Do they actually exist?
Do inexpensive hotels in London actually exist?
Well, yes, they do, but you should keep in mind that ‘inexpensive’ is a relative term as far as London is concerned. The hotels included on this page will set you back anything from £100 to £200 per night for a double room.
Depending on your budget, you might not think this is particularly ‘inexpensive’, but accommodation in London is so ridiculously pricey, and some of these hotels are so centrally located, that they actually represent very good deals.
A lot of the more inexpensive hotels in London are categorized as 3-star, and there’s a vast amount of dross among them.
The hotels listed here, however, are highly regarded, generally well-reviewed, and represent good value for money because of their location, facilities, etc.
Address: 4 Broad Court, Bow Street, WC2
Tube: Covent Garden
Size: 25 rooms
Right in the heart of Covent Garden, the Fielding Hotel stands on a pedestrianized street and, from the outside, rather resembles the kind of family pension you might find in Italy.
Facilities and services are basic. Although the front desk is manned around the clock, there’s no bar, breakfast room, concierge, or room service. And there’s no lift.
The location, however, is hard to beat – less than a minute’s walk from the Royal Opera House, within walking distance of most West End theaters, and close to the restaurants of Soho and Chinatown.
Strand Palace Hotel
Address: 372 Strand, WC2
Tube: Charing Cross / Covent Garden
Size: 785 rooms
Located right opposite the Savoy Hotel, the Strand Palace is huge, central and very popular.
Like many other inexpensive hotels in London, it’s a functional, no-frills, three-star establishment. Rooms are modern and predominantly small, with 24-hour room service and complimentary Wi-Fi – but no air-conditioning, which can be a bit of a problem in summer.
Slap bang in the middle of Covent Garden, within walking distance of a huge number of London’s most popular attractions, not to mention its theaters, bars, and restaurants, this is a solid, great value hotel.
Luna Simone Hotel
Address: 47-49 Belgrave Road, SW1
Tube: Victoria / Pimlico
Size: 36 rooms
Two converted houses make up the Luna Simone Hotel, a family-run establishment in the charming neighborhood of Pimlico, an area much in demand for its proximity to Westminster.
Most of the main tourist attractions are within walking distance, but there’s also a bus that stops right outside the hotel, which will take you directly to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.
Address: 25 Courtfield Gardens, SW5
Tube: Earls Court / Gloucester Road
Size: 67 rooms
Located in South Kensington, overlooking a garden square, base2stay – which aims to offer ‘affordable luxury’ – sits somewhere between a traditional hotel and a serviced apartment. All rooms have mini-kitchens and there’s a large supermarket a few minutes’ walk away, making this the perfect option if you want to keep costs down by doing some self-catering.
Kensington Palace, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall are all close by, and the hotel is near to a couple of tube stations, giving easy access to the center of town.
Lancaster Gate Hotel
Address: 66 Lancaster Gate, W2
Tube: Lancaster Gate /Queensway
Size: 188 rooms
Located in a white stucco-fronted building typical of the Bayswater area and just steps away from Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, the Lancaster Gate Hotel is one of the most popular inexpensive hotels in London.
Recently renovated, the rooms are clean and bright, and the doubles and triples are very spacious by London standards.
The hotel is equidistant from Notting Hill and Marble Arch, and it’s possible to walk to both – although the public transport connections are good if you should decide you’ve had enough exercise.
Address: 81 Great Eastern Street, EC1
Tube: Old Street
Size: 208 rooms
I can hardly believe I’m including a hotel as upmarket as the Hoxton in the ‘inexpensive hotels in London’ category – but it’s true! Their pricing structure works along the lines of a low-cost airline – prices start low and increase as your date of arrival nears (the opposite of most hotels). By booking six months in advance, you can, therefore, get a room for less than £100.
Hoxton is one of the trendiest places in London, but it’s a bit off the beaten track tourist-wise and the streets are quiet at night. A lot of affluent people have moved into the area in recent years, but it also has its unsavory elements and is quite rough around the edges. However, it’s perfect if you want to experience a bit of East London life, with markets, tiny pubs, and a buzzy atmosphere.