Budget Alternatives to Hostel Accommodation in the UK

Budget Alternatives to Hostel Accommodation in the UK


When looking for somewhere to stay in the UK, I’ve always considered hostels the cheapest option and have, accordingly, spent my time trying to find the best deals for them on websites such as Hostelworld.com.

Recently however, I’ve been doing a bit more research about budget accommodation in the UK and have been amazed by how cheap some hotels can be in comparison.

Even cheaper than hostels it turns out!

This is particularly true if you’re travelling as a couple or as part of a family or group because hostels often hitch up their prices for non-dorm rooms, whereas some UK hotels only charge you per room.

In addition, many UK budget hotels boast features that go way beyond the average hostel’s offerings including great internet facilities and excellent locations.

As such, I think it definitely stands to reason that I won’t be looking to stay in a hostel the next time the boy and I visit the UK.

Here are some of the budget alternatives to hostel accommodation in the UK that I will be exploring.

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#1 Travelodge

Travelodge pride themselves on delivering guests a comfortable and luxurious night’s sleep without the 5*star price tag.

With great facilities in every room, Travelodge claim to let you sleep easy without the expense – now who isn’t keen for that?!

With prices starting from just £29 per night, yes that’s right, £29 per night, it’s hard to argue with the incredible value Travelodge offer.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that their prices are always given per room, not person, so if 2 of you are sharing a £29 room, you pay just £14.50 each per night – serious bargain alert!

Family rooms at Travelodge can sleep up to 3 adults and offer even better value for money if you’re travelling as part of a group, because again, you just pay per room, not person.

Despite these incredible prices, Travelodge don’t seem to cut corners when it comes to comfort, which is certainly something that can’t be said for many of the hostels I’ve stayed in!

Each Travelodge room contains a luxurious king sized bed, which has been specifically designed for Travelodge by a leading British bed specialist.

All mattresses have a hypoallergenic filling and come with 4 luxurious pillows and a comfy duvet – hello!

Each Travelodge bedroom is also en-suite and most host baths as well as showers, which is certainly a luxury I’ve never seen in a hostel!

All rooms also include tea and coffee making facilities – a real joy for the British among us!

Travelodge hotels are situated right across the UK and you’ll find them in all major cities.

In addition there are many near airports and other major transport hubs and routes, which makes them a great choice if you’re on a roadtrip or in transit.

You’ll also find Travelodge hotels at many popular seaside and countryside areas in the UK, where they are the perfect budget accommodation choice for holidays or weekends away.

The Travelodge website has good pictures of their hotels and rooms, as well as clear maps with easy to find directions.

As one of the top 5 most visited travel websites in UK, it seems everyone is heading to Travelodge to book their UK accommodation – I think I might just join them!


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#2 Premier Inn

Starting from only £35 per room, Premier Inn stand out as one of the budget alternatives to hostel accommodation in the UK because there are so many of them to choose from!

Up and down country, there are over 650 Premier Inns including across London, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Great for weekend city breaks, Premier Inn hotels are also perfect if you have an early flight to catch or a dreaded long layover between connecting flights.

That’s because you’ll find many of them closely situated to some of the UK’s busiest airports including Heathrow and Gatwick in the south, as well as Manchester and Newcastle in the north.

Premier Inn also offer a great Airport Parking Package Deal, which is a super money saver.

Not only do you get complimentary parking on the night of your Premier Inn stay with one of these packages, but you also receive discounted airport parking prices for the rest of your holiday too.


On top of cheap prices, Premier Inn are all about guaranteeing you a good night’s sleep with spacious bedrooms and the comfiest of beds, complete with a duvet and a choice of soft or hard pillows.

They are also committed to excellent customer service with 24-hour manned reception and great security measures specifically designed to protect guests, which is super for solo female travellers in particular.

This is also very reassuring if you’re travelling with children and so it’s no surprise that Premier Inn has been voted the Best Family Travel Facility on more than one occasion.

This is also probably due to their excellently priced family rooms where you can sleep up to two children under the age of 16 for free!

The hotel also has free kids packs for younger children and good quality cots for babies.

On top of all this, it’s amazing that free wi-fi is available in all Premier Inn Hotels, now that’s a real selling point for me!

I also really like Premier Inn’s Saver Rates, which offer even more heavily discounted rooms.

These rates can only be found through the Premier Inn website and must be made in advance, without amendments or changes. However if you’re fairly organised and stick to your plans you can grab a real bargain here.

So go ahead and check out Premier Inn.

Great for airport transfer or those travelling with families, I was so surprised by just how reasonable they are.


So those are my picks for some great budget alternatives to hostel accommodation in the UK.

What are yours?



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