Updated: December 2017

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.

Park Plaza Victoria London:

One of the top rated hotels in the area around Victoria Station is the Park Plaza. This reputable chain of hotels has an excellent location right off of Vauxhall Bridge Road and it's literally steps from the train and subway stops at Victoria. The weather was great when we arrived so we enjoyed the 3 minute walk out of Victoria and down Wilton Rd. to the hotel. The Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster features almost 300 rooms with superior and executive accommodations available. There are even 1 and 2 bedroom apartments on the premise if you need more space. It's not cheap but I found the room rates to be very reasonable given I was staying in a major city. We got the weekend rates for Friday and Saturday that were only about $125/night for a nice guest room that was spacious and had modern furnishings. The lobby is huge and has a full bar with some beers on tap. We had a late night drink and a snack downstairs one evening. The front desk staff was friendly, but not overly helpful. One aspect I don't like with hotels this size is that they actually charged for the Internet access in the lobby. They had 2 computers sitting empty the entire weekend and they won't allow guests to use them for free. In the United States almost all hotel chains have a lobby computer that is open to guests for free. I would hope that the Park Plaza would change this policy in the future and not charge for Internet access. You can find them online at Parkplaza.com. Overall our stay was nice and the location is definitely great for hoping on and off the Tube as well as walking to many of the sites.

Hesperia Hotel:

This hotel got mixed reviews on all sites we found it listed on. It's literally out the door from Victoria Station which makes it very convenient but I felt it was a bit too close to the station for my liking. The noise in the streets at night can be an issue and several reviews on Tripadvisor noted the hotel staff wasn't that helpful. I know everyone has their own expectations of a hotel and that can really effect their final judgement. A friend of mine stayed here about a year ago and he said the hotel was nice inside with modern room decor. Room rates are about the same as you would find at the Park Plaza (above) so both of these spots are considered the "best value" in this area. Sometimes you can find discounts listed on Expedia for hotels near Victoria/Westminster so check the site often and research other hotels if they are offering specials. You can find Hesperia Hotel online at Hesperia-londonvictoria.com.