The railway terminal hotel above Charing Cross Station opened a month after Lincoln’s assassination and underwent many lives (and Blitz damage). Now the Charing Cross is an upper-moderate hotel that dips its toes into luxury trimmings (heated bathroom floors, walk-in showers, Nespresso coffee, free minibars that include beer, and so forth) while remaining a supreme value for the cost. The location is spectacular and could command much higher rates: At the nexus ofTrafalgar Square, Strand, the Covent Garden area, and the Embankment, you’re truly spoiled. Breakfast (crowded; the staff isn’t always on top of things) is taken with a view toward St Martin-in-the-Fields, and at night, some 350 LED candles flicker throughout the hallways and up the sweeping central grand staircase. Such echoes of a more genteel age treat you to the grandeur of old London at a good price.