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How to find London accommodation with quality

Published 10 April 2013

There are a number of accommodation options within London, from budget chains and individual hotels to university accommodation. With so much on offer, and so much variety sometimes it’s hard to make a decision, and more importantly make sure you choose somewhere that delivers good quality.

Gary Swarbrooke, Director of Policy and Quality at Quality in Tourism, the assessment service for VisitEngland, takes a closer look at three types of accommodation – budget hotel chains hotels, independent hotels, and university accommodation – and discusses what you should be looking for…

Budget hotel chains offer peace of mind and reassurance as you know exactly what you are getting when you book. Prices are likely to be very competitive, and rooms will be clean and equipped with all the essentials.

It’s not just the big players that can offer exceptional offers and a great accommodation option for city-goers – individual hotels should also be researched too as they often offer a more personal, local and friendly service with great rates.

A third possibility for people wanting to visit the Capital is university accommodation. Academic venues offer excellent value for money. Many campuses are investing in the development of new facilities, so people really can take advantage of a touch of quality at only a fraction of the cost of a mainstream hotel.

So, whether it’s a budget chain hotel, independent hotel, or university accommodation, all have their advantages and disadvantages. To help make your decision easier and pick out that better quality establishment, here are my top 3 factors to look out for:

  1. Star Grading – Does the venue you’re looking into have a good star grading? Hotels and university accommodation are awarded quality marks to help you determine the quality of accommodation and the amenities provided. So make sure you know what you’re booking and if it’s the right quality level for you!
  2. Breakfast Awards – It’s the last meal you will have before checking out and it’s one of the last things you’ll remember about the place you stayed. There’s no better way to start the day than with a quality breakfast! So when booking, ask the venue about their breakfast. What’s the arrangement? Is everything on offer or is it just continental? Is it a buffet style or table service? Check if there is a Breakfast Award – VisitEngland’s breakfast award highlights providers who have gone the extra mile to ensure the breakfast will exceed expectations.
  3. Walkers & Cyclists Accolades – Walking and cycling are two of the most popular activities undertaken by holiday makers in the UK, especially cyclists wanting to explore the city on bike! So, has the venue you’re looking at got a separate space for drying outdoor clothing and footwear? Are there boot scrapes at the main doors? Lockable undercover areas for safe overnight storage of bicycles? Is there access to water points for washing bicycles? Small factors like these can make a massive difference. If they are important to you look out for VisitEngland’s Walkers and Cyclist Welcome logo on accommodation – it will ensure your needs are fully accommodated!

quality in tourism welcome schemes

At Quality in Tourism (QiT) we are the official assessment body for VisitEngland and provide ratings and accreditations to thousands of accommodation outlets throughout England. The grades we provide are based on solid industry research meaning that you can book in confidence that a property will meet your group’s needs. The assessments we undertake include a number of Welcome schemes (including Cyclists, Walkers and Families Welcome) and a number of awards, including the ‘Breakfast Award’ which is given in recognition of exceptional quality.

So when you next book a trip to London, ask the venue about their VisitEngland assessments. It will make all the difference.