Affordable luxury hotels in London

Don’t miss the chance to see Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London because you’re concerned about your travel budget. London is one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world, with expensive luxury hotels fit for royalty. However, if you focus on boutique hotels and venture off the tourist track, you can find luxury hotels rooms in London at affordable rates.

There are several ways to stay in a central London luxury hotel while paying a fraction of the regular cost. Planning your trip wisely–and well in advance–can significantly reduce the rates you’ll pay to bed down at these posh hostelries. Flexibility in travel times will increase your chances of finding a luxury hotel at discount prices. Being able to explore the historic city of London while staying in a posh, downtown hotel will make your trip much more memorable and exciting.

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Booking with a Reservations Agency

There are agencies that specialize in booking rooms for a large amount of hotels, varying in price and style. They are given a special rate and are able to pass the savings on to you. It is possible to save up to 50 percent off the hotels’ regular room prices. Things to consider when booking with a reservations agency are their cancellation policy and whether or not they require a deposit. Most such agencies require a non-returnable deposit, so if you book a hotel online and when you arrive it is not what you were promised, you will be left footing the bill. Carefully research agency policies and the hotels they offer to ensure the best value for your dollar.

Traveling Off Season

During the summer months hotel prices can be twice what they are in winter. Low tourist season means you will be getting much better deals at luxury hotels in London than you would get during high season. Call or email hotels to check on dates that are especially hard to sell. They will often have special packages and incentives for low-travel periods. Avoid traveling over black-out dates, which are days when discounts are never given and typically include Christmas, New Year’s Day and other high-travel periods.

Packages

Some airline and travel agencies work with hotels to offer special incentive rates when you purchase airline tickets in conjunction with nights at the hotel. These special deals can result in big savings. There are many online agencies that offer these types of deals. Also check with your travel agent to see what kind of packages they offer for luxury hotels in central London. With a little research you can find the perfect package for you.

Traveling in a Group

There is power in numbers, especially in terms of money. The more business you bring to a luxury hotel, the more they are willing to offer you in terms of a discount. By booking multiple rooms, or staying for a longer period, at least a week, many hotels may be willing to offer steep discounts or features like complimentary meals. Check with the hotel to see what kind of discounts they offer groups.  Again, if you plan a trip in the off-season, the rooms will be even cheaper.

Let’s go around and discover some affordable luxury hotels for your trip:

Beaufort Knightsbridge Hotel

Located in Knightsbridge, one of the most expensive areas in London, the Beaufort Knightsbridge Hotel resides in a turn-of-the-century townhouse on a quite tree-lined London street. The hotel is a few minutes walk from Harrods department store and a quick Tube ride to London’s major tourist attractions. The 29 rooms are decorated in a crisp, contemporary style with elegant maple furnitureand feature large, marble bathrooms with Crabtree and Evelyn toiletries. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi, complementary afternoon cream tea with homemade scones, and complementary Residence’s Bar in the evening.

Beaufort Knightsbridge Hotel
33 Beaufort Gardens
Knightsbridge – London
SW3 1PP
United Kingdom
+44-020-7584 5252
thebeaufort.co.uk

The Zetter Hotel

If you are looking for cutting-edge design and luxurious amenities at an affordable price point, consider the Zetter Hotel. When you walk into the Zetter’s lobby, you’ll be reminded of a contemporary art museum with minimalist furnishings, avant-garde artwork, funky objects d’art, and a spiraling glass and concrete seven story atrium. The Zetter Hotel’s use of up-and-coming British designers is evident in the custom wallpaper panels and furniture in each of the 59 uniquely designed rooms. Rooms include free Wi-Fi, interactive TVs with over 4,000 free songs on demand, walk in “waterfall” showers, and 24 hour room service. The rooftop Junior Suites are worth a splurge for their wall-to-ceiling windows and large patios overlooking the London skyline. The Zetter Hotel is located in the trendy Clerkenwall neighborhood and is a ten-minute taxi ride to London’s West End theater district.

The Zetter Hotel
St John’s Square
86 – 88 Clerkenwell Rd.
London
EC1M 5RJ
United Kingdom
+44-020-7324-4444
thezetter.com

San Domenico House Hotel

In the heart of the fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, stay at San Domenico House Hotel if you wish to experience the charm of turn-of-the-century London. This boutique hotel contains 15 luxurious bedrooms outfitted in genuine eighteenth- and nineteenth-century antiques. Bedrooms are outfitted in rich burgundy, magenta and moss-green fabrics. Some rooms have terraces overlooking the Chelsea neighborhood. The San Domenico House Hotel is a bargain considering the type of authentic historical restoration you will find here.

San Domenico House Hotel
29-31 Draycott Pl.
Chelsea – London
SW3 2SH
United Kingdom
+44-020-7581-5757
sandomenicohouse.com