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Top Five Capsule Hotels In London, England

Published Aug 21, 2018

A bustling metropolis like London attracts all manner of traveler - from business figures on the go to sightseers eager to experience the world-famous UK capital’s many sights. This popularity inevitably means there are a dizzying array of accommodation options to suit your personal needs. And that is equally true of capsule hotels. Their compact rooms are perfect for those on a budget or those planning on short one or two night stays. And whether you wish to take in such iconic sights as The Shard and Tower Bridge, or experience the vibrant nightlife of the city, there’s a capsule hotel within easy reach. Indeed, a number are also strategically placed close to key transport hubs - including the rail links of Kings Cross, Euston and St Pancras, and international airports at Heathrow and Gatwick. Whatever your plans - be it a short city break or a place to lay your head when jetting in or out of the country - these capsule hotels are sure to prove appealing. Scroll down to find out more.

1. Generator Hostel London (from USD 20)

Enjoying a prime location within easy reach of London’s Kings Cross, St Pancras and Euston rail stations, this hostel will be a great option for those travelers looking to either split their onward journey or a central base to spend the night before heading out on their travels refreshed. It is also just a few hundred meters from attractions in their own right, such as The British Museum - as well as University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital, should your trip be for study or a family visit. The hostel itself, which is also handy for Russell Square tube station, was praised by past guests for its “great” location within Bloomsbury, its clean and tidy interior and its helpful staff. There’s also free wi-fi on site, as well as an internet cafe, a bar with a spacious lounge and a games room. It also puts on karaoke sessions, free movie nights and a live DJ. Those looking to explore the city on foot will also enjoy the hostel’s free walking tour of London.

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2. St Christopher's Inn Village (from USD 19)

This well-reviewed hotel is situated in a fashionable area of the capital, not far from the river and such world-famous landmarks as The Shard and Tower Bridge. It is also just a five-minute walk from London Bridge Undergound Station for travel elsewhere in the city, but there is also private parking available should you plan on using your own mode of transport. The hotel itself features a wide mix of accommodation options, whatever your travel needs. As well as the private capsules, there are also an array of dormitory rooms of multiple sizes, and even twin and double bedrooms. The capsule options, which provide 43sq ft of space, are located within large shared rooms and feature shared bathing facilities. There is free wi-fi access on site, so those looking to stay connected will have no problems, while there is also a roof terrace, restaurant and bar in which to relax, should you prefer to eat within the hotel rather than experience the local area’s numerous eateries and nightspot options.

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3. BLOC Hotel Gatwick (from USD 105)

Enjoying a very good reputation among thousands of past guests, and boasting a prime location within Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal, this hotel is ideal for those flying in or out of this bustling air hub. Indeed, past guests most appreciated its good connection to the airport, which extends as far as being able to check-in bags for flights the night before a journey - depending on the airline carrier. As well as smaller capsule-style rooms the hotel also offers a mix of other accommodation options, including twin, double and family rooms for up to four people. Some even come with up to eight days of parking thrown into the price, which will come in very useful if you have had to drive to the airport. There is also free wi-fi on site - handy for checking on the status of your flights. Naturally, the hotel’s position within the terminal means you’ll have plenty of shops and eateries within easy reach, for any meals or last-minute purchases.

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4. Yotel Gatwick Airport (from USD 88)

Hotels with convenient airport connections are worth their weight in gold for the weary traveler - especially those jetting in late at night or leaving before dawn. And, as with the previous entry on this list, this hotel is very well-placed for those traveling in or out of Gatwick Airport, with its myriad of national and international flights. The hotel comes with flat-screen TVs in each cabin/capsule room, and free wi-fi access for checking your travel plans on the go. 24-hour room service is also available - perfect for that hunger-quelling meal after a late night long-haul flight, or for fuelling yourself up at the start of a busy day. Each cabin also comes with a fold-out workspace area, so those traveling for work will be able to conduct their business. Complimentary hot drinks are also provided. Past guests were very impressed, hailing the staff on the 24-hour check-in desk for their helpfulness, and also rating the clean and tidy rooms. Naturally the location within the airport and close to a range of shops and eateries also drew praise.

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5. YOTELAIR London Heathrow Airport (from USD 92)

As with the previous entry, this capsule hotel is operated by YOTELAIR, so you can expect the same strong levels of service and helpful staff. Unlike the previous entry though, this hotel is located at Heathrow - the busiest airport in Europe, and a travel hub you will almost certainly pass through at some time on your journeys in or out of the UK. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV, a workstation and wi-fi internet access - so business travelers will be able to remain connected throughout their stay. What’s more, the hotel offers shorter part-day stays for those travelers with awkward layover times between connecting flights, or those who wish to get a few hours of sleep after an unexpected travel delay. Its position with the airport also means there are plenty of restaurant and shopping options in the local area. And those planning on traveling into London will be pleased to note that the airport is connected to the London Underground network.

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Perfect for business travelers and sightseers alike

Whether you’re looking for accommodation right in the heart of London or need a place to rest close to vital airport hubs on the outskirts of the city, there is a range of capsule hotel options to suit your specific needs.

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