· The Belgraves: From July 27-30, we found king rooms available for just £269.1 which is an advance purchase rate (no refunds, no changes) but still a good rate. When we changed that date from July 30-August 2nd, we found rooms available for the same rate. When we checked August 10-12, the last weekend of the Olympics, we found the same thing. Compared to the opening night rate we paid of £207 a night in February, this is not such a ripoff.
· W London: From July 27-30, the W had a prepay rate discount of 10 percent for a whopping £449 a night. Changing the dates to July 30-August 2 yielded the same rates as did August 10-12. Yet compared with opening rates of £322 in February 2011, this is not such a terribly jacked up rate. Just a little itty bitty jackup.
· St Pancras Renaissance: This hotel was sold-out July 27-30 but we did get a list of hotel rates at other Marriott properties in and around town for that week. Yikes!
The hotel did have availability again on July 31 for £495 a night before quickly moving over the £500 mark. For the Olympics final weekend from August 10-12, rates jumped to £565 a night. For some perspective, when the hotel opened in March 2011, rates were just £275 a night.
We found rooms available for the opening of the Olympics at Tune Hotel Westminster for a total of £435 for three nights. That's for a room without windows though.) The price dropped to £290 for the last weekend of the Olympics but stayed at around £435 in the Olympics' second week. When we stayed at Tune in September 2010, just days after opening, we paid only £59.50 including internet and towels. Still, Tune might be the best deal in town.
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*These rates were current on July 2, 2012 but you know they will change. You know this.
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