London is well known for having some of the best hotels in the country, and a highly diverse range of accommodation to suit almost all needs. Whilst this is perfect for those looking to explore their options, it can be quite an overwhelming task to find the hotel which suits your personality and requirements down to the T. That’s why we’ve compiled this checklist, so that you can have a reference when trawling through all the options. At hotels like the Barbican Rooms at Chiswell Street, we ensure that our website tells you everything you need to know about what to expect from a stay with us. Precise and efficient information is vital to making an informed decision on your hotel, and doing your research into the following areas will help you find your perfect spot to rest your head.
Firstly, why are you visiting London?
Are you on business, or are you visiting with family? When it comes to finding the right accommodation, catering to the group your visiting with can be tricky enough before you even decide on what to do on your visit. The accommodation should reflect the reason for your stay. A family should be offered flexible catering and big rooms, whilst accommodation for a romantic weekend should offer intimacy and relaxation. Business travellers should consider whether there are conference or meeting rooms in the hotel, alongside fast and accessible WIFI and room service for those late night work slogs.
Do you have any access requirements?
Hotels should provide welcoming access for all. If you or a member of your party are disabled, then make sure that the hotels rooms and staff can accommodate for this before booking. If you or a member of your party suffer from a physical disability, then consider how far from transport links the accommodation is located.
What amenities do they have?
Want to enjoy an on site gym? Or perhaps you’re on the look out for a minibar in your room to get the weekend evening started? Whatever your needs are during your stay, comfort should be key, and ensuring the room and hotel have the facilities and amenities to keep you comfortable and happy is a must for any hotel, luxury or not. After all, you want to find temporary accommodation which if not exceeds, at least matches what your home can offer.
Where is your accommodation based?
As access requirements and disabled access exemplify, your accommodations location is vital to a successful stay. If you are visiting London for business, then the meeting rooms at Barbican are perfect due to their short distance from the main business and tech hub of London. If it’s easy access to the city centre you’re after, then areas such as Hyde Park will satisfy even the most demanding of sightseer.
Always check the most recent reviews
Hotels love it when they get a good review, even if that review was from ten years ago. Hotels will always advertise their most glowing reviews over their most recent. Make sure that you research the customer reviews from at least within the last 12 months. This will give you a better insight into the quality of the hotel as it is in the present day. With management changes and refurbishment, hotels can change their stripes very quickly indeed.