Best Budget UK City Getaways

Whether it’s London, Edinburgh, Brighton or Bath, you can spend your money on fun things to do in the city rather than on a high-priced hotel. There are almost always bargain places to stay if you know where to find them. Here are ten in eight great cities.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: London

The Hoxton Hotel is an arty, desinger-y place, and has a clever new pricing concept, based on the east jet principle where the earlier you book the less you pay - starting from around £100 per night. London’s Mayflower Hotel is just a few minutes from Earl’s Court station, and has 48 small, but comfortably stylish rooms, priced from around £115 per night. The Nadler Kensington is also worth considering, especially if you’re planning a longer stay, as some of the 67 rooms have kitchenettes.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: Edinburgh

Windmill House is a quiet private house, with just two rooms let as B&Bs, close to the centre of town, but very peaceful, and priced from around £110 per night.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: Manchester

Malmaison Manchester is a flagship Malmaison, converted from a rather lovely warehouse into a hip and happening 112 room hotel, with rooms starting around the £90 mark. For around £70 per night you can stay at ABode Manchester, which is fairly stylish, but most importantly good value for its city centre location.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: Oxford

Malmaison Oxford has been cleverly converted from a former prison and castle, so you’re sleeping in a converted cell, but the food, and atmosphere has moved on A LOT! Not the most budget on our list, but Oxford is an expensive city.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: Liverpool

The Parr Street Hotel is one of the best value options on the list, a 12 room converted recording studio which was once owned by Genesis - you’re right in the heart of Liverpool and it’s cool, if basic. The Nadler is another excellent value option in Liverpool, with its 105 rooms starting from £59 per night, you get a great location, smart, ensuite rooms and you’re close to loads of great bars and restaurants.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: York

The Bar Convent Guesthouse is an elegant, 18 room guesthouse, which is part of England’s oldest convent. You’re close to the centre of town and it’s very peaceful, and prices start from around £70 per night.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: Bath

Brooks Guest House is a 22 room boutique guesthouse in a Victorian complex in the heart of Bath, you’re close to all the major attractions of Bath, and rooms start around £80 per night. Or there’s Brindleys, a six bedroomed property tucked away down a quiet residential street, but within walking distance of all the charms of the town centre.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: Cardiff

The Hotel One Hundred is a family owned B&B in the centre of town, with seven clean, simple en-suite bedrooms and a Continental breakfast starting from less than £50 per night.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: Birmingham

The New Hall Hotel & Spa is slightly out of town, but well worth the six miles journey for the spacious, traditional rooms, in a 600 year old moated manor house.

Best Budget UK City Break Hotels: Bristol

The Grand, Bristol is a traditional grand chain hotel in a very central location, but it’s very reasonably priced from around £90 per night. Or you could pay a little extra and stay at No 38 Clifton, which is almost at the opposite end of the scale, an intimate, ten room townhouse hotel with lots of original features and beautiful views.

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Best Budget UK City Break Hotels:

  • Windmill House


    Quiet private house bed and breakfast close to city centre yet in a lovely rural setting. Only 2 bedrooms - charming but not ideal if you are looking to go clubbing

    2 rooms from $141
  • Mayflower Hotel

    London (South West)

    Nestled in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, just next to Earls Court, this Indian infused 4* boutique is a mix of home comforts and style. Great base for restaurants, tourist attractions and the parks of London. Enjoy breakfast in the courtyard, and then hop on the tube for a day of exploring.

    48 rooms from $145
    Local exploring  -  The borough of Kensington and Chelsea offers a multitude of designer shopping, culture and dining.
    City Style  -  Vibrant Eastern design meets chic Western style- in an unbeatable location.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
  • The Hoxton Hotel


    This stylish City hotel fits right in to the vibrant East London scene, with the perfect mix of style and attitude. Modern minimalist rooms with garden views and unique touches. The Hoxton Grill, a local favourite is well worth checking out. Unbeatable location.

    208 rooms from $204
    Local exploring  -  Check out the buzzy restaurants and bars, vintage shops and yummy food markets of East London.
    City Style  -  A understated yet chic hotel in hip Hoxton- home to artists, city slickers and students.
    Sights nearby  -  Nearby Liverpool Street is where you will find the Gherkin, the Shard and other skyscrapers that make up The City's skyline.
    Local markets  -  Spittalfields Market is a great place for food stalls, boutique shops and the early risers might catch the flower market.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Frommers
  • The Nadler Kensington

    London (South West)

    The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's famously grand townhouses are converted into streamlined, designer accommodation. Light rooms with high ceilings, bay windows and ktichenettes are a good choice for longer stays. Proximity to the tube network makes it prime location.

    65 rooms from $207
    Value chic  -  Self catering facilities can cut your costs in half, with no compromise on style or location.
    Local exploring  -  Proximity to centre of town and main attractions makes this a great stay for local exploring.
    Great walks  -  Hyde Park is a large space in the heart of the city and offers miles of walkways and trails for cyclists.
    Local markets  -  The Acklam Village Market is open every Saturday and Sunday, come rain or shine.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Frommers
  • Brindleys

    Bath (Somerset)

    This six bed property is tucked away in a quiet residential nook, yet walking distance from Bath centre. Rooms are decorated in a French country style with white linens and pastel throws. There is a sunny courtyard and cosy living room to relax. A full organic breakfast awaits you each morning.

    6 rooms from $107
    Local markets  -  From the once a year Christmas market to the year round farmer's markets
    Sights nearby  -  The world famous Roman Baths are an absolute must visit
    Great walks  -  'Bizarre Bath' organises guided walks around the city
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 12's only
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • ABode Manchester


    Victorian warehouse building turned trendy boutique hotel. Contemporary rooms feature modern art and chic design, with subtle nods to their past in parquet flooring and ironwork columns. Enjoy the award winning cuisine at Abode Restaurant, or a night a revelry at the indulgent Champagne Bar.

