All the rooms on this list are doubles with private bathrooms for less than £100 per night. When choosing a cheap room remember:
- Breakfast may not be included
- There may be a fee or a slow connection for wi-fi
- Factor in travel costs to attractions
- Beware of super cheap special offers which may be almost impossible to pin down.
Right on the beach in Aldeburgh, the White Lion is a landmark in this Suffolk town, noted for music, opera and food festivals as well as associations with composer Benjamin Britten and Sir Peter Pears. Special packages, include live opera broadcasts from the New York MET at the Aldeburgh Cinema. Ocean facing rooms are traditionally furnished and slightly more luxurious than inland facing rooms. A word to the wise though - right across the road, between the hotel and beach, fishermen regularly sell their catch in small huts. Very scenic of course - but if you hate seagulls, you might want to choose an inland facing room.
This 17th century coaching in is located in Fornham All Saints, a pretty village a few miles from the historic town of Bury St. Edmunds. Accommodations are located in a converted stable block behind the traditional pub and include full English breakfast in the pub restaurant. Not far from the A14, The Three Kings is well located for touring East Anglia.
Cityroomz, across from the train station in Cambridge, is a living lesson in "you get what you pay for." This budget hotel is only saved from being classed as a hostel because guests have private rooms with their own. ensuite shower rooms. But we are talking tiny here. Rooms are clean and basic, with TV and coffee making facilities, but they are rooms in which to sleep and freshen up not to linger. Still, for a budget stopover to see Cambridge for a day or two, the price is right. Some guests have complained about unhelpful staff and the office is not staffed at night.
4. Cambridge College Rooms
Staying in college rooms is a great way to save money in Cambridge. Almost all the colleges have some guest rooms available year round. Services vary but most include Wi-Fi access and either continental or full English breakfasts. Because these are college rooms, doubles are uncommon, but there are some twin-bedded rooms and even the odd efficiency apartment. Colleges with room stays include Christ's, Churchill, Clare, Corpus Christi, Downing, Fitzwilliam, Jesus, Lucy Cavendish, Murray Edwards, Robinson, Sidney Sussex, St Catharine's and St John's.
Information about rooms, colleges, facilities and prices is available on the central booking website
5. North Hill Hotel in Colchester
Colchester, Britain's oldest town, was the first Roman capital of Britain, Burnt to the ground by Queen Boadicea and her Iceni tribe in AD 60. There is much of Roman, medieval and Victorian Britain to see here, including several stunning mosaic floors and walls. The Castle, now a museum, stands on the ruins of the Temple of Claudius.
The North Hill Hotel is a small, family-run boutique hotel in a Georgian building in the center of Colchester. Rooms are small and furnished with simple, modern furnishings. Guests have praised the hotel's service, cleanliness and restaurant, though some have complained of street noises in the front rooms.
Part of the Norwich City Football Club Complex, this is a modern hotel with good facilities that regularly gets the thumbs up from visitors. It's centrally located. Fans of cookery writer, TV personality and Norwich City co-owner Delia Smith can stop by Delia's restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights, or visit her American-style bar and grill Yellows. Prices at this hotel vary and tend to be higher on match days, but compare prices on the internet because deals at just under £100 are available.
Now for something completely different. This is a small (three rooms) bed and breakfast with a shared bathroom run on an organic and eco-friendly basis. What makes it special is that it is an artists private home and is decked out with all kinds of design features, original artwork and eclectic gimcracks. The prices are very good, though the decor might not suit everyone (black and white paisely wallpaper).
About half way between Cromer (noted for its wide, sandy beaches and native crabs) and Great Yarmouth, this is a traditional country inn near the North Norfolk coast. The inn is set in four acres of landscaped gardens. We've heard reports that Scarborough Hill is looking a bit tired and in need of a refurbishment these days. The wallpaper in the best rooms could send some guests round the twist. But you can't beat the price for this great touring location.
This small hotel overlooks the River Bure and is the launching place for river cruises and tours of the Norfolk Broads. Rooms are simple and modern. Most have small terraces overlooking the river. The hotel has a terrace restaurant and bar with extensive views across the watery world of the Norfolk Broads. Sports fans will enjoy watching matches on the 3D HD television in the bar.
Swaffham's wonderful Saturday market has been held across the street from The George Hotel for at least 300 years. This market town is about 25 miles from Norwich and about ten miles from the North Norfolk Coast and the historic shrine at Walsingham. The Queen's estate at Sandringham is close by and the town is surrounded by farms and pheasant hunting estates. Fans of the Stephen Fry television series, Kingdom may recognize Swaffham as "Market Shipborough," the setting. The George hosted both cast and crew during filming. Rooms are traditionally furnished, clean and bright. The hotel also serves a nice tea and has a locally recommended restaurant.