Lodging is expensive in London. With a weak dollar, it’s practically a luxury good. One hotel that does make an effort to give you your pound’s worth is The Rockwell. Just around the corner from the Earls Court Tube station in Kensington, this stylishly renovated boutique hotel maximizes space without feeling overly crowded. (Remember, it’s London — not Kansas.) Rooms range from £120-200. The New York Times gives it a relatively favorable review. It’s “among a crop of new hotels in the city that are trying to marry high style with (relatively) low cost.” There’s a classy dining room in-house, but there are plenty of places to eat nearby. The Victoria & Albert Museum is within walking distance, just down Cromwell Road. Another advantage? It’s just 13 Tube stops to Heathrow. Also worth checking out is the NH Hotel Kensington across the street.
Getting there: Take the District or Picadilly lines to Earls Court.