Where to Stay in London cheap hotels?Back to Forum
AnonymousGuest6 Sep 2012
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You can still stay in top notch properties for a fraction of the cost if you book in advance or know some tricks of the trade – no need to rough it! Remember staying far out of central London can cost more in time and travel costs, not to mention sore feet, so can be a false economy.
First, try registering and using http://www.priceline.com (not the .co.uk site which is not as competitive!) in concert with http://www.biddingfortravel.com – some excellent rates for 4* and 5* properties, such as under £100/night for the Hilton and Marriott on Park Lane or under £60 for the London Marriott West India Quay.
http://www.lastminute.com also has its “surprise” hotels category, though you have to be quite clued up to know what you are likely to get.
Staying near the airport can be exceptional value, especially if arriving late and using the free bus transfer; Holiday Inns can often be had on their own website for as little as £30/night.
http://www.travelodge.co.uk, http://www.cityinn.com, http://www.easyhotel.com and http://www.premierinn.com have some exceptionally inexpensive places to stay; very acceptable if you just need a bed for the night, less so if you actually want some facilities and they can be plagued with chavs and chavettes on the weekend saving money on the cab fare back to Essex.
Expedia is always worth a look, for the expedia special rate deals, especially using the £20 referral bonus I posted last week.
An alternative would be to try using the hotels own discount sites such as http://www.priorityclub.com/exclusive which gets you 35% off regular weekend rates at Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn properties.
There should be a site there that can get a great deal somewhere nice, though don’t forget to cut costs on the peripherals; spurn getting cabs, make sure they have an oyster card to avoid punitive cash fares, have breakfast in cafes outside the hotel, stock up on water and snacks at a supermarkets rather than newsagents, consider staying Saturday/Sunday which is normally cheaper than Friday/Saturday.
I am also a big fan of http://www.londonpass.com for those planning to see the sights while in town (currently superb value at £10 before the end of July).6 Sep 2012