Top 5 Cheap Hostels Perfect For Your London Contiki Departure

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If you’re on a Contiki trip departing from London, then you’re going to be leaving from the ‘Contiki Basement’ HQ. The Contiki Basement is located in the basement of the Royal National Hotel.

Contiki recommends the Royal National Hotel as a great place to stay before or after your tour. Now, because Contiki isn’t what you’d consider luxury travel, you would be right to expect that this hotel isn’t so great. It’s only rated 3 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, which is relatively poor – but it is cheap for London, and it’s perfectly acceptable.

As a past Contiki traveller, I stayed in the Royal National Hotel (actually, so did a lot of others too). And honestly, the best thing about Royal National Hotel is the location. It’s literally right above where your tour bus leaves.

If you are on a tight budget, then you might want to consider spending less money for something just as good within a 5 – 10 minutes walk from the Contiki Basement.

So why not check out these five hostel alternatives available to book at HostelWorld.

NOTEWe compared prices for the following hostels against that of the Royal National Hotel for April, and the best available online rate was £85.00 ($164 AUD approx.) – considerably higher than the hostels listed below.

  1. 1 YHA London St Pancras

    🔑 79-81 Euston Road
    🏆 9.0 rating on HostelWorld
    💷 From £30 ($58 AUD approx.) per night
    ⏱ 10-minute walk to Contiki Basement

    YHA London St Pancras has friendly reception and bar staff, clean rooms and a lounge which is really comfortable to hang around and is rated highly for value for money.

  2. 2 Generator Hostel London

    🔑 37 Tavistock Place
    🏆 7.9 rating on HostelWorld
    💷 From £27 ($53 AUD approx.) per night
    ⏱ 6-minute walk to Contiki Basement

    Hostelworld guests have said Generator Hostel London is a clean, secure, 'well-organised hostel with good and professional staff'. We like their 'lively and atmospheric' bar, which travellers tell us is 'a great place to hang out a bit and have a beer while meeting nice people from around the globe'.

  3. 3 Pickwick Hall

     🔑 7 Bedford Place
    🏆 9.0 rating on HostelWorld
    💷 From £35 ($67 AUD approx.) per night
    ⏱ 7-minute walk to Contiki Basement

    Admittedly, the photos of this hostel are pretty awful, but it is highly rated. Pickwick Hall provides accommodation for tourists, students and other people who require cheap, clean and attractive short or long-term lodging.

  4. 4 Smart Russell Square Hostel

    🔑 71 Guilford Street
    🏆 6.9 rating on HostelWorld
    💷 From £22 ($43 AUD approx.) per night
    ⏱ 5-minute walk to Contiki Basement

    Nestled in the heart of London, walking distance to iconic British Museum and Europe’s most popular shopping area, Oxford Street, Smart Russell Square is the perfect destination for budget-conscious travellers who want to experience amazing London adventure.

    Every room is key card locked as is entry to the main part of the building, security lockers are present in every room.

  5. 5 Astor Museum Inn

    🔑 27 Montague Street, Bloomsbury
    🏆 9.0 rating on HostelWorld
    💷 From £29 ($56 AUD approx.) per night
    ⏱  7-minute walk to Contiki Basement

    This hostel won 1st Best Small hostel chain and 1st in the Lifetime achievement awards at the 2015 Hoscars. Fancy! Astor Museum Inn is across the street from the British Museum in 'a classy part of town', according to one Hostelworld user.

    HostelWorld reviewers have praised this hostel's 'awesome, very friendly staff' who offer 'excellent service for the value'.

Have you stayed in any of these hostels, or recommend others? Please let us know in the comments below.

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