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TravelPod Member ReviewsBEST WESTERN Shaftesbury Paddington Court London
Friendly hotel, well located to explore London, rooms a bit small but well equiped
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Shaftesbury Paddington Court London
COuld have been worse...though I don't know how.
This by far was the worst hotel I have ever stayed at. the rooms were very small and the shower was so small that the curtain stuck to your skin. Most unpleasant were the 15 year old kids wandering arounf the hall at 3 AM after drinking too much. The front desk was useless and rude. Felt ridiculous and childish leaving my key at the desk every time we left. walls are paper thin so you can hear the college students partying upstairs. Obviously a hotel where poor students stay when they arrive for a few days. Would never even think of staying there again.
VERY Average hotel
This hotel is nice and clean. But, be advised that there is no airconditioning and this can be tragic in the summer time. Also, the rooms are very small, but this is true for most European hotels. The continental breakast is very nice and quite pleasurable. The value for this hotel is very good and it does not have an old, depressing feeling to it as many European hotels do. It is a close walk from the Paddington underground station and walking distance to Oxford Street (15 minutes). Not a bad deal at all. Just don't expect something stellar. Happy trails.
Don't expect much from room or service
Rooms were small and the "power" showers they describe were more like "powerless". The front desk was probably the most disappointing as they were on the verge of rude and very unhelpful. There were many other 3 star hotels in the vicinity that looked more inviting. I wouldn't stay there again.
We enjoyed our stay at the hotel where the staff was very co-operative. We could see that Fresh Apples were being offered to all at the time of arrival and departure giving an impression of care. Very polite staff when we wanted to reconfirm our next destination accomodation. The hotel is very close to the underground station and Heathrow express at Paddington which made our journey to the Heathrow airport a very convenient. we will come again and will recomend our friends to visit. Compliments to the management and staff. Charles and Sandra
Good value Hotel
Padding Court is about 300m from Paddington Tube/Railway Station.
Outside and inside the hotel is being repainted, reception staff can be bit brusque, however resturant staff were more than firendly and very helpful.
Hotel room was small, but adequate, and we did not spend much time there to be honest.
Overall I found it good value for London.
What we expected
The Paddington Court Hotel was pretty much what I expected. Small rooms (ok, very small!) connected by a maze of corridors in a row of knocked-together terrace houses. Everything was very clean and the decor was very nice.
The location was good - a short walk from Paddington Station (tube & National Rail) - and surrounded by shops, cafes & even a laundrette.
We always found the staff friendly and helpful and never had to wait too long to be served.
The biggest problem was, as all reviewers have mentioned, the size of the room. It really wasn't the place to spend a lot of time lazing around, reading or watching tv. But then, I can do that at home - we spent our days rushing around the sights of London and our nights too tired to care how small the room was!
Okay If Not In Room Much
I agree with the previous reviews. The staff can be very brusque, not always having time for the guests and not always in a very courteous manner. The rooms are small with a small t.v. mounted on the wall. The matresses slump in the middle and are on the soft side. BUT if you're not planning on spending alot of time in your hotel room and just need it for showering and sleeping, I don't think you can beat the price. It's clean and has all the necessities - even a lovely sitting room. It's a bit of a walk from Paddington station but nothing outrageous - maybe 5-7 minutes.
I stayed at the Paddington Court Hotel in March 2002. I paid GBP 89.00 for an "executive double suite". First let me say that I would *never* under any circumstances stay here again.
We are used to US hotels with big rooms, big beds, ice machines but we knew that London hotels have small rooms and rarely have queen or larger beds. While it didn't compare to a USA dive like Super 8, it was barely the equivelant of a Day's Inn. It was clean and pleasantly decorated but the mattresses were well beyond thier prime, the TV was microscopic and attached to the wall hospital style and the faucet dripped. But accomodations alone aren't what make for a good or bad stay if the service is attentive. Alas, the staff was almost always harried and distracted. The neighborhood is lively in the day and quiet at night (except Saturday), safe, and close to transport. We got really good rates, however, so maybe we got what we paid for. There seem to be dozens of hotels in the Paddington area, shop around.