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“A London Weekend” 3 of 5 stars
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98 Sussex Gardens | Paddington, London W2 1UH, England   |  
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Ranked #204 of 526 London B&B and Inns
Faro, Portugal
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“A London Weekend”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

On the last weekend I and my family visited London, once again.
As usual we were installed in the Monopole Hotel.
This bed and breakfast has a good location in a quiet place with a good price for the London standarts.Yes, the rooms are small, especially bathrooms, the breakfast isn´t a real "full english breakfast", but for the price and location the Monopole is the best place you can find.
As a novelty compared to other my previous stays, there is now available a Wifi network that works well and completely free of charge.
If you are not very demanding, and if you use the hotel just for sleep, the Monopole is a good choice for accommodation in London.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

... but small rooms, especially bathrooms. No soaps, no shampoos etc. No glasses, no plates in the room. Wifi is well and free. Also tv - free of charge.

Hotel serve "typical English breakfast": toasts, 2 eggs and piece of bacon. But it's a good price for a room. Towels are change every day, also room was vacuum every day - but please don't check under the bed. I did - and found napkins and one sandal.

Hotel is c.a. 25 minutes walking distance to Exhibition Road (via Hyde Park) and great connection (via bus 27 or tube) to Camden and many other places. If you don't expect anything else from a hotel then small room with bathroom to sleep for a small price - it's a place for you.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Island of Malta, Malta
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

We loved here very much, the place was clean and the breakfast was always freshy done and we where always asked if we wanted more. Beds were always done everyday, showers were cleaned every day and noise was minimum. For the problem in the shower floor we just asked for more towels which where glady given and we just used them.
The location is great for the train station, we stayed 2 weeks and used the train statione veryday it was fast and we had the opertunity to go everywhere.
Staff was very friendly and helpful.
We simply loved it :)

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

Here are the plusses: close to Paddington Station, friendly staff, our belongings were safe,okay breakfasts, low price.
Negatives: bad beds. bad pillows, no shower door so the floor gets wet, no washcloths, no soap or toiletries, internet would only work in the stairway. A lot of restaurants in the area cater to the Hookah smoking crowd.Worn out and tired looking place.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hull
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

Spent 2 nights here and was just what I wanted, Great location (5mins walk from tube) with good range of places to eat nearby. Hotel was clean and tidy, with comfortable beds and good showers. Breakfast was good (eggs, bacon, tea and toast) and was just enough to set you up for the day. Perhaps the best part were the friendly hosts - I would have no problem with staying there on my own for a future trip (of which I think there will be a few!)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

The hotel met and exceeded my expectations. Wireless internet performed flawlessly, beds were clean and comfortable, bathroom was clean, towels were big and water was hot. Staff was very friendly. The bathroom is a little odd with no shower curtain, but it is completely tiled. We asked for an extra towel to put on the floor after our shower and it solved any "problem" that may be perceived from a little water on the floor.

The breakfast was adequate; we are not used to the type of oil they fry the eggs in, and be sure to ask for how you want them done (runny, soft, hard). The coffee is made with instant, but all in all we have no complaints considering the price we paid for this Paddington location.

It takes about 20 minutes on the tube to get to Victoria and central London, less on the Bakerloo line to Leicester square and tons of theatres. The hotel is less than a 10 minutes walk pulling your bags from the Paddington station. No problems leaving our luggage, computer etc. in safe keeping after checking out on the day of departure.

If you need something, politely ask the staff members, who are very friendly and helpful.

This family run operation is excellent value for the money. Typical North American style hotels around the corner go for nearly double this amount and more.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

This is our "family"hotel- we stayed here every year during the last 10 years. We tried different hotels but always were returning to this one.This is not the cheapest hotel in the area but the rooms are always clean and the breakfast is made by the style we like.The owner and his assistant are always friendly, are always willing to provide us with the information and are always paying attention to our needs.Compare to other hotels in this area I would like to say that the beddings are always snow-clean and ironed properly,they are changed every three-four days, the shower room is cleaned every day, the carpets are hoovered every three-four days.We did not need to worry about our belongings- everything was safe here.We did not experience any problems with payments as well.It just like your own home-relaxing and friendly environment.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 98 Sussex Gardens | Paddington, London W2 1UH, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #204 of 526 B&Bs / Inns in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your visit to London as a tourist will be both an enjoyable and exhausting affair and our family run hotel is the ideal place to recharge. Monopole Hotel is centrally located but distant enough to provide tranquil nights in the 24 hour city. The hotel is within five minutes walk of Paddington Station, which not only gives you access to ‘the tube’ (aka the London Underground) but to the National rail as well which allows you to take day trips outside London to Oxford and Windsor. This station also provides a direct link to Heathrow Airport and for those who prefer to take to London on foot, we are ten minutes walk away from Marble Arch, Oxford Street (which is the main shopping promenade), Hyde Park, and Madame Tussauds. ... more   less 
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Monopole Hotel London, England

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