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Four Fabulous Boutique Hotels in London

BY Boon Koh
Published 18 June 2012

London is home to some of the world’s most famous grand hotels – but while the Ritz, Claridges and the Savoy might be dreamy places to have afternoon tea, cocktails or dinner, most of us wouldn’t stretch to booking rooms there. Instead, it’s best for our budgets to go for affordable luxury and stay in a budget boutique hotel.

We’ve rounded up a few fantastic options for these kinds of cheap hotels in London. Check out the list below and find one to suit you…

West London: Meininger London Hyde Park

Found directly opposite one of London’s most beautiful Victorian-built museums, the Natural History Museum, Meininger London Hyde Park offers a stylish place to stay at low prices. Other museums in the neighbourhood include the Victorian & Albert museum of art and design, and the Science Museum – great for kids and adults alike! The Royal College of Music, the Albert Hall and Hyde Park are all short stroll up the road.

The hotel itself is smart and modern, though it occupies a historic building – Baden Powell House, named after the founder of the Souting movement. Inside, there’s a café and bar, and spacious rooms have internet connections.

North London: Elmwood Hotel

100m from King’s Cross and St. Pancras International Stations, Elmwood Hotel’s incredibly handy for those arriving on the Eurostar. Being close to the tube also means you can whizz into central London in under ten minutes. The hotel itself is pretty, traditional and intimate, with all rooms equipped with luxury perks like LCD TVs with DVD players, free Wi-Fi and coffee/tea-making facilities.

A continental breakfast including cheese, ham, fruit, bread, juices and cereal is served every morning. The hotel is one of HostelBookers’ top-rated budget London properties, scoring 85% from satisfied customers.

Central London: Staunton Hotel

Occupying a Georgian townhouse in Bloomsbury – the historic literary neighbourhood that was once home to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury writers’ group – the Staunton Hotel puts you a hop and a skip from Oxford Street, as well as the bars and clubs in Soho and Covent Garden’s theatres. The free-to-visit British Museum is a minute’s stroll away, too.

Luxurious rooms have marble bathrooms, cherry-wood furniture and queen-sized beds. Rooms have TVs and mini-bars, and Wi-Fi is available. A full English breakfast is included in the rate.

East London: City Hotel

Situated on Osborne Street, which leads on to the famous trend-setters’ paradise Brick Lane, City Hotel is great for exploring London’s cool East End. Progressive art gallery Whitechapel Gallery is on your doorstep, as are Brick Lane’s famous curry houses and Sunday vintage market.

You’re also a short stroll away from the 1000-year-old home of the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London and Spitalfields market, which has plenty of fancy yet not-too-pricy restaurants. Rooms at the hotel sleep one to four people and are clean, spacious and modern with flat screen TVs. There’s also a bar on-site.

List compiled by HostelBookers.com  the budget travel specialists.