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The New England Hotel is a family run, low-cost hotel in the Pimlico district of Victoria, central London. The hotel is located in an unusual and picturesque Georgian town house, which curves around the corner of a quiet street in this elegant, Thomas Cubitt designed locale. The combination of affordable rates and easy access to major sights, landmarks and attractions make this an accommodation option to consider for travellers on a budget and is suitable for those visiting with families, for business or for leisure.
The hotel offers rooms, which range from Single to Family sizes and are decorated in a bright, tasteful style, with some thoughtful design touches such as vases of flowers and original features, including Georgian sash windows. In-room amenities include desk fans, en-suite facilities with power showers, ironing facilities on request, central heating, a colour TV, Hypnos beds, a secure electronic locking system and a Wi-Fi connection for an extra fee. Many low-cost hotels in the area don't charge for Wi-Fi, so it is slightly irksome that guests should have to pay more, however this can be easily avoided by using the free connection in the Starbucks cafe just down the road, where you can also pick up some breakfast, as the free one with the room rate is apparently rather dull.
Staff at the hotel are friendly and helpful, and happy to share their local knowledge. The hotel offers a full concierge service, offering to organise airport transfers, tour reservations or helping you find a restaurant for the evening. There are plenty to choose from nearby, with Blue Jade offering exquisite Thai, Grumbles cafe offering reasonably priced food which is very popular with locals, and chain restaurants such as Pizza Express and Ask Pasta offering slightly predictable but affordable fare.
Some previous guests have had mixed feelings about the hotel itself, with a few gripes about room cleanliness and maintenance; however, guests across the board have agreed that the hotel is in a truly fantastic location. From the Jubilee you can easily walk to Tate Britain, for an impressive traditional art collection and Late at Tate evening events. Culture vultures will also be thrilled at the range of hotels so near to the hotel, with the Apollo Victoria, White Bear, Royal Court, Pigalle and Victoria Palace Theatres, and more still, all within walking distance, offering a range of drama, comedy and musicals. For a modern take on art, The Saatchi Gallery and Proud photography gallery lies to the west of the hotel in the exclusive Sloane Square area of London. Here you will also find a stunning range of shops, particularly down the King's Road, which has a long-standing reputation as a retail heaven.
From the hotel, Buckingham Palace and the sights of Westminster are a 15 to 20 minute walk away. Buckingham Palace is every bit as grand as you would expect the Queen's home to be and when the Palace is open for touring, you can marvel at the original artworks and opulent furnishings of the state rooms. If you arrive off-season, you can still view the Palace facade and watch the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony. In Westminster, you will find some of the most iconic and recognisable sights of London, from the Houses of Parliament by the bank of the Thames, swarming with be-suited politicos, to Big Ben, perhaps the most famous clock tower in the world.
Victoria also has some of the best transport links in London, from the station, housed in a dramatic Victorian building, you can catch the Gatwick Express train to the airport in 30 minutes as well as over ground services to their areas of the UK. The Victoria, District and Circle lines can take you further afield to explore the rest of London and from Victoria coach station you can catch coaches to other areas of the UK and to Europe. The station is also a bus terminus, so there are dozens of bus routes you can take to many other areas of the city. It may take you a few minutes to work out which bus is the correct one, but once you have the hang of the system you'll be away!
The New England Hotel's location makes this a good choice for travellers, but the hotel itself is let down by a lack of attention to detail and hidden fees for services which most guests would expect to be free, so it may be worth shopping around before you book. However, the price is very good and rooms seem to be fairly comfortable, so if you choose to stay here be sure to request a room on a higher floor to avoid noise, and if you are a disabled guest it is best to book a room on the ground floor as there is no lift here and no porter service for luggage.