We are considering where to stay for our next trip to London. Our last trip found us in a flat out in Barking - which was great, self catering and dirt cheap, but a bit too far out to be convenient for this trip. We've also stayed at the Holiday Inn Express Swiss Cottage, and while we liked the area and the hotel was quite OK, we have decided against it this time.
We've looked at flats to rent, but it seems they're all either too expensive or they want the entire cost paid at least a month or more before you arrive and a security deposit often equal to the amount of your rental fee that's held for a month after you've left! That's out for us, as I don't like to pay for something in full before I've seen it (unless it is very reasonable, is rented from somewhere with an impeccable reputation and comes with personal recommendations), and we're on a bit of a budget so double the cost of accomodations - even for just a couple of months - is a hardship.
I think I have narrowed it down to two options. A traditional chain hotel, the Premier Travel Inn (probably Kings Cross) and base2stay.
My husband is rather obsessive about wanting a fridge in the room, which I don't believe Premier Travel Inn has. We both appreciate having a kitchenette, as it does save money and is more convenient sometimes. But the size of the rooms at base2stay seems to be a concern.
We can't pay more than 100 GBP/night, and would prefer to keep it under 80 GBP/night (which I know isn't really doable at base2stay).
What are your thoughts? Or do you have another suggestion to toss into the mix (I'd love to hear it!)?
We're planning on roughly five nights at the beginning of November and will be traveling in/out of either Stansted or Luton.