My picks are chosen based upon a number of factors with customer opinion being the most important. I also looked at the value offered by way of room price, freebies and the types and quality of the amenities offered.

Editor's Top 9 Picks

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Clean and comfortable London motel with well-appointed rooms and free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi, free basic continental breakfast, free parking and free local calls
  • Clean rooms, according to many guests
  • Many guests were pleased with the low room rates at this hotel
  • Central location close to restaurants, shopping and hospitals
  • Many guests said the staff were friendly
  • Some guests found the beds comfortable
  • An 8-minute drive from airport or downtown
  • A few guests were disappointed with the breakfast selection
  • A few guests had trouble accessing Wi-Fi
The Knights Inn is my pick for best value in London. This hotel is well described as "cheap and cheerful". It doesn't charge a lot of money for a room and the staff are very friendly, with quick and easy check-ins and check-outs. It's conveniently located half way between the downtown and the airport, about an 8-minute drive each way, and guests liked its proximity to a Tim Hortons and other restaurants and shopping. Included in the already rock-bottom price is a basic continental breakfast, parking and Wi-Fi. All rooms are well-equipped with flat screen TVs, mini-fridges and microwaves. This hotel, which was renovated in 2012, provides a clean room with friendly service and excellent value for the dollar.
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Good value north London hotel with modern rooms, restaurant, lounge and outdoor patio
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Guests liked the park-like setting of this hotel
  • Guests received good customer service
  • Rooms were clean, according to guests
  • Those attending conferences at the hotel said the facilities were very good
  • Some guests were disappointed that there was no breakfast included with their room rate
The Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre offers a unique park-like setting that will make your stay feel like a retreat into a time when life was not in the fast lane. It's my choice for a moderately-priced hotel that offers excellent value in London. This is a historical property turned conference centre and hotel, on a large wooded property that includes trails for walking. Guests found rest and relaxation in their clean and beautifully decorated rooms. The hotel offers wonderful dining experiences in a beautiful setting of trees and flowers on its outdoor patio, complete with outdoor fireplace and heaters for chillier nights. There are a few dining rooms and lounges on site that offer both indoor and outdoor dining, with real chefs in the background producing quality meals. Guests said that the staff of this hotel were exceptional and went out of their way to attend to guests needs. Included in the already reasonable room rate are Wi-Fi and parking. Some guests were also delighted to find free refreshments provided all day at the coffee bar.
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South London hotel near Hwy 401 with well-equipped rooms, free breakfast and nearby dining
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Guests enjoyed newly renovated rooms
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the hotel well located for accessing Highway 401
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers appreciated the free breakfast
  • Some guests complained of renovating disturbances
The budget-friendly Travelodge London South is also my pick for good value in London. This hotel has excellent ratings for a budget hotel. Although it is somewhat dated, guests appreciate its cheaper price point and friendly staff. It's in a good location close to Highway 401, downtown London, White Oaks Mall and local restaurants and shops. Guests like their clean and comfortable rooms, which are well-equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves.
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Well-liked and comfortable downtown London hotel with free breakfast and free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers praised the food and selection at the free breakfast
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers found the hotel well located for exploring downtown on foot
  • A couple of reviewers noted noise transfer
  • Parking is $11 per day
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites London Downtown is a well-liked, lower to middle price range hotel. Because it is right downtown, it’s handy to shops and restaurants as well as various downtown attractions such as the Covent Gardens Market, Grand Theatre and Budweiser Gardens. Parents visiting their children at Western will find it close by, only 8 minutes drive.

Besides a lower room price, guests will appreciate having free Wi-Fi and a free hot breakfast buffet. Parking is $11 a day, so not outrageous for a downtown location. The rooms all come with a mini-fridge and microwave which will prove convenient for heating leftovers or chilling wine. This is a pet-free and smoke-free environment.

Recent guests really enjoyed the selection and quality of the free hot breakfast and interactions with the staff at the hotel. They also appreciated the good security of the hotel and their clean rooms.

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Book from ~$126 CAD
Pet-friendly and good value south London hotel with kitchenettes and many freebies
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, passes to a fitness centre, pet stays
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the highway, shopping and dining
  • A couple of guests found the beds comfortable
Quality Suites is another great value for guests visiting London, although it’s about 10 minutes from the downtown core to the south. It’s very handy to the White Oaks Mall for dining and shopping and Hwy 401 and likely the perfect choice for guests wanting to access the nearby Victoria Hospital.

