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21 Jan 2010 - 21:1425850
London MCM Expo hotel help T__T
Well I might be going to Expo this year but I've been checking out hotel prices and they seem...

pretty expensive!

So I was just wondering if any of you's who stay in hotels for the two days, recommend anywhere what's cheaper and quite close to the place.

I've tried premier inn because I know they are normally quite cheap but £180 just for two people

Your help will be greatly appreciated!

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21 Jan 2010 - 21:2325851
I got a cheap quote for Novotel in October but wasn't able to ge the same for May (plus they were already booked up!) I suggest Custom House which I am staying in this expo. It's very cheap (I got a quote for under £100 for 2 people for 2 nights) and is right by the ExCel center as it's just opposite the tube station.


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Last edited by Lady Bahamut (21 Jan 2010 - 21:24)
21 Jan 2010 - 21:2725852
The best prices are normally from the City Airport Travel Lodge, which is across the water. It's about a five/ten minute walk (probably closer to ten), but considerably cheaper, especially if you get it far enough in advance. There's a footbridge underneath the road to get over the water, and then it's just past the other hotels and across the car park - assuming they've finished the building work.

Basically, with Expo hotels, you have to book it immediately after the last one, or the prices are insane. Or, share with as many people as possible. XD


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21 Jan 2010 - 21:3125853
Quote Purplefluffychainsaw:
The best prices are normally from the City Airport Travel Lodge, which is across the water. It's about a five/ten minute walk (probably closer to ten), but considerably cheaper, especially if you get it far enough in advance. There's a footbridge underneath the road to get over the water, and then it's just past the other hotels and across the car park - assuming they've finished the building work.

Basically, with Expo hotels, you have to book it immediately after the last one, or the prices are insane. Or, share with as many people as possible. XD


The Docklands travel lodge is also cheaper, and just a hop away on the tube =) Most people seem put off by it being a tube ride away, but i've no idea, it's almost shorter than staying in a nearer hotel and walking...


21 Jan 2010 - 21:4925856
Thanks everyone but that still seems quite expensive for two days, I've just looked at both travel lodges online for both different expo dates and are still well into the 100s T_T


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21 Jan 2010 - 21:5525858
I'm sorry, but that is the cheapest you are going to get >_> I thought the same at first but that is the price range unfortunately.


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21 Jan 2010 - 21:5625859
Just keep checking back then guess.

Sometimes the companies do deals on rooms, and the prices go up and down over the year. Don't leave it too late to book of course, but keeping an eye on it might save you some money...

Alternitively find a couple of other people to share with?


21 Jan 2010 - 22:0625862
Thanks everyone, I think if I do go it will be travel lodge.

It's just I've got to get a train from Newcastle to London which will be £70+ ¬_¬

so it's going to be so so so much!

I will get there one year, just maybe not as soon as I thought


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22 Jan 2010 - 21:5225915
Like everyone says I think London City Airport will be your best bet - I stayed there last May and have booked for there again this May. It's really not that far at all, you cross a road, then go under it, over a bridge and your into the PTI car park - Then it's only just down the road and up some steps =3

We had to stay in Barking this October... Let's put it this way, I don't recommend it, and certainly not if you are Cosplaying XD Plus it was a bit far out even on the tube =3


23 Jan 2010 - 21:2925958
To be honest i have spare in my room because my friend said she couldn't afford the room we booked. it's a twin at Premire Inn, i worked it out that it should be about £155 split between 2 of us, because we got it for 3 nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights)


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23 Jan 2010 - 22:3425967
well the beckton pti is also pretty cheap :/
it's a few stops away on the dlr so it's not as close but i'd say it could be faster than walking from some of the closer ones
*shrug* I haven't stayed there myself but a couple of my friends are staying this may for one night which will cost them around £60 i think...

to get the cheapest prices you really need to book 12 months in advance... which even then is unreliable... :<
particularly for the october expo since euro cosplay is on too.. so most of the hotels for then are booked up @_@
you really need to just keep checking back at the prices since sometimes they randomly lower them


24 Jan 2010 - 13:4625987
Thank you for the advice, I think what I'm going to do though is get a train to Cambridge (where my bf is currently living for uni), then get a return train ticket to London.

Then all I'm really spending is for the tickets for expo and the train fare which isn't too bad if I go to Cambridge earlier and stay there longer.

Just I'm asking now whats dressed up on a train like 0__0 I can imagine it being hell?


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24 Jan 2010 - 14:4725990
if you don't want to travel in cosplay the mcm expo cosplay team have changing rooms and bag storage for cosplayers (inside the hall)- although I just got changed in the loo's when I got there in october, as did several other people!


24 Jan 2010 - 15:3625994
Quote letmelive:
Thank you for the advice, I think what I'm going to do though is get a train to Cambridge (where my bf is currently living for uni), then get a return train ticket to London.

