The reviews to Paddington Apartments here in TripAdvisor were so bad that I told my parents not to book this hotel, but due to a number of reason$ we eventually chose it. I had very low expectations - at a certain point, I even thought about bringing a sleeping bag! - but in fact I had a pleasant surprise.
The check-in is made at 55 Inverness Terrace, near Bayswater Station. They'll photocopy your passaport/ID card and your credit car for "security reasons", which is somehow unusual...
The hotel provides a free car transportation to Talbot Square.
The apartment itself was quite nice and seemed to have been recently redecorated. It looked just like the professional photos and it was clean. Everything, from the furniture to the knives, was IKEA. Both the bed and the sofa-bed were comfortable. The window curtains don't prevent the sun from entering to the apartment in the earling mornings, so if you're a light sleeper bring a blindfold. The kitchen was well equipped (including a microwave), and the apartment had a fan and, for the winter, a heater. We didn't heard noises from other apartments or from a street, which is quite unusual in a hotel... Of course that you could see the hotel wasn't brand new, but that's completely normal.The apartment was a bit small, yet it served its purposes.They change towels every three days and do a full clean every seven days.
The apartment is located in a culs-de-sac close to the Paddington underground/rail station in the "London zone 1", in a quiet neighborhood full of hotels.
Unfortunately we couldn't find a good supermarket near - there's a 24 hours open Tesco Express but we found it more expensive than the others Tescos - so we bought things in Bayswater (one metro station away), or during the day in other areas of London.
Our flat was in the fourth floor. The building had a lift (which was a bit "shaky" and "weird") but on the second day it broke, and when we left the apartments (three days later), it still wasn't fixed. A big thumbs down to that...
As the apartment is relatively far away from the reception, you don't need to do the traditional check out. All you have to do is leave your keys at the table before 11 AM, let the door lock behind you and go away. Still, as our flight was much later and we needed someone to watch out over our luggage (yes, they do save your luggage for the day!), we did the check out at Inverness Terrace. (We arrived there at 11:30, the woman at the reception shouted "Check out?! You're really late!", I argued that we had to make the trip between Tablot Square and Inverness Square and she shushed.)
All in all, I think Paddington Apartments are a good, economical and advisable option for those who want to stay in central London. It isn't a luxury accommodation, but we don't pay a luxury price (at least for London's standards) either. And, yes, there are a lot of dreadful reviews here in TripAdvisor - I read them all myself - but my experience was nothing like that: our only true negative point was the broken lift...
Maybe I shouldn't trust TripAdvisor reviewers so much :P
PS: I apologize for any language mistakes, English isn't my first language.
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