Recommended in London

This item appears on page 27 of the May 2010 issue.

My friend Billie Rivers and I spent two nights in Greenwich at One Six Two (162 Westcombe Hill, Greenwich, London, SE3 7DH, U.K.; phone +44 [208] 4655444, e-mail in September ’09. The location is convenient to the London City Airport, and it’s walking distance from the park.

The guest house’s webpage described the room as a boutique-style twin room with stylish en suite shower facilities. It also had a digital TV and free WiFi access. We found our twin room to be very small. The cost was £94 (near $146) per night, with breakfast.

The webpage also said that parking was available, but it didn’t tell us it was a few blocks away in a pay-for-parking lot in an area that didn’t look so great.

I would recommend this place for business travelers but not for tourists. The reception desk was open only a few hours a day.

• I’m almost loath to recommend this next place, as we don’t want it to be booked when we return! Ted and Françoise Phillips advertise their apartment, Wonderful Chelsea (6 Tite St., London SW3 4HY, U.K.; phone +44 20 7376, 7646 or e-mail in ITN. It’s in a beautiful, historic and safe area and convenient for buses.

It has a large living room with sofa bed and fireplace, a kitchenette, a large bedroom with twin beds (which can be converted to a king-sized bed) and a bathroom. Computer or WiFi is available.

Ted is extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area. Three-night minimum, but you’ll want to stay longer. $185 a night, and they accept American checks. We cannot recommend this apartment highly enough.


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