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Base2Stay, London

England, Europe: A double room at Base2Stay hotel in London, England
25 Courtfield Gardens
Tel: 44 20 7244 2255
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

This 67-room town house hotel in Earls Court offers spectacular value for the money, and nothing about it sighs "budget." Rooms are snug but well designed, with oak-finished desks, cocoa brown wall-to-wall carpeting, beds with crisp white cotton duvets, and tidy kitchenettes that include an electric kettle, a microwave, and a fridge. Baths are kitted out with heated chrome towel racks and large showers (but not tubs). Though this may sound vaguely dormlike, it isn't, thanks to stylish touches such as framed black-and-white photographs, organic toiletries, and camel-wool windowpane-check curtains on a brushed metal bar. Special kudos for the in-room information guide that not only explains how the air-conditioning and free-Internet keyboard work but also offers a comprehensive list of nearby restaurants, bars, and cafés. The cheerful young staff clearly love working here, too.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: Spring through fall for the best weather.

Which room to book: L6 is a charmer, with a terrace in the small garden out back; neighboring L4 has a smaller terrace.

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