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We will be traveling to London this summer with our 12 year old son. Can anyone recommend any reasonably priced hotels or apartments to stay?
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We go to London often with our teens and used to live there. We've done Airbnbs, bed and breakfasts etc, but have found the best value to be the PremierInn chain (https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/greater-london.html). It's nothing fancy but they are quiet, the beds are really good quality and they have "family rooms" with a third or fourth bed big enough for a teen. (Their new hub hotels are super small/no frills, but their regular hotels are quite spacious and have full restaurants etc.) We've stayed at their Euston, Kings Cross, and Victoria hotels for around 75-85 pounds a night, and they have hotels all over London. One time we splurged on an Airbnb for 250 pounds a night and it ended up being a huge pain to get the key, noisy etc and we wished we had just done PremierInn and saved a bundle to then spend eating out and going to theater etc! PremierInns don't show up on Hotels.com and the other search aggregators. Good luck!
The University of London offers B&B-style accommodations over the summer for short-term stays. I’ve stayed in the the dorms twice since studying there for a year in college and have had good experiences. It’s a good deal for basic accommodations in a great location. And, bonus, your son can experience dorm life (and dorm food!) well before college apps are due! More info: https://housing.london.ac.uk/find-accommodation/short-term-housing/university-halls-residence
I've been to London a few times with teenagers and I'm going again this summer. If you're looking for a hotel, I highly recommend using Tripadvisor. Start with the most highly ranked ones and scroll down till you find one in your price range. We found a hotel we really liked this way - we've stayed there twice. It's called Park Plaza County Hall and it's a block from the London Eye. Walkable to everywhere, got a room with a bed and sofabed which is great with teens, plus good breakfast. This summer we will be using a booking agency called Veeve.com to rent a flat because we needed 4 bedrooms. So far so good, but no direct experience yet. I like the idea of a local agent rather than arrangements with individuals on AirBnB. I've used AirBnB a lot domestically, and one time in Scotland which turned out fine, but I have heard too many horror stories from friends who ended up in disastrous AirBnB rentals abroad with no one local to help, so I've shied away from those. Have a wonderful trip! I hope Brexit gets sorted out before we go!