Hotel, 39-40 Dorset Square, NW1 6QN
This member of the Small Luxury Hotels group occupies two Georgian townhouses built near the original Lord?s Cricket Grounds. Decorated like an English country house by trend-setting hoteliers Tim and Kit Kemp, the Dorset Square feels more like a private home than a hotel. Each of the rooms is individually decorated with antiques and original art and the first floor rooms (second-story, to us) have balconies overlooking the Square. This is a lovely place to stay, with service and amenities consistent with the SLH brand.
Phone:  0207.723.7874
Fax:  0207.724 .3328
Email:  dorsetsquare@slh.com
Web:   www.slh.com/england/london/hotel_areeng.html
Doubles from:   200GBP

Fielding Hotel, 4 Broad Court, Bow Street, WC2B 5QZ
The Fielding is not for everyone. It?s comfortable and clean, but that?s about it. But for those who want to stay steps from Covent Garden and don?t want to spend much, it does provide great value for money.
Phone:  020.7836.8305
Fax:  020.7497.0064
Email:  info@the-fielding-hotel.co.uk
Web:   www.the-fielding-hotel.co.uk
Doubles from:   100GBP

Hazlitt?s, 6 Frith Street, Soho Square, W1D 3JA
Terrifically located in the middle of theater land, Hazlitt?s occupies three historic houses on Soho Square dating from 1718. They?ve been nicely updated, although some of the rooms and bathrooms are on the smallish side. This is a great spot for those who want to be steps away from Soho nightlife. It?s very popular with writers and artists.
Phone:  020.7434.1771
Fax:  020.7439.1524
Email:  reservations@hazlitts.co.uk
Web:   www.hazlittshotel.com/hub.cfm
Doubles from:   205GBP

Portobello Hotel, 22 Stanley Gardens, Notting Hill, W11 2NG
This restored Victorian townhouse in Notting Hill is an antique lover?s dream -- it?s adjacent to the Portobello Road antiques market. It has 24 rooms and a pretty garden, and does a good job combining the best of old and new. Rumor has it that Kate Moss and Johnny Depp bathed in Champagne here, whatever that means.
Phone:  020.7727.2777
Fax:  020.7792.9641
Email:  info@portobello-hotel.co.uk
Web:   www.portobello-hotel.co.uk
Doubles from:   170GBP

San Domenico House (formerly The Sloane Hotel), 29 Draycott Place, Chelsea, SW3 2SH
This small hotel in fashionable Chelsea is steps from Harrod's.
Phone:  020.7581.5757 or (800) 324.9960
Fax:  020.7584.1348
Email:  info@sandomenicohouse.com
Web:   www.sandomenicohouse.com
Doubles from:   220GBP

The Cranley, 10-12 Bina Gardens, SW5 0LA
This small town house hotel is one of the best values in South Kensington. The rooms are beautifully decorated and have been nicely updated. In fact, all rooms have modem ports and high-speed data access. You can access the Internet via the TV and the plumbing is much better than in many similar properties. It?s convenient to Knightsbridge shopping. All in all, the Cranley is a very special property.
Phone:  020.7373.0123
Fax:  020.7373.9497
Email:  info@thecranley.com
Web:   www.thecranley.com
Doubles from:   180GBP

The Gore, 190 Queen?s Gate, SW7 5EX
The Gore first opened in 1892, and even then, its location between Harrods and Kensington Palace was admirable. The mahogany and walnut paneling, Oriental carpets, stained glass windows, and thousands of English prints help the Gore retain its Victorian roots. And many of the rooms have four posters. For location, accommodation, and service, The Gore provides very good value for money in London.
Phone:  020.7584.6601
Fax:  020.7589.8127
Email:  reservations@gorehotel.co.uk
Web:   www.gorehotel.com/home.cfm
Doubles from:   190GBP