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We review the best value budget hotel accommodation in London in all sectors of the market. Then we hand pick some suggestions for you to benchmark against.
There is no 'best' hotel or 'best' district to stay in, there are better districts than others for your own individual preferences and budget.
The choices here are driven from the perspective of the leisure traveller looking for value for money.
The hotels published on this page feature prices looking 7 weeks ahead. Room rates are seasonal in London, so if you look further forward the prices may be radically different, up or down.
Also note that most hotel districts in London are either more expensive at the weekend or cheaper, broadly the business orientated districts are cheaper at the weekends, the leisure ones more expensive. That is why we state indicative rates for both midweek and at the weekend.
You may get worthwhile extra insight by reading our guide to the major hotel districts in London, all are very different. This describes which districts are more central, which are budget districts and which are exclusive. Plus links so you can read detailed coverage of what to expect in each district and detailed discussion of the airport transfer links between a particular hotel district and each one of London's airports.
Please note the prices stated below are indicative prices, a snapshot of the rates at the time we do our weekly review. Nowadays, even most of the small independent hotels have room rates that change all the time, especially in the short term that these prices depict.
Types of hotels
Central London hotel districts
Major hotel chains in London
London's airport hotels
No Frills Budget Chain Hotel - Paddington
No frills budget chain with great location in Paddington just around the corner from Paddington railway
and Underground stations with direct airport trains to Heathrow.
All bedrooms are air-conditioned, fully heated and equipped with wi-fi access (fees applicable) and en suite bathroom. No food is available but plenty of cafes, restaurants and fast food on your doorstep.
Rooms: Single, Double/Twin, Triple Rooms
Comment: If low cost is top of your criteria for a bed for the night in Central London, then easyHotel, an
ultra no-frills chain is worth checking out. easyHotel has several hotels in Central London, the easyHotel
site here in Paddington is typical.
Cheap Budget Chain Hotel On Edge Of Centre With Good Tube
Just a 3-minute walk from West Brompton Underground Station and shops, pubs and restaurants are widespread within the area, (Earl's Court). 24/7 reception. Free wi-fi throughout and a restaurant as well as Pub!
Rooms: Double/Twin & Triple Rooms
Comment: With London's excellent public transport system and the spread out nature of London's attractions it's a good money saving ploy to save cash by staying just a little way out. Earl's Court is in Zone
1 of the public transport system and the Underground will have you at most places you want to go in about 20 minutes or so, Heathrow in 40 mins.
Ibis, part of the French Accor chain, have similar no frills hotels within for London modern buildings at very competitive rates, especially if you can book several weeks in advance and take advantage of the promotional rates.
Cheap Bed & Breakfast At King's Cross / St Pancras
Just 150 yards from both King's Cross and St Pancras Railway Stations plus access to no less than 5 Underground lines.
a 5-minute walk of an array of restaurants and bars.
Rooms: Single, Double/Twin, Triple & Quad Rooms
Comment: The immediate district around King's Cross & St Pancras railway stations has always been a benchmark district for budget accommodation in Central London. Despite recent massive rejuvenation
and redevelopment and the introduction of more swanky 4 and 5 star hotels, directly opposite the stations around Argyle Square, nearly every building is a small cheap Bed & Breakfast hotel.
Intense competition keeps prices reasonable. With direct rail links to Heathrow, Luton and Gatwick Airports and an airport bus to Stansted Airport the districts is outstanding for transfers and also a major Underground hub.
Value Very Central Hotel On Edge Of London's Theatre District
Located in London's West End, less than 5 minutes walk from Tottenham Court Underground Station and Oxford Street shops. Covent Garden, Leicester Square and many of London's main theatre shows are
within 10-15 mins walk.
facility is situated beneath the hotel with discounted entry.
Rooms: Single, Double/Twin Rooms
Comment: The Bloomsbury hotel district is located on the edge of the London's main entertainment district the West End. A very atmospheric part of London with literary connections, the district is famous for its bookshops. The main visitor attraction is the district is the British Museum, you can walk to Covent Garden, Leicester Square, China Town and Trafalgar Square the geographic centre of London within 15 minutes
Value For Money Brand Name 4 Star Hotel
Just off Kensington High Street within 3 minutes walk of Kensington High Street Underground Station and
10 minutes walk to Kensington Palace and South Kensington Museums. Easy to reach the shops and restaurants of Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge, and Notting Hill.
pool. Restaurant serves hot buffet breakfasts and European dishes at dinner. The Lounge Bar is more relaxed.
Rooms: Double/Twin Rooms & Executive Suite For Up To 4 People
Comment: The number of stars on a property only reflects the facilities provided by the hotel not how
good a hotel. A 2 star hotel could conceivably be much nicer than a 4 star hotel. If you want room service, concierge services, in-house restaurants and fitness facilities then you will require a 4 star property, but in this sector room rates vary wildly and are very volatile in price.
Kensington, a large hotel district, just to the west of the centre of London is a fertile hunting ground for
such properties if you have one eye on the wallet.
Stay in the heart of London At Piccadilly
Located in the heart of London's West End , Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square are all within a 5-minute walk of the hotel, for location this hotel is hard to beat.
Rooms: Single, Double/Twin Rooms
Comment: As far as the tourist concerned and also geographically speaking then Trafalgar Square is the centre of London. The area around Piccadilly and Leicester Square is the heart of the famous West End theatre district and the around China Town and Covent garden is a natural place where visitors gravitate to in the evening to eat, drink and be entertained.
The only real downside of staying in the West End area is that this is one of the most expensive districts to find accommodation, most hotels are 4 star or above grade. Just a mile away in districts like Bloomsbury
and Victoria hotels of the same grade are a step down in price.