London is one of the most expensive cities in the world for tourists. Sometimes, tourists are forced to limit their London experience to greasy takeaway foods and grungy hotels. But that doesn’t have to be the case. London offers great stays with good standards, without the sting of overpaying.There’s even a hotel that offers rooms for 1 EUR per night! Yes, you did read that right! Here are 20 too-good-to-be-true budget hotels for you to choose from:
The London House Hotel is a recently renovated property that’s brand new and shiny now. From the exterior of the hotel, you might not even realise that it’s a budget hotel; it looks so posh with eggshell white paint and long glass windows. Inside, the rooms are comfortable and fully furnished with the basic necessities, and then some. All guests enjoy full air-conditioning, mini fridges and flat screen TVs in their rooms. Its central location offers all the delights of Hyde Park, Notting Hill and Kensington Gardens.The London House Hotel offers plenty, without the price tag.
London House Hotel, Bayswater
Address: London House Hotel 81 Kensington Gardens Square Bayswater West London W2 4DJ
For a budget hotel, the Arosafa Hotel is steeped in history and personality. Set in a 19th-century Bloomsbury townhouse, this simple, family-run hotel has been a pull for people for centuries now. The hotel has cool white garden squares, and is surrounded by the streets of Bloomsbury. As for the hotel itself, it’s family-run, and they really pride themselves on their service. They provide service with a very personal touch, unlike other chain hotel brands. They also provide free breakfast, featuring an extensive buffet of all you’d need for a quality full English breakfast.
The location is also almost too good to be true. The Arosafa Hotel is a 3-minute walk from University College London, while the British Museum is 6 minutes away. The nearest tube station is Goodge Street, a 4-minute walk away, making it extremely accessible.
For book-lovers, the hotel is directly opposite the enormous Waterstones bookshop, with many other smaller new and second-hand bookshops around Bloomsbury and nearby Charing Cross Road. For those who want to explore further afield, the hotel is also within easy walking distance of London Underground’s Euston Square, Russell Square, and Warren Street, and the mainland stations of Euston, Kings Cross and St. Pancras.
Apart from all the other mainstream, kitschy hotel decor, Church Street Hotel offers something very different. Although it’s set right in the heart of south London, this hotel has a Latin American theme throughout. Right upon entering the lobby, there is a burst of bright, vibrant colours, that contrasts very nicely with the frequent dull London weather. The hotel has a very fun and exuberant feel to it, in every aspect. Each bedroom is decorated differently, but still keeps with the theme with Latin-inspired furniture and bright colours. There’s a lounge bar and a restaurant-cum-tapas bar too for a fully-fledged fiesta.
With a vibrant local art scene and effervescent night life, along with a close proximity to central London, Church Street Hotel is an ideal location to explore both the coolness and quirkiness of local London life. Areas within easy reach include Brixton, Camberwell, East Dulwich, and Peckham. All in all, Church Street Hotel will have you grasping for Spanish words of excitement!
This hotel is in a Victorian townhouse and it offers everything you’d want from a budget hotel. With its red brick walls tucked away down a Kensington street, it is in a convenient location. The rooms are traditionally decorated, some even featuring 4-poster beds, complete with antique furnishings. For a budget hotel, be prepared to get a shock when you enter the bathroom; it is complete with marble flooring! The rooms also have flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and iPod docks. As if that’s not enough, some of the higher-end suites even have luxurious fireplaces and private balconies.
Twenty Nervern Square is a 4-minute walk from Earls Court tube station, and only a short walk away from the Olympia London exhibition centre. Additionally, Kensington High Street’s shops and restaurants are just a stroll away. The hotel also offers a complimentary continental breakfast, and you can choose between the stylish dining room, or have your breakfast al-fresco. They also offer parking, but for a small fee.
This budget hotel offers a very hip and futuristic twist to your stay. It occupies a classic Victorian townhouse with an annex. The Stylotel has futuristic rooms and suites that feature aluminium wall coverings, ceiling-to-floor mirrors, and illuminated glass furniture. It really is an ultra-modern and contemporary property.
