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Thread #113485   Message #2414667
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
15-Aug-08 - 12:05 PM
Thread Name: BS: Visiting London on a Budget
Subject: RE: BS: Visiting London on a Budget
I've been abroad several times. I have caught on that many 'hotels' are nothing like what Americans would call a hotel. They are old, prob. 19th C buildings cheaply remodeled to pack lots of rooms in. The worst thing about them is that they have one, small wooden staircase which winds up a multistorey building. Talk about a firetrap!

We stayed at an expensive 'hotel' in Paris which had that kind of staircase, a elevator which could hold two people - and no fire escape. Smoking was allowed.

I told my husband, 'Forget quaint, forget cheap. I want to stay in a modern building which at least offers a CHANCE of a way out if there's a fire.'