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The 6 Best Cheap Hotels near London King’s Cross Station

Looking for a convenient place to stay near London King’s Cross Station? Even better – don’t want to spend a ton of money when you do? You’ve come to the right place.

Finding an affordable place to stay in London is tricky under the best of circumstances, and often means you’re stuck out in Zone 3 or a 20-minute walk from the nearest Tube station. But with a little bit of extra research, you can find places that are more conveniently located without breaking the bank – and I don’t mean Bank Station elsewhere in the city.

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In this series, I’m sharing some of the best options for budget-friendly accommodation near London’s various train stations (see also: EustonVictoria, and Waterloo). The goal here is to help you find somewhere that is well-connected to both the airport(s) and the rest of London by way of the Tube, as well as to be realistic that travel has gotten really expensive lately!

Below you’ll find seven great cheap hotels near London King’s Cross Station. All are less than a 10-minute walk from the station and start from less than $120 per night (depending on your travel dates, rates may be higher). Hopefully, you’ll find one that fits your budget and your style, and have this part of planning your London itinerary sorted out shortly. Ready to find your London accommodation? Here are the best cheap hotels near London King’s Cross.

Alhambra Hotel

The Alhambra Hotel is one of the best cheap hotels near London King’s Cross if you’re looking for a clean, low-cost, no-frills place to nod off at night. Its location is one of its best features, being just a very short walk from St. Pancras and King’s Crossing stations.

Rooms are clean, updated, and have comfortable beds. Nonetheless, don’t expect to hang around them for too long. They are tiny and will do for the very basics: bathing and sleeping. Bear in mind that not all rooms have a private bathroom. So you may end up with a room that shares a toilet and shower, depending on the season you visit. Also, the hotel has no elevator or air conditioning.

Travelodge London Central Kings Cross

  • Distance: 0.1 miles, 2-minute walk
  • Price from: $88 per night
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A one-star hotel, Travelodge London Central Kings Cross is a beloved hotel by travelers from every corner of the world. Rooms are basic but clean, spacious, and functional. They also have a large desk for those that need to work. Rooms can get a bit warm, especially if there’s a heat wave; however, the hotel staff provides fans for travelers and there are air conditioning units installed in the dining room.

Travelodge’s location is fantastic, right next to St. Pancras and Kings Cross – you can get anywhere in London. Breakfast is not included in the nightly rate, but it’s pretty good! They serve croissants, toast, jam, fruit salad, cereals, yogurt and juices, and coffee. 

Wardonia Hotel

  • Distance: 0.1 miles, 2-minute walk
  • Price from: $108 per night
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The Wardonia is one of the best cheap hotels near King’s Cross for a weekend getaway in London. 

Like its counterparts, the Wardonia Hotel offers small rooms. Still, they are clean, functional, and comfortable. Just what you need for a quick trip to the English capital. There are a lot of stairs and no lift, and it’s very narrow so it may not be suitable if you’re coming with lots of luggage.

It’s in a very convenient location just 3 minutes from King’s Cross. The hotel doesn’t serve breakfast, but there’s no need to despair. It sits in the heart of Bloomsbury, one of the best breakfast areas in London, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Swinton Hotel

You’ll be hard-pressed to find better cheap King’s Cross station hotels than the Swinton Hotel. 

This lovely property makes a perfect base camp for exploring London. You’ll start each day with a continental breakfast and come back each evening to a clean, fresh room. The location is great and is only a 5-10 minute walk from King’s Cross. Rooms are clean and well-decorated, with tea, coffee, biscuits, and toiletries provided. The beds are comfy and the linen is fresh. The only disadvantage of this hotel is the noise at night. Front-facing rooms will hear a lot of cars and motorbikes zooming past all night and morning. So maybe bring some earplugs or request a room facing the back.

Overall, I highly recommend this hotel if you’re a budget traveler who wants a place close to public transport hubs but also wants a large variety of food and entertainment venues within walking distance.

The Harlingford

  • Distance: 0.4 miles, 7-minute walk
  • Price from: $120 per night
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A small hotel located in a peaceful Bloomsbury area, The Harlingford is one of the most comfortable venues for families and couples. It serves an excellent breakfast with many fresh and delicious choices, has small but adequate rooms and bathrooms, and the surroundings are never too noisy.

The rooms have everything you need: good lights, a desk, space for your luggage, a good wardrobe, and even a little niche by the bed for a book or a cup of tea. They also have large opening windows and some have a view over Cartwright Gardens. If you have mobility issues, tell them when you book as there is no lift.

Generator London

The first Generator hostel in London, the Generator London is one of the best cheap hotels near King’s Cross if you’re a backpacker or are coming with a group of friends.

The hostel’s best feature is the atmosphere, besides being an 8-minute walk to Kings’s Cross, of course. It has a friendly staff and you’ll meet travelers from every corner of the world. A few advantages reviewers mention are the property’s cleanest and that it provides all-female dorms.

One thing, though; some dorms are next to the smoking area. If you’re sensitive to cigarette smoke, make sure to let the staff know in advance. Backpackers hang out there and smoke most of the night.

Have any other questions about budget-friendly places to stay near London King’s Cross Station? Let me know in the comments below!

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Valerie fell in love with London on her first trip to the city way back in 2011. Since then, she spent a year living in London and visits as often as she can. Join her to explore my favorite city on earth and learn everything you need to discover the best London has to offer!

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