Then all I'm really spending is for the tickets for expo and the train fare which isn't too bad if I go to Cambridge earlier and stay there longer.

Just I'm asking now whats dressed up on a train like 0__0 I can imagine it being hell?


I've yet to have problems with it actually, but it realy does depend on your costume. And it is easy to get changed once you're there. Just walk with confidence. If the trains are crowded people tend to take little notice of you anyway (and as you get closer and closer to the excel centre the transport system is steadily taken over by cosplayers anyways XD)


24 Jan 2010 - 15:4425997
@Hannah

That doesn't seem so bad, in a town near me we have little cosplay meet ups, but this still means I have to get a bus for an hour dressed up >_______<.

You get some laughs but doesn't seem as bad when your with other friends who don't care XD!

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24 Jan 2010 - 16:3025998
Yeah, we have meet ups in Manchester all the time too, and I think most people around there are used to it by now. You do get some odd stares while travelling, but being in a big group certainly helps.

I find that as long as I'm with at least one friend, I can usually walk with confidence no matter how unusual what I'm wearing is!


26 Jan 2010 - 18:2126092
Is it just you sweetie? if so i may have spare room in my hotel room if you want, i will have to double check but i will only charge you £50 for all nights =].


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26 Jan 2010 - 21:3826103
Quote agi:
if you don't want to travel in cosplay the mcm expo cosplay team have changing rooms and bag storage for cosplayers (inside the hall)- although I just got changed in the loo's when I got there in october, as did several other people!


You can get changed at the cosplay desk. There is free bag storage and changing rooms availible.


26 Jan 2010 - 21:4926104
Quote Tif9123:
Is it just you sweetie? if so i may have spare room in my hotel room if you want, i will have to double check but i will only charge you £50 for all nights =].


Thank you for the offer :3! But I don't know if I can even go yet, as I live in Newcastle and the train ticket is going to be around £70 >_<!

Thank you so much for the offer though, I'll keep note and contact you nearer a expo date if I am definatly going :3!

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26 Jan 2010 - 21:5426105
sorry for jumping this post but travel isnt that expensive if you go for companies like Megabus or National Express. Be it might be a longer journey but the price is damn good, I only use these to travel anywhere across the country

the prices start like from like a £1. It's heaven for conventions!


26 Jan 2010 - 22:2126106
Quote angel aiko:
sorry for jumping this post but travel isnt that expensive if you go for companies like Megabus or National Express. Be it might be a longer journey but the price is damn good, I only use these to travel anywhere across the country

the prices start like from like a £1. It's heaven for conventions!


I went with Megabus this year to London and it was 13 hours there and 10 back T___T and it was still £30, there is no way I am doing that journey again XD


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27 Jan 2010 - 12:3126159
Let me know when you can i will gladly help you out ^^ and yeah 0.0 buses are nightmares, def get a train =D, but try not to go with virgin trains as they tend to be rather expensive.


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27 Jan 2010 - 15:4726167
For two, the cheapest I can see at the moment would be Premier Inn in Beckton, which is literally right next to the DLR station, for £112 for two people, two nights. Quite a bit less than £180!

Beckton to ExCel Centre is like 10 minutes on the DLR and DLR travel is cheap, so that's probably your best bet. Not to forget that on the Expo weekend, almost everyone you see on any DLR train is going to the Expo anyway, so you won't look weird at all on public transport!

There is also the Hotel Ibis in Stratford. For those two nights, two people, it'll cost you £100.80 at their cheapest rate. From that hotel it's about 5 minutes walk to Stratford Station. At that station you can either take the Jubilee Line to Canning Town to change to DLR (the fast way), or take the DLR and change at Poplar (the slower way). Either way it's still a very quick journey.

Also! (I'm assuming you have a 16-25 railcard here) If you travel out on Saturday and return on Monday, the cheapest train fare you can get will be from East Coast's own website, and it's £9.95 out and £15.60 back if you book in advance, so total just £25.55! It's a bit too early to book now so I tried with some dates in April but it should still be the same. Just make sure you book the outward and return journey separately, IN TWO DIFFERENT TRANSACTIONS (not just as two single journeys!), otherwise the website does tricksy things and tries to fleece you. Train websites are like that.



Last edited by Pez (27 Jan 2010 - 16:30)
28 Jan 2010 - 00:3426219
It's a little further out, but there's a hostel in Rotherhithe (which is on the tube line, and is about five minutes from the station) that costs about £25 a night, more for bigger rooms. We paid about £50 or so for a room for four people, for one night. Let me see if I can hunt up the link for you...

EDIT: Here.... http://www.travelstay.com/pages/YHALondon-Rotherhithe.htm


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Last edited by Amata (28 Jan 2010 - 00:36)
28 Jan 2010 - 01:3126222
Slightly more pricey but still well under £100 Travelodge - London City Airport for £52 a night currently and right next to Excel


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