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The only positive is it is near paddington station, but other than that nothing. Your money is better spent either at a more modern hotel or near the attractions. I would not recommend this place.
Conveniently located 2 star hotel for budget travellers
We stayed at this hotel from 25 December to 29 December 2004. We booked this hotel through Octopus Travel because it was self-rated by the hotel as 4 stars on the website. We were extremely disappointed when we arrived to discover it was a 2 star hotel at best.
*A five minute walk to Hyde Park
*Bathrooms recently renovated, to a 2 star standard (ceramic tiles)
*Luke warm showers with low water pressure - hot water doesn't come through unless the shower is on for at least 5 minutes before getting in.
*Unprofessional staff who sleep on the job - staff wear casual clothes (no uniforms here) and a number of mornings were sleeping when I went out for a morning walk.
*Breakfasts very disgusting and ordinary - baked beans, canned juice, 1 piece of toast cut into triangles. I asked for more toast and was told that you only get allocated 1 serving! How much does bread cost!!? there is no buffet - they serve you the breakfast on a plate to restrict what you can eat.
*Furnishings are very old (1950s) including the bed spreads in the rooms.
I would only recommend this hotel to travellers on a tight budget, that are happy staying in a 2 star hotel.
Stayed here for 4 nights in march 2005, the first room we were given was terrible!!! there were dust all over, all in all it looked like an old man just died in there... We asked for another room.. and no problems, we got another.. this one was better, but still a little to 'old' for my opinion, it was ok clean.. but there were ants in the bathroom..
The service was good, and the breakfeast was really good as well..
All in all it was under average.. but then again... YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! and this hotel is really cheap, thats a plus..
Great one night stay for usa embassy visit
we stayed at the orchard on 27th feb 05 as we had to visit the usa embassy for a visa, we picked this one as it was a good price full english breakfast and all reviews said clean and refurbished. We were more than impressed with this hotel great breakfast, lovely and warm, room and bedding lovely and clean, ensuite clean and new, and we had a great time in london and got the visa, oh yeh we also parked right outside and it cost us nowt that was the icing on the cake, we would recommend this hotel to anyone and will be going back again soon.
Great hotel if you are on a budget.
Just got back after spending two nights in a twin room at the Orchard. I have to say I was pleasently surprised. The room was compact, but it was clean and had everything I needed. It's a great hotel if you are on a budget. Great location with Paddington station just around the corner with tons of resturants, shops, bars etc close by. The room was very clean, the bed was comfortable and the ensuite, althought compact, was very clean. I found the staff friendly and helpful. The only really negative thing I would say is there was hot water only in the morning and there was a bit of road noise, which didn't upset my sleep that much but I will bring earplugs for extra comfort next time as I would stay at the Orchard again. 8/10
Hi! I have been in London for 4 days last week and iīve stayed in this hotel.. I was scared because itīs a very cheap hotel but when i arrived.. it was great! The bedrooms were very big (I had a triple room and there was a lot of space.. And the double bedroom was big too) The bathrooms were a bit small but it wasnīt a problem..
We had English or Continental breakfast, TV in the rooms..I donīt know..in my opinion the hotel is great!
The localitation is also good and paddington underground is near the hotel.
Moreover, the staff is very friendly.
In conclusion, i recomend this hotel to all the people who want to travel to london and who are looking for a cheap and good hotel.
If i go to london again i think i would go there again..
Good hotel if you're on a budget
*Good hotel if you're on a budget.
*Nice Victorian building
*Good spacy room with facilities which includes tv and telephone. Contrary to what is advertised in some places, there is no coffeemaker or alarmclock in the room (ask reception for wake up call). You can make coffee and tea in the reception room downstairs.
Also no shampoo etc. provided, so bring your own!
*Friendly staff, although reception could be more professional
*Very basic but decent breakfast between 7.30 and 9.00 A.M.
*Bedlinen changed daily and bathroom cleaned daily
*Very good central location
*Plenty of facilities in the neighbourhood,with all kinds of shops, banks, restaurants and pubs around the corner.Also Hyde Park very close by
*Good public transport within walking distance
*weak water power in shower
*my heater didn't work, but got an electrical heater after 2 days
*tv had a poor reception
(all these things were for me personally, but I know of others whose heaters worked very well as well as the tv)
All in all:A decent hotel hotel if you're on a budget!
Recently renovated, great location
We were pleasantly surprised to find a recently renovated, very claen room. Location is great, walking distance to Paddington Station, Hyde Park, Kensington and even Oxford Street if you are feeling fit. Staff were a little surly though but this did not prevent us from having a pleasant stay.
Cheap, but great location
We stayed here on our first trip to London. The hotel was nice enough for the price, the people were friendly and the location is fantastic.
You are within walking distance of Paddington Station and Lancaster Gate. The room is small, but you don't go to London to stay in the hotel. There was really only one thing I didn't like about this hotel, they do not have cable TV. For a very basic place to stay this hotel is fine.
Good Location Good Price
I've read the review from Nov 2002 and can't believe it's the same hotel... it must be under new management and the area cleaned up or something? We were on a budget and having experienced London budget hotels before, we didn't expect much. Therefore we were very pleasantly surprised by the Orchard Hotel. The location is excellent.. a 5 min walk to Paddington Station which has the Heathrow Express. Sussex Gardens is a nice avenue and there are a heap of cafes & pubs to choose from a couple of minutes walk from the hotel. The hotel reception is manned 24 hrs. Our room was very comfortable... good size room with huge windows and good size bathroom which was spotless. The price included a cooked [although pretty average] breakfast also. The staff were friendly. If you are looking for location & price then this is it.