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1. It may be that splendor, opulence and hedonism are at the top of your accommodation agenda. In which case, London's duchesses of luxury such as The Ritz, The Connaught, Claridge's, and The Dorchester will serve your needs handsomely. These hotels epitomize the elegance, grandeur, and snobbery that you would demand from a place where the front desk clerk looks down his nose upon anyone that dares to ask what the cost of the suite might be, wondering how on earth such a vile creature made it past the doorman. Although eye-poppingly expensive to the frugal tourist, even these properties bow to the age of technology on occasion, so check the latest deals available through online vendors before you book - you could save hundreds of pounds without having to face the wrath of that snooty concierge.

2. If you enjoy sleeping with groups of people, London has a swath of backpacker options - some great, some not so flash. The Piccadilly Hotel, near Piccadilly Circus, is a backpackers' dream, with dormitory beds available at ?12 per night, including breakfast and linen. There are also twin and family rooms, too; a lounge with 100-channel TV, an internet suite, and the chance to mingle with a stream of fascinating people who have seen more countries than hot showers - often quite literally. Others include the St. Christopher's Inns group with its flagship hostel on the South Bank, The Generator near the British Museum and is definitely a fun place to stay - its bar offering nightly entertainment.

3. Check the room size - Someone once said (not sure who, but more than likely they were small and male), it's the quality not quantity that counts. Maybe so, but at some point lack of endowment begins to get laughable, especially when the quality is nothing to write home about. This can be the case with some cheaper London hotels. Whereas a 3 star hotel room in many countries will usually be large enough for two double beds, some of London's older basic hotel rooms look like they were prototypes for jail cells with little light, a small monitor into the upper corner of the room pretending to be a TV, and barely enough room to click a mouse let alone swing a cat.

4. Most rooms will feature an en-suite bathroom or shower with WC (which stands for "water closet", an English term created to avoid the embarrassment of having to say "toilet"). However, check before you book as some smaller B&B's only have shared bathrooms, which means you have to run down the hallway - of course you might find that an exciting option.

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