Editor's Top 8 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$83 CAD
Good value north London hotel with modern rooms, restaurant, lounge and outdoor patio
The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre offers a unique park-like setting that will make your stay feel like a retreat into a time when life was not in the fast lane. It's our choice for a moderately-priced hotel that offers excellent value in London. This is a historical property turned conference centre and hotel, on a large wooded acreage that includes trails for walking. Guests found rest and relaxation in their clean and beautifully decorated rooms. 

The hotel offers wonderful dining experiences in a beautiful setting of trees and flowers on its outdoor patio, complete with outdoor fireplace and heaters for chillier nights. There are a few dining rooms and lounges on site that offer both indoor and outdoor dining, with real chefs in the background producing quality meals. Guests said that the staff of this hotel were exceptional and went out of their way to attend to guests needs. Included in the already reasonable room rate are Wi-Fi and parking. Some guests were also delighted to find free refreshments provided all day at the coffee bar.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, shuttle to university, coffee and snacks, newspapers
  • Guests loved the grounds and peaceful setting
  • Rooms were clean and comfortable
  • Staff were welcoming and gave great service
  • Location was handy to the U of Western Ontario and downtown by car
  • Breakfast and other dining was very well liked
  • Conference and event facilities were very good
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by guests
  • Great value according to guests overall
Cons
  • Some rooms lacked elevator access
  • Some guests complained of small and tired rooms
  • Some parts of the building were older and smelled musty
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$91 CAD
Highly praised south London hotel near Hwy 401 with kitchenettes and free hot breakfast  
This hotel is in a good location close to Highway 401, White Oaks Mall and local restaurants and shops. Guests often feel this is a value find, with kitchenettes in all rooms and extra sitting space. It's been recently renovated and offers value-added freebies of a hot breakfast, lots of parking and excellent Wi-Fi.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, spacious and well equipped
  • Location was handy to Hwy 401, restaurants and shopping
  • Staff were well liked, hospitable and friendly
  • Wi-Fi rated excellent by guests
  • Good value according to guests
Cons
  • Occasionally guests said the breakfast ran out of food
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$95 CAD
Well-liked and comfortable downtown London hotel with free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
This is a well-liked and moderately-priced hotel. Because it is right downtown, it’s handy to shops and good restaurants as well as various downtown attractions such as the Covent Gardens Market, Grand Theatre and Budweiser Gardens. Parents visiting their children at Western will find it close by, only 8 minutes drive.

Besides a lower room price, guests will appreciate having excellent free Wi-Fi and a free hot breakfast buffet. Parking is $13.55 a day, so not outrageous for a downtown location. The rooms all come with a mini-fridge and microwave which will prove convenient for heating leftovers or chilling wine. This is a pet-free and smoke-free environment.

Recent guests really enjoyed the selection and quality of the free hot breakfast and interactions with the staff at the hotel. They also appreciated the good security of the hotel and their clean rooms.

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, well appointed, with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to good restaurants, Budweiser Gardens, bus stops and train station
  • Staff were very helpful and accommodating
  • Breakfast was enjoyed for its variety and quality
  • Guests found the hotel well priced
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent by guests
Cons
  • Parking is $13.55 per day
  • Parking was limited at times and the underground parkade was tight for larger vehicles
  • Occasionally guests were disturbed by noise from guests in hallways and outside traffic
  • Some thought the downtown area was a little depressed
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$109 CAD
Highly praised south London hotel near Hwy 401 with tropical atrium, waterpark & restaurant  
This hotel is well liked for its tropical atrium and indoor pool with waterslide. It's located in south London on Wellington Road which offers a direct route to downtown and easy access to Hwy 401. There is a good restaurant and bar on site, and guests also enjoy the restaurants in walking distance. A good choice if visiting the hospital nearby, as there is a free hospital shuttle, loaner wheelchairs and medical rates available.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, hospital shuttle, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and updated with comfortable beds
  • Location well liked—easy walk to restaurants and easy drive to Hwy 401, hospitals and downtown
  • Staff were helpful and service oriented
  • The restaurant offered good food at reasonable prices
  • The indoor pool with atrium, waterslide and waterfalls were a hit
  • Guests found good value at this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • A few guests complained of noise from other guests in the hallways
  • Some found the pool water a little cold during the colder weather
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$157 CAD
Historic downtown London hotel with renovated rooms, indoor pool and popular brunch

