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“Pleasantly Surprised!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hyde Park Radnor Hotel
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   7-9 Sussex Place, London W2 2SX, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )   |  
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Ranked #144 of 526 London B&B and Inns
California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Pleasantly Surprised!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2009

I stayed here for five nights in February 2009 with my sister and my 17-year old daughter, and we were quite pleasantly surprised. We had a very reasonable rate of 95 pounds per night, including breakfast, so this really made it a great value.

We had a triple room (three single beds) on the third floor (second floor British), and a larger-than-normal-for-a-British-hotel elevator. Our room had one large window, which was very heavy and hard to open, but we managed just fine. No real view to speak of, but we did look over some rooftops and a little mews, so really, it wasn't bad at all. Our room was very quiet as it overlooked the back part of the hotel. Everything was very clean.

The size of the room was pretty good by European standards, but it would be nice if they provided suitcase stands for luggage. There was really just room enough for one suitcase in the closet, so we ended up keeping our suitcases on the floor and getting clothes as needed. There was a desk in front of the window, tea and coffee making facilities in the room, and a hairdryer. As is common in European hotels, there was no outlet near the electric kettle, so we had to move things around when making tea. The beds were very comfortable, and we slept well.
The bathroom was tiny, but the showerhead was super, and there was lots of hot water. Towels were changed twice during our five-night stay. No wash cloths, but this is normal in non-American chain hotels in Europe as Europeans tend to consider face cloths to be "personal Items," so if this is important to you, pack your own.

Breakfast was served downstairs in the cheery basement dining room. There was a self-serve counter with three or four different kinds of cereals, orange juice, coffee, and hot water for tea. There was no hot chocolate, so my daughter brought her own down each morning.
The English breakfast was very good, but very basic: usually one fried egg with sausage and/or bacon (English bacon is more like salty ham), beans, a potato square, and a canned stewed tomato. It was all delicious, and each day we'd receive a slight variation of these items (sometimes just sausage, sometimes just bacon, sometimes both, sometimes beans, sometimes the potato - we never really knew for sure, but if we made a specific request, it was always honored). I was a little disappointed that the only fruit or vegetable on offer was the canned tomato, but maybe this was because it was winter. A couple of times the dining room got crowded when everyone showed up at the same time, so it might be better to get there a little earlier than 30 minutes before they stop serving. The two women serving breakfast were very friendly.

One nice perk at this hotel was the fact that there was a computer provided free of charge to hotel guests. This made it easy to keep in contact with loved ones at home each day.

The hotel staff was extremely friendly and very helpful. Upon arrival, the man at the front desk went over a map of London wth us and told us where to catch the bus and where the nearest busses go. This was wonderful - previously, we'd always traveled by Underground because it's so simple, but once the desk clerk explained the bus routes to us, we found this to be a much better form of transportation because we could do a lot of sightseeing from the bus.

The hotel was situation near Paddington station to the north, and we could also take the Tube or busses to and from Lancaster Gate to the south. The Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect come into Paddington Station, so this made it very easy to get to and from the airport from the hotel. There were also some good pubs nearby. We especially liked the Victoria just south of the hotel.

All in all, I have to say that this was great value for our money. I've stayed in a lot of budget hotels in London, and I know how the quality of London hotels can vary wildly. I also know that the standards for these types of hotels are very different from what you'd find in a budget hotel in the United States. I read some reviews from travelers who weren't satisfied with this hotel, and I can kind of understand their point, especially if they don't know what to expect in a London hotel. There are American style hotels in London (Marriott, Hilton, etc.), but they will be more expensive.

All in all, this is a great value for your money, and if you are looking for a clean, well-situated typical London B&B hotel, this is definitely an excellent choice.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2009

We stayed at the Hyde Park Radnor for 4 nights in September. This stay was based on a nearlier stay this Spring which was entirely satisfactory.
Located within a few minutes walk from Paddington Station, it is ideally located to visit all of London.
The staff are friendly and accomodating. We had a stuck window problem that was resolved cheerfully and quickly. The English Breakfast was delivered quickly and hot.. Lots of options.
For the price, a great place to stay.
We will stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2009

If you are traveling alone, on a budget, and your in town to tour the city, then this is the place for you. Expect a small room for single occupancy, but you've got a bathroom (shower, sink, toilet) that is cleaned everyday, functional television and a comfortable bed to sleep in every night. The free Wi-Fi may not reach your room if your room is on one of the top floors, but it works perfectly down in the lobby by the reception where there is a wide-screen TV and comfortable couches to sit back and relax. Breakfast (ham and eggs, toast, coffee, juice, milk, cereals, peaches) is served every morning down in the basement floor and is a great start for anyone prior to getting out and hitting all the sites. The location of this B&B is excellent as it is about 2 blocks east of Paddington Station (GW rail, Tube, etc), and a very short walk away to Hyde Park and admission free museums to the south. Considering the dollar is weak against the pound sterling, this is a bargain! Plenty of neighboring restaurants in close walking distance as well as convenience stores such as Boots, Sainsburys and TESCO express for those of you who have the munchies. If your in town for a "hotel experience," then go stay at a Marriott instead and pay for all the services. I'll be returning to stay at the Hyde Park Radnor Hotel should I ever travel back to London in the future!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

This was our first time at the HP Radnor. It was fine. Unlike some commenters here, we found it clean and tidy. The staff were helpful and our room was ready when we checked in. The breakfast was fine and plentiful, but the breakfast room was crowded and noisy. I didn't sleep well. The beds were comfortable, but the bedroom walls are thin, and--because it is a budget hotel that appeals to younger travellers--you should be prepared to hear late-night revellers returning at all hours. The biggest plus is the location near Paddington, Hyde Park and some good restaurants. Especially recommend the Monkey Puzzle Pub just 2 blocks away at the corner of Sussex Gardens and Southwick. I would consider staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

This was our second stay at the Hyde Park Radnor and we were not diappointed. This hotel is more in the budget line but the location near Paddington station is fantastic. Our room was clean and recently repainted. The noise level from neighbouring rooms is not too bad. The cooked breakfast is promptly delivered by their friendly staff and there is cereal and tinned fruit available. We arrived on an early flight and were able to leave our luggage there until check in time. There are plenty of restaurants and shops in the surrounding streets as well as supermarkets a short walk away at Paddington station. It is a comfortable, affordable London hotel in a great location.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

Great location, very clean, friendly staff, very nice although small rooms.
Great relation - price - quality.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2009

Im a middle aged woman, travelling alone and found the Radnor to be in a fantastic location, nice and quiet, good breakfast included, tiny room but adequate, nice and clean. Only problem was the maid helped herself to the food I had in my room, food that wasnt opened when she decided to eat it. She also played with my makeup, which I really didnt appreciate. I know this , as I checked it out for a couple of days before making a complaint to the management. After lodging the complaint, I didnt hear another word from the management about it. No apology, nothing, let alone compensation for the makeup I threw away , not knowing if it had been used, or for the food opened and eaten. I would recommend this hotel, but lock up things you dont want eaten or "touched". I wouldnt have written this on the review if they had just apologised to me.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 7-9 Sussex Place, London W2 2SX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate 
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Ranked #144 of 526 B&Bs / Inns in London
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hyde Park Radnor Hotel 4*
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