Staying outside the centre

If you’re considering a city break, then it’s a good idea to think outside the box when it comes to booking accommodation. Or, at least, think outside the centre.

One of the biggest factors governing the price you’ll pay for your hotel room is location. In most cases, the nearer you are to the city centre, the higher the room rate.

There are also many cities where the top hotels are located in an exclusive area, maybe just away from the city centre, near to the best fashion shops, restaurants or theatres. As far as price is concerned, it’s all about location, location, location…

So apply the reverse logic, and you’ll be able to find the best value hotels.

In a city like London, it’s a good idea to expand your holiday search to the suburbs. London has such a good transport system that the chances are you’ll be able to get to and from your hotel quickly and cheaply.

So instead of concentrating your search around the Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus or Regent Street areas, why not think about north London?

Places like Hendon, Golders Green, Elstree and Barnet are all worth considering as they have good transport links to central London. It’s a good idea to check out the Transport For London website to find an area that is easily reachable by public transport – click here for more information.

The same goes for Paris. If you insist on staying in the central area, you’ll be paying top prices, but choosing somewhere that is on the outer edges of the Metro system will usually be good value.

The other good thing about staying away from the city centre is that it will be quieter. New York is not the only “city that never sleeps” – you could easily pay a lot of money to stay in a city centre hotel in a European capital and find you’re kept awake at night by the nightclub next door or the busy traffic outside.

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