We stayed in a double, fully ensuite room (room #2 in the basement).
The location is excellent and would be hard to beat- no more than 60 seconds walk from Paddington station, about 10 minutes to Hyde Park, very nice neighbourhood with good food options nearby. This is essentially what you are paying for. Other positive points included the breakfast, which was average, but improved the value, and the free wifi service which was good.
The room was very small, which was expected. Unfortunately, the rest of the room was a dissapointment. It had a funny smell, which we didn't notice at first as the window was fully open when we arrived. The bathroom was lit by a single, uncovered lightbulb which you turned on and off with a string that hung from the ceiling. Neither the shower or the sink drained properly. After a 5-minute shower you will be standing in water up to your ankles.
Another problem was that there was no in-room safe. I ended up risking just leaving my valuables in the room anyway, but then came back to find the cleaning staff had left the window to my room fully open, probably to air out the smell. This upset me as we were in a basement room, and the window opened to a courtyard that other guests had easy access to. Essentially my valuables were fully accessible to other guests.
The room was very noisy - we had trouble sleeping as the sounds of guests walking above us reverberated very loudly, and we could clearly hear the conversations of the guests in other rooms. Also, our room was near the hall where breakfast was served in the morning, so we were woken up as soon as breakfast service started. This wasn't a problem for us, though, as we were eager to start our day in London.
In summary: amazing location, good wifi and breakfast, but much below average rooms and poor sound insulation. The prices in London are expensive, so I'd leave it to someone else to judge what the value of this place is. Not sure if you could find better for the price we paid, but I wouldn't stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A popular bed & breakfast style hotel established 60 years ago priding itself in its 3 C's, being: Clean, Comfortable and Caring. 2 mins to Paddington Station which serves Heathrow in 15 minutes via express trains and only 2 minutes walk to Hyde Park in central London. The hotel is situated in a quiet area opposite a park and within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The main shopping area, Oxford Street, being 10 mins walk to. The hotel is no smoking but a smoking area provided. Complementary breakfast, internet use and refreshment centre. All rooms fully equipped with proper hotel beds, 32 LCD TVs, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers and DD telephone. ... more less
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