London Hotel Overview

London Hotel Overview - London, United Kingdom

Everyone knows that London is an expensive city through and through. Its hotels are no exception. Unlike many other cities in Europe, such as Rome or Prague, where hotel rates outstrip the daily cost of living in a dramatic manner, London is a true-blue pricey place. It will cost you a lot to sleep, eat, and get around. Accept this, and you'll be off to a good start.

Hotel Meridian London

In pricey London, you'll have to pay a premium for a hotel with a little style.

That said, research counts in London. If there was ever a city where solid hotel research will inevitably result in a better hotel experience, it's London. What you get in return for your precious pounds varies greatly, and not just by neighborhood.

There are several parts of town—Bayswater, and the areas near Paddington, King's Cross, and Victoria Stations in particular—that host huge numbers of hotels. In these 'hoods, hotels situated adjacent to one another in nearly-identical townhouses may have rates that vary by as little as a few pounds, despite the fact that one may be a complete hovel, while the other will feel like a home away from home.

We'll say it again. Do your research.

If you really need to save money, then you can get a double room with a shared toilet in a hostel for about £40-£70 during the high season. For £90 a night, you can sleep in a fairly new hotel that's clean but not charming near Victoria Station, a slightly seedy area at night. Or you could head a bit west to Belgravia and pay the same amount to stay at a small, family-run hotel that's cute though certainly not fancy.

£60-£75 will get you a standard, chain-like hotel room in a personality-void hotel in a hotel-heavy strip. If you're willing to forgo a private bathroom, you can shave £15 off your nightly total there. And for £90-£120, you can slumber in a boutique B&B in South Kensington, Paddington, or even Bloomsbury. Off season prices can lower all of these rates, though often by very little.

From our London blog

Welcome to EuroCheapo, a guide to cheap hotels and budget travel in London and throughout Europe.

Our editors have inspected, photographed and reviewed inexpensive accommodation in London’s central neighborhoods in search of the very best values. Although the city isn’t the easiest for travelers on a budget, London does offer some small and inexpensive hotel options, along with lovely family-run B&Bs and some hostels that could also be a good fit.

Ready to find a hotel for your travel dates? Search in the box above to see what’s available.

Or browse through a list of our recommended hotels. All of these are located in central London, and are clean and affordable.

Keep your travel costs down

Hotels are just the beginning, of course. Click through to see a list of articles covering budget tips, including ways to save on the Tube, sightseeing, and restaurants.

And be sure to check out our London blog, which is regularly updated by Nina and Frances, our London correspondents, with ways to save and cheap and free things to do.

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