Great London hotels to suit any budget

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Heading to London? Photo: Getty

With almost 1500 different hotels to choose from across greater London it can be hard to know exactly which kind of hotel would suit your travel needs best.

Do you spend more and get a better location, or spend less and have more cash to splash on touristing?

And while location may seem important, the convenience of public transport across the city can mean you could save hundreds of dollars and not compromise on getting to and from places.

So to help make the choice and comparisons a little easier, we’ve rounded up some great hotel options across London to suit any kind of budget.

$$$$ - Hotel Sofitel London St James

The newly designed rooms at the Sofitel St James. Photo: Sofitel

In London's West End, this 5-star luxury hotel is set in a beautifully preserved Victorian building. It boasts a luxurious on-site spa, spacious rooms, and a newly opened Wild Honey St James restaurant.

On the corner of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place, the hotel is a 15-minute walk from Buckingham Palace, with Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross Underground stations just five minutes away. 

The rooms have also recently been redesigned by French interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and are inspired by 1960s London.

Things we loved:

The service was flawless from the moment we walked in after 24-hours of travelling right through to when we checked out. It almost felt as if the staff were mind-readers, with many things (such as a chance to freshen up in the spa before checking in, or hailing taxis and offering umbrellas) being offered without having to ask.

The room was incredible. We stayed in a newly designed classic room, with a bed that can only be described as a cloud. The bathroom were also flawless, as amenities provided in the room - such as sleep menu and ear plugs - left little to be wanted.

Breakfast at the new Wild Honey St James restaurant was delicious with a huge buffet to choose from, as well as an A La Carte menu.

Things to improve:

Honestly, Not much at all. You definitely get what you pay for with this hotel.

Price: averages $650 to $800 a night

$$$ - Pullman London St Pancras Hotel

The Pullman Hotel king room. Photo: Pullman

The 4-star Pullman St Pancras hotel is a three-minute walk from the Eurostar terminal and five minutes away from Kings Cross and Euston Underground and train stations. The British Museum, Covent Garden, Oxford Street, West End and The City are also only 10 minutes away by Tub.

This hotel has recently undergone refurbishment, also offers an impressive breakfast buffet, and a host of facilities for business travellers.

Things we loved:

We stayed in a Deluxe Room with King size bed and the view over the city and the gorgeous St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel next door was stunning. The room was very spacious and overall the service was great. The breakfast buffet was a definite highlight, as well as the hotel’s proximity to key train and tube stations. It’s a great option when looking at doing some travel outside of the main city centre.

Things to improve:

In the room the bed was a little uncomfortable, and shower wasn’t the best. It was also the only hotel that didn’t take our bags up to the room, once our room was ready, as we had left them at the front desk prior to checking in.

Price: averages $280 to $400 a night

$$ - Hyde Park Boutique Hotel

Simple room in the Hyde Park Bourique hotel. Photo: Hyde Park Boutique Hotel

This 3-star London hotel is in London's London City Centre neighbourhood walking distance to Kensington Palace, the Royal Albert Music Hall and Hyde Park.

The hotel is also conveniently located for public transport with Bayswater Underground Station six minutes by foot and Queensway Underground Station is eight minutes away. It’s also in a very multi-cultural area meaning there are plenty of incredible dining options to choose from.

Things we loved:

Because it was in a quieter neighbourhood it felt very authentically London. Staff were very helpful and even had our bags taken to our room once it was ready, as had left the bags with them prior to checking in. What to have for dinner because a difficult choice as the neighbourhood offers plenty of cuisines to choose from including Greek, Indian, Chinese and Italian.

Things to improve:

Being a more budget option the rooms were very basic, and there were a few ominous water stains on the ceiling. Room location is also important as to whether you have a quiet room or more noisy stay. However, given you don’t spend all day in the hotel this is an excellent option if you are hoping to save some money but still be in a relatively good location with great access to all of London’s key sights.

Price: averages $170 to $220

Things to do in London

Once you sorted out where you’re going to stay we’ve also rounded up a few things you should definitely do in London, that might not always be on the standard itinerary.

  • Eating Europe walking tour through Soho: We tried the London Twilight Soho Food Tour and it was a great way to walk around streets you may otherwise just miss completely and dive into the multicultural background of the city. From trying some of the city’s best Mexican at La BodegaNegra to enjoying a traditional pint and meat pie at one of the oldest pubs in Soho the Nellie Dean Pub you won’t leave this tour feeling hungry. Check out more of their tour offerings at: www.eatingeurope.com

  • Original Hard Rock Cafe and Vault: The Vault and the original but humble Hard Rock Cafe in London is a must visit for anyone interested in music. The Vault is a permanent exhibition underneath the shop and boasts memorabilia including the Flying V Gibson played by Jimi Hendrix - worth a cool $2millionUSD! - John Lennon’s hand-corrected lyrics for ‘Imagine’ and Madonna’s provocative bustier from the Blonde Ambition Tour. Staff are happy to give free guided tours of The Vault every thirty minutes on most days.

  • Tour inside Buckingham Palace: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk up the grand staircase inside Buckingham Palace, or stroll through the gardens where the Queen’s famous annual garden bash is held? Well, if you happen to be in London when the Queen heads off on her annual summer holiday to Balmoral (around Sep-Oct) you can check out what it’s like inside Buckingham Palace as they offer tours throughout that time.

  • View from The Shard: If you only have time to climb one tall building while in London then make it The Shard. At almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in the capital you’ll see plenty more than you would from the London Eye or even St Paul’s Cathedral. You’ll have the best view and plenty of space to hang around on floors 68, 69 and 72.

Yahoo Lifestyle was a guest of Accor Hotels and Eating Europe. Prices current as of Jan 1, 2020.

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