Going on a trip around the world? Don’t have a headache over budgeting – book great-value accommodations and keep more money in your pocket for exploring the destinations you visit. If you want a secure space to keep your valuables, your own private bathroom and a central location, a cheap hotel is your best bet. We’ve picked one each for 11 major backpacker cities, so you’re sorted for stays wherever you end up.
The Grapevine is a London hotel that sits five minutes away from Victoria Station, and offers free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Rooms have LCD TVs, hairdryers and tea/coffee making facilities. Sights like Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and the West End are close by on foot or via the tube.
Hotel Altona is one of the most conveniently-located cheap hotels in Paris for rail travellers, as it is next door to the Gare du l’Est and a short walk from the Gare du Nord. 54 rooms have flat-screen TVs, telephones and private bathrooms. Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur is a short walk away.
A short walk away from Gaudi’s masterpiece Casa Batlló, as well as the Passeig de Gràcia, main strip La Rambla and Barceloneta beach, Barcelona City Hotel has a fantastic location indeed. The cheap hotel in Barcelona has air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a friendly 24-hour front desk service.
The two-star Alex Hotel sits in Prenzlauer Berg, close to Alexanderplatz. This cheap hotel in Berlin offers a breakfast buffet until midday, and free hot drinks until 10pm. Rooms have TVs, internet access (PC and Wi-Fi) and en suite bathrooms. Volkspark Friedrichshain is just around the corner, and Berlin Mitte is a short tram-ride away.
Albergo San Samuele is a cheap hotel in Venice five minutes’ walk from St. Mark’s Square. Santa Lucia station is 20 minutes away, and 10 rooms have private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. They overlook a charming Venice street or an internal courtyard. Outside, it’s a short walk to St. Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge, the Accademia and Palazzo Grassi.
If you’re looking for a cheap Goa hotel, you can’t go far wrong with Star of the Sea Resort. Surrounded by coconut groves and a ten-minute stroll from the sugary sands of Benaulim beach, the hotel offers a freshwater pool, a bar and restaurant. Friendly staff operate a 24-hour front desk.
The Ambassador is one of the best three-star cheap hotels in Bangkok. There is a swimming pool, several restaurants and bars including a Chinese restaurant and an English pub, a fitness centre with steam room and Jacuzzis and Wi-Fi internet access. A shopping plaza sits across the road.
Emperor’s Guards Station Courtyard is the perfect cheap hotel in Beijing for backpackers: the Forbidden City and Tiannamen Square are a short walk away, and the hotel offers beautiful décor and bike rental. Other nearby attractions include the Temple of Heaven and the Lana Temple.
A fantastic cheap hotel in Sydney for backpackers after a better-quality stay then the average hostel, Central Railway Hotel & Apartments has apartment-style rooms with internet access, TVs and private bathrooms. You’re 600m from Sydney Central Station, which connects you with the Harbour, Opera House and Sydney CBD.
Hotel Bolivar is one of the most beautiful cheap hotels in Buenos Aires, housed in a 19th-century building with marble spiral staircases and a tiled courtyard. Wi-Fi is available, and the hotel is a short walk from top attractions like the Plaza de Mayo, the Obelisk and main street Avenida 9 July.
Sun Bright is a cheap New York Hotel near Chinatown. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, free HBO on TVs in private rooms and free newspapers on weekdays. Little Italy is a block away, as is the nightlife in SoHo and the Village. The subway can whizz you to Midtown attractions like 5th Avenue, the Rockefeller Centre and Central Park.
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