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EasyHotel is selling rooms at Central London hotels for £19.00, which must be the cheapest rate for a London hotel since about 1973!
Availability actually looks ok, with Sundays in December and January being your best bet for the very cheapest rates.
For (literally) a few quid more there are usually some more options too, if location is important.
Other cities are available, including Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh:
EasyHotel is an ‘ultra-budget’ chain – many rooms don’t have windows, checkout is 10am, you need to pay £5.00 to use the TV (I’m not joking!) etc.
You get a bed, en suite with shower, a “fresh towel” – and that’s about it.
So, it’s about as basic as a hotel can be and still technically be a hotel, but it is only £19.00!
Bearing in mind that you can have two people in a room, that’s cheaper than pretty much any hostel in London, let alone one with a private room and bathroom, so you can’t fault the price. Reviews aren’t as bad as you might think either – the Earls Court EasyHotel in the pictures above, for instance, gets a fairly solid 3.5 stars on TripAdvisor.
Why I’m giving it a miss
As a single dad, I need to be careful with money and love a good deal (I am the Deal Daddy after all!), but obviously just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it’s a good deal – it still needs to suit your requirements too.
When me and my son travel, there’s enough to think about without worrying about whether there’s going to be a kettle, or being charged for watching a bit of TV. I want to keep costs to a minimum, but we are still there to have a good time and actually enjoy ourselves – otherwise, what’s the point?
That’s the reason I love ‘travel hacking’ so much – it allows you to spend very little but still stay at nice places and have a great time!
For example, we took advantage of last Accor Bonus Points offer and the weekly ‘Happy Monday’ deals for some recent weekends away, and if we use the Points earned on similarly cheap stays, our average cost per night will actually be considerably lower than £19.00 per night. I’ve got Platinum status with Accor from previous promotions, so we got some nice upgrades, late-checkout and free drinks too!
I still think this is a great deal if you’re young and going out partying or something, and just need a place to rest for a few hours and shower, but we’ll be giving this one a miss!
What do you think – good deal, or is the lack of a window too off-putting?