Affordable but decent stay in London in July

Hello, We (3-4 adults) are planning a trip to London early July for a week. We are trying to figure out a decent place to stay near or at the Docklands (there's a meeting at the Convention center for about a day and a half that we need to attend). From what I've seen, places near the center are either filled or too expensive or don't have good reviews. For e.g., Travelodge available but not good reviews; Marlin_Apartments, Limehouse - sounds good but a tad over budget. London's a dream destination and I don't want the place of stay to be a spoiler. Anyways, appreciate recommendations for something that wouldn't break the bank and would be suitable for a family :)........thanx in advance for responses! LV

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
547 posts

Try airbnb.com. Lots of great places to stay in central London at very reasonable prices.

Posted by JS
Bay Area
2081 posts

Look into www.accorhotels.com. There prob is an Ibis Hotel nrby. Re. Travelodge I have stayed in them in UK and they are quite good espec for a family. you may reconsider travelodge their rates are vg.And try a picnic-style for your breakfast as it will save you alot of GBP's.

Posted by steven
white plains, ny, usa
648 posts

I have found Accor Hotels quite good and have used them on the continent often . In Britain there is another chain , Premier Travel Inn ,similar to Ibis which would also be a good choice .

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6826 posts

Since you only need to be at the convention center a little over day why not just stay someplace in central London and commute to the Docklands? I find hotels in the St Pancras/Kings Cross/Euston stations area to be quite affordable plus they have excellent transport connections. I had a good stay and a cheap rate at the Ibis Euston (part of Accor) a couple of months ago. On previous visits had similar experiences at the nearby Travel Inns in the area.

Posted by LV
Kansas City, MO, USA
3 posts

JS- thanks for the input re. Travelodge - I thought it was a good rate but was surprised at the reviews this location received on tripadvisor, especially the photos, but will revisit the idea adn prbably another location. Love the picnic brk'fast idea. Steven - thanx for the links! Michael - I'm open to staying to staying somewhere else with a reasonable commute, so these are great suggestions, thanQ!

Posted by Joel
Tempe, AZ, USA
834 posts

LV - I would recommend the Falcon Hotel. Unfortunatly it is not very close to the Docklands, but the rates are reasonable.

Posted by Kevin
near Ringwood, Hampshire, UK
521 posts

LV, is it the ExCel convention centre? That is on the Beckton branch of the Docklands Light Railway, so getting there from central London (or vice versa) will mean changing from (or to) the Tube. It's worth spending a moment thinking about the time of day you will be travelling, and how the rush hour might affect your decision on where to stay. Take a look at the DLR/Tube map (which you can download from http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/14091.aspx ) and see where the DLR connects with the Tube lines. The interchanges at Bank and Canary Wharf are very busy at each end of the day. If you stayed in Docklands you would avoid some of that, and after the conference you would be travelling to and from central London when at least half the commuters were going in the opposite direction.