England is an incredible place to visit. Weather you want to explore London or Stonehenge, you won’t get bored here. Being known as a rather pricey destination, those looking to save some money on their vacation or those you travel on a budget need cheaper places to sleep: hostels.
Need to know
Hostels all over England vary from hardcore party hostels to tranquil places hidden in a back-end alley, just perfect for a couple or a family. There are plenty of hostels chains well represented here but there are also family run places.
Although some hostels still bare the name “youth hostels” there aren’t always age restrictions in place.
The cheapest beds are always found in dorms but if you prefer a bit of privacy you can stay in a private room. Bare in mind that even the hotel rooms are rather small in England so don’t expect a luxury bedroom in a hostel.
Make sure to read the reviews before booking. The last thing you want is to end up in a party hostel if you plan to sleep during the night. Don’t worry much about the location since the public transport is very efficient and you can easily get from one place to another.
Budget hotels, guest houses and B&Bs are also listed under “hostels” and the prices are about the same as the ones offered by the hostels.
The rooms book up pretty quickly especially during summer so make sure to book well in advance. Prices don’t vary according to season but in general the rooms cost more during the weekend as opposed to the weekdays.
Ace Hotel (Kensington)
This hostel (although called “hotel) is located in West Kensington. The room price includes the breakfast and the linen, there is internet access and all rooms are equipped with AC. There is a bar, a pool table, a game room and other facilities which cater for the youngsters. During the summer, a bed in a 8 beds dorm costs £20.00/night while a twin private ensuite room costs £28.25/night/person during the week and £30.25/night/person during the weekend.
The Nightingale Lodge
This is a newly refurbished lodge, especially created for backpackers. There are both dorms and private rooms and they all book up really quickly! Breakfast and linen are included in the room price. There is wi-fi internet available. Guests can cook their own meals in the shared kitchen. During summer a double private room (bathroom shared) costs £20.00/night/person while a bed in a dorm (4, 8 or 14 beds) costs £15.00/night during the weekdays.
The hostel is located close to many attractions and offers both beds in dorms and private rooms. There is wi-fi access. The breakfast and linen are included in the room price. During summer a twin private room (shared bathroom) costs £25.00/night/person during the weekdays. A bed in a 18 beds dorm costs £14.50/night during the weekdays and £16.50/night during the weekends.