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How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews The Paddington Hotel London
OK for the short stay
We stayed in this hotel over the weekend. The best thing in this hotel is its location, which has nothing to do with the hotel itsef.The key had to be picked up from the Roayl apartments across the street. Renovation took place recently but the walls ( greyish-brown)were already damaged by luggage , the staircase is very narrow for carrying any bags and there is no lift.The rooms are tiny, with minimum furniture - not even a chair to put the cloths on. The TV caught a cold or something as the sound was horrible. But the bed was comfortable.The shower room advertised as a bathroom is really small and reminded us of the dentist's office, but everything was working. The sink in the room looked strange and reminded again of the surgery room. Tea facility was there and the hairdryer working as well. The breakfast was basic and simple, but it's a shame there was no fresh coffee offered - only instant one. Service was good and towels and linen changed promptly. All in all it is ok for the short stay, not more than 2 nights, but it was not relaxing or comfy.
I stayed at the paddington hotel this weekend just past for my partners birthday. After searching the internet for hours to find somewhere that looked nice, clean and was of reasonable price I chose the Paddington Hotel.
Upon arrival at the hotel (which we walked past twice as there was no sign out side) we had to cross the road to another building to check-in. This was quick and painless.
However, when we entered the hotel I felt like I was in a seedy american film having an affair!!! The room we were given was on the the 3rd floor up a winding staircase (there wasn't a lift!) Upon entering the room we immediatly walked into the bed as the room was so cramped and the furtinture wasn't well arranged! We had to climb over the corners of the beds to get to the bathroom which was tiny!!!
The window looked like it was about to fall out any moment and at night time the road was noisy and the inadequate window didn't block out the noise or the wind!!!
The hotel description also included satelite tv, hair dryer and dvd player-yeah right!!!!
However, on a more positive note, I must add that the hotel is extremely well situated, in a nice area, the rooms were very clean and serviced daily (inc clean towels) and the staff were very polite and friendly.
I dont feel that I gained value for money here and on future trips to London will pay more to get better quality accommodation!
Clean, pretty good, very well located
This hotel is 2 minutes from Lancaster Gate (Central line) and 6 min from Paddington Station, so it's really well situated. Next to Kensington Park and Marble Arch, in a quiet but central zone.
I spent 4 nights at this hotel with my mum on October and we expect an ordinary 3 stars English hotel (normally they are not good and with small rooms), and it was a nice surprise that we found a clean and spacy room with a just refurbished bathroom with shower. They changed the towels everyday and everything was correct. The breakfast room is simple, but we found the breakfast correct. Hotel staff was very nice with us and we had lovely days in London.
We took the Paddington Express train to go to Heathrow airport, and we walked from the hotel to Paddington Station for 6 minutes with our luggage (it's not necessary a taxi or the tube, it's beside the hotel)
I would go again to this hotel in my next visit to London.
The skinny (literally) on the paddington hotel
just stayed there a week ago and my rating would have been higher if it didn't claim to be a 3 star hotel.
the room was tiny and although rennovated, the furniture just made the room seem smaller. it was difficult to maneuver around the bed because of the furniture placement. the in-room fridge barely worked and wasn't cold, the television audio was messed up so unwatchable, the extra sink in the bedroom ended up being useful because the bathroom was tiny. a person of stout nature would not be able to function in this facility.
if the hotel was a 2 star, i would have rated it as neutral/average. on the positive side, it's clean, the staff is friendly and the location made it easy to get to both tube stations and the paddington station where you can catch the heathrow express to the airport.
one final thing, check-in is at another facility across the street and they require you leave your key with them when you go out. the facility is open 24/7 but during off hours you have to get buzzed in which is a nuisance.
Great deal for London
This hotel was a great deal! Anybody who has been looking at hotel rates in London online knows that getting a decent hotel at a decent price in a decent location is not an easy find. I looked online and was able to get 2 double rooms for $100 US each or about 50 pounds. The rooms were equipped with a TV, mahagony wood bed, crisp white linen, a stainless steel sink and vanity, and mini fridge. The bathrooms were average and maybe on the small side but clean. The continental breakfast is a typical european breakfast which includes, juice, a few types of patries, and cereal (not the typical eggs and bacon common of an American breakfast but then again you are not in the states). The building was absolutely charming. However, I think that there is a big difference between some of the rooms which might account for some of the bad ratings. One of our rooms was way smaller than the other room although it had all the basic amenities. The hotel is also a 2 minute walk from Hyde Park and Lancaster Gate underground. Overall, this hotel is a good find if you can get a good deal online.
The Paddington Hotel was perfect for me!
This was my first time setting foot on English soil. I was traveling solo and on a budget. I found a great rate for The Paddington through a discount web site, and found everything to suit me perfectly. The rooms were a good size for me or two people even, they were trendy and cleaned everyday. The breakfast left a little to be desired but I never made it up on time for it anyway. I had no problems with checking in or out, and the location couldn't have been better. I'd go back in a second, but don't have to now since I met people on the first trip! Overall, I'm confident to say after MUCH research the Paddington is the best value
Possibly the least comfortable night of my life was spent in this hotel on 23.03.04. The carpet was filthy, the bed linen was musty and the toilet bowl was covered in old stains. Breakfast was laughable - 3 sorts of cereal, 2 sorts of bread and juice. The woman on breakfast duty would not even let me take some orange juice back to my room and scolded me like a child. All in all a miserable experience. Several showers later, I still feel dirty. How they obtained a 3 star rating is a mystery. I've stayed in better youth hostels than this!
Four star hotel at a two star price
Me and my wife stayed at The Paddington Hotel for three nights, and we would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. The room was very big, tastefully decorated with boutique-style lighting and furnishings.
There was a DVD player and a refrigerator. Everything was spotless, and it seemed like the room had just been renovated because even the copper on the pipes was sparkling and the bed had a lot of bounce to it. We paid fifty pounds a night for it over a weekend, and what with the breakfast included I can definately say we'll be back the next time we're in london.
The hotel was clean, but the rooms were really, really small. And, the bathroom...looks as if it has been completely remodeled and is clean, but it is TINY. The shower has this folding door and you have to literally press yourself against the shower wall so the door has room to open. There is no lobby area in this hotel. The lobby is in the hotel across the street. And, you have to return your key when you leave in the morning so they can access your room for cleaning--which they do clean. Other reviewers have said it wasn't very clean, but I didn't notice and I'm a very clean person. Breakfast was provided every morning, but I didn't wake up early enough to get it. The location is also good as you are in walking distances to many restaurants, Hyde Park as well as the Paddinton Station. Overall, great value for the money and I would stay here again in order to save money.
Can do better
Although the location is GREAT and the stuff is doing there best there is much room for improovement. The beds are terrible, the rooms are tiny and you can not manuver your suitcase in the coridor for the "extra space". You also need not put on you glasses when you check how clean it is. But the loation is wonderful.