Editor's Top 4 Picks

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Book from ~$144 CAD
Highly praised London boutique hotel with modern decor across from Covent Garden Market  
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sleek, modern decor, according to guests
  • Guests liked being within walking distance of a number of restaurants
  • Friendly, courteous staff, according to guests
Cons
  • Some guests were bothered by noise from other guests
  • A few guests complained about loud air conditioning units
  • No on-site parking, but guests can park across the street at Covent Garden Market
The Hotel Metro is an excellent hotel, and my first choice for value in the heart of downtown London. It has comfortable and stylish rooms in a prime location, across from the Covent Garden Market and literally surrounded by restaurants of various cuisines. Guests really enjoyed their room’s chic and modern décor, with exposed brick, large picture windows and tiled rain showers. Guests will find public parking for about $13 across the street, and the hotel offers free Wi-Fi along with an affordable room rate.
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Book from ~$138 CAD
Downtown London all-suite hotel with full kitchens and off-site swimming pool and gym
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free hot buffet breakfast
  • Accommodating, friendly staff, according to guests
  • Large, bright, clean rooms, according to guests
  • Safe neighbourhood, close to downtown, according to guests
Cons
  • Parking is $12 per day
  • Some guests thought the parking fee was excessive
  • Guests thought that having pool and gym facilities off-site was inconvenient
Residence Inn is my top choice for families visiting London and who want to stay right downtown. It’s super clean and comfy, a well-managed hotel with full kitchens in every suite making it easy to feed little and old alike. Guests can choose between one or two bedrooms giving Mom and Dad extra privacy or studio suites, great for couples who don’t need quite as much space as a family.

Room rates are very reasonable, especially when you consider that this is a downtown hotel that includes freebies: Wi-Fi and a full breakfast buffet with hot and cold selections. Guests with cars will have to pay $12 per day for parking, but that’s quite nominal these days in a downtown locale.

Super high scores reveal that guests were very happy about a lot of things at this hotel and considered it worthy of a return visit. Besides the cleanliness, guests highlighted the comfort of the beds, the high quality full breakfast, the pleasing staff and the convenient location of this hotel.

There’s a convenience store next door for some quick groceries and (free for guests) swimming pool and gym facilities about a 4-minute walk from the hotel at the YMCA. Restaurants and transit are very close by, being in the downtown district, and the hotel is only a 7-minute drive to the University of Western Ontario for visiting parents.
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Book from ~$159 CAD
Historic luxury downtown London hotel with first-class service, indoor pool & fine dining
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free wired Internet
  • Guests staying in Signature Club rooms receive a free breakfast and free evening snacks
  • Many guests described their rooms as comfortable and well appointed
  • The staff gave first class service according to guests
  • Several guests enjoyed the indoor pool area
  • Guests raved over dinners and Sunday Brunch at the hotel
Cons
  • Self parking is $12 and valet parking is $20 per day
  • Several guests complained about noise disturbances from neighbouring rooms and the halls
If you’re looking for something unique and memorable, I suggest the Delta London Armouries. It’s a well-liked and well-managed hotel in a unique historic building in the downtown with lots of positive comments from guests online, most of whom rate it as excellent.

This is a very clean hotel that excels in service and offers guests a comfortable and luxurious bed, quiet setting in which to sleep, and good dining in a prime downtown location. The public spaces are exquisite, and its glass elevator provides beautiful views of London.

Guests highlighted the Sunday Brunch, the outstanding staff who provided 5-star service, delicious dinners and comfortable rooms. Many guests felt the hotel provided something special and the sense of a holiday abroad.
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Book from ~$118 CAD
Well-liked and comfortable downtown London hotel with free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers praised the food and selection at the free breakfast
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring downtown on foot
Cons
  • A couple of reviewers noted noise transfer
  • Parking is $11 per day

