Nottingham will always be best known for legendary outlaw Robin Hood, but today, there are also Medieval attractions, a thriving nightlife scene, top-class shopping and a healthy student population. If you fancy visiting on a budget, there’s an abundance of cheap hotels in Nottingham, too, with free breakfasts, luxe touches and city centre locations.
This traditional inn-style hotel in the Long Eaton area of Nottingham has eight clean and tidy rooms with flat-screen TVs, cable and private bathrooms. It’s a popular local spot for dinner – with both a restaurant and lively bar on-site – and the outdoor beer garden overlooks the road into town.
Whether you’re flying or driving, this four-star chain hotel is a good pick, thanks to its location just off the M1 and being 10 minutes from East Midlands Airport (there’s a free shuttle). Also, it’s convenient for both Derby and Nottingham, as it’s equidistant between both city centres. Stays are comfortable, with queen-size beds and a restaurant and bar on-site. Grab-and-go breakfast rolls are a tasty add-on.
Gamston Lock is one of the very best budget places to stay in Nottingham. Its sleeping arrangements are particularly comfy – king-size Hypnos beds with Beaumont mattresses that claim to regulate your body’s temperature so that you don’t overheat. The on-site restaurant specialises in rotisserie chicken and salad, so you’re guaranteed both a healthy and tasty option (not always the case at budget hotels). Choose from various breakfast dishes – all good value – with a special price for kids.
Step inside the Park Plaza Nottingham to find an updated hotel with everything you’ll need for a pleasant stay. Tidy and unfussy rooms have big comfy beds and powerful showers, while those on higher floors offer decent cityscape views. It’s a short stroll from the castle and many great restaurants. However, the on-site pan-Asian-Peruvian fusion restaurant is worth a try.
If you plan to arrive by train, you won’t find a decent cheap hotel in Nottingham closer to the station than the Bentinck Hotel. This refurbished 18th-century red-brick tavern has only 13 rooms, split between those with ensuite bathrooms and those with shared facilities. For extra savings, you’ll get a complimentary continental breakfast in the hotel bar and brasserie, along with a discount on the hearty pub grub served throughout the day.
If you’re looking for a little eccentric glitz for your money, you’ll find it behind the Georgian red bricks of this city-centre hotel in Nottingham. Room decor is heavy on the quirk, with even the entry-level options finished in a playfully jazzy style. Splash out a little more for in-room perks such as Nespresso machines and fluffy robes. The Curious Tavern continues the whimsical theme and is a great spot for enjoying oysters, handmade pizza and excellent cask ales.
On a scenic street corner overlooking a 15th-century church, the Lace Market Hotel is an artfully crafted boutique property with lots to love. There are rooms for all budgets, from standard singles to premium studios, all with super-comfy beds, plush carpets and eye-pleasing decor. Afternoon tea is a highlight at the on-site Saint Bar, and for something a little stronger, the Cock and Hoop pub has real ales and great steaks.
As the name hints, this quaint hotel set in the village of Ruddington, just outside Nottingham, has oodles of rustic charm. A collection of 17th-century cottages were converted to create these cosy lodgings. Rooms range from snug doubles to spacious suites, many overlooking the pretty garden. An airy, classically styled restaurant offers a menu of locally procured produce. There’s also a honeysuckle-scented central courtyard where you can relax with a drink.
Next to the Nottingham Business Park, this hotel is a top pick for those who don’t need to stay central. Its location means you get great value for money, with a fully equipped leisure club, spa facilities and a gym for guests. Smart contemporary rooms come with luxury bedding, and after a great night’s slumber, a hearty breakfast buffet awaits you in the Lawrence Restaurant.
Sarah Warwick contributed additional reporting to this article.
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