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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A traditional grand chain hotel but in a central location.