Base2stay Kensington Rating: 3.0 Pearls
For those traveling on a budget, the 63-room Base2stay is an ultra-affordable option in a decent area of Kensington -- and a luxury hotel, no less. A non-pretentious attitude toward saving money, proactive eco policies, and smartly designed rooms are some definite perks. Rooms may be small, but with kitchenettes in every room and freebies such as coupons to nearby restaurants, this hotel offers one of the best values in London.
Town Hall Hotel Rating: 5.0 Pearls
For those willing to pay a bit more (about 30 pounds more) than what they would at the Base2Stay, the Town Hall Hotel is a fabulous option with all of the bells and whistles of a five-pearl hotel. This hotel first opened as a town hall in 1910 and many of the rooms, studios, and apartments have original period details. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and iPod docks. Bathrooms are especially luxurious, most with soaking tubs and separate walk-in showers. Vintage furniture and modern kitchens make these loft-style rooms both functional and inviting. Hotel amenities include a nice indoor pool, a fitness room, and a stylish Michelin-rated restaurant.
Hotel Indigo London-Paddington Rating: 3.5 Pearls
This boutique hotel has a great West End location with efficient transport links to Heathrow Airport, and rooms are refreshingly colorful and modern -- but the almost futuristic style of the lobby might not be to everyone's taste. The fitness center is a perk for a hotel of this size, as is the inclusion of a stylish brasserie on-site. Overall, though, Hotel Indigo lacks the amenities of a larger hotel, and cheap materials can make the funky, stylish decor feel a bit less high-end than the decor at some competing four-pearl properties. Nonetheless, the prices are significantly lower than those at similar boutique properties.
Crowne Plaza London - The City Rating: 4.0 Pearls
With its corporate identity and awkward placement in London's financial district, the upscale London Crowne Plaza is a good fit for business travelers. But its chic modern rooms, proximity to popular sites, and unique perks -- such as a special "sleep packet" curated by a New York doctor to aid in a good-night's sleep -- make for a good value stay for leisure travelers, too. Its rooms are spacious, its fitness center is well-equipped, its restaurant is helmed by a Michelin-starred chef, and its prices are reasonable considering its many amenities.
Harrington Court Apartments Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Harrington Court Apartments is a residential-style property rather than a full-service hotel, and offers reasonable value studios and apartments in the heart of fashionable Kensington. There are no amenities per se, but management is flexible and seems happy to accommodate special needs. Apartments have spare contemporary style, but beware that some of them have been kept up better than others, and not all have washer/dryers or dishwashers.