Finding Good Hotels and Places to Stay in London
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London is full of various types of hotels and bed and breakfasts with accommodation to suit all budgets and taste. Staying in central London can work out pricey, so your best bet (if you can manage) is staying just at the outer edge of London, where prices are much cheaper.
Whichever type of accommodation you choose, it’s always wise to book early to avoid disappointment. In general, you should book your stay as soon as you’re aware of your dates for travel.
Hostels In London
Of all the places to stay, hostels present one of the cheapest options. Perfect for students and young people, hostels provide clean and comfortable stays without the luxury or frills of a hotel. You can typically find rooms for between £11 – £25 a night – a snip compared to how much a hotel would cost.
Hostels are more like dormitories, with several beds in a room – great for groups of people. Cheap doesn’t mean low quality either. The Smart Russell Square Hostel is only 5 minutes away from Oxford street and each bed has screens that can be pulled down to ensure 100% privacy.
Hostels are also known as cheap backpacker hostels, and are readily available throughout London. Many hostels have single sex dorms, so easily cater for those who feel uncomfortable in a mixed environment. There are typically age restrictions so be sure to check first
Bed and Breakfast in London
Bed & Breakfasts (B&B’s) are another cheaper alternative to the traditional hotel, with prices varying from £50 to £100 a night. Although still considered expensive, they offer a cheaper solution to those on a budget. Many B&B’s aren’t small, intimately run ventures – instead they’re very basic hotels without the fluff.
Travelodge is one of the best budget B&B’s and offers something called Saver room rates where the earlier you book, the cheaper the room. With prices starting from £19 all the way to £59 per room per night, it’s worth taking the time to book your stay properly.
Budget hotels offer great value for money and are a cheap, no frills way of staying in London without any additional expense. They offer basic services and clean facilities and rooms can start as low as £70 per night, making them a reasonable price for the price conscious.
Mid Range Hotels
Amongst the better quality hotels you’ll find Premier Inn (which offers ensuite facilities, TV and WiFi access) followed by Ibis, Comfort Inn, Best Western and Travelodge. The price you pay varies drastically throughout London as it very much depends on two things: where you are and the time of year. Outer London especially near the airports is a cheaper solution for families because travelling into London is easy via the Tube. Again, the earlier you book, the cheaper it is.
Four Star Hotels
Discounted 4 star rooms are all the rage these days and very normal. Rates in a four star room are discounted during the weekend when business people aren’t booking in to use the additional facilities like conference suites and business rooms. The West End theatre district is dominated by 4 star hotels, so be sure to check in advance and book early to avoid disappointment.
Luxury Hotels in London
For those whom price isn’t an issue, there are plenty of five star hotels in and around London, although the majority of them are based around Mayfair and Knightsbridge. This is near the theatres and best restaurants, making these ideal for those who like to live the high life. Hotels include the Marriott, Radisson Edwardian, Le Meridien and Sofitel and prices vary between £178 – £500 which is quite a difference.
Apartments can be a great alternative to staying in hotels, and usually much cheaper too. You can get a studio or one and two bed apartments from around £69 – £160 per night. Kensington offers many apartments and is ideally situated between Heathrow and the rest of London with easy access to the tube.
Aparthotels are a mix between apartments and hotels and offer good value for money with all the mod cons of a hotel. Known as Citadines, these aparthotels are located within central London and start at £125 for 3 star facilities.
For those wanting family rooms, your best bet is to ask at the hotel of your choice. Most rooms will accommodate up to 4 people and hotels like Premier Inn, Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn have family rooms serving 4 people from around £89-£179 a night depending on where you book.
Regardless of where you book, it’s always advisable to book early to avoid disappointment since rooms get taken up very quickly especially around peak tourist times . Early bookings also benefit from discounted rooms, click here to check on availability for a hotel to suit.