The rooms also deliver substance along with style. Every room comes with satellite TV and a work space, and the whole room is soundproofed, so you can have full privacy and also not be disturbed by your neighbours. The bathrooms are actually quite luxurious for a budget hotel, including a spacious walk-in shower and a hairdryer. The Stylotel also offers suites, located in the annex building, and they include kitchenettes. Some have separate lounge areas. However, there is a surcharge for Wi-Fi.
There’s a mood-lit communal area resembling an airport lounge, with Wi-Fi and free tea and coffee. Stylotel is just a 2-minute walk from Paddington Station with its direct rail link services. The Heathrow Express to Heathrow Airport is accessible as well as many other national rail services and access to 4 tube lines. A 10-minute bus or tube ride will bring you to the heart of London. Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, and Soho are thriving with bars, restaurants, clubs and theatres. The Stylotel is very well-connected to the rest of the city.
Tip: to get the best bang for your buck, be sure to book the rooms prior to arriving; don’t just show up on the spot and make a walk-in booking. This is because the hotel offers a hot and cold buffet breakfast with room bookings only, so be sure to book in advance for the best value for money.
If you’re looking for an even more cheaper accommodation, the Hotel ibis budget London Hounslow is for you.This contemporary budget hotel is 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) from Heathrow Airport, 5 miles (8 kilometres) from Kew Gardens, and 6 miles (9.7 kilometres) from Hampton Court Palace, making it extremely convenient for exploring the city. Although it might look slightly on the shabby side when judging the exterior, the interior and the rooms actually have a lot to offer for the price.
The humble rooms have wood floors and modern minimalist furniture, and they all come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and desks. Some rooms have bunk beds. A continental breakfast buffet and parking are available, both for a surcharge. This hotel is perfect for friends who want to backpack across Europe. And, they allow pets too!
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The Paddington Hotel is an elegant Victorian building in which all original features have been retained. The rooms echo the building’s graceful exterior, with off-white walls and black embellishments. However, since the proprietors want to stay true to tradition and retain the old charm of the property, it is good to note that there are no lifts in the building. All rooms at The Paddington are double bedrooms, complete with full en-suite facilities, a TV and telephone, and a complimentary continental breakfast.
Since the hotel is close to Kensington Gardens and Knightsbridge, it’s the perfect place to stay for people who are looking for hotels near Hyde Park or hotels near Kensington Palace.
The Paddington Hotel
Address: 28 Gloucester Terrace, London W2 3DA
Price: from 150 USD (133 GBP) upwards
Access: 1-minute walk from Hyde Park
Contact: +44 (0)20 74025077
The Hoxton was widely credited for being one of the most value-for-money hotels in Shoreditch in east London, but now it has moved to central London, and it’s clear that the Hoxton really deserves credit for so much more.
The rooms are well thought out, albeit small. The rooms come with free fresh milk in the fridges, a cold snack for breakfast, and free Wi-Fi. There are even some individually designed suites, and they are at the same price as the other rooms. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Hoxton has some choice restaurants within its compounds. If you don’t feel like leaving the comforts of the hotel, you can dine at Hubbard & Bell, the in-house restaurant. It’s a New York-style grill, serving up perfectly charred steaks.The house wines are good, and the service is brisk. It’s all in keeping with the vibe of the hotel: no fuss, lots of fun, honest prices.
The Bloomsbury is situated perfectly in central London, and is rich in its history of literature and the arts. The serene contemporary designs of the guestrooms, comfortable desks, and fine gastronomy give you a personal hub that is welcoming, laid back, and easy.
They also pride themselves on their very personalised service. When booking the hotel, they have a special portion called “My Preferences”, where no detail is too small for them to overlook. Tell them exactly what you like and need, and not only will they try to make it happen there and then, they will store your preferences so that it’s quicker and easier to get it for you next time. It really is a place of comfort.
As for the location, it really can’t get more perfect than this. My Bloomsbury is just a stroll away from all the major streets of London, including Soho, Oxford Street, and Covent Garden. Trains from Euston and Kings Cross are close too.
