When you think about the term ‘cheap accommodation’, what comes to mind? Visions of dingy shared hostel dorms with iron bunk beds and thirty people to each bathroom? Subsistence meals from all-you-can-eat buffets? Poor security and sketchy neighborhoods?
These types of lodging certainly exist, but cheap doesn’t automatically mean substandard. If you want to save stretch your budget when traveling, there are plenty of youth hostels and cheap hotels available that will give you a great stay. Here are some of our favorite top value hotels and hostels:
Cheap London Hotels and Hostels
Of all the cheap London hotels I know, the family-run Grapevine Hotel in London’s Victoria area offers the best perks and value for travelers. It’s a two-minute walk from Victoria coach station and five minutes from Victoria rail and tube station, plus it offers great extras like 19” flat-screen TVs with Freeview in every room as well as free Wi-Fi and complimentary buffet breakfasts. There are also free London maps available which give you 20% off over 70 attractions, totting up to a saving of £250. Close-by attractions include Buckingham Palace, Mayfair and the West End.
Located above a pub just south of the Thames, the Walrus Waterloo hostel offers a ready-made social life on your doorstep. If you don’t fancy a night out, just pop downstairs for a few drinks – plus, they offer a free breakfast, self-catering facilities and free bed linen. Staying south of the river Thames means you’ll experience a different part of London from the normal tourist trail. Nearby South Bank attractions include the British Film Institute, the Royal Festival Hall and the Hayward art gallery. London Bridge is a short walk away, too.
Cheap Paris hotels and hostels
Hotel Opera Vivaldi
Some cheap Paris hotels offer a false economy because they’re located in difficult-to-reach suburbs. Not Hotel Opera Vivaldi, though – this hotel has an amazing location just off Boulevard Haussman, home to Paris’s two best department stores, Printemps and Galleries Lafayette. You’re also close to Paris’s beautiful opera house, the Palais Garnier, and Opera metro station. Hotel Opera Vivaldi offers Wi-Fi throughout, air-conditioning and comfortable, modern rooms.
Peace and Love Hostel
If you’re looking for a Paris hostel rather than Paris hotels, the Peace and Love hostel sits opposite Jaures station in the north of the city. Close-by attractions include Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, where you can see the best panoramic views of the city, and Pere Lachaise cemetery, where Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde are buried among others. This friendly and sociable hostel has a pub where you can enjoy cheap beers and cocktails, as well as free Wi-Fi in the daytime and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Cheap Budapest hotels and hostels
11th Hour Cinema Hostel
The 11th Hour Cinema Hostel in the heart of Budapest is a fantastically fun place to stay, with an entertainment room with hundreds of free movies (hence the ‘cinema’ in the name), as well as a courtyard and free internet and free fresh coffee. The hostel’s central location means you’re a short walk from the city’s best nightclubs and restaurants (staff are happy to help with suggestions for places to go).
Unio hotel is one of the best-located cheap hotels in Budapest, sitting just a minute from central shopping street Grand Boulevard. Budapest Opera house and Heroes’ Square are a fifteen-minute walk away, and the hotel has Wi-Fi and comfortable rooms with TVs and air conditioning. Great for a budget stay in Budapest.
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