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10 of the best budget hotels in London

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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, especially with the long awaited London Olympics not far away. Here is our list of our favourites, featuring only hotels that have room rates starting from under £100…

Church Street Hotel

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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.

Glenlyn Guest House

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One of the more gorgeous budget hotels in London. It 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.

Atel La Gaffe

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This is a family run hotel located in the well-heeled inner London suburb of Hampstead. Atel La Gaffe 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.

London House Hotel

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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.

The Hide Hotel

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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

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This is a chic and sweet budget boutique hotel which has the added bonus of having an apartment option if required. The Amsterdam, 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.

Luna and Simone Hotel

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This is one of the most popular budget hotels in London, receiving much media attention from the London press. The hotel decor 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 sights. Oh, and the price is great value for an otherwise overpriced city.

Arran House Hotel

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More of a bed and breakfast than a London hotel, the Arran house 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.

Alhambra Hotel

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The Alhambra hotel offers clean, comfortable but no frills accommodation in the centre of London. The Alhambra 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 huge 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 included in the room rate.

  • Prices from £50 per night.
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Victoria Palace Hotel

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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. This one 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 guestrooms have private bathrooms, televisions and climate control and there are cheaper hotel deals available for advance purchases.

Apartments

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:

Base2Stay Hotel, Kensington London

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This is a very popular apartment choice in London promising accommodation with no hidden extras – the price you pay at check-out is what you thought you’d pay at check-in. They also charge by the apartment and not by the number of guests. The apartments are centrally located, stylish and could actually be considered quite luxurious. The price usually works out cheaper than staying in a London hotel equivalent and is a good choice for families, larger groups or those who require more flexibility.

Studios 2 Let Apartments London

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This is another good budget apartment option in London. The Studio apartments 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.

Flexistay Aparthotel

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Although a little further out (these apartments are located in the South London district of Tooting) Flexistay Aparthotel offer very competitive room rates and more space for your money. The London 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.

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