A city break is a great way of spending a few days away. However, in many cases, the word “city” generally means “expensive” unless you are prepared to do some homework before you go. There is a whole world of undiscovered places to stay that are not generally found in the top hotel guides. Avoid large hotel chains–although some may be budget friendly, they are usually impersonal and out of town. The idea of a city break is to get out and explore the surrounding area, not to stay inside of your hotel. Clean, comfortable accommodation is the basic requirement, and the savings you get on hotels bills can be spent on more exciting things at your chosen destination. Finding an affordable hotel in a major city can take a bit of time, but here’s a list of cheap hotels in the world’s biggest metropolises to help start your research:
Clapham Guest House – London
The hustle and bustle of central London and all of its attractions is only a short bus, taxi, or train ride away from this smart and comfortable guest house in Clapham. There are numerous bars and restaurants within walking distance of the property and the reasonable room rates mean more money to spend having a good time in the city. All of the bedrooms at this cheap hotel in London have free WiFi, TV, radio, heating, and a fan, plus a desk and a seating area. There is a choice of single, twin, double, or family rooms, some with ensuite bathrooms and others with shared facilities for more budget-conscious guests. The staff at this London guest house are on hand to book theater tickets and excursions and to help guests get the most out of their stay in the exciting capital of England.
Hotel Boulevard – Moscow
This cheap Moscow hotel is close to three metro stations as well as being within walking distance of many shops, bars, and restaurants. Red Square and the Kremlin are only a few miles away. Visitors can take time to stroll around the Boulevard Ring with its many tree-lined squares and beautiful buildings, absorbing the atmosphere. The hotel has 53 rooms all with private bathrooms, plus there is 24-hour reception, where the staff will help guests with visas and foreigner registration.
Purpur Aparthotel – Prague
The excellent location of this city center budget hotel in Prague makes exploring the Czech capital easy, especially since Wenceslas Square is just a two minute walk away. The aparthotel is midway between the main railway station and the Vltava River and close to the State Opera and National Museum. There are 36 rooms, all bright and modern with one, two, or three beds. Ensuite facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen, TV, WiFi, and central heating in each room make for a very pleasant stay. The double and triple rooms have hospitality trays.
New World Hotel – New York City
A stone’s throw from the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge is the New World Hotel. It is all about location with this budget New York City hotel: Chinatown is just around the corner for the best Chinese food ever, and for pizza and pasta, Little Italy is only a few streets away. Trendy SoHo in Lower Manhattan is noted for the many art galleries as well as boutiques and shops, and this area is an easy stroll from the hotel. Nearby subway stations will whisk visitors into the heart of New York to see Rockefeller Center, Madison Square Garden, Times Square, and Central Park. The money saved on accommodations can be spent shopping on 5th Avenue. The New World Hotel is clean and simple and some rooms have private bathrooms. The rooms are small but have WiFi and a TV and make a decent base while checking out New York because the location is so good. There is 24-hour reception and luggage storage, and the staff are on hand to help with directions and any questions.
Hotel Clarin – Rome
A ten-minute walk from the Termini Station will bring you to Hotel Clarin. The location is great and close to the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Venezia, and, for opera lovers, the Opera Theater in the semi-circular Piazza del Repubblica is also nearby. This cheap Rome hotel has 24-hour reception, free WiFi in all of the public areas, and a lift. Breakfast is included and is served in the pleasant bar /caféte style restaurant. The rooms all have private bathrooms, heating, and a TV and sleep between one and five people.
Glenferrie Lodge – Sydney
In the harborside location of Kirribilli in Sydney, the Glenferrie Lodge makes a great base for a trip down under. A five minute ferry ride takes visitors to the Central Business District (CBD) in the city where there are numerous art galleries, museums, and parks. The Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, the Theater Royal and City Recital Hall are just a few of the nearby attractions. For thrill seekers, the Luna Park theme park is 15 minutes’ walk from Glenferrie. A choice of single, double, twin, family, or dorm style rooms are offered in this cheap Sydney hotel, all with fans, WiFi, fridges, heating, and the use of shared bathrooms. There is a well-kept garden to relax in and a lounge to sit and swap stories with fellow travelers.
Lynam’s Hotel – Dublin
Centrally located and facing the Dublin Spire, this hotel has everything for a comfortable stay in this vibrant Irish city. All of the famous streets of Dublin are close by, and Grafton Street, Trinity College, Temple Bar, and St. Stephen’s Green are all a short walk from O’Connell Street and this budget Dublin hotel. Shopping opportunities abound in Henry Street and, needless to say, there are many places to go for a pint of Guinness. There are 42 rooms in the hotel, all with private bathrooms and WiFi access, TV, and a hospitality tray. The hotel’s restaurant, Café Carlo, serves a mixture of Italian and Irish cuisine while the Georgian drawing room is a great place to relax with a drink.
121 Paris Hotel – Paris
This budget Paris hotel is on the wide, tree-lined Avenue de Clichy, which is bursting with shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants, making it a great location for holidaymakers or business travelers. It is close to the Congress Center in the north of Paris and a short walk from Montmartre, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs Elysees. Brochant metro on the north to south line is a five minute walk, so access to the famous Eiffel Tower and other parts of this beautiful city is fast and easy. There are 31 rooms, all with a private bathroom, satellite TV, a hairdryer, air-conditioning, a safe, and a fridge. There is a buffet breakfast available, although it isn’t included in the room price. Guests can choose from single, double, or twin rooms.