West London is known for its abundance of affluent areas. Home to Notting Hill, Paddington, Bayswater, Richmond and Hammersmith, it offers enough parkland, independent boutiques and coffee shops to keep you from ever venturing into the centre of the city, though thanks to its great transport links, you can easily do this, too. Despite the affluence, it’s not all grand, luxury hotels – there are several budget-friendly options that won’t have you resorting to a cookie-cutter chain. These are the best cheap hotels in West London.
Just down the road from Hammersmith station, LUMA Concept Hotel is stripped back, so anything extraneous such as a spa or lavish furnishings has been vetoed in favour of simple design and competitive pricing. Plush bedding, Nespresso machines and kitchenettes gives guests all the things they need and none of the things they don’t. Whether you’re in town for work or play, this hotel is a no-fuss haven of luxury in the heart of West London.
Though not known for its affordability, there are still pockets of reasonable pricing around Holland Park, such as at the Safestay Hostel. It’s on the eastern edge of the park, and guests can enjoy great views over the green lawns. Though it’s a hostel, private rooms are available for those past their sharing days. Just down the road from the Design Museum, and with central London a mere 30-minute walk away, it’s a budget gem close to the heart of the action.
The impeccable design of The Pilgrm is the first thing that hits you when you walk through the doors. After a few questionable decorative phases it now stands as a minimalist celebration of the original building. Furniture has been fashioned from reclaimed pieces found in old schools, hospitals and military facilities, giving the interiors an effortlessly eclectic and polished aesthetic that’s undeniably cool, but not try-hard. Rooms have 200-year-old original parquet flooring, Marshall speakers, a pile of magazines such as Monocle and Egyptian cotton sheets and towels. There’s no minibar or tea and coffee facilities, but that’s no matter when the lounge and coffee shop downstairs serves expertly made coffees and cocktails.
In another life, the Colonnade Hotel building housed a school and a hospital (it was the birthplace of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing), but now this Regency-style mansion has been restored to finery in the form of a four-star hotel. A 15-minute stroll from Paddington Station through Little Venice, it’s an easy and convenient option. Antique furniture and brocade fabrics give the rooms a traditional grandeur, and some of their amenities are decidedly old-school (overnight shoeshine, anyone?), but comforts like Egyptian cotton sheets and contemporary bathrooms add a touch of modernity.
Offering an in-town stay for an out-of-town price, Z Hotel is situated in Victoria, West Central London’s cultural heart. Within walking distance you’ll find several of the city’s famous theatres, as well as Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mile. Back at the hotel itself, the rooms are cleverly designed to maximise space, so even in the smallest rooms you won’t feel cramped. Hangers adorn the walls in lieu of a wardrobe and there’s a space under the bed just the right size for slotting your suitcase. Add in Wi-Fi, comfortable beds, good showers and bacon rolls for breakfast and you’ve got all you need for a perfect couple of nights in the capital.
Looking for somewhere utterly unique? The Pavilion in Paddington is your place. It’s a self-professed rock and roll hotel with a long list of famous patrons, and decor doesn’t get more kitsch than here. Loud colour schemes, dazzling patterned wallpaper and dramatic furniture can be found in the wacky rooms, which all have appropriate names like Flower Power and Honky Tonk. It’s got buckets of character and Instagram potential, but still comes with all the amenities you want from a hotel, such as free Wi-Fi and comfortable bedding.
Over in Bayswater, La Suite West offers modish interiors in a tranquil setting. All the black timber, marble and Japanese shutter-style screens give it a contemporary feel and a cloak-and-dagger sense of privacy, even in the public areas. In the rooms, retro desk lamps and navy bedding enhance the sultry mood, and larger categories of accommodation have private terraces where you can relax with views of the pretty Victorian street below.
If you’ve ever fantasised about staying in one of those white stuccoed Victorian townhouses in central London, now’s your chance. Family-owned since the 1950s, Garden Court Hotel offers low-key, reasonably priced accommodation in a historic building that overlooks Hyde Park. The rooms are simple and functional but filled with light, and many offer sweeping views over the surrounding streets and parkland. Head out to explore the nearby Kensington Gardens or book tickets for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, a 25-minute walk away.
Point A punches well above its weight thanks to good design, mood lighting, power showers and some seriously comfy mattresses. This hotel is great for couples who want somewhere comfortable and well-connected without needing a luxury experience, and their decent breakfast spread will energise you for a day of adventuring around spots like the Alexander Fleming Museum.
Just north of Kew Gardens and Richmond Park, Ealing offers plenty of green spaces and fresh air. This outdoorsy feeling can be found at Hotel 55, a small boutique hotel a stone’s throw from North Ealing station. Each room is decked out in a soothing palette of blues and greens and is filled with the kinds of extras you find only in boutique hotels, such as free magazines, complimentary L’Occitane toiletries and real plants. There are several options catering to parties of different sizes, and you can choose between street- and garden-facing rooms. Make time for a feast of sushi and sashimi at Momo, the hotel’s Japanese restaurant.