The 10 London Hotels Worth Checking Into

Maybe you have out-of-town guests coming to visit and your claustrophobic flat just won't cut it. Maybe the messy, eye-roll-inducing flatmates who share said flat have you longing for an overnight time-out. Or, maybe you just fancy a night on the cobbles without having to worry about closing times, last trains, nightbuses, and making the long trek home.
Really, any reason is a good one when it comes to booking a room at these lovely London hotels. From the latest be-there-or-be-square openings to boutique hotels that go above and beyond to airport accommodations, these 10 spots are THE places to spend the night in the Big Smoke.
Rooftop views, cigar terraces, designer digs, and state-of-the-art spas? What could you possibly be waiting for?
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Best Home Away From Home: The Arch London
If you ever want to catch an R29er in action, simply loiter outside this blissful boutique hotel near Marble Arch. The lovely rooms (just look at that floral wallpaper), central-but-not-touristy location, and incredible service simply make it impossible for us to resist. These guys always put the guests first, and it's hard to not feel giddy when you're gushing over the Malin + Goetz bath products and complete library of Oscar-winning films. Plus, the Georgian design gets us every time.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, W1H 7FD, 020 7724 4700,

Photo: Courtesy The Arch London
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Best Theme: The Ampersand Hotel
This newbie clearly has a lot of love for its South Kensington 'hood. Each of the luxury hotel's 111 rooms and suites have been decorated in honour of the museums for which the area is known, with astronomy-inspired singles and doubles (Science Museum), walls and linens emblazoned with sheet-music prints in the superior doubles (Royal Albert Hall), ornithology-themed deluxe rooms (Natural History Museum), and so on. Naturally, no stay is complete without a visit to said museums — even if, alas, there aren't any Bowie-themed rooms to represent the V&A. Yet.

The Ampersand Hotel, 10 Harrington Road, SW7 3ER, 020 7589 5895,

Photo: Courtesy The Ampersand Hotel
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Best London Fashion Week Stay: ME London
During the fall '13 shows, we spent almost as much time here as we did at Somerset House. Located just down The Strand from LFW headquarters, this newbie from the Melia chain hosted everything from the Dominic Jones jewellery presentation to the Woolmark awards show, complete with appearances from the likes of Victoria Beckham and Donatella Versace. Off-season, things are just as stylish, thanks to 16 suites enhanced with neon lighting and other awesome design tricks, mind-blowing panoramic views from the Radio Rooftop Bar, and fine dining courtesy of Cucina Asellina and STK London. Oh, and did we mention it's five-star? If you can't book a room, at least snag a seat at the Marconi Lounge during LFW and prepare for some serious style stalking.

ME Hotel London, 336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA, 080 8234 1953,

Photo: Courtesy ME Hotel London
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Best Chain Hotel: Hotel Indigo
We know. Dependability aside, chain hotels just seem to scream "cookie-cutter." That's why we were so pleasantly surprised by the Hotel Indigo, whose locations in Kensington, Tower Hill, and Paddington are actually pretty darn cool. With room rates typically falling under the £200 mark and an affiliation with Holiday Inn that will let Mum and Dad use their trusty Priority Club points, Indigo is at the top of our list when it comes to entertaining the folks. Or even ourselves, considering the so-not-cookie-cutter room decor and amenities like cream tea service via room service and rainfall showers.

Hotel Indigo, 34-44 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, SW5 0EW; 16 London Street, Paddington, W2 1HL; 142 Minories, Tower Hill, EC3N 1LS, 087 1942 9242,

Photo: Courtesy Hotel Indigo
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Best All-In-One Experience: Bulgari Hotel
Meet your next staycation destination. Between its swanky cocktail lounge, sumptuous Italian-inspired furnishings (yes, it's that Bulgari), cigar shop and lounge, restaurant, private screening room, and a round-the-clock butler service that will whisk DVDs and board games to your room, nobody could blame you for staying inside this Knightsbridge spot all day. And don't get us started on the two-floor spa, which includes a swimming pool, nail salon, vitality pool, fitness centre, and custom face and body treatments. Pure bliss.

Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW, 020 7151 1010,

Photo: Courtesy Bulgari Hotel
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Best Way To Survive An Early Flight: High Road House
Fact: Nobody likes an early morning flight, especially when it means having to drag your bleary-eyed self all the way to Heathrow on little to no sleep. Happily, the 14-room High Road House on Chiswick High Road is guaranteed to get your next holiday off on the right foot thanks to its location just 20 minutes from the airport. Though it's part of the Soho House group, the hotel/club doesn't require guests to be members, so long as you follow house rules (no suits, no photos, no entourage, etc.). The rooms are simply furnished but cosy, and rates are as low as £95 a night. Go ahead, hit that snooze button.

High Road House, 162-170 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PR, 020 8742 1717,

Photo: Courtesy High Road House
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Best Revamp: Café Royal
There's just something about a building steeped in history, and this Regent Street luxury hotel has that in spades. Originally opened in 1865 and host to everyone from Oscar Wilde and Winston Churchill to Princess Diana, the space recently reopened with a few modern improvements, including Bang & Olufsen media systems, heated bathroom floors, and, coming soon, a holistic spa. Fancy! Happily, there are plenty of traces of tradition here, thanks to restored Louis XVI furnishings and a sense of grandeur at every turn.

Café Royal, 68 Regent Street,W1B 4DY, 020 7406 3333,

Photo: Courtesy Café Royal
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Best Place To Take Mr Big: The Wellesley
Cigar terrace complete with bespoke humidor and a roaring fireplace? Check. Live jazz? Check. Plush rooms outfitted with art deco touches? Check. Should you find yourself out on the town with a Mr Big or Frank Sinatra type, you can't do better than this new luxury addition to Knightsbridge. The 36-room spread just oozes old-school glamour, especially if you're lucky enough to score a key to the two-floor Wellesley Penthouse, which has views overlooking Hyde Park. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

The Wellesley, 11 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LY, 020 7235 3535,

Photo: Courtesy The Wellesley
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Best Pub Hotel: The Fox & Anchor
Normally, we'd never recommend falling asleep in a pub (the Tube, maybe, but not a pub). Then again, not every pub is the Fox & Anchor, which goes back to the traditional public house roots by serving as a boarding house complete with six comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms. It's hard to resist a place that proudly advertises "hops & chops, cuvees & duvets," especially when rates start at just £95 plus VAT. And who needs room service when pints and pork pies are just steps away?

The Fox & Anchor, 115 Charterhouse Street, EC1M 6AA, 020 7250 1300,

Photo: Courtesy The Fox & Anchor
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Best Hot Budget Spot: The Hoxton Hotel
The street art just opposite proclaims "Lizzie Says Relax," and you — and your accountant — can do just that at this Shoreditch stronghold. Boasting a cool, rock 'n' roll design (love the London-centric pillows and wall art) for those on a busker budget, The Hoxton is ideal for those who want to stay close to the bustling East London action. The service is streamlined and no-nonsense, and the prices? We've seen rooms for as little as £49, and the occasional £1 sale is arguably the best idea ever conceived. Sweet dreams.

The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3HU, 020 7550 1000,

Photo: Courtesy The Hoxton Hotel