Our stay at Native Hyde Park was supposed to be for a short while after we closed down our London apartment and awaited our visas to relocate to South Africa.
There were so many complications even after we submitted the applications, that we ended up staying at Native Hyde Park for almost a year in a studio apartment.
Honestly, if it wasn't for the fantastic staff at this property, I would have gone stir crazy very quickly.
We had chosen to stay at Native, as our apartment had been on the next street, so we were very familiar with the area and my husbands office was walking distance away at Paddington.
We loved this location for our apartment and all the benefits of this location, apply to Native as well - Paddington Station, Hyde Park, Kensington, The V&A Museum, Oxford Street, Natural History Museum, Science Museum are all walking distance from here.
Lancaster Gate on the Central Line is a hop skip & jump away. There are plenty of small restaurants in the area and Queensway is excellent for picking up groceries. Plenty of buses to connect you to all over London, with excellent frequency in this part of town.
Deliveroo, Just Eat & Uber Eats deliver to your apartment.
24 hour concierge means there's always someone around to help and to receive packages.
Housekeeping is once a week, but if you have an emergency, they are happy to help.
We had the lovely apartment on the 1st floor with the humongous balcony (larger than the apartment), but unfortunately due to a company policy, it was kept locked.
I love to cook and feed people, we still managed to do that in that tiny apartment. A reasonable sized fridge (no freezer), double induction hob and an oven. All the basic crockery and pots - they very helpfully provided me with more when I needed them.
Our apartment had a pull out couch and we also ended up having a friend or my sister stay over on some nights over the 11 months. They gladly gave us extra bedding for the pull out bed.
Given the length of time we spent here, everyone of the staff at the reception desk and a large part of the cleaning crew became great friends, almost like family. Their concern was evident - about the state of our visa process, my husband being airlifted from Ethiopia back to London because of a dog bite and lack of rabies vaccine in that country, we've been through so much together.
We shared their happiness too, when someone got a new car, where they went on their weekends off. The staff is just so super friendly and helpful.
I thought I'd written this review last year as soon as we moved to Johanneburg, but realised that I hadn't. The names I remember off the top of my mind are : Jazz, Andrew, Billy, Aniko, Roberta and Catarina.
Thank you so much for being our family for 11 months.