If you are planning to visit London for your holiday you may already have started trawling through hotel websites to see what they have to offer and what sort of rates they charge. There are very many hotels in Central London and there is no doubt that they offer comfort and the convenience of having everything that you want to see and do virtually on your doorstep. This is especially so if you are coming to London for the shopping which is as fine as you can get in any city in the world, and better than most.
However, what hotels have to offer is a room with a minibar, a restaurant, and a lounge and bar, and that is about the extent of it. Some may have more than one bar, and some may have more than one restaurant. As for the prices, well they are nothing short of astronomical. We just checked with Booking.com for a two night stay for two at the Savoy, and the only room they had was £1,026. That’s in October when prices are beginning to fall off rather than in the height of the season. Even so, that works out at over £3,500 for a week’s stay, and there are a lot of hotel rooms that are considerably more than that.
You would be far better off from a financial point of view by staying in one of several serviced apartments in London. This is especially true if you are a family of four, as if you stay in a hotel you will need two rooms, so working on the above prices it would cost you £7,000+ for a week. You could rent a Central London luxury apartment for considerably less than that.
Many of the serviced apartments have a 7-day maid service, so you don’t need to make the bed in the morning, and they may have a concierge and full-time security as well. You also get far more space in an apartment than you would in a hotel room.
Most apartments are furnished without regard to cost, so they are as luxurious as the Savoy or any of the other hotels. The only real difference is that you have to do your own cooking, but you will find that you get a fully fitted kitchen, so it is just the same as if you were at home from that point of view. You can also do your own laundry, rather than pay hotel prices. Of course, if you don’t want to cook dinner one evening you can simply pop out to one of the many top-class restaurants in Central London, where you will probably pay no more than you would in a hotel restaurant.