A Shopping Trip to London: Hotels in the Oxford Street Area
Any self-respecting fashionista will recognise London as a true temple of style, and many of the most famous shopping institutions are concentrated around Regent Street, Oxford Street and Piccadilly. Selfridges, Harrods, Liberty, Debenhams, TopShop, Primark: from high-street brands to high-calibre design, department stores and fashion flagships offer floor upon floor of the latest trends, meaning you can shop ‘til you drop or until your credit card pops. The choice of hotels in the area is equally diverse – luxury, design, serviced apartments – so HotelHotel lends a helping hand by selecting the best accommodation in the heart of this shopping haven, whatever your taste or budget.
Living like Royalty: Luxury Hotels
Room service, spa, fitness centre, cocktail bar, tea room, private cinema… These hotels are fully equipped to provide the ultimate in comfort and relaxation, which is just the ticket after a hard day’s shopping. With its exquisite woodwork and open fires framed by antique surrounds, The Connaught is a shining example of refined charm. Other noteworthy features in this prestigious hotel include an indoor pool, the David Collins-designed Connaught Bar and the award-winning Hélène Darroze restaurant. Reigning from a grand residence on a corner of Regent Street, The Langham is another 5-star establishment that is simply the definition of luxury. Stately décor and an impressive 16-metre indoor pool await the well-heeled clientele at this hotel, which is a favourite with locals and tourists alike for its afternoon-tea service in the Palm Court and the delicious cocktails served in the critically-acclaimed Artesian bar. Also in the neighbourhood, Charlotte Street Hotel and Claridge’s are two addresses that breathe glamour and classic elegance, whilst the Soho Hotel and The London Edition offer ultimate luxury with an original, contemporary twist. Experience the opulence of these iconic hotels from £270 per night.
Serviced Apartments: Independence and Convenience
With a fully-equipped kitchen at your disposal, the cost of your stay instantly becomes easier to digest. A fridge, microwave and kettle come as standard in serviced apartments, so you don’t have to eat out in restaurants three times a day (unless you want to, of course), and some are even fitted with washer-dryers, convenient for those planning on longer stays. Four such addresses offering self-catering facilities in the Oxford Street area have attracted our attention: the Oxford House Serviced Apartments, Go Native Mayfair, The Nadler Soho and the apartments at the Astor Court Hotel. Judging by the glowing user-reviews, these apartment-hotels have won the hearts of their guests by combining practical, functional features and chic, modern design while also providing the comfort and cleanliness found in a classic hotel. A minimum stay may apply to reservations. Prices start at £145 per night.
On a Budget
If you’d prefer to save your pennies for the shops, the following two hotels offer basic accommodation that capitalises on location rather than style. You should be prepared to pay a premium for such a central spot, but those willing to compromise on space and décor will find that the Mermaid Suite Hotel, just behind Oxford Street, is a reasonable option. Past guests have warned about the absence of a lift and the steep stairs (something to consider for older travellers or those with heavy bags), but the low price remains a draw, with single rooms starting at £95. Located within an elegant Edwardian building, just a 2-minute walk from Oxford Street, the Holiday Inn Oxford Circus proposes spacious and comfortable rooms from £110. While some guests have expressed being disappointed that the interior décor is not as charming as the exterior would suggest, the majority recognise the value for money offered by this hotel. Beware of the no-frills rate, however, which means that a (relatively high) supplement may be charged for breakfast and use of the wifi.