If you’re planning a trip to the great capital and want to be in the centre of all the action but are worried about the cost, don’t panic. Although most places are expensive there are alternatives and cheaper options available, meaning that you can enjoy all the cultural highlights that the city has to offer without worrying too much about the strain on your wallet. Here are some examples of cheaper hotels in central London:
Although standards are not as high here as most central London hotels, the family run Alhambra offers amazingly low prices, with single rooms for as little as ₤32.00 per night and doubles for a shockingly low ₤45.00. It’s definitely not the Ritz and the rooms tend towards the small, but with prices like these in the great central location of Bloomsbury, who cares! You’re close to the famous British Museum and the shopping and vibrant street life of Covent Garden. The Alhambra is definitely one of Bloomsbury’s hidden bargains.
Facilities: 52 rooms, a concierge, showers in some rooms, a dining room and parking.
Address: 17-19 Argyle Street, London, WC1H 8EJ, England.
Nearest tube: King’s Cross
Tel: +44 20 7837 9575
This hotel was built in 1870 and consists of two 19th century town houses overlooking a beautiful garden square. Rooms are spacious and comfortable some still including the original Victorian fittings they were first furnished with. The Garden Court offers a truly authentic London atmosphere. The staff is friendly, and you can relax in the lovely paved garden if the weather is being clement and enjoy the relative quiet of Bayswater.
Facilities: 12 rooms, a lounge, cable TV, full breakfast.
Address: 30-31 Kensington Gardens Square, London W2 4BL, England.
Nearest tube: Bayswater or Queensway.
Tel: +44 20 7229 2553
Of all the hotels found in Cartwright gardens, the Harlingford is by far the most modern and up-beat. If you’re looking for something with a bit of contemporary style, this is the place for you. The hotel is beautifully lit with bright colour schemes. The four person rooms they offer are great for families, and you’re close to all the action in this fascinating part of London.
Facilities: 43 rooms, a lounge, tennis courts, full breakfast.
Address: 61-63 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EL.
Nearest tube: Russell Square.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7387 1551
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Situated in a trendy Islington neighborhood, this hotel is just ten minutes walk to King’s Cross and St Pancras railway stations. It’s perhaps not the most glamorous hotel in the world, but a few minutes away on Upper Street you can enjoy cafes, trendy bars and restaurants on your doorstep. The rooms are plain and spacious, and more than adequately serve their purpose.
Facilities: 229 rooms, cable TV, a pub, a restaurant, babysitting, a laundry service and parking.
Address: 60 Pentonville Road, London N1 9LA, England.
Nearest tube: King’s Cross or Angel.
Tel: +44 20 7282 5500