When researching for our awards over the years we were shocked at how many awards existed for super luxurious, five star 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 recognised. So we created the Budget with a Twist award. 

This is an award celebrating those properties that offer rooms at an average daily rate of under £50, whilst still providing clean, comfortable accommodation, and something more interesting and quirky than a soulless budget-chain hotel. Providing a very necessary and often overlooked service, to a great standard in terms of service and cleanliness, at a reasonable price.

Thank you for all your entries, we have been blown away with the number and the quality of submissions that we received this year. It has made pulling together the shortlist a very tough task indeed, and here they are. The winners will be all be announced at our 2017 award ceremony at Café de Paris in London on October 17th.

The Gordene Hotel - Lancashire
The Gordene Hotel operates in the very competitive Blackpool market and manages to achieve very strong customer satisfaction ratings, 4.8 out of toprooms.com for example, whilst keeping prices very affordable.

The Boringdon Arms - Devon
When Sue took over the property it had been on the decline for the past few years and her mission was to revive the pub she used to drink in for 18 years. The rescue is now complete with The Boringdon Arms offering a good standard of accommodation for very reasonable rates, and is once again an important part of the community.

Broomhills Farm River Eco Pods - Cumbria
This is a unique property offering a fantastic experience at a very reasonable price. A unique opportunity to stay in idyllic woodland surroundings along the stunning river Lyne.

Mayfair Hotel - Lancashire
Jen runs the ten room The Mayfair Hotel single handed, and it is a real credit to her that it achieves such strong review ratings in the very competitive Blackpool market. The property is in good proximity to all the popular attractions of the seaside town, and rooms are very reasonably priced.

Glaisnock Guest House - Dumfries & Galloway
Carl runs the Glaisnock Guest House alongside a café and bookshop bearing the same name, helping to make this a very interesting property. As well as good value accommodation there is a real focus on quality food here too, highlighted with their achieving the runner-up position in the 2015 Scottish national Best Breakfast Awards.

Newlyn House - Cheshire
Dawn & Kieran get consistently strong customer review ratings at Newlyn House, where a high standard of accommodation is available for a very reasonable price. These self-catering rooms can be set up to cater for a range of party types, and all feature a fully equipped kitchen. The communal area also offers a 43" Smart TV loaded with Netflix, and High Speed fibre WiFi is available for free throughout the property.

Birmingham Serviced Apartments Limited - Warwickshire
Birmingham Serviced Apartments Limited have a number of very well priced accommodation for stays in the Birmingham area. A variety of accommodation is available, including those aimed at the value conscious traveller.

The Village Inn - Dumfries & Galloway
Alison gets consistently strong customer review ratings at The Village Inn, with a toprooms.com rating of 4.9 out of 5 a good example. Offering good value accommodation, the pub is surrounded by lovely landscapes and seascapes. Activities such as fishing, bird watching, walking and sailing are all available close by, with the town itself even having its own distillery.

Heavenly Nights Guest House - South Yorkshire
The Heavenly Nights Guest House appeals to all types of traveller; contractors, students, professionals and backpackers. The philosophy here being to provide some of the services normally found at high-end hotels, at a budget conscious price. A choice of Bangladeshi/Indian and English breakfast are available, with room service delivering these to your door if you wish.

The Derby - Lancashire
The Derby offers good value accommodation in the very competitive Blackpool market. Boasting a 3-star AA rating it can be found just fifty meters from the promenade. Ivan worked in a number of Derbyshire’s leading restaurants prior to setting up The Derby, ensuring good food is to be found here.

Last year's winner

Waves Guest House in Blackpool, Lancashire.

Waves Guest House in Blackpool, Lancashire.

What our judges will be looking for:

  • Examples of great reviews, guest testimonials or repeat guests
  • What makes your property unique, on a budget, the "twist"?
  • Do you have a star rating from The AA, tourist board, etc.?
  • A high level of cleanliness and good quality facilities (bathroom, beds etc.) for the price