In a city with a reputation for being eye-wateringly expensive, it can be hard to find a decent lower priced hotel. In fact, one of the questions we get asked the most is do we know of good budget hotels in London so here is our list of our favourites…
Church Street Hotel – best for unique decor
Camberwell is an up and coming district of South London which is seeing an increase of trendy bars, cafes and fashionable shops. It’s in Camberwell where you’ll find this very unique London budget hotel. Full of character, the Church Street Hotel offers bright Havana inspired decor and lovingly prepared organic breakfasts.
- Prices from £55 a night.
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Glenlyn Guest House – best for a homely feel
One of the more gorgeous budget hotels in London. The Glenlyn Guest House not only has exceptional standards for the price it’s also a little different from your average lower priced hotel. It’s actually a Victorian terraced house which has been very tastefully refurbished retaining many of the house’s original features – giving the place a very homely feel. Other nice hotel amenities include a dining room located in a large glass conservatory, a cosy communal lounge and rooftop terrace. Although the hotel location is not the most central – it’s based in the leafy residential area of Finchley – London city centre is only a short train ride away and at least you’d be ensured of plenty of peace and quiet.
- Prices from £60 a night.
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Atel La Gaffe – best for a leafy location
This is a family run hotel located in the well-heeled inner London suburb of Hampstead. Atel La Gaffe Hotel is a lower priced hotel but one which makes an effort with the decor. The hotel style is traditional but with a modern twist and if you are willing to pay more you can find yourself in a room with a four-poster bed. All budget hotel rooms have an en-suite bathroom, television and free Wi-Fi and their elegant on-site Italian restaurant has won many accolades over the years, including a top ten nomination in the London Evening Standard Awards.
- Prices from £75 a night.
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London House Hotel – best for a stylish location
Based right in the centre of the fashionable Bayswater area and only a short stroll to great shops, cool bars and superb restaurants is the London House Hotel. It’s newly refurbished and more stylish than the average budget hotel. All the hotel rooms have a contemporary decor and contain a private bathroom and plasma screen TV. The hotel also promises to accommodate a variety of group sizes from singles and couples to families and larger groups.
- Prices from £75 per night.
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The Hide Hotel – best for trendy decor
This is definitely one of the trendiest budget hotels in the English capital. The Hide Hotel is a brand new and already very popular luxurious boutique hotel without the high price tag. But what’s the catch you may ask? The trade off is the location. It’s based in the pleasant London suburb of Hendon which is around 7 miles northwest of Charing Cross. It’s perhaps not as central as many would like, although with this decor and levels of comfort it seems a small price to pay.
- Prices from £80 per night.
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Amsterdam Hotel – best for chic decor
This is a chic and sweet budget boutique hotel which has the added bonus of having an apartment option if required. The Amsterdam Hotel, located in the centre of the London traveller’s hub Earl’s Court, is actually two Victorian townhouses set over 6 floors. There are 27 modern rooms suites and apartments to choose from, all decked out in pastel shades and fabrics and some have rose wood flooring. Wi-Fi, breakfast and a good range of modern amenities are also included in the very affordable hotel room rate.
- Prices from £55 a night.
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Luna and Simone Hotel – best for customer service
This is one of the most popular budget hotels in London, receiving much media attention from the London press. The decor at Luna and Simone Hotel is more comfortable than stylish and the rooms can be on the small side but the secret to their success its their exceptional customer service. Luna and Simone is family run, owned by two brothers who aim to go above and beyond what is usually expected from them. The location is also very good too; the hotel is based in Westminster – a safe, pleasant and very central area of London which is accessible to all the major sites. Oh, and the price is great value for an otherwise overpriced city!
- Prices from £60 a night.
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Arran House Hotel – best for West End location
More of a bed and breakfast than a London hotel, the Arran House Hotel offers comfortable, modern and functional rooms in a very accessible central location. The hotel is located close to Goodge Street tube station which is within an easy walk to Soho, Covent Garden and Oxford Street. Handily the no. 24 bus also runs from across the street taking you to all the other prime tourist locations in London such as Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery and Parliament Square. Although be aware there is no lift in the guest house.
- Prices from £50 a night.
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Alhambra Hotel – best for a central location
This lower priced hotel offers clean, comfortable but no frills accommodation in the centre of London. The Alhambra Hotel seems to have higher standards than the average cheap hotel but they keep costs down by offering some rooms with shared facilities. Guest rooms, although not overly large, offer wireless internet access, a flat screen television and a telephone. Private bathrooms are also offered and so are rooms with more than two beds. A full English breakfast is also included in the room rate – a rarity for hotels these days!
- Prices from £50 per night.
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Victoria Palace Hotel – best for London attractions
This hotel is part of the Best Western chain. Although chain hotels can often lack character, if you’re on a budget you can be assured of a certain standard of comfort for a good price. The Best Western Victoria Palace offers excellent value room rates for an excellent London location. It’s located in Victoria which is only a short walk away from Buckingham Palace and within walking distance of the London Eye, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. London’s other major attractions are only a quick bus or tube ride away, making this a good choice for sightseers. All hotel guest rooms have private bathrooms, televisions and climate control and there are cheaper hotel deals available for advance purchases.
- Prices from £45 a night.
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Apartments are often overlooked when it comes to city accommodation but they can be a very cost-effective way of staying in London, especially if you’re planning a trip lasting longer than a few nights. Here are some of the best budget apartment deals in London:
Studios 2 Let Apartments London
This is another good budget apartment option in London. The Studios 2 Let Apartments London are set in an attractive Georgian crescent in the prestigious and highly desirable area of Bloomsbury. There’s 55 studio flats on offer and although the flats are small they have a good range of amenities. The decor is pleasant and stylish and guests even have access to a private gym, laundry room, rooftop terrace and concierge service which provides more flexibility than some budget hotels London.
- Prices from £72 a night.
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Although a little further out (these apartments are located in the South London district of Tooting) Flexistay Aparthotel offers very competitive room rates and more space for your money. The London budget apartments are recently modernised and well presented with a selection of amenities on offer. All of the rooms come with high-speed wireless internet access, a modern bathroom and Satellite TV with Movie and Sports channels are included in the price. Guests also have access to a daily self service breakfast and use of a communal kitchen.
- Prices from £33 a night.
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Other popular budget hotels in London
- Generator Hostel – Voted one of London’s best hostels, offers urban-chic interiors at affordable prices from £40pn
- The Pavilion Rock’n’Roll Hotel – Quirky and flamboyant budget hotel from £50pn