Hotel Indigo London-Paddington was a wonderful place to stay! My husband and I were here for nine days and it really became a home away from home, and an oasis of calm in the midst of a busy city. From the location to the decor, the amenities and the staff, everything was perfect.
Location and Transportation: The hotel is just a few minutes walk away from Paddington Train Station and Paddington Underground Station, bus stops and of course there are taxis everywhere too.
If you plan on using public transportation in London (and you should, as it's very convenient and easy), this location is perfect. We took the Heathrow Express train, a 15 minute ride, from the airport to Paddington and back again. When we arrived at Paddington, we bought Oyster cards and used them to ride the Tube and buses during our stay. Inside Paddington Station are two small grocery stores, a Boots pharmacy, restaurants and shopping. Several times during our stay at the hotel, we walked to the station to get fresh food to eat; it was very convenient and good.
The Hotel: We stayed in an Executive King Room. The high-ceilinged room faced the back, was very quiet, and had a great little balcony with a table and two chairs. The bed was a King, but it wasn't what Americans would think of as a King--it wasn't as wide or long. Still, it was plenty large enough and it was so very comfortable. The linens were high quality and soft and the duvet was very warm. We didn't ever turn on heat or A/C during our stay--whatever it was set on was fine. Sometimes we'd open the door to the balcony to cool off the room a little and that worked too.
The room decor was very hip, beautiful, and unique, with images of Paddington and surrounding area. Yes, the room is small, but it's big enough and very thoughtfully designed. I hadn't ever stayed in London before so I don't have any other London hotel experience to compare it to, but it seemed like although it was small, the designers planned it to give you as much room and convenience as possible in the space. I loved the wood flooring especially, but do be careful as it can be slippery at times.
There's a large armoire with plenty of room to hang clothes and put stuff away on shelves, a little mini fridge and a room safe. There are two bedside tables, with room on either side to stash a suitcase. A little couch at the foot of the bed provides one seating area and also a pull away table you can eat on or work on with a laptop.
There's also a small desk and chair with provided keyboard for using the internet if you don't have a laptop. The chair wasn't comfortable for my husband or I, however, as it was so small, but I don't think everyone will have that problem. There is a fee to use their internet service but if you have your own laptop that's wi-fi enabled, the wireless internet is free. We used the free wi-fi all the time and found that sometimes it was a bit slow, but it was fast at other times.
The TV is a large flatscreen. In addition to watching TV or using it for the interent, you can check your up-to-date bill on the TV, your messages, and schedule wakeup calls as well.
There's a little quick-heat electric kettle for making tea or coffee with, two mugs, and a provided box full of teas, coffees, sugars, and biscuits (cookies). There was a turn-down service every day too, where they'd turn down your bed, leave you a chocolate, empty the trash, and replenish the treat box if needed.
The bathroom was gorgeous; the shower was to die for especially. Huge, tall glass doors, with a rainfall shower head and a hand-held wand. The shelves provided plenty of storage space, and there's even a heated towel bar. There are enormous plush body towels in addition to smaller towels and washcloths, and a hairdrier.
A few other thoughtful touches include a full length mirror, and soft spotlights over the toilet and over the front door when you turn out all the lights at night, so that key points in the room are not in total darkness. Not that you ever are in total darkness; there's an ipod docking station/clock on one table that is quite bright. If you require total darkness in which to sleep, I'd recommend bringing a sleep mask because otherwise, this will probably bother you.
The overall decor in the room and indeed the whole hotel is beautiful and thoughtful.
The staff were all genuinely helpful and friendly.
We ate breakfast several times at the attached restaurant, Phi, and liked it a lot. We always had the buffet, never tried anything else. Delicious pastries, a variety of cold meats, cheeses, fresh fruits, cereals, and juices were on the buffet. We'd have an Americano coffee and be good to go for a long time afterward.
Next to the hotel on the street are quite a few mini market shops, so you can get food and snacks and the daily paper there; there are also many restaurants and pubs on that street and all over the area. You won't be lacking for choice of places to eat or get a drink. And of course with the Tube and buses right there, you can go anywhere else in the city you want. It was nice to be able to come back there and rest after being out all day before heading back out again.
Hyde Park is an easy walk away and I'd highly recommend going there too.
I absolutely loved staying at the Hotel Indigo London-Paddington! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and would stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Upon entering Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 winner Hotel Indigo London-Paddington you feel an immediate shift away from the hectic pace of business travel. Enjoy the quiet luxury and individuality of this chic, London boutique hotel moments from Paddington Station. Hotel Indigo London-Paddington benefits from the central Paddington location which is a tourist hub and a home to many business headquarters. This boutique hotel is adjacent to Paddington Station from where the Heathrow Express leaves every 15 minutes and takes the same time to reach the airport. Preferred equally by business executives and leisure guests, the Hotel Indigo London-Paddington is close to Oxford Street shops and Selfridge's, beautiful Hyde Park and Notting Hill areas. It is easy to reach the City, West End theatres or the famous galleries and museums from Paddington Station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Indigo London-Paddington England