London is by no means the cheapest place in the world to stay. Indeed, however wealthy you may be, you would doubtless class it as expensive. That goes for pretty much every capital city, because all visitors want to stay in the city centre. The amount of land is limited which means that so is the number of buildings, and that inevitably means that property is expensive, which has the knock-on effect of pushing the price of everything else up with it.
This is the reason why hotels in London are so expensive. Yes, they offer luxury and great service, but the price of rooms is eye-watering. So is the price of everything else they offer. Almost everything is an “extra” so if you want your laundry done – which you do if you are staying for any length of time – it will cost you a small fortune. As for the bar prices, just look at the Dorchester cocktails. They do offer a huge range of different cocktails, but the minimum price is £16.00, and many are £19.00 – going up to £35.00. As for the price of a bottle of champagne, £250 – £300 is nothing. A vintage Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1998 is £3,950. Oh, and there is a minimum charge of £30 per person after 6.00 pm.
Hotel prices are one of the reasons that so many visitors are looking for a luxury apartment to rent in London. You can rent a two bedroom apartment for the price you would pay for a small room in a hotel and you just get so much more space. You have much better storage for your clothes and gadgets, and don’t have to store everything in the corner. You will also have your own fully fitted kitchen, and it should have a washing machine and tumble dryer so that you can do your own laundry. After all, it’s not that difficult putting it all in a washing machine and pressing a button.
You will usually find that a luxury apartment has things like king-sized double beds, high speed broadband, and the latest TV’s with channels in different languages. Some apartments have a 7-day maid service, so you don’t even have to make the bed in the morning, and there may be all sorts of extras provided. At least one block of apartments that we know of provides a breakfast hamper to guests every morning so that they can get the day off to a good start.
What’s more, you can do your own cooking, so you can go out into the markets, buy fresh food, and create whatever dishes you want. If you don’t feel like cooking, there are plenty of restaurants around, so you can eat out.