Planning to embark on your dream UK tour after the pandemic? While everyone knows that the UK isn’t the cheapest destination to visit in Europe, it’s still possible to explore the British Isles and still have comfortable accommodation to go home to. We know camping and sleeping on a stranger’s couch aren’t for everyone.
The good news is the UK has a wide range of comfortable and luxurious accommodation properties that are suitable for your budget, needs, and the type of traveler that you are.
1. Luxurious Hotels | For the noble traveler
Looking to splurge on a hotel that costs $100 per night or more ( £ 73.07+) accommodation? England is the best place to do it sInce they set the bar high for luxury. We’ve got a wide array of luxury hotel chains all around the UK, including Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Fairmont, Red Carnation Hotels, and JW Marriott Luxury Hotels.
If you’re looking for an alternative to standard hotel chains, there are other elegant properties you may consider. Want to feel like royalty for a day? If money isn’t a problem, you can stay in castles and manor houses. You might also want to discover the UK culture and stay at England’s famous country house hotels, which range from modest to luxurious.
2. Boutique Hotels | For the Instagrammers and travelers with a good taste
At the end of the day, having a nice, clean, and comfortable place to lodge in is enough for any average traveler. But don’t you just want to take your accommodation game to the next level by staying in boutique hotels? These small, Instagram-worthy hotels are furnished in a stylish, themed manner. They can even be a highlight of your trip.
From quirky to classy, you can find a boutique hotel that will surely suit your aesthetic. You can even find boutique hotels built on heritage sites. This four-star boutique hotel in Sheffield, for instance, is built on a former site of a historic Grammar school and it preserves its charming architectural character.
Here are some of the best places to browse and compare boutique hotels:
3. Budget Hotels and Hostels | For the frugal traveler who doesn’t want to sacrifice luxe
If you’re planning to travel on a budget without scrimping on comfort and convenience, you can find a couple of budget hotels under £ 70 that will suit your fancy. The key is to do some research in advance and book your hotel at least two days prior.
We recommend a couple of tips to book the cheapest hotel possible:
- Travel during off-peak seasons.
- Sacrifice proximity to city centers. Instead, look for modest hotels that are near the outskirts of town, which tend to be more affordable.
- Use air miles to get the best deals.
- Search, compare, and book properties using third-party sites, including TripAdvisor.com, Expedia, EuroCheapo, EuroBookings, Travelocity, Agoda, Hotels.com, and Hotels Combined.
- If you’re planning to stay in hostels, you may check out HostelWorld, Savvy Backpacker, EuropeanHostels, and HostelBookers.
4. Serviced Apartments | For long-term vacationers and business travelers
Looking for accommodation that combines the comfort, convenience, and luxury of hotels and the homey feel of vacation rentals? Serviced apartments got you covered.
Serviced apartments are generally 30% more spacious than average hotel rooms. Unlike standard hotels, which only look like a fancier version of your bedroom, serviced apartments come with a fully-furnished living room, dining space, and a fully-equipped kitchen. They’re a great choice if you’re in the city for a longer trip
And unlike self-catering rentals, you won’t have to worry about security and cleanliness. Serviced apartments come with housekeeping services, front desk services, and security for a guaranteed safe, clean, and comfortable stay.
5. Vacation Rentals | For practical travelers who love self-catering properties
If you’re not country-hopping and are staying in one area for the majority of your vacation, you might want to consider renting a vacation home. It can be an entire house, flat, private villa, or just a room or suite in the host’s apartment. These rentals are often bigger and may even be cheaper in the long run than staying in a hotel, making them a perfect choice for group travels and extended stays.
Most UK vacation rentals range from $50-150 ( £ 36-109) per night ( £ 36-109). They come fully furnished with all the essentials, including a kitchen you may use to cook your own meals and avoid expensive, unhealthy takeaways.
You may look for vacation rentals using AirBnb, London Perfect, VRBO, Home Away, and 9Flats.
6. Bed and Breakfasts | For travelers who want to lodge like a local
If you’re going near the countryside, locals suggest you check out bed and breakfast inns. As its term suggests, bed and breakfast inns are small, homey lodges that provide guests with a cozy, comfortable room to stay in plus a lovely breakfast (commonly English breakfast) in the mornings.
BnBs are a great way to soak up the local scene and feel more at home in the UK. In fact, many travelers prefer these small cottages and houses to large chain hotels. They are run by couples or families who can give their guests lots of local knowledge and insider tips on the best ways to enjoy the country. They are also way cheaper than many hotels.