Z Hotels: the best value hotel chain in London

While it's usually possible to find discounted plane or Eurostar tickets to the British capital, those on a tight budget may find it harder to find affordable accommodation. Yes, London is very expensive and the solution is often to book accommodation far from the city centre and take hours of public transport every day to visit the city. But what if we told you that you could find cheap hotels in the heart of London, as close as possible to the monuments and must-see areas? That's the challenge that the Z Hotels chain has been taking up every day since 2011. To do so, it relies on unpretentious hotels and small rooms, but without ever compromising on the comfort and well-being of its visitors. The value for money is unbeatable! Here are the best Z Hotels in London.

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1. The Z Hotel Trafalgar

Trafalgar Square à Londres.

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The Nelson Column, lions, fountains, street performers and a springboard to London's finest museums... Welcome to Trafalgar Square, one of the city's most famous squares! Busy day and night, it's known as a place for social interaction and freedom of expression.

The double room.

Z Hotel Trafalgar is ideally located for exploring London, shopping, entertaining, dining, partying and working. The 141 beds are extremely comfortable and the public areas are tastefully decorated. Breakfast is well worth a visit.

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8.5
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2. The Z Hotel Piccadilly

Piccadilly Circus, London.

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One step out of the Z Hotel Piccadilly and you're immersed in the unique excitement of Piccadilly Circus and the lights of the West End. Sample the hustle and bustle in the district's shops, theatres, bars and restaurants, or find peace and quiet in an art gallery or church crypt.

The bedroom has a queen-size bed.

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The 122 rooms at Z Hotel Piccadilly, although small, have all the facilities you need for a relaxing stay. A continental breakfast is served each morning in the Z Café and hot meals are available throughout the day.

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7.9
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3. The Z Hotel Soho

A street in London's Soho district.

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Soho is London's young and lively district. During the day, tourists and locals alike flock to its vintage boutiques, trendy bars and typical restaurants. In the evening, this is the place to come for a taste of London nightlife.

The bedroom has a queen-size bed.

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Z Hotel Soho was the chain's first accommodation in 2011. From the outside, the hotel doesn't look like much, but inside you'll find 85 rooms arranged around a central courtyard. The location is simply perfect, between the theatres and bookshops of Cambridge Circus and Charing Cross Road and the bustle of Old Compton Street.

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7.6
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4. The Z Hotel Covent Garden

The entrance to London's Covent Garden.

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From high art to street artists, Covent Garden has it all. The area is best known as a shopper's temple: the pedestrianised streets are littered with shops of all kinds, and there is a huge covered market with many craft shops.

One of the rooms at Z Hotel Covent Garden.

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Z Hotel Covent Garden is right in the heart of the action, within walking distance of a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants, galleries, shops, museums and theatres. The 113-bed hotel actually backs directly onto St Paul's Church, which overlooks the famous Covent Garden square.

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8.4
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5. The Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road

Carnaby Street, London.

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Contrary to its name, Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road is also in Soho, on the doorstep of the new hyper-connected Crossrail station and right next to the vibrant Berwick Street Market: a location that's hard to beat.

The queen-size bedroom is accessible to disabled people.

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Offering easy access to the West End's most varied shopping and dining experiences, the Z Hotel Tottenham Court Road's 120 rooms and friendly bar welcome you for a stay in the heart of London. Special mention must go to the delicious breakfast!

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8.1
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6. The Z Hotel Strand

The view of the London Eye from Victoria Embankment Gardens.

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Z Hotel Strand is nestled between Embankment, Charing Cross and Covent Garden. A few minutes' walk will take you to Victoria Embankment Gardens, on the banks of the Thames. From here, the view of the London Eye and Westminster Palace is breathtaking!

The double room.

- © The Z Hotel Strand / Booking.com

The latest addition to the chain offers 114 rooms in the heart of the city, within walking distance of all the bars, restaurants and theatres in the area. The Z Hotel Strand is even right next door to theAdelphi Theatre, one of London's oldest theatres, founded in 1806.

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8.6
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7. The Z Hotel City

La City à Londres.

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It was on the site of the City that London was born over 2,000 years ago. Since then, the district has continued to evolve, always in keeping with the times. That's why today skyscrapers stand side by side with medieval remains. It is the financial heart of the United Kingdom, home to the Bank of England, some of the biggest names in banking and insurance, and the London Stock Exchange.

The double family room.

- © The Z Hotel City / Booking.com

Nestled between the Royal Courts of Justice and theTemple Church built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century, Z Hotel City has 109 rooms in the heart of the vibrant City, within walking distance of the bars and restaurants ofAldwych and the Strand.

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7.8
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8. The Z Hotel Holborn

A street in Holborn, London.

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Holborn is perfectly located, right in the heart of London's Midtown. It's the ideal base for visiting the British Museum, exploring Somerset House, shopping in Covent Garden or simply strolling along the River Thames.

The queen-size bedroom is accessible to disabled people.

- © The Z Hotel Holborn / Booking.com

With 197 ultra-comfortable beds, Z Hotel Holborn 's prime location will make you wonder why you've never heard of Midtown before. The rooms are all fully equipped, and even air-conditioned. The bar is a real bonus!

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8.2
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9. The Z Hotel Shoreditch

A concert hall in Shoreditch.

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Shoreditch is probably the most creative and committed district in London, on the doorstep of the City. From the 1980s onwards, artists set up shop in disused premises, soon followed by computer start-ups. Today, it's a hipster district that promises to be a place of discovery and change of scene.

The windowless double room.

- © The Z Hotel Shoreditch / Booking.com

A former office building converted into a 111-room hotel, Z Hotel Shoreditch is a unique venue. It is located in The Bower, an iconic shopping district next to the Old Street roundabout, surrounded by galleries, markets and street art hotspots.

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10. The Z Hotel Gloucester Place

Breakfast at Z Hotel Gloucester Place.

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Halfway between Hyde Park and Regent's Park, Z Hotel Gloucester Place allows you to move from the city to the countryside in just a few steps. Fine shops and restaurants are just a few minutes' walk away and London Zoo is not far either. It's an ideal place to stay, with easy access to the bright lights ofOxford Street and upmarket Marylebone.

One of the rooms at Z Hotel Gloucester Place.

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This hotel is a little different from the others in the chain. The 114 rooms at Z Hotel Gloucester Place are spread across six townhouses and are much larger than the others. The public areas are also spacious and beautifully decorated.

by Faustine PEREZ
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