Norfolk Plaza Hotel
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We arrived into London's Heathrow airport at approximately 10:30 am. We were greeted by cloudy skies and a cool 65 degree air.
Once all of us from IFSA-Butler convened, we were taken by coach to our hotel, the Norfolk Plaza Hotel, in the village of Westminster.
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We rode the train from Paddington Station to Windsor. We visited Windsor Castle and saw the changing of the guard. We had lunch at Alberts Fish and Chips.
This morning we got up early and went to Paddington Station for the day trip to Oxford. We got to the station early enough to show Jimmy and Bobby the Norfolk Plaza Hotel where we stayed on the last visit to London.
Arrived at Dover Priory by train after dark. We walked around Dover and saw Dover Castle up on the hill. We found the English Channel and stuck our fingers in the water. We could see the white cliffs of Dover in the distance. Before boarding the train for London, we ate at the Ten Bells Pub.
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Website directions are wrong...get off at Paddington Tube Station. Great location - short walk to tube. Rooms were clean, but nothing special for 95 pounds a night. We asked for a fan and got one right away since we were there in July and none of the rooms are air conditioned. The room was warm!!! Staff was courteous. Conceirge was a young man who gave us the wrong information so come prepared. The ASK restaurant a couple of blocks away was very good and reasonable.
I stayed here for almost a week in May 04 and found this to be an adequate hotel in an excellent location. For this reason, I would stay there again. Many have mentioned the convenience of Paddington Stn. That area is not exactly quaint, but the hotel sits on the edge of a nice residential area and the Quare itself is great (in temperate weather, the square is just lovely and a great place to eat fish'n'chips from the chippie across the street.). The hotel is also only a few blocks from Hyde Park (Lancaster Gate) and within about 15 mins walking distance from Marble Arch in one direction and Notting Hill (lovely) in the other. Good pub called the Queen Victoria nearby.
booked into terrible hotel around the corner with similar name, booked out and ended here. Great
nice rooms, food and service..............thanks.
It's worth considering...........
The rooms are basic and clean, but do show signs of wear. The main attraction is the location-close to the tube and rail stations. There are plenty of small pubs and cafes within walking distance. It is also a safe neighborhood if you are traveling by yourself-you can go out at night and be safe.
All in all I would stay here again. The only thing I would not do is pay the posted prices for the rooms that are listed in the lobby of the hotel- go through a web site and obtain a discount. It is very overpriced at the full priced rates.
Norfolk Plaza Just Fine!
I stayed at the Norfolk Plaza Hotel for a week in Feb. 2004 with my 2 adult children in a triple room. The room was average in size, even by American standards, as was the bathroom. Flushing the toilet was not a problem, just different. The room was plain but, very clean and comfortable. The area was very quiet and we felt very safe. The walk to Paddington Station is about 2 blocks, very quick, where the Heathrow Express can be accessed as well as the tube. There are plenty of eatting establishments nearby that are relatively inexpensive. Also, a Tesco mini supermarket nearby where we stocked up on pastries for our morning meal (coffee and tea provided with room). I would definitely reccommend the Norfolk Plaza. We payed about $130 (american) per night, well worth it.
The Norfolk Plaza Hotel was the third London hotel we stayed at during our trip to Europe in Nov. I had of course read some reviews of the hotel here and on Yahoo. So I really wasn't expecting much when I had booked our last night in Europe at the Norfolk Plaza. I must say it's worth $90 a night. It's a 2 min walk to Paddington station (metro) which makes it easy to get to other parts of town as well as getting back to LHR airport on the Heathrow Express (nonstop). There lots of places to eat within a 2 minute walk. As well as a couple internet cafes, convienience stores and souveneir shops. Yes, the rooms are small but really folks, the other 2 places I stayed at were just as small. They have a bar, lounge, reception, concierge and a breakfast room which serves a fair priced (folks, London is expensive) continental breakfast as well as bacon and eggs that's pretty good. The lift was newer (but small of course) and the heater worked great. The block that the hotel is on has nothing but hotels. but out of all of them the Norfolk looks the nicest from the outside and the largest lobby. My only gripe was that the Hotel personnel aren't the friendliest bunch around. They seem to really hate their jobs. But even so, I will probably stay there again.
Don't be fooled by the bright, attractive website pictures. The rooms are small, shabby, and in poor repair. Be prepared to deal with rude hotel staff, broken plumbing, and other annoyances. As for location, the hotel is some distance from the main attractions and the restaurants we visited in the area were sub-par. Though the Norfolk Plaza's proximity to Paddington station (including the express train to and from Heathrow--very worth it & just three blocks away) is exceptionally convenient and the price is right, there are dozens of other similarly priced hotels on the very same block. And if a relaxing hotel atmosphere is at all important to you, consider spending the extra money to upgrade: My friend concurrently stayed at the Hilton Kensington, which was absolute heaven.
Norfolk Plaza was our first introduction to what a three star hotel is... and I would say it rivals with a cheap American motor lodge, like Motel 6... though the good thing is that they are very close to Paddington Station, and getting there from Heathrow was convenient using the Heathrow Express Train. The lift was out of service the entire time we were there (a week) but we were lucky to have a room on the ground floor. The bathroom is small, flushing the toilet is tricky... there was not much of a shower curtain on the tub/shower...
You get what you pay for
I stayed here in July during a heatwave. My room was in the basement area and the windows only opened about 2 inches. The room was small but the price was cheap. Toilet leaked, however, the shower had great pressure. Staff was friendly and accomodating. Very close to Paddington Station and nearby restaurants.
Hotel would be acceptable for students on a budget. Is undergoing renovations - LIFT NOT in service - we had to carry our bags up 3 flights of stairs, through confusing corridors, only to find the key didn't work, and had to trapse back downstairs again! Work is noisy during the day. Room was okay, but none of the wall lights worked, and wallpaper hanging off wall in one corner. We were stung badly for phone charges. Supposedly 84p minute - 8 minutes worked out to 30 POUNDS. They wouldn't explain why - said we had to come back Monday - but we wouldn't be in the country. They said too bad. Lobby is nice (but only small seating area), as is breakfast room & breakfast quite good also.