The Hide Hotel’s name can be interpreted quite literally, considering how low key this hidden gem of a hotel is. It’s not exactly located in the heart of the city; it’s located in the northern part, but it’s well worth adding to this list after considering all it has to offer. The Hide Hotel has by far the best value of any hotel, even leaving the posh hotels with little to be desired.
The Hide Hotel is very modern in design, but very clean, very comfortable, and very practical in its layout. The beds are large and comfortable, and the fridges come with complimentary soft drinks. They also serve free breakfast for long hours, offering a wide range of foods that’ll satisfy even the pickiest eater. The breakfast area serves as a bar / lounge area in the evening.
Another added perk is that the Hide Hotel offers free parking.
Pro tip: if you are a light sleeper, you can request for the rooms at the back, which are considerably quieter than the rooms up front.
The Dover Hotel is a budget stay, and is ideal for those who want to see the city sights without burning a hole in their wallet. The hotel is extremely accessible, a mere three-minute walk away from Victoria Station, which is linked to pretty much any local airport or coach station.
Dover Hotel is near many famous city sights, such as Buckingham Palace, Green Park, and Wellington Arch, just to name a few. Hyde Park is also nearby, and offers boating and horse riding in the summertime. For shoppers, Harrods and Harvey Nichols are within easy reach.
Another great thing to note is that the staff are really cheerful and friendly, and they are willing to offer travel advice, sightseeing information, or anything else you need.
Editor’s Note: Hotel is not taking any reservation at the time of writing
Grange Lodge Hotel is located in west London, nestled in one of the most liveliest places. But since this property is slightly away from the streets, it’s perfect for a quiet retreat while being around everything you’ll need at the same time. It is a short distance from the open green space of Ealing Common and the shopping centre at Ealing Broadway,, and 15 minutes by tube from the new Westfield Centre, the largest shopping mall in all of Europe!
The rooms are humble, clean and sufficient. The breakfast is complimentary and made to order, and their full English breakfast is much raved about. The staff are also extremely helpful, and would do anything to help to the best of their ability.
Grange Lodge Hotel
Address: 48 - 50 Grange Road, Ealing, London W5 5BX (see map)
Price: from 91 USD 80 GBP upwards
Access: 7 minutes from Ealing Common train station
Contact: +44 (0) 20 8567 1049
The Best Western Chiswick Palace & Suites provides the best of both worlds by being located in western London. This means it’s situated right between central London and Heathrow Airport, and it’s perfectly located for people who are in London for a couple of days. The hotel has been constantly refurbished, to really improve upon itself. The staff always try to cater to the guests’ needs. The nearby areas offer great restaurants, so be sure to go around and explore.
The Safestay London Elephant & Castle is the ideal choice if you’re looking for a central base for exploring London’s famous attractions and rich culture, at a price that won’t break the bank. The building has been extensively renovated to the highest standards, and it makes relaxing at the communal areas even more enjoyable. The hotel also has a lounge bar that serves snacks and light refreshments, and you can enjoy a drink in the courtyard garden.
As for the accommodation, they offer rooms with double beds as well as rooms with bunk beds for backpackers. Additionally, there’s free Wi-Fi in the rooms.
The Hotel ibis London City is a modern, urban hotel that’s in between the city and the airport. It offers bright, spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs, desks, and a small station for hot beverages. There are some rooms in high demand that feature stunning views of the city.
As for added amenities, the hotel offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast for a small surcharge. It also includes a popular bistro in the lobby that offers an international menu for tourists with different palettes. The hotel has a very relaxing bar that’s open in the evenings, and it is perfect for enjoying a drink and unwinding after a long day. Additionally, since it’s so near the airport, it offers a free shuttle service to and from the airport for added convenience. It’s a great place for families and business guests who are in London for a short while, but still want to bask in the excitement the city has to offer.
