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Ten cheap hotels in King's Cross

A stay in King's Cross doesn't have to be expensive. Check out our list of ten great cheap hotels in this bustling part of town

By Time Out editors
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There are some seriously swanky places to stay in this part of London but we know not everyone wants somewhere pricey, so we've put together this list of ten cheap hotels in King's Cross. Like a thrilling concentration of ley lines, the area of King’s Cross has so many transport connections that it’s the best travel hub in London – the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International station offers access not only to Europe but also Kent, while Euston links the capital with all points north, and the tube station is London’s best-connected. As with many mainline station areas, King’s Cross used to be a dump, but recent developments like Granary Square to the north and the renovation of King’s Cross Station and George Gilbert Scott’s gorgeous grand hotel the Renaissance have seriously spruced it up. The knock-on effect has seen many of the once tatty hotels get whizzy makeovers too; here’s a round-up of our favourite ten cheap hotels in King’s Cross.

Cheap hotels in King's Cross

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Tune Hotel

Hotels King’s Cross

This Malaysian budget chain, which has five hotels in London focuses on high-quality basics at very affordable prices – rooms start at £57. Rooms aren’t huge, but that’s because priority has been given to comfort – in the form of beds, showers, modern furnishings and cleanliness – over space and added extras. If you need them, Wi-Fi, AC and toiletries to towels, safes, and a late checkout can all be added on for a surcharge.

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Jesmond Dene Hotel

Hotels B&Bs King’s Cross

This family-run B&B is a great spot if you’re catching a Eurostar, as it’s practically across the road from St Pancras station, albeit on a quiet, attractive corner of Bloomsbury rather than the grim and fume-choked Euston Road. Rooms, some en suite, others with shared bathrooms, start at £70, though it’s worth spending a bit more for upgraded ones with tea and coffee-making facilities, cable TV, Wi-Fi and full English Breakfast (all free). Secure parking in a nearby underground car park starts at £20, and needs to be booked in advance.

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Generator

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Determinedly funky and bright, the Generator is a good option for those on ultra-tight budgets. Colourful dorm beds can be had from as little as £19 per night, and private rooms from around £70. Add in an in-house cinema and individual room lockers (bring your own padlock), free Wi-Fi, an urban-chic lounge that hosts regular gigs and DJ sets, and a 24/7 laundry, luggage store and hotel-style reception and it makes for a great stay in the heart of London, with the British Museum and King’s Cross both easy walks away.
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Rough Luxe

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An artful name for an artful little hotel that’s just a 2-minute walk from the stations at King's Cross and St Pancras. The Grade II-listed Victorian townhouse takes shabby chic to extremes with vintage furniture and artfully distressed walls dotted with contemporary art. Boho rooms are all very individual and can be combined for group bookings, and there’s a sweet back courtyard where a great continental breakfast is served when the weather’s good – when it’s not, the funky dining room makes a fine alternative.
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California Hotel

Hotels B&Bs King’s Cross

The four elegant Georgian townhouses that make up this great hotel contain 60 en-suite rooms and a characterful lounge bar, the California – all of it just across the (Euston) road from King’s Cross and St Pancras stations. The modern and individually designed rooms (from around £90, including breakfast and a welcome drink) are on the small side, but are clean and colourful, with decor enlivened by artworks and wall coverings, and rates include The bar area and lobby retain much of the buildings’ past architectural features, including art deco touches. And come on, when else are you going to be able to say ‘I’m staying at the hotel California’?

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Wardonia Hotel

Hotels King’s Cross

Another of those townhouse hotels that abound in this area, but with a great location just a few minutes’ walk away from King’s Cross and St Pancras, the Wardonia is a standout for its clean, bright and simply decorated rooms that come with superfast free Wi-Fi, power showers, free tea and coffee, flatscreen TVs and great prices (from around £70 for double rooms).

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Mentone Hotel - B&B

Hotels B&Bs Bloomsbury

Fancy a game of tennis while you’re in town? Welcome to the Mentone, a family-owned B&B set in three Grade II-listed townhouses on a classic Georgian crescent halfway between St Pancras International and Euston. The basic rooms have free Wi-Fi, high ceilings, en suite bathrooms and rather uninspiring furnishings – but the views of the tree-lined square outside where guests can play tennis make it stand out from the raft of other Bloomsbury hotels and B&Bs in the area.

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The Luxury Inn

Hotels De Beauvoir

A couple of miles away from King’s Cross, this stylish family-run BnB stands out for its originality – think exposed beams and plenty of glass and limestone within a converted printing press – and warm welcome, plus its great location, just around the corner from the buzz of Dalston’s cafés, restaurants and music venues. Guests in the four en suite rooms have free run of a lofty communal kitchen, and a contemporary, comfortable dining/lounge area in which a self-service breakfast is served, though you can also eat in the pretty a courtyard garden. Rooms start from around £100.

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Islington Inn

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There’s a distinct flavour of the Raj in this budget hotel, where 41 en-suite modern rooms (plus a self-catering apartment for three) are decked out with deep red and purple tones, and Asian notes, such as the sari-style curtains, all a nod to the owner’s heritage. Modern conveniences include free Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs, and a complimentary continental breakfast. Arsenal fans should note that it’s within walking distance (just) of Emirates Stadium, others might enjoy the multicultural cuisine of Islington’s Upper Street and bars of Essex Road. It’s a manageable two miles away from King’s Cross station, and rooms start at around £65.

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Premier Inn London Angel/Islington

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Hard by Upper Street’s great range of independent and upmarket homeware shops, fashion stores, restaurants and pubs, this Premier Inn is a winner for its great location, within walking distance of King’s Cross. The interior decor is unlikely to inspire any design-industry bods in town for events at the nearby Business Design Centre, but it’s clean and comfortable enough, with free Wi-Fi, spacious rooms, en suite bathrooms and an on-site restaurant-bar serving breakfast (for a fee). Rooms from £100.

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