Planning a summer holiday this year? You lucky devil. Save some important pennies on your trip with this budget guide to accommodation in 10 of the world’s coolest places!
Where to stay in London on a budget
Most of London’s big-name hotels err on the expensive side, so make sure you search for the cheapest rooms available, and book as well in advance as you can. Travelodge, for example, has a cheap room rate finder.
- Elsewhere, hostels represent good value for money. The Youth Hostel Association operates 7 hostels in London including in Oxford Street, Earls Court and St Pancras. Despite the name, most YHA hostels don’t have any age restrictions.
If the weather’s on your side, consider caravanning or camping. Despite the urban sprawl London has plenty of green spaces – check out the Lee Valley Campsite, from which central London and the countryside are in easy reach.
London money-saving tip: Buy a Visitor Oyster Card
Travelling on London’s public transport is a great way to see and get around the city, but it doesn’t always come cheap. A Visitor Oyster Card is at least 50% cheaper than buying a paper Travelcard.
Where to stay in New York on a budget
According to this research, a hotel room in the Big Apple costs an average of $290 a night. A hostel costs an average of $32. So booking a hostel is something of a no-brainer.
- Jazz on the Park Hostel is situated in the Upper West Side, close to Central Park, 5th Avenue, the Guggenheim and much more. With beds starting at about £29 a night, it’s one of the cheapest around.
If you’d be happy with a humble bed-and-breakfast, search for affordable accommodation through BedandBreakfast, a massive online B&B directory.
New York money-saving tip: Explore
Like most cities, you’ll find cheaper accommodation, restaurants, bars and attractions in the less fashionable (but no less interesting) districts – like Koreatown, the Fashion District, Harlem and the East Village.
Where to stay in Paris on a budget
The people over at Eurocheapo have put together a list of budget options in the city of love. Importantly, their list is based on location, average rate, user rating, quality of service and that ‘special something’ (like a theme or interesting history), so it’s pretty authoritative. At the top of their list is Hotel Tiquetonne, which offers most doubles (with a private bath) for €70 and singles for €55.
- The clue is in the name at Absolute Budget in Metro Republique, one of Paris’s trendiest districts. It’s a no-frills kind of a place but with shared rooms from €30 and private doubles from €80 who’s complaining?
Like London, Paris isn’t without its camping and caravan parks. Check out the Indigo Paris campsite on the banks of the River Seine. This 7-hectare park is family-friendly and offers reasonable rates for pitches.
Paris money-saving tip: Visit on the first Sunday of the month
Because most of the city’s museums are free!
Where to stay in Barcelona on a budget
Budget Hotel Jazz is listed in the top 40 hotels in Barcelona on TripAdvisor. This smart, functional hotel offers rooms from about €100 a night and has a rooftop pool and solarium.
Barcelona money-saving tip: Get a T10 ticket
A zone 1 T10 ticket costs about €8 and gives you 10 rides on the city’s Metro system or bus network – zone 1 covers the city centre so will likely be all you’ll need. It’s one of the most cost-effective tickets to get around the city.
Where to stay in Istanbul on a budget
Istanbul’s dizzying variety of accommodation means there’s plenty of hotels to suit a budget holiday. Hotel Peninsula is a boutique hotel with sea views, hammocks and a Turkish bath that’s hundreds of years old. The basement rooms are the cheapest.
The Grand Peninsula hotel might both sound and be opulent, but its prices are anything but. This beautiful hotel in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, a short stroll from the Grand Bazaar, offers single rooms for €40 and doubles for €60.
Istanbul money-saving tip: Street-food-it
Eat as you go by sampling from the city’s many street food vendors. Dotted all over Istanbul, you’ll find something to suit your tastebuds – and your budget.
Where to stay in Prague on a budget
The Little Town Budget Hotel offers reasonably-priced accommodation in the Czech Republic’s splendid capital. A room for 2 adults with a terrace, balcony and city view will set you back about €45.
Prague money-saving tip: 1 meal will probably do for 2
If you opt for local food, you’ll probably find the portion sizes are huge – so 1 meal will probably be enough to share with 2 or 3 people.
Where to stay in Los Angeles on a budget
Bayside Hotel is one of LA’s most-recommended budget stays. Right by the beach and close to Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey and Venice (cool neighbourhoods), it offers reasonable rates and splendid sea views.
- The Inn At 657 offers rooms from around $130 and is a short stroll from the Los Angeles Convention Center. Proprietor Patsy is popular with guests, judging by the B&B’s comments page…
Surf City Hostel is an affordable youth hostel in Hermosa Beach. With free breakfast, luggage storage and wi-fi, this a very affordable hostel right in the heart of LA offers a bed in a 4-bed dorm for $30-$50, or your own private room for $70-$100.
Los Angeles money-saving tip: Get a Go Los Angeles Card
This card is a great investment if you want to fill your trip with visits to attractions – it gives you discounted entry to more than 20 LA attractions, including Madame Tussauds and the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour.
Where to stay in Rome on a budget
Hotel Golden is a renowned family-friendly budget hotel that’s listed in the top 15 hotels in Rome on TripAdvisor.
Hotel Sant’Anna, close to St Peter’s Square, is something of an architectural marvel with renaissance designs. It’s reasonably priced too.
Rome money-saving tip: Stand, don’t sit.
In most of Rome’s bars and cafes, sitting down at a table instead of standing at the bar will add a few euros to your bill.
Where to stay in Venice on a budget
Al Ponte Mocenigo offers budget rooms in the heart of beautiful Venice. With a central courtyard and beautiful surroundings, you might not want to leave.
Venice is home to some lovely campsites – our pick is Camping Fusina on the Brenta River facing the city. With pitches from €10.50 in peak season, it’s a great budget option if you like the great outdoors.
Venice money-saving tip: Eat as you go
Venice is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Save some money on food by eating at bacari – small tucked-away bars – as opposed to big restaurants on the main drags.
Where to stay in Dublin on a budget
The Harding Hotel is one of Dublin’s best budget hotels. Set in Old Dublin, it’s close to Dublin Castle and the Temple Bar area. Single rooms are around £55, doubles from £95.
Close to Dublin Airport is CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre, a reasonably-priced (if slightly nondescript) place to stay. Good for a business trip.
Dublin money-saving tip: Get the Dublin Pass
The Dublin Pass gives you cheap sightseeing opportunities, with free entry to lots of Dublin attractions including Dublin Zoo, the James Joyce Centre and the Guinness Storehouse.