4 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Downtown London, Ontario

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Book from ~$195 CAD
Good value but dated downtown London hotel at Convention Centre with well-liked restaurant 
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many lodgers praised the hotel's downtown locale
  • The hotel's restaurant was complimented for its quality and service
  • Several guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and well equipped
Cons
  • A few lodgers complained of dated decor and worn fixtures
  • The hotel's parking was limited and expensive according to a few guests
  • Parking is $15 per day
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Book from ~$135 CAD
Downtown London all-suite hotel with living rooms, underground parking and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free pet stays
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring downtown on foot
  • The staff were complimented for their friendly service by several guests
  • Several reviewers described the suites as comfortable, clean and spacious
  • A few guests appreciated the free breakfast
Cons
  • Underground parking is $12 per day
  • Several guests found the room interiors dated
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer from other rooms
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Downtown all-suite hotel with full kitchens, but not a guest favourite
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring downtown on foot
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several guests said that the in-suite kitchens were well equipped
  • A couple of reviewers found the suites spacious
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant and no recreational facilities
  • Many reviewers complained about the cleanliness of their suites
  • Several guests said that the suites appeared dated and worn
  • Several reviewers were disturbed in their rooms by rowdy guests in the halls
  • A few guests complained about smelling cigarette smoke throughout the hotel
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Downtown London, good rates, mixed room reviews, public parking nearby
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's downtown location
  • The hotel's rates were found to be reasonable and low by many reviewers
  • Some lodgers were satisfied with their clean and spacious rooms
Cons
  • Some guests reported poor Wi-Fi signals/air conditioning
  • The lack of on-site parking was an issue for a few lodgers

Tips For Staying In Downtown London, Ontario

Originally named after the famous capital city of England, London Ontario is bordered by the Thames River on its south and west sides. London is known as the region's centre for healthcare and education, which brings in many visitors to its downtown area. If you're looking for the convenience and hospitality of a downtown hotel, there are several options to ensure visitors a comfortable stay while travelling in and through the area.

Easy Connections
Connecting to downtown London is an easy task for travellers who prefer a centrally located hotel. Most downtown London hotels are within a 3-minute drive of London's VIA Rail Station, a popular way for travellers to get to the city. Hotel Metro London, a CHG Editor's Pick for value, offers a downtown location and modern decor, is a 6-minute walk from the station and within walking distance of several restaurants, making eating out an easy task for pedestrian travellers. 

London is also serviced by an extensive public bus system, which offers seven routes throughout downtown London alone. Adults, seniors and students pay $2.75 per ticket, while kids aged five through grade six pay $1.35 per ticket. All trips include a 90-minute transfer option.

Car and air travellers will want to know that the Highway 401/Highway 402 junction (which connects the city to Toronto, Sarnia and Windsor) and London International Airport (YXU) can both be found within a 20-minute drive of Hotel Metro London, as well as any other downtown London hotel. 

Parking for downtown London hotels runs between $9 and $15 per night, with the majority of hotels charging about $12 per night. 

School's In
Many travellers visit London because of its excellent educational institutions, and will be pleased to find that the University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College and Brescia University College are all within a 15-minute drive of the downtown London hotels. Our Editor's Pick, Hotel Metro London, is only a 7-minute drive from University of Western Ontario.

Parents who want to stay a few days to help settle their kids in at school (or to avoid that empty-nest feeling) may enjoy a two-room suite with a full kitchen at the Residence Inn London Downtown. This highly-rated hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a hot buffet breakfast. It can be found within a 10-minute drive of Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario.

A Healthy Choice
As the region's centre for healthcare, London is home to several hospitals and medical centres. Everyone understands the importance of finding a comfortable hotel when travelling for health-related reasons and personally, I gravitate towards accommodations that offer creature comforts such as on-site dining and recreational facilities. 

Delta London Armouries has very good guest ratings, offers an indoor pool, free Wi-Fi (to help you keep in touch with your loved ones) and an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and room service. Victoria Family Medical Centre, St. Joseph's Health Centre and Mt. Hope Centre for Long-Term Care are all within an 8-minute drive of Delta London Armouries. Delta London Armouries is also about a 9-minute walk from London's VIA Rail Station.

Have a Little Fun
Of course, London isn't all schools and hospitals. Sports fans or travellers who want to catch a concert will find Budweiser Gardens about a block (or 2-minute walk) from Hotel Metro. Theatre lovers should check what's playing at The Grand Theatre, only a 6-minute walk from Hotel Metro. In fact, even if theatre doesn't typically top your list of a good time, you should give The Grand a shot. At the time of writing, it had everything from a show about Elvis to an Addams Family musical to Shrek: The Musical, so you may be surprised!

Looking to enjoy the outdoors? There are several lovely parks along the Thames River, bordering downtown's west side, but visitors to the area will also want to check to see what's happening at Victoria Park. Situated in the centre of downtown, it often has something going on, like movies after dark on Tuesday nights in the summer. Or, visit Covent Garden Market, home to indoor and outdoor vendors, restaurants and even events (such as Forest City Beer Fest in June). 

No matter what brings you to downtown London, with so much to see and do just outside of your hotel, there's always time to fit in a little fun and relaxation!
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