Budget With A Twist Award 2018 – Shortlist

Before we created the eviivo Awards, we were shocked at how many awards existed for super-luxurious, five-star, premium properties but how few honoured the budget end of the spectrum. Every year thousands of budget-conscious guests rely on good quality, well-priced, clean and comfortable accommodation and we felt that needed to be championed too, so we created the Budget With A Twist Award. This award recognises properties that offer rooms at an average daily rate of under £50 yet still manage to provide comfortable beds, spotless bathrooms and delicious breakfasts, which keep guests coming back time and again.

Budget With A Twist Award judging criteria

  • Does the property have great reviews, guest testimonials or repeat guests?
  • What makes the property unique? What gives it a ‘twist’?
  • Does the host have a star rating from The AA, tourist board or other body?
  • Are a high level of cleanliness and good quality facilities (bathroom, beds etc.) provided for the price?

We received 100s of entries for this year’s eviivo Awards, and would like to thank everyone who entered, allowing our judging panel to complete the difficult task of shortlisting for the Budget With A Twist Award.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted properties below, and best of luck when the winners are announced at the eviivo Awards 2018 ceremony on October 16th!


Simplicity is the name of the game at this back to basics hotel. It is situated in the heart of Corby, which has many lively pubs and restaurants for guests to choose from. Guests sleep in clean and comfortable beds so that they can have a well-needed snooze for a reasonable price before getting up and enjoying the local attractions.

Peace Apartments owners

Peace Apartments really do ensure peace of mind for their guests with a 24 hr check-in so that no one is left outside in the cold. The hosts help build a sense of community by providing a free gym, cinema and games area for guests to bond in and it is clear that the staff are eager to please. The facilities are excellent for the price.

Oasis owner

Situated a 1 minute walk from the beach, guests cannot stay nearer to the shore if they tried. The guesthouse offers value for money without the unnecessary frills. For a lively stay in Blackpool, the main attractions are only a short distance away but Oasis lives up to its name providing a quiet place to sleep amongst the revelry.

Llandudno Hostel owners

Free breakfast and free wifi are high quality at this hostel in picturesque Llandudno. Dorms and private en-suite rooms are on offer to guests, all with comfortable beds and Egyptian cotton sheets. The hostel is located only a 5 minute walk to the beach and very accessible for local shops and public transport links – a perfect base for exploring.


For convenience on a budget in Inverness, it doesn’t get much better than this. This converted Victorian property is only a 5 minute walk into town, where guests can visit the River Ness, Cathedral, Inverness Castle and many other historic sites. If guests feel up to the challenge of spotting the infamous Loch Ness monster, Loch Ness is only a 15 minute drive away.


The Boringdon Arms has come a long way in the last 2 years – starting from an abandoned pub, the owners have transformed the property into a popular accommodation choice for visitors. In particular, the close proximity to the marina means that the B&B is an excellent choice for guests who want to relax by the waterfront or who like watersports, such as diving and fishing.


From abattoir, to pub, to butchers and back to pub – this property has a somewhat eclectic history. However, in 1982 the Shambles reinvented itself once again as a pub and B&B, offering guests a comfortable and cosy stay with delicious home cooked food in its restaurant downstairs and a great pub atmosphere – all at very reasonable prices


This hostel promises a warm Irish welcome on arrival from knowledgeable staff, who are keen to recommend local attractions. The beds are comfortable and good quality, and the rooms are bright, airy and well equipped. Breakfast foods are provided and there’s a communal kitchen for guests to prepare their own meals and chat to each other.

The Derby Hotel owners

Cosy and convenient are the main positives of staying at The Derby, as the hotel is located a short tram ride away from the main Blackpool attractions. Other benefits include the welcoming hosts, the award-winning home cooked breakfasts and the affordable rates. Guests who are looking for a home from home need look no further.

The Village Inn owner

Run by a mother and son, this inn is a great example of good old Scottish hospitality. The rooms are clean, comfortable and uncomplicated, and all at a great price. Guests can enjoy the pool table and a drink in the pub in the evening, and a hearty breakfast in the morning. The Village Inn is located in beautiful countryside, offering guests lots of ways to stay entertained.