I booked this hotel because it was close to Paddington Station so I would be right beside the Heathrow Express, and in that respect the location was excellent - although as the entire square seems to be hotels, this isn't exactly a unique selling point.
When I got into my room, I was rather disappointed - it was extremely small, and to be perfectly honest it wouldn't have looked out of place in my granny's guest house in the 1980s. The only sockets were at the window, across from the bed, which is no good if you like to have your phone charging beside the bed overnight. Oh, unless you unplug the TV and don't mind whatever is plugged in to be hanging from a socket 5 feet up (although that still doesn't solve the "keep my phone beside me or have it fully-charged for tomorrow?" conundrum).
This proved to be my only option for plugging in my laptop, because the socket under the window has a table/shelf built right underneath it, which gets in the way of the cable. There was little point in having a laptop anyway however, since there was no WiFi - granted, this was my fault for not checking properly before booking (and I certainly wouldn't have booked if I'd realised it), but the days of WiFi being a luxury item are long gone.
The bathroom was small, but at least it was clean, and the shower's water pressure was nice and high - if there's one thing I hate, it's having a shower under something tantamount to a dripping tap. However, even here it's easy to pick faults - there was no floor mat provided, so even drying myself in the shower, I still ended up making the floor wet, not least because there's nowhere convenient to put the towel without reaching across the room (and I was only given one towel - surely two is the bare minimum?) Also, the shower was so close to the sink that the (glass) door only opened about 45 degrees before touching it.
I thought I might get a decent enough sleep, because the bed seemed okay (albeit with just one - rather flat - pillow). However, even this was not to be, because the smoke detector in my room went off in the early hours of the morning. There seemed to be no reason - and it only gave two (very loud) beeps - but that was enough to have me wide awake. As a result, I slept in and missed breakfast, so I can't comment on the quality of the food.
Overall, I'm glad I was only there for a night. Maybe the double rooms are better, but I just feel like this hotel is in dire need of some refurbishment. If it wasn't for the flatscreen TV, I would have said it literally had not been touched in 30 years, although the rickety old stool provided to sit on suggests I'm not far off the mark.
Maybe I expected too much for £75 - although I struggle to see how it is even worth half that. Next time, I'll maybe take the money I would have used for Heathrow Express and use it to get a better hotel instead.
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