Having only been to London once, I can't really make any qualified suggestions. I can only say STAY AWAY FROM THE REGENT PALACE HOTEL!!! I was there for several nights and it was pretty awful.
Good luck though!
Regent Palace Hotel - isn't that in Piccadilly Circus? At least the location is good.
Just be careful of any hotel that says they are located in the "fashionable area of Kensington". It will probably be a dump on a busy road at Earls Court.
Hi! I know you're looking for places to stay, but I have to second JBenson's review of the Regent Palace Hotel. It's "cheap" at about 70 GBP/night, but it would pay to stay someplace nice. The location is great, but it was easily the dirtiest place I've ever been, let alone slept. The staff were even uglier than the rooms. Razorblades in the common showers, no towels, broken toilet seats, unmade beds, 3 fuzzy channels on the television, etc. This was my first impression of London - and it was NOT a good one.
The city is incredible and I am going back again this December and will be staying at the Ace Hotel hostel (www.ace-hotel.co.uk). It looks really nice/clean and it's located in Kensington which is supposed to be a very central location.
I still haven't booked my room at the Ace Hotel, but will probably do so within the next two weeks. Can someone from London tell me if this really is a nice location?
The website says "Located in Kensington, Central London, Ace Hotel is easily accessible by tube (2 mins to Barons Court station on the Piccadilly and District lines), bus and car (direct access from the A4 from Heathrow). The hotel is situated on a quiet, leafy residential street, spanning four beautiful four storey Victorian townhouses but is only minutes away from the West End's museums, shops and nightlife."
I don't want to make another mistake (like the Regent Palace )
I know that exact street. It's a quiet, residential street and you really are two minutes from Barons Court station (District and Piccadilly Lines)and also close to West Kensington tube station (District Line). All up you're a 15 min trip to the West End.
Some good pubs within a 15 min walk are the Curtains Up (Vereker Road West Ken - across Talgarth from you) and also the Three Kings right by West ken tube station.
Excellent and cheap BBQ turkish restaurant on North End road West Ken called "Best Mangal" - a must for a cheap and satisfying meal (and Efes beer).
As an aside, catch the train from Barons Court to Hammersmith (or walk), it's only one stop, and go for a walk along the Thames path. You get some excellent views of the historic Hammersmith Bridge, and more importantly, there are some great riverside pubs (The Dove I highly recommend) but there are about 4 or 5 close to each other.
Good location, can't comment about the hotel though.