Many hotels in London are already full for the Olympics. But there is still space if you know where to look.
Coming to London for the Games? Many hotels are already fully booked for the period from July 27 to August 12. However, there are still lots of places from which to choose. Book soon to avoid disappointment and the price increases that are likely to be imposed closer to the Olympics.
Prices below were correct at time of publishing:
Go cheap and cheerful
They’re cheap (usually). They’re clean. They’re increasingly stylish. And you have a chance of finding a room. The number of budget rooms in the capital has ballooned in recent years, with Travelodge leading the way with its 44 hotels and 6,592 rooms now, and a further ten hotels being built in the run-up to the Games — taking the total to 7,705. Rooms during the Olympics will start from £43 a night, including the slightly larger family rooms that sleep four. However, this will be for a small percentage of rooms, with others being priced at an average of £110. One of the new hotels, opening in February with 188 rooms, is at Stratford, a short walk from Olympic Park, while another planned to open its doors in June will be at the ExCeL Centre, where the boxing, fencing, weightlifting and wrestling is taking place.
Meanwhile, Premier is also in the middle of a period of wild expansion in London. It plans to open 20 new hotels in the next two years and has just completed a property at Stratford overlooking Olympic Park, adjacent to Westfield shopping centre. At the moment the company says that it has 6,127 rooms in London and a total of 150,000 rooms in 109 hotels within a 35-mile radius of Olympic Park. Room rates start at £159 in London during the Olympics, which the firm says is a “competitive rate”.
Tune Hotels has two London properties with very simple rooms in which you pay extra for things such as air conditioning and a remote control for your TV. There is one by Liverpool Street station (especially good for travelling to Olympic Park) and one in Lambeth. They’re basic but spotless, and rooms are available from £145.
Easyhotel , which has five properties in London, offers a similar product to Tune Hotels. The rooms are even more simple and pared down, with prices from about £85 in its Victoria hotel.
Or try the website Hostelbookers, which specialises in hostels and has several choices, with prices in dorms from £14.99 a night; though some of the hostels also offer small private rooms from as little as £23pp, based on two sharing. The Clink261 hostel near King’s Cross station looks particularly good, with funky public areas.
Try a booking website . . . fast
Get in there now and you may just find good deals in London and a decent price for a room on sites such as Groupon or one of the many hotel booking sites which is already taking bookings for next summer.
When we checked Laterooms we found the SO Sienna four-star serviced apartments in Hammersmith from £246 a night. Rooms have mini-kitchens and dining tables, and the style is minimalist and slick. There was also the Saint Georges Hotel on Regent Street, with reasonable rooms in the heart of the West End at £236 a night during the Olympics, down from £320.
Lastminute seems to have a particularly good selection for the Games. There’s the four-star Belle Cour hotel and spa near Victoria Station from £190; the decent-sized Battersea Park Apartments (very modern, with kitchens) from £200; and the upmarket Four Seasons on Park Lane from £416. Hotels dot com has a range of properties, from a cosy alehouse with B&B rooms in Camden from £150, to five-star Sofitels from £311.
Expedia is releasing most of its properties towards the end of January. There are a few London options on the site now, though they’re a little pricey, with the All Seasons London Leyton hotel (bright simple rooms), near Olympic Park, from £340.