This is a pet-friendly hotel that allows your pooch to come along for free. There are also suites with kitchenettes available that would be convenient for families and guests staying a little longer. Added to a very reasonable room price are free Wi-Fi, a free hot breakfast and free parking. Guests are also provided free passes to an off-site health club nearby.

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Book from ~$159 CAD
Historic luxury downtown London hotel with first-class service, indoor pool & fine dining
  • Free Wi-Fi and free wired Internet
  • Guests staying in Signature Club rooms receive a free breakfast and free evening snacks
  • Many guests described their rooms as comfortable and well appointed
  • The staff gave first class service according to guests
  • Several guests enjoyed the indoor pool area
  • Guests raved over dinners and Sunday Brunch at the hotel
  • Self parking is $12 and valet parking is $20 per day
  • Several guests complained about noise disturbances from neighbouring rooms and the halls
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Book from ~$142 CAD
Highly praised south London hotel with indoor pool, free breakfast and free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast, free parking
  • Clean, comfortable rooms, according to guests
  • Many guests were impressed with the staff's accommodating service
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to London Health Sciences Centre and restaurants
  • Many guests praised the free breakfast offered
  • Many guests felt they had received great value at this hotel
  • A few guests said the hotel was a bit dated
  • A couple of guests found the pool small
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Highly praised London boutique hotel with modern decor across from Covent Garden Market  
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sleek, modern decor, according to guests
  • Guests liked being within walking distance of a number of restaurants
  • Friendly, courteous staff, according to guests
  • Some guests were bothered by noise from other guests
  • A few guests complained about loud air conditioning units
  • No on-site parking, but guests can park across the street at Covent Garden Market
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Book from ~$138 CAD
Downtown London all-suite hotel with full kitchens and off-site swimming pool and gym
  • Free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free hot buffet breakfast
  • Accommodating, friendly staff, according to guests
  • Large, bright, clean rooms, according to guests
  • Safe neighbourhood, close to downtown, according to guests
  • Parking is $12 per day
  • Some guests thought the parking fee was excessive
  • Guests thought that having pool and gym facilities off-site was inconvenient

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Older and pet-friendly south London hotel with outdoor pool, restaurant and kitchenettes 
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free pet stays
  • The staff were complimented on their professional and friendly service
  • Many reviewers praised the hotel's affordable rates and good value
  • Several lodgers were pleased with the hotel's proximity to shopping and highway access
  • Some guests reported worn decor and bedding in their rooms
  • Noise transfer was mentioned by a few reviewers

Tips For Staying In London

Choosing A Hotel in London

Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Downtown London: the hub for business, entertainment, dining and shopping
London Ontario Airport: located east of the city's core, the majority of the nearby hotels are actually located downtown

What London is all about
This isn't your grandmother's London. But seriously, if she's from England it really is not. Some tourism boards and marketing fluff will occasionally compare Canada's version to England's, however those that have visited both and compared for themselves will tell you the similarities between the two stop at the name. However, there is nothing wrong with that. Be proud London, Ontario - embrace your individuality...or something. It is home to the Labatt Brewery, Canada's largest brewer, so it can't be all that bad, right? It's also home to one of Canada's largest universities, Western University - coincidence, I think not. The city also has a bustling music and festival scene, including the popular Home County Folk Festival.


Where to stay in London
There are a range of hotels to choose from in London, many found in the downtown core. However, for those passing through and in need of an accommodation near the highway, there is a cluster of hotels just off the 401. These hotels are a bit south of the downtown core and generally have slightly cheaper rates than downtown hotels. These properties are a stone's throw from White Oaks Mall. If you want to be a bit closer to the action of the core pick a hotel in downtown London. These hotels are also a bit closer to London International Airport if you need to catch an early flight the next morning.

What to do in London
Head to the theatre, take a brewery tour, walk a university campus or visit a museum. There is quite a bit to do in London if you plan your visit first. If you are visiting in the winter you can also head to Boler Mountain for some skiing - just don't expect the Rockies. There is a fairly wide variety of dining options from big-name franchises to small eateries and bakeries.

Surrounding Area
London is located roughly halfway between Toronto and Windsor. The city itself is sandwiched between two of the Great Lakes - Lake Erie is 40km to the south and the shore of Lake Huron in Grand Bend, Ontario is 70km northwest.