Updated: May 21, 2015
Best Hotels Near Victoria Station:When traveling into London it's always nice to know which hotels are near the major train and Tube stations. On my recent visit to London (March 2009) I wanted to stay within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Victoria Train Station. I planned on taking the Tube from Heathrow Airport and transfer at the Gloucester Rd. stop and then continue to Victoria Station. My search for hotels in this area included places like Hesperia, Park Plaza Victoria London, The Grosvenor, Thistle Westminster, and Tophams hotel. Finding a hotel near Victoria Station shouldn't be that hard as there are lots to choose from. My fear was that being too close would mean more crowds around the hotel and sometimes you get weird people hanging around train stations late at night. I used Tripadvisor.com to narrow down my search by reading reviews from other travelers and seeing which hotels rated the highest. I then continued my search on Expedia for the best rates I could find leading up to the trip.
Another reason I was hoping to stay in this area was because I had show tickets to see the play Wicked right at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The theater is literally across the street from Victoria Station so it would be convenient to stay within a few blocks. I chose the Park Plaza Victoria hotel since it was rated quite high on hotel review websites and I found an excellent deal on Expedia.com for weekend rates. Most of the hotels in this area go for about $100 to $200 a night. There are lots of restaurants and shopping areas around the station and of course you can quickly jump on the Tube and go anywhere in the city from this stop. At Victoria, you can go on the Circle or District Tube lines which will allow you to see most of the city. Walking is a great way to see small neighborhoods or really take in the city. London is pretty flat so it's not that hard to walk a few miles throughout the day and not even know it. The hotels don't exactly offer "city views" from this area as most are smaller and it's harder to find a highrise hotel. In recent years boutique hotels have become more popular as you venture into larger cities and places like Tophams Hotel or the Lynton Hotel on Ebury Street. I have found that high end hotels such as The Goring or The Rubens at the Palace are overpriced for what you get. They are often $200 more per night when compared to similar hotels and it's hard to justify that kind of money when you could be spending it on theater shows or a nice dinner out. No matter where you stay, be prepared to walk with your luggage a few blocks since taking a taxi even a 1/2 mile seems silly unless the weather is absolutely terrible.