The Z Hotel Soho
London England W1D 5AP
For an independent traveler, the Z Hotel might just be one of those experiences you have to try once. Take a step into your room (referred to by some as a pod) and you'll be practically on top of the bed. Once you do find yourself horizontal, you'll be staring up at a 40-inch flat-screen HD TV on the wall and have use of the free Wi-Fi. Complimentary cheese and wine from 5 to 9 p.m. make for a tidy snack to set you on your way into the London night. The rooms are clean, and for a place that packs guests in like so many sardines, its solid guest reviews say a lot about the value in store.