Any other major cosmopolitan city can be prohibitively expensive for people on a budget, and London is often thought of as more of a high-end destination. But however small your budget is, a couple of days in the big smoke needn’t be a disappointing experience. There are plenty of ways to avoid spending all your budget on accommodation and instead get an amazing and luxurious pad for a short trip – here’s how to do it.
Book for a Sunday Night
This is traditionally the cheapest night for hotels in London. Sunday night is the no-man’s land between executive travel during the weekdays and sightseeing travel for Friday and Saturday
Look for Flash Sales on Big Hotels
Sign up to travel website e-newsletters to find out about flash sales and special offers. Often the big hotel chains have limited time room sales with impressive discounts. Another way to find out about flash room sales is via Twitter. You can get amazing accommodation deals by using coupons for hotels. Simply subscribe to travel websites to get involved.
Pay Less for the Same Hotel
Often the same hotel will offer vastly different rates on different websites. The variation can be huge, sometimes thousands of pounds. The moral of the story is – be vigilant and diligent in your search. Alternatively, using the old-fashioned telephone to call the reception and negotiate a price does pay off. Tip: make sure you’re speaking to the manager before you start haggling.
The Best of ‘Boutique Budget’ Hotels
The latest breed of London hotels offer luxury touches like a plasma screen in the room and free WiFi without the luxury price tag. Z Hotel in Soho, Yotel and Aloft London Excel are a few examples to get you started, although there are plenty more.
All it takes is a tenacious eye for a bargain and a little time to do your research and you could be staying in a fabulous hotel for the same price as a hostel. Then you’ll have more money to spend on shopping or whatever your heart desires. Good Luck!