I would like hotel advice from the smart and well-travelled people of the SDMB. I’ve not been to London but will be going soon with my husband and two children (not small, but not yet teenagers). I have read TripAdvisor for hours and am more confused about hotels than I was before I knew anything at all.
Is there an optimal area in which to stay? Because of the kids, I would like to avoid London’s equivalent of Times Square, but I don’t want to be holed up in a primarily residential neighborhood either. I guess what I prefer is a place centrally located and near a Tube station.
I need a hotel with all the usual amenities: room service, internet access, dry cleaning, concierge, etc. I’m not particularly sensitive to price, I really just need a recommendation for a great hotel in a great area.
The bonus question is: What is the best way to travel from London to Amsterdam? I would guess it’s by plane, what with London being on an island and all, but I have been wrong many times before so I would not be surprised if I was wrong about this as well.