Take three: London hostels for budget travellers

 Extract from: www.travel.aol.co.uk

July 2013

Looking for a cheap hotel in London? Hostels are a great alternative to value hotels in London.

They’ve come a long way in recent years: think private en-suite rooms with all mod cons at a fraction of the cost of a swanky hotel. The latest crop of city-centre pads featuring state-of-the-art technology, onsite bars and some of the friendliest staff ever. We picked three of our fave our budget-friendly hostels in London, below.

Palmers Lodge doesn’t feel like a traditional hostel. There’s bags of historical and cultural style with oak panelled walls, grand staircases and art-deco ceilings. The Lodge was once the home of Samuel Palmer of the Huntley and Palmers Biscuit Empire and has been sympathetically renovated into a modern hostel with a selection of dorms and private rooms.

Guests get a free continental breakfast when they stay and home-cooked meals are on offer in the restaurant. There’s a cosy bar downstairs, free Wi-Fi and the hostel is a short walk from Swiss Cottage tube station and Regent’s Park.

Rooms in the mixed dorm start at £21.00 while a private ensuite deluxe twin starts from £42.20 per person.

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