I normally wouldn't rate any hotels I visit in downtown London. They're all just too small and a bit worn for their price. And don't get me wrong, Shaftesbury Premier Paddington isn't a major exception. The rooms are small and the public spaces of the hotel very tight, with one small elevator and a lot of maze-like corridors. The reception is small, a bit worn out and the service I got was only adequate, nothing extraordinary.
But still, the location is just perfect. I mean, it's really a short walk from Paddington station. If you're arriving from Heathrow (with Heathrow Express, for instance) it's just too convenient.
The rooms have working heating, even floor-heating in the bathroom. As I was traveling, the weather was very cold (below zero C at night), and remembering the non-existent insulation of British buildings, the heating came to good use.
The room was small, tiny even, as was expected, but was in good condition and well-equipped. It even had a microwave hidden in one closet. Nice. The internet connection was wired, but the room had a cable and the actual connection was fast and reliable, something that you can rarely say about the WiFis of hotels. The WiFi is only available at the reception, but this didn't bother me, since I had my laptop with me.
I probably would look for other hotels if coming with my family, but the next time I'm in London for business, I'll be happy to book at Shaftesbury Premier Paddington again.
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