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Cheap hotels in 2009 that offer great value


Cheap is one of those terms that gets banded about all too easily – particularly on the web and in the travel industry where everyone is clambering after the bargain hunters at the other end of a mouse. Any search for “cheap hotels” will return literally millions of pages containing every conceivable destination and type of hotel. But are they all really cheap and what constitutes cheap?

Consumers fondly remember those good old days when penny sweets actually cost a penny and you had change left over from a fiver if you bought a fish and chip supper – but how cheap was a hotel back in the day? explored the modern concept of the cheap hotel and compared it to years in a bygone era to see whether they came up to scratch.

Shelling out for a sea-view pad in 1957 at the Conniston Hotel in Torquay got you a room with shared bathrooms and cost a healthy £139.86 a week in today’s money (£9.45 in 1957). By 1973 the hotel had added a licensed bar, swimming pool and colour TV lounge – for £170 a week (£23.00 in 1973).

If you fast forward to 2009 you can book a well appointed three star hotel abroad for less than a pound per night which unveils an entirely different perspective on what cheap means in today’s terms!

If you were to read that you could stay in real comfort in Marmaris, Turkey for just 64p a night, would you believe it? That’s about 15p less than a bottle of Evian water, more than £2.00 less than a pint of beer, and just double the price of how much it costs to use the toilets at most British Rail stations!

You’d sensibly assume that the hotel would be an out of the way dump but it is slap bang in the middle of this Turkish hotspot at the Kaan studio apartments for two - 500 metres away from the beach, accessible to the bustling town centre and just a short drive away from the airport. And that’s not forgetting all the on-site facilities - think snack bar, restaurant, cafe, playground, swimming pool, safe and room service on request – all for 64p each.

What’s more is that this isn’t just some one-off promotional package; also offer three-star self-catering apartment in Corfu for £1.50 a night and an all-inclusive hotel in Malta for £5.34 per person per night including breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks?

Now’s the time to pick up an overseas bargain and here’s to the next generation of cheap hotels and budget breaks...


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