With over 2,000 hotels in the old square mile radius of London alone, there’s certainly no shortage of accommodations to choose from. Yet scoping out one of the world’s most expensive cities for value for money hotels can seem pretty daunting when you aren’t familiar with the territory. From the quiet suburbs of upmarket Notting Hill to the bustle and convenience of King’s Cross, we’ve reviewed and compiled some of the best value hotels in London to help narrow down your choices.
324 Grays Inn Road, King’s Cross
If you like your pillows plump and your showers super-charged, the Tune Hotel Kings Cross is worth a look in. Situated less than 300 metres from St. Pancras and Kings Cross stations, the refurbished Georgian mansion lies within easy walking distance of major lines to and from the heart of London, and a few attractions of note, such as the British Museum and Camden Market. Tune Hotels are the byword in chic, fusing the zen-like minimalism of an upscale boutique guesthouse, with the urban luxuries you’d expect of a five star city hotel. Rooms boast double Hypnos beds, state-of-the-art entertainment systems (including LCD television and Sky) air conditioning and Wi-Fi – all for just £35 per night!
Price: Doubles from £35 per person, per night.
81 Great Eastern St, Shoreditch
Famed for its rock bottom online ‘sales’ and quirky concept rooms (Salt, Beef and Mustard?), the hip Hoxton hotel in Shoreditch is surprisingly excellent value for money given its high profile status. Granted, the hotel has only 7 rooms in all, yet what it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in guest comfort and amenities, which include 32 inch LCD televisions, “Royally approved mattresses”, rain-maker showers and help-yourself mini fridges!
Snazzy fabrics and period features compliment the post-modernist concept of the rooms, which range from 50’s shabby chic to the hair salon-esque “Fresh, Fruity Number.” Just a stone’s throw from Old Street Station (Northern Line), it’s an ideal base if you’re planning a shopping spree encompassing Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus. Look out for the £1-a-room sales held online every three months!
Price: Doubles from £69 per night.
The Main House
6 Colville Road, Notting Hill
With bijou twin rooms averaging £80 per person per night, finding affordable accommodation in close proximity to the likes of Portabello Market, and the Albert Hall can seem like a tall order. That is, of course, if you’ve never heard of The Main House. Set in a fashionable suburb of Notting Hill surrounded by gated gardens and celebrity residences, The Main House is a stark departure from your traditional bed and breakfast with just four expansive suites – each set over an entire floor of the house. Rooms are minimalist, yet spacious, furnished with quirky antiques and objet d’arts that compliment the neutral décor. Granted, it may lack some of the conveniences you’d associate with an upmarket boutique hotel, such as rainforest showers and an LCD television, but with personalised service and no end of home comforts, you’d be hard pushed to find this standard of accommodation at such an unbeatable price!
Price: Suites from £55 per person per night (minimum 3 nights stay), including breakfast.
The Fielding Hotel
4 Broad Court, Covent Garden
Flanked by olive trees and ornate Victorian gas lamps, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Opera House, The Fielding Hotel sets a precedent for affordable luxury in a neighbourhood synonymous with expensive designer hotels. Set in the heart of Covent Garden with convenient transport links to Westminster, the Fielding boasts an enviable reputation for excellent hospitality, and a rich literary heritage; the former home of “Tom Jones” novelist and Bow Street Runner’s founder Henry Fielding.
The hotel’s 25 rooms have been sympathetically restored, complimenting the many period features and fixtures which give the town-house such historic character. No expense has been spared in providing guests with all the amenities required for a comfortable stay, including orthopaedic mattresses, chaise longue sofas, and roll-top baths for ultimate relaxation. Situated at the heart of “Theatreland”, just 150 metres from Convent Garden Tube Station, The Fielding Hotel offers a convenient base for exploring London’s many cultural icons, including historic Convent Garden Market, the London Transport Museum and the Old Lamb and Flag Pub!
Price: Standard Doubles from £90 per night.
Umi Hotel London
16 Leinster Square, Bayswater
Classic, elegant and unpretentious, the stuccoed grandeur of Umi Hotel London belies little of its popularity as a trendy weekend hotel for romantic breaks. With its enviable setting amid a series of interlocking gardens at Princes Square, Umi offers a chance to experience the less frenetic character of London, and picturesque views from nearly every aspect. Tastefully decorated in a blend of bright neutral hues, rooms afford guests the chance to escape from the bustle of the metropolis with no end of home comforts, including premium beverages, welcome snack packs and fluffy, complimentary bathrobes. Conveniently situated between the trendy shopping areas of Bayswater. Portobello Road and upmarket Notting Hill, Umi London is an ideal starting point for newbies to the city.
Price: Twin Rooms from £62.10 per night.