London’s accommodation options range from low-end hostels to some of the grandest hotels in world. But if you want to stay at a stylish hostel without splurging out, there are some hotels around the city that are the perfect fit for you. Check out these 8 stylish hotels that you can stay in for under £150 a night.
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What to know before booking a hotel in London
Before you book any of the below, here are some tips for choosing the perfect London hotel.
Stay near a tube station, not a bus stop
Some hotels will advertise that they are very close to a bus stop, but that’s typically not super helpful. It’s best to stay within a 10 minute walk of a tube station if you don’t want to spend your whole London visit on public transportation.
Budget hotels may make you pay for extras
Some of the hotels on this list are more affordable because they charge for extras like TV, extra towels, and more. Honestly, it’s worth it for the savings, but just make a note so you’re not surprised when you arrive to your hotel in London and are asked to pay for the extras.
Branch off of the usual American brands
World-wide hotel brands like Hilton and Marriott are typically much more expensive than the boutique hotels listed here (with the exception of the last hotel.) Use this trip to London as an excuse to try out a cool new boutique hotel that you haven’t heard of before, especially if it’s going to save you some cash.
Prices in London will be higher in the summer and around Christmas
If you’re pricing out these hotels for a summer visit, you might find they are a little more than you expected. If you have wiggle room for your visit, know that you’ll always find cheaper pricing outside of June-August and close to Christmastime.
1. La Suite West – Bayswater
This boutique hotel is just down the road from world-famous Notting Hill. While the exterior looks like a row of traditional Victorian houses (SO Insta-worthy) the rooms are modern and minimalistic, and when the weather’s nice you can enjoy the private garden.
La Suite West’s in-house restaurant is fully plant-based, including the afternoon tea. I’ve had it twice, and it’s REALLY good.
2. CitizenM – multiple London locations
This boutique hotel chain prides itself on being super hip without shocking you with a crazy price tag. There are now three locations in London: Shoreditch, Tower of London, and Bankside. I personally recommend Shoreditch (check out my Shoreditch guide to see why– there’s lots of funky things to check out) but the Bankside location has a cool curated bookshop, and the Tower of London location’s rooftop bar has INSANE views of the Tower.
The per-night prices aren’t always under £150 per night, but if you book early enough, and during the non-peak season, you should be golden. Plus, cool features like self-check in and an in-house art collection should make up for the extra cash you might have to pay.
3. Stylotel, Paddington
Stay at at the stylish Stylotel (ahem) and you’ll be just a two minutes’ walk from Paddington station, which means you’ll be well connected, especially if traveling from Heathrow via the Heathrow Express. You’ll be off the plane and into your hotel room in under an hour (if the immigration line isn’t too bad!)
Guests can opt for a designer budget “StyloRoom” for two, or “Stylosuite” apartments with kitchenettes can hold more (plus you can make yourself breakfast in bed.)
If you’re up for some greenery not far from your London boutique hotel, just five minutes down the road by foot is Hyde Park.
4. Point A Hotels – Multiple locations
Point A Hotels in London are modern and stylish, but priced so that you only pay for what you want/need, including towels, wifi, TV usage, and even a window in the room. Even though I’d never opt for windowless, with base prices starting around £65 per night (window included) I’d definitely consider a Point A Hotel when choosing an affordable hotel in London. The Canary Wharf one isn’t a good location, but you could try Westminster, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch, Kings Cross or Paddington. All of those areas are either super cool, or very well connected.
5. Z Hotels – Multiple locations
Z hotels are some of the best budget-friendly hotels in London. Rooms start from £60 per night, and your rate includes a free wine and cheese happy hour every night in the hotel lobby. There are eight Z Hotel locations around London, in all different types of areas that will suit just about everyone.
6. Qbic London – Shoreditch/Aldgate East
Quirky, fun and cheap— how can you beat that? This Shoreditch budget hotel is super fun, its decor alone will make you never want to leave, and you might not if the equally-eclectic areas of Shoreditch, Brick Lane, and Spitalfields weren’t just outside the lobby doors. With rooms starting around £70 a night, you can’t go wrong with this affordable London hotel.
7. Arosfa – Bloomsbury
Great location for a sweet little London hotel. The rooms are quite small but according to reviews, it’s super clean, has lots of popular London attractions within walking distance, and there’s even a private garden where you’re welcome to kick back with a drink from the bar. Rates can vary and rooms book up quick so try to sort this one out in advance.
Fun fact— Arosfa means “resting place” in Welsh. Nice touch.
8. Park Grand – Kensington
This is one of those hotels that looks expensive (there are plenty of those in Kensington) but actually is reasonably priced if you don’t stay during the peak season— the price gets even better if you can book in advance or stay more than two nights. Breakfast and wifi are included in the price too.
The location is great, just steps away from Kensington Gardens, and about five minutes from High Street Kensington tube station. You can even walk to the Museum Mile, where you’ll find the V&A, the Science Museum, and more in this area.
If these affordable London hotels haven’t sorted you out just yet, and you’re figuring out which area to stay in, these are 8 fabulous London areas to stay in that aren’t overpriced for what you get. In that article, you can sign up to get my free Where to Stay in London guide that will give you a ton more hotel options.