Ten cheap hotels in Covent Garden
On boutique-lined Monmouth Street, and a short walk from the Royal Opera House, this well-located budget hotel offers simple doubles from £80, and that includes a full English buffet breakfast. En suite rooms are basic, but Wi-Fi 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. For a double room starting at £60, guests get clever, 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 sq m) can be bagged for around £100 a night, depending on availability. For this you get clever design, free Wi-Fi, a morning snack and fresh milk in your fridge, plus the Hubbard & Bell restaurant and bar, and basement Chicken Shop.
More than a hundred 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 from around £100. 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 4-star boutique-style hotel for under £100? Within walking distance of Covent Garden and the British Museum? The Mercure Bloomsbury offers standard doubles, with workspace and free Wi-Fi, from £89. 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 £79, which includes free Wi-Fi 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.
Premier Inn is behind these compact but totally functional spaces. Snaffle a double from an incredible £64 and enjoy the design ingenuity: suitcase space under the bed, pull-out desk, with all the jiggery-pokery –from booking your room to dimming the lights – controlled via an app on your phone or tablet. You can even use the app to find out what’s happening beyond your space pad/room.
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 £59, though breakfast and Wi-Fi are not included. Features include Travelodge’s own Sleepeezee-designed king-size beds and an on-site restaurant and bar. Nearby parking is available from £9 per day.
This 4-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 £80 and include continental breakfast. Guests can also use the health club and spa facilities at the nearby Grange Holborn for a nominal fee.
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