Breakfasts in a large high ceiling dining room made the excellent selection more enjoyable, but unfortunately marred by annoying background music that was both of questionable taste and much too loud. And do we really need music in the elevator?
Fantastic service and great breakfast! The room was spotless and comfortable and easy to come and go from with Waterloo station right next door. Room was completely silent which was greatly appreciated!
We were on the 7th floor. The room was good sized and had everything we needed. The room was thoughly cleaned each morning and fresh linens linens and towels provided. There was no phone. A buffet breakfast was available for 5.5 pounds and staff was available to keep food replenished. The hotel was ...
Since this is the land that practically invented vacation, it's always the best time for Europe travel. The climate is as far-reaching as it is diverse (beaches, mountains, wine country, forests) so the best time is your call. In Italy, it's temperate in the north, hot in the south -- while parts of Norway spend days without sunlight.
Summer -- Europe's high season (next to winter) -- draws visitors from around the planet. Off-season varies from country to city -- Paris is, well, Parisian in late autumn, while spring and summer bring in international crowds. London is high season year-round, but expect spikes during Christmas, royal weddings and the 2012 Olympics. August is a popular vacation month for Europeans, and many shops and restaurants close.
London's South Bank is perfect for a Sunday stroll by the Thames. Take in the street performers and book stands, have an ice cream or enjoy dinner and drinks.
With a little careful planning and a dose of adventure, you can find cheap hotel rates and flights if you're willing to mix it up. For example, it might be cheaper to get from Chicago to Rome by way of Brussels, Belgium.
If you visit London during Christmas, spend St. Stephen's Day (December 26) like the locals with a walk in the park. Hampstead Heath is a stunner near St. John's Wood (where the celebs live) with its tall grasses, ponds and knobby trees. Regent's Park is another beauty filled with swans, deer and folks with spotted dogs.
Head to Rome's Piazza di Pietra for a chocolate cappuccino at Non Solo Bevi, where the baristas paint the inside of your glass with melted chocolate before adding the milk and espresso.
Dublin's blackboard bistro, tucked behind Trinity College, is a firm favorite with locals for its great food and value. And The Globe, on Georges Street, is well known for showcasing up-and-coming bands nightly.
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