Editor’s Note: Hotel is permanently closed at the time of writing
The Antigallican Hotel is one of the oldest hotels around, but it really has some of the best prices to be found. Sure, the outside of the hotel looks old, with some of the original fittings. But the staff are dedicated to keeping the interior up to standard, with the rooms and lounge areas all spotless and clean. Since the Antigallican Hotel is not located in central London and it might be a bit difficult for tourists to get around, the staff are more than happy to provide assistance and show the guests all the must-sees, or best restaurants in the vicinity.
There’s also a great pub right at the lobby of the hotel that’s open till the wee hours of the morning; it’s a great place to mingle and make friends with the locals in true London spirit.
The Antigallican Hotel
Address: Antigallican Hotel, 428 Woolwich Road, London SE7 8SU, United Kingdom (see map)
Price: from 77 USD 68 GBP upwards
Access: 1 minute from Charlton British Rail
Contact: +44 208 853 0143
This very trendy hotel features a colourful mural across its Victorian exterior, making it quite a centrepiece in the area. A stylish boutique hotel, toying with a touch of Art Deco, it boasts spacious bedrooms, an urban-cool basement bar, and an unbeatable location for Kings Cross and St Pancras transport links.
The funky modern rooms and apartments feature vibrant designer fittings, with touches of luxury and en suite bathrooms with rainforest showers. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, desks, flat-screen TVs, espresso machines, and minibars. It’s 1.2 miles (1.9 kilometres) from the trendy bars, restaurants, and markets of Camden Town.
The hotel is also near an array of public amenities. It’s the perfect place to stay to encourage you to walk around and travel, because the streets surrounding it are all lined with great restaurants and vintage-style bars, along with other London attractions.
Relax, recharge and wake up to Kings Cross and St Pancras stations, less than 100 metres (328 feet) from the front door.
This modern budget hotel is located right by Beckton light rail station, and is in a very cool and unique spot to experience the city. It is 3 miles (4.8 kilometres) from London City Airport and a 9-minute direct tram ride from Excel London, an events and convention centre. It is perfect for people who are visiting London for a short stay or a layover.
The rooms range from singles and doubles to family rooms with 2 pull-out beds, and feature free Wi-Fi and en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as tea and coffee making facilities, TVs, and desks. Right opposite the hotel is the Windsor House Brewers Fayre restaurant / pub, plus free parking. The hotel does charge for their all-you-can-eat breakfast, so it gives you the option to either eat there or head out to explore and see what other options you have.
Premier Inn London Beckton
Address: Woolwich Manor Way, Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom, E6 5NT
The Jesmond Hotel is really something special. Located in Bloomsbury, this gorgeous Georgian property has been owned by the same family for 35 years now. The Jesmond Hotel has always prided itself on being a clean, comfortable, affordable hotel in the centre of London that is high on quality, but not on price.
All fifteen rooms in the hotel echo the Georgian architecture, with some of them including the original fireplaces for added character. They all include the basics as well, such as a TV, hairdryer, a small pantry, and a maid service in case you require any other amenities.
One unique feature about this place is that it allows all guests to access its private backyard garden. It’s a beautiful place to escape the loud atmosphere of London when you need it, and it’s especially great to unwind after a long day and just curl up with a great read while enjoying the scenery.
Jesmond Dene - St Pancras Hotel Group
Address: 31 Argyle Street
This hotel is really too good to be true, which probably explains why it’s fully booked all the time. It provides the best of all worlds. To get to central London, it’s only a 2-minute walk to North Ealing tube station. Or if you want to get to Wembley Stadium to attend a sporting event, it’s only a 5-minute walk away.
As for the rooms, each is individually decorated with the quirkiest, most colourful furnishings. All rooms feature designer toiletries, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffee making facilities. As for the suites, they have a separate room for the living space as well as a kitchen.
Every morning, the hotel provides the most scrumptious continental breakfast buffet, complimentary of course, and you are free to enjoy it while sitting in their landscaped terrace gardens. There’s also an added bonus of complimentary on-site parking.
Address: 55 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London
London on a budget? No problem.
There is so much to see and explore in London, so the last thing you want is to compromise on your experience because you can’t afford it. With these great hotels, there’s no trade-off required, and you can have the full London experience without making too much of a dent in your wallet.
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