Cheap Rooms - When Price Trumps CharmSay you're touring in England, Scotland or Wales. Chances are you'll want to see historic sights, castles, wonderful scenery and museums. You'll be sampling typical pubs, the best of the arts and music scenes, great ethnic food, cool shopping, buzzing cities and picturesque towns. On a trip like that, does the décor of your hotel room really matter all that much? A room that's warm and dry, has clean bedlinens, reliable hot and cold running water in a clean bathroom and someplace to make a phone call and have a coffee or a light breakfast will probably do.
International Hotel Chains That Have it Down to a ScienceThe big international and UK hotel chains and groups have minimum standards and regular inspections. Use them and you can probably save enough for one or two nights splurging on the quaint and charming or the luxe boutique. These international and UK hotel chains, can be relied upon to provide good, basic, cheap accommodation around England, Scotland and Wales:
- Best Western The world's largest hotel group, with 4,200 hotels, has a variety of price ranges, including lots of good value rooms in the UK. The nice thing about this chain is there's a chance of some individual, independent style.
- Choice Hotels About 60 hotels and motels, operating under the names Comfort Hotels, Comfort Inns, Quanity Hotels and Quality Inns, and clustered around major cities, airports and business centers. Book a Choice Hotel Direct.
- Days Hotels Run by the company that operate Days Inns in the USA - a classic budget basic.
- Easy Hotels 4, basic London hotels owned by Stelios, the charismatic founder of EasyJet. Rooms cost under £100 - a bargain in central London. Fine if you don't mind the color orange.
- Ibis Budget (formerly Etap hotels) Part of the French-owned Accor group, this budget chain is well established in Europe and has a few units in the UK. It specialises in rooms for three with shower, toilet, satellite TV and good value breakfast buffet.
- Formule1 The most basic of the Accor group hotels, this chain is for people who are accustomed to hostel-type accommodations and don't mind sharing bathrooms. Rooms for from 1 to 3 people have a sink with a mirror and a TV. Shower and toilet facilities are just outside the room.
- Holiday Inn Express Pretty standard décor but room rates include continental breakfast and start well under £50 per room.
- Ibis Hotels Another member of the French owned Accor Group, these are good value and, often, city center.
- Jurys Inn This Irish-owned chain, with minimalist style, has hotels in destination cities in the UK and Ireland.
- Premier Travel Inn The UK's largest hotel chain with 500 locations.
- Travelodge A very large, very stripped down UK chain with some, special offer family rooms as low as £19 per room.