Hotels offer a convenient solution when visiting cities around the World. Visit a popular destination and you can expect to find a hotel on every corner, which will allow you to find the perfect location for your stay.
That being said, hotels can be prohibitively expensive, and don't always offer the amenities or experience a traveller is looking for. So if a hotel isn't the right choice for you, then why not take a look at the following alternatives.
If you know somebody in the city you are visiting, then you have hit the jackpot! Staying with a friend will provide you with a free, or very cheap stay, in your preferred destination. However, you don't have to be lucky enough to know people around the World, to crash on their couch! Websites likeHomeStay.comandAirBnb.
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Comserve to connect travellers with homeowners in cities on all continents. On these websites, you can peruse through photos and descriptions of the rooms available. Prices vary considerably, but you should be able to get a decent room for £20 per night.
Bed and Breakfasts
Bed and breakfasts usually offer a very similar service to a hotel. However, they are smaller and tend to be family run'. Budget B&Bs may not have the luxury-feel or amenities of a hotel, but the price will be much more affordable.
Serviced apartments provide self-catering accommodation, which will generally feature fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, internet access, and a TV. If you would prefer to be able to make your own food and have a larger living space during your stay, then a serviced apartment may be the best option. Self-catering accommodation isn't always a great deal more expensive than staying in a hotel. View examples of serviced apartments at Signet Apartments.
Hostels conjure up images of bedbugs, dirty toilets and sharing a room with a total stranger! This might not sound very appealing, but it isn't a fair representation. Most hostels are clean and offer a totally different, and extremely cheap accommodation experience! In a hostel you will have the opportunity to meet other travellers from all over the World. If you are travelling alone, or you're on a gap year, then a hostel is the perfect way to meet new people. Search Hostels. Com to read reviews and find one that meets your standards.
If you're considering a city break, then why not take advantage of the global community at your fingertips and find an unconventional spot for the duration of your stay.
Do you have any other alternatives to hotels? Let us know in the comments below!