Home to Notting Hill, Paddington, Bayswater, Richmond and Hammersmith, West London is known for its abundance of affluent areas. However, it’s not all grand, luxury hotels – there are several budget-friendly options to choose from. These are the best cheap hotels in West London.
West London is often considered the more luxurious side of the city with high-end hotels to match. But the wide-ranging area reaches from Westminster to Wimbledon, and dotted between are many hotels that not only hold their own among the competition, but do so at a pocket-friendly price. Nab an affordable spot in the heart of the theatre district, on the doorstep of Piccadilly Circus or right next to the Natural History Museum with our round-up of the best cheap hotels in West London.
Heeton Concept Hotel – LUMA Hammersmith
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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.
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/coffee shop downstairs serves expertly made coffees and cocktails.
Looking for somewhere utterly unique? The Pavilion in Paddington is your place. It’s a self-professed rock’n’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.
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 the 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.
You might just come away from a stay at Wilde by StayCity with some serious interior design ideas. The sleek rooms make extra efficient use of space with innumerable hidden storage nooks and dreamy Hypnos mattresses. The decor itself is Scandi-chic in style, with blonde wood throughout, felt furnishings and duck-egg blue Smeg appliances. Studios come with kitchenettes, and all rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, with the exception of the basement level “sleep-zone” rooms that anyone struggling with jet lag will appreciate. Musos will love the gramophones in each room, and the spaces are loaded with coffee table books to flick through over your morning coffee.
This hotel-hostel hybrid offers private rooms, dorms and family rooms with more than six beds – making it particularly convenient for families on a budget. Although the decor won’t win many style points, in terms of comfort and quality, all rooms here are a cut above the average hostel. Fuel up at the breakfast buffet, wind down with a drink in the bar and lounge (complete with games) or grab an affordable to-go lunch bag on your way out to sightsee. The Natural History Museum is next door, Hyde Park is a stroll away and South Kensington’s myriad museums are within easy reach, making this a great option if you’re keen to stay in the heart of historic London.
With Piccadilly Circus practically on your doorstep, Leicester Square minutes away and the Thames riverfront just a short walk south, you literally could not be more central if you tried. The concept at Z Hotels is compact luxury – compact in price and cleverly designed rooms with all the essentials you need for a comfortable stay. Rooms are understated in style, with sweeping white walls, blond-wood touches and plenty of natural light (though you can also opt for a room without windows to stretch your budget even further). Z Café offers a full buffet breakfast, setting you up for a day exploring the thriving capital city and making this is a perfect no-frills spot to rest your head.