If you are looking for an inexpensive, convenient hotel and don't need a lot of frills (or elbow-room), this will fit the bill. If you want your hotel room to "feel" like you are in the special, historic city of London, or if it's a hot day, you probably will want to look elsewhere.
We were looking for an affordable hotel in a location that was convenient to Paddington for a one-night stay at the end of our vacation before flying home. This otherwise so-so hotel fit both needs of being reasonably priced and in an excellent location for access to Paddington. It is also only a short walk through a lovely neighborhood to get to Hyde Park.
The lobby was attractive and the hallways have a fair amount old world charm. The rooms were a disappointment, however. We were in two rooms - a triple and a double and both were very, very small with barely enough room to walk around the beds and really no place to put much luggage. To open the door to the tiny closet, the door to the room had to be closed. Cheap, laminated furniture; low ceilings and no charm. The bathroom was the smallest bathroom I've ever seen outside of a cruise ship.
Everything was clean and the room was acceptable for our purposes, except for one thing -- no AC and no ventilation (other than 1 window). We were in London on an exceptionally hot day and while our room had a window, there was no air circulation at all. We felt the occasional tiny puff of air come in, but it was really only enough to annoy us, knowing that it was cooler outside with no way to get that cool air INside! We tried opening the door to the room the get some air flow, but the hotel is well-equipped with many fire doors in the hallways (it seems about every 3-4 rooms are walled off by fire doors), so there was no air circulation possible. It was a long, sweltering night.
Finally, when we checked out, they asked us for payment even though we had pre-paid the room. After about 10 minutes, they managed to track down some paperwork showing we had already paid, but I was not impressed with the general air of cluelessness over what should be basic record-keeping for a hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Affordable and convenient Central London Hotel. Location: Our Paddington hotel is situated in the midst of the peaceful tree-lined avenue of Sussex Gardens close to Marble Arch and Kensington Gardens. The budget (do we need to say this at this stage?) hotel is served by the Heathrow Express, with excellent transport links. Paddington underground and Main line stations, Lancaster Gate station and Hyde Park are a 3 minute walk away. We offer 15-minute transit times to Heathrow International Airport by Heathrow Express. Westpoint hotel offers easy access to London’s top tourist attractions and landmarks including the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Madame Tussauds. If you are a shopping fan we offer easy access to Westfield Shopping Centres in West London and Stratford, Oxford Street, Bond Street, boutiques in Carnaby Street and Nottinghill. Enjoy breathtaking skyline views from the London Eye and enjoy the nightlife in Piccadilly and Leicester Square as well London’s west end offering theatre and performance venues. There is always a good time to visit London. With a packed calendar from international concerts, exhibitions, carnivals to sporting events and local attractions including horse riding in Hyde Park. The London Tourist hop-on and hop-off bus is right on our door step offering an excellent opportunity for sight-seeing at your leisure. If you are looking for hotels with easy access to central London, budget hotels in Paddington or hotels near Hyde Park, the Central London Hotel, Westpoint Hotel is your premier choice. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Westpoint Hotel London, England