Just southwest of the City of London and right beside the Thames, the neighborhood of Westminster (not to be confused with its borough, the City of Westminster) contains many of the city’s tourist attractions, including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Cathedral.
Hotels in this area offer an extremely convenient location for first-time visitors.
HOTEL PRICING KEY
££ 80 – 200
£££ 200 – 350
££££ 350 – 600+
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Days Inn Westminster
80-86 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 2BJ
Simply furnished rooms vary in size from single to twin, double and family. Deluxe rooms offer LCD TV and air conditioning, and are only worth the upgrade in late May, early September and throughout the summer. Continental breakfast is included, though a heartier meal adds about £8.
Grange Rochester Hotel
69 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA
A business/leisure hotel with 80 spacious, ensuite rooms with (in many cases) big windows, leafy views and comfortable, if uninspired, furnishings. The classic French restaurant also serves full English breakfasts, the lounge cafe serves cocktails and afternoon tea, and the wine bar has an impressive, mostly European list.
49 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0QT
At this business/leisure hotel, the 134 comfortably furnished, spacious rooms come in a wide variety of sizes. A cozy, informal brasserie serves a mix of European cuisine and the bar/pub/lounge serves light meals and cocktails most of the day and evening.
Crowne Plaza London-St James
45-51 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF
This restored Edwardian gem has 342 guest rooms (including 21 suites) and still manages to feel cozy. The courtyard garden features a central, period fountain and a terrace cafe, an ideal place to take a break from sightseeing. A seasonal-cuisine bistro serves three daily meals; the Indian restaurant features a Michelin star and striking light fixtures; and a third restaurant features Modern British cuisine and the longest bar in London. The full-service gym features a lovely spa.
Mint Hotel Westminster
30 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4DD
This a well-appointed business hotel can also provide comfort and convenience for leisure travelers; there are entertainment systems in each room, free wi-fi, and an art gallery in the lobby. Of its 460 rooms, 67 are club level, a more-of-everything luxury perk that costs an additional £40. The modern British restaurant has an outdoor terrace, and the bar/lounge features an extensive whisky and wine list.
Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7UT
This hotel is huge, extremely modern and very convenient, situated within walking distance of the river; many rooms feature stunning views of the Thames. The full-service fitness center features a sauna and swimming pool, and the elegant spa uses British-made Elemis products. Dining ranges from a modern, seasonal brasserie to sushi; there’s also an on-site patisserie, coffee bar, and cocktail lounge.
St Ermins Hotel
2 Caxton Street London SW1H 0QW
This beautiful, gracious Victorian landmark has been fully restored. In addition to 331 spacious, luxurious rooms in a wide variety of sizes, there’s a private garden courtyard and on-site gym. Have Modern British cuisine in the elegant dining room or retire to the library lounge for afternoon tea and cocktails.
The Royal Horseguards
2 Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EJ
An ornate, looming and traditional British luxury hotel with a political history and 281 spacious, elegant rooms on the banks of the Thames. You can enjoy traditional British cuisine and afternoon tea in an aristocratic lounge, out on the terrace or in the formal restaurant.