Here's some London Hotel Deals/Trip Navigation Advice

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  1. THREEA4ME
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    I spent waaay too much time searching for hotel deals in London. (I'm currently writing this from the BA First Lounge at Terminal 3 in Heathrow, which is, as advertised, superb.)

    Last night I stayed at the Holiday Inn Sipson Road (not to be confused with the Holiday Inn Sipson Way which cost me an hour of my time when I was sent to that hotel by the nincompoops who work for Hoppa) that usually goes for 120 pounds but can be had for 50 pounds on various sites at various times and is a Hotwire 3.5 London Heathrow Hotel that I snagged for $33 ($47ai). Upgraded to an Executive King on the Club Lounge floor, it's a spectacular bargain.

    Previously, I stayed at the Radisson Edwardian Hampshire hotel in Leicester Square as part of Carlson's Friends and Family rate (CARLSONF is the promo code) that cost 66 (not including room service and a pricy escort) pounds and was a steal as I was upgraded due to the free silver elite status that is available (courtesy of these boards). This hotel is definitely noisy due to the reverie of Leicester Square and England's comeback 17-9 victory against France in Six Nation's Rugby so I wouldn't recommend it to those who don't want to see theatre and be in the heart of London. For those that do and have earplugs, it's ideal.

    I used lastminute.co.uk as a backup and found their Hidden Secret Hotels to be better priced than Hotwire's (except for the $33 Holiday Inn above).

    Other dodads: 5 pounds from the Tube at Heathrow to Leicester is 45 minutes and drops you right at the hotel's door (one block, actually), but the hotels at Heathrow are more convoluted. You have to take the tube back to Heathrow (or the Heathrow Express for 12 pounds with amex12 discount available right now) and then buy a 7 pound rount trip Hoppa Bus ticket to the hotels, which can take 15-20 minutes to get to your hotel that is not one of three at the airport (and even those at the airport need shuttles if you are flying out of T3).

    I had a lot of pounds with me at the end of my trip due to a successful horse racing wager, so I tried the Starbucks no fee deal and even though I loaded up three cards with the maximum amount per card (300 pounds), I am a bit nervous to see if Starbucks will "cash them in for me" when I get back to the States.

    If you do go to Leicester Square, be sure to stop into Busaba Eathai, a spectacular upscale thai restaurant with lumberjack pricing and communal seating that served the greatest curry and sauteed calamari of my lifetime. Loved it.

    (I flew LAX-DFW-LHR for $650ai with 10 percent coupon and $70 in vouchers AA had given me and earned double LAX-DFW eqm one more time and my VIP upgrades cleared)

    (Editor: feel free to move this to Trip Reports -- but I wanted to place it here for those who needed some reservation planning)
     
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    Use code HXJBA5 for 50% off your next Express Class ticket on the Heathrow Express in London
     
  3. eightblack
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    Just tried to use it as I am going to be in London this Fri-Sun and I couldn't get the code to work. Any ideas?
     
  4. Rob
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    I too tried inputting that code anywhere an input form said 'promotion code' and couldn't get 50% off.
     
  5. mechteach
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    It expired on 2/28, unfortunately. I found that out to my detriment just earlier today. The amex code still works, though.
     
  6. Efrem
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    No need for the Hoppa, especially if you're at T1 or T3. Go to the Central Bus Station. Ask the information desk attendant which local bus routes go to your hotel. If it's near the airport, it's likely to be in the free zone. You may get dropped off across the street and/or down the block, but that means the bus doesn't have to drive into all the hotels that come before yours on the Hoppa route so it's actually a time-saver.

    Most hotels are served by more than one bus line, so you can watch all their stops (depending on which they are; it can be hard to see certain combinations from one place) and take whichever comes first.

    Less convenient if you're at another terminal. Some bus routes stop at T5, but from T4, I'd just pay the Hoppa fare.
     
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    Amex code not working now.
     

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