While it may not be the most commonly used adjective to describe a hotel, scandalous certainly describes, in my opinion, the Hotel Edward in Paddington, London based on a recent two-night stay there with my fiancee.
At $160.00 per night, our room – a "standard double" – resembled what I’d expect to find inside a small sailboat. Roughly one meter narrow, the room had just enough girth to accommodate a mattress literally wedged between three walls, consuming a vast majority of the room and leaving only enough free space for two people to stand rigidly upright near the room's entrance. When we complained to the front desk about the room's size (or, rather, lack thereof), we were offered an even smaller room in exchange, as if to say, ‘consider yourself lucky with what you’ve got' (although they did offer us one free hour of Wifi as a peace offering - a generous compensation by most prison standards).
If claustrophobia wasn't enough to worry about, pneumonia would be our next concern with winter temperatures in London dropping below freezing at night and, not surprisingly, our room’s heater completely broken (as was the bathroom light and the television remote control...but these are minor details for a hotel like the Edward).
Additionally, shampoo and conditioner were not provided in the bathroom. In fact, nothing was complimentary in the hotel, from drinking water to internet – we had to pay for everything. There was even a fee for leaving luggage in the hotel's storage room after check-out (11am) of £8.00 per bag. That's about $13.00...per bag! There were, however, complimentary follicles of someone else's hair in our bed-sheets the first night.
Learn from our mistake! Unless you enjoy spending time in a small, cold, dank, dark space, avoid this hotel like the plague!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small hotel offering comfortable accommodations; situated near Oxford Street, Hyde Park & Paddington Station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Edward Hotel London
- Hotel Edward Paddington London, England