Charles Fowler’s neo-classical Covent Garden Market and the Royal Opera House are just two great reasons to stay in this central London neighbourhood. The wealth of excellent restaurants, bars and independent boutiques are just a handful of the other great excuses to set up base here, but they don't come cheap, so you’d do well to save a few pennies on the hotel. Thankfully, finding accommodation for less than £100 a night is easier than you'd think, both in the area and within ten minutes’ walk of it. Want proof? Here are our top ten favourite cheap hotels in Covent Garden.
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On boutique-lined Monmouth Street, and a short walk from the Royal Opera House, this well-located budget hotel offers simple, but comfy doubles for around £100 a night. This includes a full English buffet breakfast. En suite rooms are basic, but wifi is free and there are tea- and coffee-making facilities. There is also a 24-hour reception.
Stylish Z City on Fleet Street offers plenty of bang for your buck. In the cramped, but clever double rooms, guests get clean design on a budget. Small but perfectly formed rooms with a cool grey palette have quality beds and smart bathrooms with toiletries included. Breakfast is extra but there’s the bonus of free cheese and wine between 5pm and 8pm.
The Holborn offshoot of the indie Shoreditch original lies between the British Museum and Covent Garden. The 174 rooms come in four different sizes and the smallest ‘Shoebox’ (around 14 sqm) can be bagged from £115 a night, depending on availability. For this you get clever design, free wifi, a morning snack and fresh milk in your fridge, plus the Hubbard & Bell restaurant and bar, and basement Chicken Shop.
More than 100 years old, the Strand is famous for many reasons: the original art deco entrance now resides in the V&A, and it boasts London’s first hotel carvery. It’s been modernised to the nth and today offers comfortable accommodation for under £100 if you get in early (or last minute). Perks include access to a gym, and an on-site Indian restaurant. It’s two minutes’ walk from Covent Garden Piazza and within easy distance of Charing Cross.
A four-star boutique-style hotel for £100 and change? Within walking distance of Covent Garden and the British Museum? The Mercure Bloomsbury offers standard doubles, with workspace and free wifi for just that if you shop around. Added features include the recently refurbished Marco’s New York Italian restaurant.
This quirky place is possibly better renowned for its India Club bar/restaurant, founded in 1946 and barely changed since, where diners enjoy cheap curries and a faded colonial vibe, but it also offers plain inexpensive accommodation, with doubles starting from £70, including a continental breakfast. The location is unbeatable, almost next door to Somerset House, and over the road to Covent Garden. Downside? A lot of stairs and no lift.
With outposts in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, St Giles is rather less exotic than you might expect, but it offers clean, uncomplicated rooms from £80, which includes free wifi as well as access to the YMCA fitness centre located below the hotel. Close to Tottenham Court Road underground station, Oxford Street and a seven-minute walk to Covent Garden.
Considering the low cost of Premier Inn's Hub (from £60/n), you get a lot of bang for your buck. The rooms are tiny, but every inch fo the space is used smartly. The lighting and heating, for instance, which you can change from the comfort of your bed, as there are touchscreens in the headboards. And though your room may be small, the public spaces are a pleasure to hang out in. With modern furnishings, a well stocked deli counter and plenty of seating. Breakfast is extra, but is only a fiver (trust us, that's a steal).
This four-star Bloomsbury hotel, a short walk from the British Museum and less than half a mile from Covent Garden, is surprisingly good value. Contemporary rooms with marble en-suite bathrooms, some with garden views, start from around £100, give or take, and include continental breakfast. Guests can also use the health club and spa facilities at the nearby Grange Holborn for a nominal fee.
On Drury Lane, a flower-seller’s yell from Covent Garden Market, Travelodge’s contemporary tower hotel houses modern cookie-cutter rooms from an incredible £50, though breakfast and wifi are not included. Features include Travelodge’s own Sleepeezee-designed king-size beds and an on-site restaurant and bar.
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