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On the one hand, you have one of the city's most traditional hotels, housed in a nearly two centuries' old former hospital on the Knightsbridge side of Hyde Park Corner, with white-glove butler service and more Regency period pieces than you could shake a stick at. On the other hand, there's plenty of modern in-room technology (laptops and mac minis) and the hotel has seen more than its fair share of celebrity antics (rapper party anyone?).
With the Games now less than a month away, The Lanesborough is getting on the Olympic bandwagon with a signature drink in their Library Bar: the Gold Medal Martini, complete with gold leaf rim. Having a martini while curled up in one of the leather wing chairs by the fire (it is British summer after all) in this intimate, clubby space might be just the way to escape the madness that is set to take over the city this summer.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that when the Olympics come into town, the hotel rates skyrocket. But with the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics happening in London later this month, we're having a tough time deciphering what's up, what's down and what's still available.
Reports from last week put London hotels as slashing room rates as much as £160 a night, due to lower than expected bookings. Today, there's a report out saying that prices are up as much as 400 percent.
Complicating that, is the fact that room rates fluctuate throughout the Olympics based on the popular events going on and where they are located. So getting a deal really depends on what your schedules (and budgets) are like. (But don't forget, you can always book a room on HotelTonight.)
Nevertheless, we thought we would check in with some of our most-talked about London hotels to see what they are offering*:
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For several months now we've heard that hotel rooms for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London were sold-out or going for ridiculously expensive rates. But according to the BBC, there may be room in town after all.
It turns out that about 8,000 hotel rooms, ranging from budget options to five-star, are no longer needed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and have been put back on the market for the rest of the general public. Whee!
We hit up the Visit London site to look for hotel rooms during the first week of the games (July 27-August 3) and we found quite a few options available, although at predictably high prices. Two-star and three-star hotels were averaging about £260 a night while we found four-star hotels like the Hotel Indigo Paddington for £578 a night and the newly relaunched St. Ermin's Hotel for £467 a night. That's close to a $1,000 a night or about $7G if you plan on staying the whole week.
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The Olympics site in Stratford, London
Remember when we told you about the ongoing crackdown on scalpers hawking non-legit Olympics tickets? Well, the local po-po (or, would that be bo-bo, since we're talking U.K. bobbies?) are going after delinquents selling fake hotel rooms, too.
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Paris may have lost the 2005 Olympics bid to London, but the City of Light and Louis Vuitton is hoping to hand their 'cross-the-Chunnel metropolitan peers their comeuppance by stealing away tourists come summertime. According to a recently published report by express.co.uk, Pair-ee is being touted the " 'cheaper, safer and more attractive" alternative city from which to watch the 2012 Games.
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Cue "God Save the Queen": The Daily Mail lists their top picks among London's hotel crop
Though there's no Olympics event that doles out medals for superior concierge service or Free WiFi, every Londoner's favorite guilty pleasure read, The Daily Mail, recently took the opportunity to anoint a handful of local hotels "gold medal" winners in the local accommodations scene.
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With just over 200 days left until the 2012 Olympics in London, preparations for the Games have officially shifted into hyperdrive. The city anticipates the arrival of 25,000 athletes and a flood of tourists, and local hotels are bracing themselves for the inundation.
But even hotels in surrounding cities are fretting over the Olympics, albeit for a different reason. Quieter counties that typically attract scenic scenery-seeking out-of-towners during summertime fear that seasonal regulars will be "put off" by the Games. No doubt they, much like native Londoners, will find themselves overcome by the urge to retreat in the face of buzzy tourists. (Watch out, they're armed with fanny packs.)
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Despite just having opened a new branch on Liverpool Street last week, Tune Hotels is now aiming for yet another two new hotels in London between now and the start of the Olympics. And don't think they'll be taking a break after that, either. Oh no. CEO Mark Lankester told The Star that though the Olympics is good for business, "we are in [it] for the long term."
What this means is rapid expansion throughout the rest of the UK. And now we've gotten a few more details on the upcoming hotels, the first of which Lankester confirmed would pop up in Edinburgh and Liverpool (the city, not the London street) by 2013. And just to throw in a little extra excitement, he added: "With a name like Tune Hotels, we have to have one in the birthplace of the Beatles."
According to Elle UK 2011 was "The Year of the New London Hotel." Seeing property after property from our sprawling Master List of London Hotel Openings welcome new guests over the course of the year, we must agree. 2011 saw a bounty of new faces on the London hotel scene, a boom which comes as no surprise: we're less than eight months away from the 2012 Olympics, and the city is prepping to field a mass of tourists come summertime.
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2012 will be a huge year for London in more ways than one. With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and a certain international sports event set to descend upon the city, Londontown will see a massive influx of tourists. Hotel rooms are rapidly being snapped up by intelligent travelers, and profit projections for city lodgings remain promisingly high.
But what will become of the city after the torch has been extinguished and tinsel and confetti from the Queen's celebration swept away? According to a recent report by local commuter publication of choice, the London Evening Standard, a dark cloud may descend over the city come 2013.
A pop-up hotel at Hyde Park? It might happen in time for the 2012 Olympics.
Pop-Ups are a common London phenomenon, usually appearing in ultra-trendy restaurant form. Pop-up hotels are less ubiquitous, but slowly making their way onto the local radar, especially in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics.
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It doesn't look like much now, but the Olympics Stadium site in Stratford, London will transform East London…and cause hotel rates to skyrocket
A Hotels.com review of how sporting events effect accommodation prices revealed that, in the case of the recent Rugby World Cup, room rates rose around 29% in Wellington and 11% in Auckland. Over the summer, the Wimbledon tennis tournament saw London rates jump 3% with the city at full occupancy during this time. With the world's biggest sports happening soon coming to Londontown, travelers are being told to expect prices reaching "you've got to be kidding me" heights—up to 50% more than the average in some cases.