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Yes, You Want Air Conditioning in Your London Hotel

Updated: Jan 3

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If you're planning a stay in London, especially during the summer months, air conditioning in a hotel is an important consideration. The weather office is already predicting some scorching hot days in London this Summer.


You can use the search feature at TripAdvisor to find hotels that have it. Search for reviews mentioning air conditioning and read them. You will get the impression that the hotel has it but it's not effective or it has it and it works well. And, be aware that while renting a flat is a popular choice for many, very few will have air conditioning. Check with the host before you reserve it or you might end up sweltering in a 2nd floor flat with stuck shut windows. Here are some reasons why you probably need air conditioning in a hotel in London:

A wall thermostat

  1. Comfortable Sleep: London's summer nights can be warm and muggy (90% humidity at night is not unusual), which can make it difficult to get a good night's sleep. Air conditioning in your hotel room can help you regulate the temperature and humidity levels, ensuring a comfortable and restful sleep. Not all hotels have windows that open and if they do, only having one open doesn't give you the needed cross-breeze to cool the room and, you may hear street noises all night.

  2. Heatwaves: In recent years, London has experienced more frequent and intense heatwaves. These can make indoor spaces uncomfortably warm and stuffy. Having air conditioning in your hotel room can help you stay cool and refreshed during hot weather. It's someplace you can get cool after a day of never feeling like you can get cool.

  3. Improved Air Quality: London's air quality can be a concern, especially for people with respiratory conditions or allergies. Air conditioning systems in hotels can help filter out pollutants, allergens, and other particles from the air, providing a healthier indoor environment.

  4. Increased Productivity and Efficiency: If you're in London for business, air conditioning can help you stay focused and productive. Studies have shown that working in a comfortable temperature can enhance cognitive function, concentration, and overall work performance.

  5. Relaxation and Leisure: London is a city that offers endless opportunities for leisure and relaxation. However, hot and stuffy indoor spaces can dampen your mood and energy levels. Having air conditioning in your hotel room can help you recharge and enjoy your downtime in comfort. I have often gone back and turned my air conditioner on the lowest setting to try to cool down after a muggy day. If you arrive back at your hotel hot and sweaty, you want relief from that.

Picadilly Circus with a red bus

So, despite what you might think or have been told by others, air conditioning in a hotel in London is an important consideration for your comfort, health, and well-being - especially if you have it at home and are used to it. Whether you're visiting for business or leisure, having access to a reliable cooling system can make your stay more enjoyable and productive. Be sure to check the availability of air conditioning in the hotel you're considering and choose one that meets your needs.


And, if you need a little extra boost - because hotel air conditioning is sometimes not that great, pick on one of THESE little USB fans. I had a reader text me throughout her entire

trip during a heatwave that the fan saved her from melting even in the hotel room air conditioning. She said it was the best thing ever. My husband and I each have one and they are awesome!


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