I picked Shaftesbury Premier for its location near Paddington and the good rates. I didn't have high expectations before I checked in but did take the advise from Tripadvisor to join the Club online before I booked the room.
Overall, I had a pleasant stay there for 3 nights during the hottest days in August. The staff at the front desk and restaurant was very friendly and helpful at all times. I was given a room way before check-in time. Breakfast was not extravagant like those at international chains but was nice and adequate with piping hot tea served in a pot. Bacon was Canadian Back. No wifi in the room but there was internet connection. There were 2 computers on the basement floor for guests. Air-cond, shower, kettle, iron, all worked.
The room was indeed small (like business hotels in Japan) and its layout pretty odd. But I have to say that the rooms at Hilton are not that much bigger and the layout not that more conventional. The lift was tiny so it would be awkward if one had huge suitcases.
There was a 'mind the steps' plaque on the room door. I thought it meant a higher threshold and it turned out to be literally a flight of 3 steps at the other side of the door. I almost fell into the room with my bags. I found this pretty amusing.
I would recommend this hotel to those who prefer the Paddington area and travel light.
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