It truly pays to read reviews! We are so happy we took the time to do the research to find a hotel that was going to be a good fit for us for our 5 nights in London (Sept 26-Oct 1). First, let's talk about the hotel. It truly is a boutique hotel with a very accommodating staff. CynAnn, Clare and Alex were the first impression of the hotel when we walked in. They greeted us professionally and cheerfully. Alex brought us a glass of juice while we were checking in. Clare walked us up to our room and made sure it was to our liking. I'm really glad that we had read a review that said it was worth the upgrade to the Club room which we did. We had a bottle of wine and a tray of fruit waiting for us along with cookies, biscuits and turn down service at night with a chocolate on our bed. One beautiful evening we sat out on the front patio and took the wine and fruit with us. The staff offered to open the bottle for us and cut up the fruit. They brought it out to us on the patio with glasses and added a few cookies too! They were so wonderful and I am happy to write a review in the hopes that others might have the great experience that we did.
Our room was very nice. The bed was soooo comfortable. Yes, they were two twins pushed together and each had their own duvet cover but it did not affect us in any way. We slept like babies.The area feels like a residential street and was very quiet at night which also aided in our sound sleep. There was a safe in the room. We had very good complimentary wi-fi. There was a nice size TV which we watched in bed. The water pressure in the shower was great.The breakfast buffet in the morning was good with a nice selection of items. I had scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and baguette slices most mornings. They also had meats, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit and lots of condiments. They brought coffee and juice to our table. All in all we were very, very happy with our choice of hotels.
The location of the hotel was also a big plus. At first, I really thought I wanted to stay in the Piccadilly area but after visiting there, I'm glad we made the choice we did. Piccadilly is a great, fun, vibrant area but extremely busy and noisy. We love to walk and we were pleasantly surprised to have Kensington Park and Gardens right down the street! We walked to Kensington Palace and took a self guided tour. We saw Princess Diana's dresses and had tea and scones in the garden. The Park Grand London Lancaster Gate was 2 blocks away from the Lancaster Gate Underground station and 2-3 blocks from Paddington Station. Paddington also had an express train to Heathrow Airport which was such a blessing on the morning we were checking out. We were getting ready to leave the hotel and found out that the underground stations near us had halted service because there was a problem with the switching mechanisms on the tracks. Taxis were overrun with people trying to get to work so we walked to Paddington Station and were able to easily get on the express to Heathrow. That could have been a nightmare if we weren't within walking distance to Paddington.
As I write this review, I have fond memories of our trip to London. I can't wait to go back and stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Hyde Park Premier London Paddington Hotel London
- Hyde Park Premier Hotel London
- Shaftesbury Paddington
- Park Grand London Lancaster Gate England