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were very clean and well appointed with very comfy beds
  • The staff were professional and very courteous said guests
  • Location was handy to downtown dining, shopping and major arteries
  • Guests often enjoyed the Sunday Brunch at the hotel
Cons
  • Self-parking is off site and $15 and valet parking is $20 per day
  • Occasionally, guests complained of noise caused by other guests
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$94 CAD
Highly praised south London hotel with indoor pool, free hot breakfast and free parking

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast buffet, parking, local calls, coffee bar
  • Rooms were very clean and comfortable
  • Location handy to the hospital, shopping and restaurants
  • Staff were courteous and accommodating
  • Breakfast buffet was very well liked for variety and quality
  • Great value at this hotel said guests
Cons
  • Breakfast room could get crowded with not enough seats at times
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$102 CAD
Highly praised London boutique hotel with modern decor across from Covent Garden Market  

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, local and long distance calls in North America
  • Rooms were clean and comfy with modern decor
  • Location was well liked, near lots of dining and entertainment
  • Staff were friendly, helpful and informative
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent
  • Restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Good value according to many guests
Cons
  • No on-site parking, but guests can park across the street at Covent Garden Market for about $15 per night
  • Some guests felt uncomfortable in the area due to panhandlers and sketchy people milling about
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$119 CAD
Highly praised downtown London hotel with large kitchenette suites and free hot breakfast

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, lobby coffee bar, local calls, newspapers, passes to YMCA
  • Rooms were clean, apartment-like and comfortable
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and downtown attractions
  • Staff were courteous, professional and helpful
  • Breakfast was well liked with a good selection
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by guests
Cons
  • Parking is $15 per day
  • Some thought the rooms were a little dated
  • Occasionally guests complained of hearing traffic

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Editor's Picks
Book from ~$127 CAD
Historic hotel, built in 1878, a 6-minute drive from the downtown area
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Guests liked the historical charm of this hotel
  • Quiet, peaceful location, according to guests
  • Attentive staff, according to guests
Cons
  • A few guests had trouble regulating the temperature in their rooms
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$136 CAD
Highly praised south London hotel with indoor pool, free breakfast, kitchen & jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, evening meals Mon-Thurs
  • Excellent customer service, according to guests
  • Clean, well-equipped rooms, according to guests
  • Guests said that this hotel was in a quiet neighbourhood
  • The breakfast was a hit with guests typically
Cons
  • A couple of guests said the hot food at breakfast was not heated sufficiently when they served themselves

Tips For Staying In London

Choosing A Hotel in London

Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown London: the hub for business, entertainment, dining and shopping
London Ontario Airport: located east of the city's core, the majority of the nearby hotels are actually located downtown


What London is all about
This isn't your grandmother's London. But seriously, if she's from England it really is not. Some tourism boards and marketing fluff will occasionally compare Canada's version to England's, however those that have visited both and compared for themselves will tell you the similarities between the two stop at the name. However, there is nothing wrong with that. Be proud London, Ontario - embrace your individuality...or something. It is home to the Labatt Brewery, Canada's largest brewer, so it can't be all that bad, right? It's also home to one of Canada's largest universities, Western University - coincidence, I think not. The city also has a bustling music and festival scene, including the popular Home County Folk Festival.

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Where to stay in London
There are a range of hotels to choose from in London, many found in the downtown core. However, for those passing through and in need of an accommodation near the highway, there is a cluster of hotels just off the 401. These hotels are a bit south of the downtown core and generally have slightly cheaper rates than downtown hotels. These properties are a stone's throw from White Oaks Mall. If you want to be a bit closer to the action of the core pick a hotel in downtown London. These hotels are also a bit closer to London International Airport if you need to catch an early flight the next morning.


What to do in London
Head to the theatre, take a brewery tour, walk a university campus or visit a museum. There is quite a bit to do in London if you plan your visit first. If you are visiting in the winter you can also head to Boler Mountain for some skiing - just don't expect the Rockies. There is a fairly wide variety of dining options from big-name franchises to small eateries and bakeries.


Surrounding Area
London is located roughly halfway between Toronto and Windsor. The city itself is sandwiched between two of the Great Lakes - Lake Erie is 40km to the south and the shore of Lake Huron in Grand Bend, Ontario is 70km northwest.

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