Lately I get quite a few stories of people who have had problems with the hotel we had booked in London: sudden and unexplained increases in fares, rooms that resemble neither the website, overbookings… In my opinion there is no magic formula to avoid take a surprise upon arrival, except I choose carefully (the area is very important, for example) and fixed on reviews from former guests.
Anyway, Spaniards tend to believe that a hotel is always the best accommodation that we can find, and elsewhere will be a “cuchitril”. In London, and UK general, this is not true at all, as there are types of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes, and are often much better than a hotel.
These are the best known:
The cheapest option is usually a youth hostel, where several people unknown to each other sharing a room: is much larger room, less pay. They usually have bunk beds and rooms are only boys or only girls, unless you rent an entire room (that group travel, for example), so it is not usually the best option for traveling solo. For me, The biggest advantage, other than price, is the chance to meet other travelers and to comment on people who are visiting the same city as you.
One of the most typical English Breakfast is called Bed and Breakfast, that is to rent a room (included with the shared bathroom) entitled to breakfast. Arguably, it is like a pension or hostel in Spain, but here take it very, seriously, and there's even a TV show called Four in a bed where several owners compete to have the best Bed and Breakfast. Looking for some, rooms can be found worthy of four-star hotels to great prices, so it is always good to keep in mind.
Hotels are always another option, although we can not expect to have the same value in Spain. As I mentioned before, is always good to read reviews people who already have stayed in the hotel, and even do a little research this is the area in which you are.
Last, unless you have a budget and want too discover the delights of the English house firsthand, nothing better than to rent a house with onefinestay. The idea is to rent someone's home while he is out of town, so you have everything you need, so you can browse all the secrets of the English house (and discover the wonderful carpets and two ovens, for example). The web works just like a hotel booking, and there are houses in all price ranges and sizes, so if you come in a group it is certainly a very good choice (Also think about what you can save on meals), and may not have many more opportunities to live in an authentic London home.
Do you guys know any more than that you have accommodation in the state? Where ye have stayed in London? ¿Lo would recommend?