    61 rooms from $236
    Foodies  -  Locally sourced high brow fine dining at the award-winning restaurant plus funky champagne, cocktail and tapas bar.
    City Style  -  Victorian warehouse conversion turned trendy boutique hotel with parquet floors, high ceilings and fun young crowd.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
  • Bar Convent Guesthouse


    Unusual guesthouse in an elegant living convent. Newly refurbished comfortable rooms, a baroque chapel, Victorian garden and glass roofed entrance hall make this an impressive building. A cafe serves meals until high tea. Best of all is staying amongst the sisters of the convent.

    19 rooms from $92
    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in this tranquil convent, enjoy afternoon tea in the walled garden and read up on the towns history in the library.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Europe.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Morgans Townhouse

    Swansea, South and Mid Wales

    Modernist annexe to Morgan's Hotel. Individually styled rooms with parquet floors, crisp white linen and flat screen TVs. The adjoining hotel provides style and entertainment with a slick Champagne Bar and smart yet laid backed dining. Ideally equipped for a both business and weekend getaway.

    22 rooms from $83
    Value chic  -  Stylish contemporary hotel with smart bar and restaurant, at a reasonable price.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the stunning Clyde Gardens for a breath of fresh air and an exotic array of plants.
    Sights nearby  -  Near Gower Peninsular, Britain's first named Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.
    Surfing  -  Ideal conditions at Gower Peninsular beaches.
  • Malmaison Manchester


    A chic warehouse conversion, in central Manchester. Contemporary rooms offer comfort, style and unique charm, as well as all the needed mod-cons. Enjoy the French and British dishes at the restaurant and phenomenal cocktails at the lively bar. On site spa, gym and sauna- utterly spoiling!

    167 rooms from $173
    City Style  -  Centrally located Victorian Warehouse turned stylish boutique hotel, complete with spoiling spa and trendy bar.
    Great walks  -  Just five minutes down the road is the scenic oasis of Piccadilly Gardens, perfect for an afternoons stroll.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Full of character
  • The Big Sleep


    Great value for money with a town centre location and contemporary design throughout. Simple rooms some dormitory style and a bar that serves up drinks and refreshments. Well sized meeting room and extensive breakfast buffet. Ideal for exploring Cheltenham on a budget.

    60 rooms from $87
    Value chic  -  An ideal budget option, just a ten minute walk from the centre and boasts special rates at local restaurants.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Pitville Pump Rooms and learn a little of their history.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
  • Brooks Guest House

    Bath (Upper Bristol Road)

    Friendly boutique guesthouse housed in a Victorian complex at the heart of Bath. Vintage-style deco combined with lashings of creature comforts are the hallmark of this cosy haven within easy reach of the spa town’s main sights.

    22 rooms from $103
    Sights nearby  -  Very close to the Royal Crescent and a short walk from the centre of town and all major attractions.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Malmaison Oxford

    Oxford (3 New Road)

    Fantastically modern interiors and stunning atrium in this atmospheric castle and former prison. Sleep in converted cells with original fittings and Gothic colours. New, airier rooms are also available in the additional buildings. Good brasserie food and a smart neon-lit cocktail bar.

    95 rooms from $230
    City Style  -  Modern hotel in the heart of historic Oxford
    Local markets  -  Oxford Covered Market
    Sights nearby  -  Bridge of Sighs
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide, Kiwi Collection
  • Parr Street Hotel


    Once owned by Genesis, these iconic recording studios, the biggest outside London, now house a cool, contemporary, funky hotel. Bang in the middle of bustling Liverpool, there are still three recording studios and the Attic bar in the same building. Bedrooms are well equipped with the necessities.

    12 rooms from $63
    No restaurant  -  No restaurant but there are plenty of bars and restuarants close by in this lively area
    Downtown  -  This area is quiet duing the week, but at weekends it can be action packed
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
  • No 38 Clifton

    Bristol (Clifton)

    Stylish and intimate townhouse accommodation in Bristol – a real home from home. The elevated position provides stunning views over city and countryside alike. A classy spot for relaxing city break or base for exploring the area.

    9 rooms from $141
    Views  -  Wonderful views over both Bristol and the surrounding countryside
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller
  • The Nadler

    Liverpool (Ropes walk)

    Best family value in Liverpool in the city centre in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Smart comfortable ensuite rooms, from singles to suites. 24 hour concierge, friendly, helpful staff, room service breakfast only, just moments away from bars and restaurants of the vibrant Ropes Walk area.

    106 rooms from $76
    Shops  -  Close to the shopping highlights, Bold Street, The Metquarter and Liverpool One and Cavern Walks
    Suites  -  Secret Garden Suites have unique split level mezzanine and private garden terrace
    B+B  -  Room service breafast only, staple breakfast or upgrade to gourmet breakfast
    Value chic  -  Doubles from only £59 per night
  • Hotel One Hundred


    Hotel One Hundred is a family owned and managed bed and breakfast in Cardiff City Centre. The hotel has seven clean, simple, fully en-suite bedrooms and offer a continental breakfast each morning. Great value just a short walk from all of the shops and attractions of Cardiff city centre.

    7 rooms from $62
    Learning  -  Ideal for guests visiting Cardiff University, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cardiff School of Engineering.
    Sights nearby  -  The Millennium Stadium, The National Museum Of Wales
    Close to nightlife  -  In close proximity to Cardiff city centre
    Other Activities  -  Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle
  • The Grand


    A traditional grand chain hotel but in a central location.

    182 rooms from $114
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool

posted Monday, 22nd February 2010
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