Thistle Hyde Park Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Paddington and Bayswater, London, England

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Pros

  • Elegant, Victorian-era hotel overlooking Hyde Park
  • Preserved period details including beautiful sculpted ceilings
  • Traditional decor with chandeliers and hanging portraits
  • Comfortable rooms with flat-screen TVs and big bathrooms
  • Some rooms have great views of Hyde Park
  • On-site restaurant, lounge, bar, and cozy writing room
  • Convenient location near Notting Hill Gate and transport
  • Good value

Cons

  • No free Wi-Fi or minibar
  • Some rooms are on the small side
  • Fee for using hotel parking lot

Bottom Line

The Thistle Hyde Park is an elegant hotel dating back to the Victorian era. Decor is traditional with chandeliers, hanging portraits, and dramatic curtains. All 54 rooms are comfortable and clean with flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, and big bathrooms. Some rooms also have excellent views over Hyde Park. With high ceilings and plenty of character, this hotel is a good match for guests seeking relaxation over contemporary style. Hotel highlights include a restaurant, lounge, and bar along with a cozy writing room. While some rooms are on the small side, the location is convenient for walking to nearby Notting Hill Gate and the rooms are good value.

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 Scene

Relaxed scene amongst beautiful period architecture

The Thistle Hyde Park is part of the Thistle chain of hotels. This Hyde Park branch retains its beautiful period architecture dating back to the Victorian era. An elegant exterior includes white columns and intricate stonework while the interior spaces have beautiful sculpted ceilings and high arches. The hotel has a reputation for its quiet and relaxing scene, which extends from the restaurant to the lounge to the writing room.

 Location

Near transport on the north border of Hyde Park

The Thistle Hyde Park is located in the popular West End on the northern border of Hyde Park. Part of the appeal of the location is easy access to transport. The Lancaster Gate station is a 6-minute walk from the hotel. While Lancaster Gate doesn't offer much in terms of shopping or nightlife, there is plenty of choice nearby in the West End.

  • 1-minute walk to Hyde Park
  • 5-minute walk to Kensington Gardens
  • 9-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market
  • 10-minute tube ride to West End shopping district including Selfridge’s
  • 16-minute bus ride to Hyde Park Corner and Buckingham Palace
  • 17-minute tube ride to South Kensington station, the Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum
  • 19-minute tube ride to Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye, and scenic walks along the Thames
  • 20-minute tube ride to Sloane Square shopping district and Saatchi Art Gallery
  • 21-minute tube ride to Covent Garden
  • 22-minute tube ride to Piccadilly Circus and theater district
  • 23-minute tube ride to Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern, and the Southbank
  • 29-minute tube ride to Knightsbridge shopping district including Harrods

 Rooms

Comfortable and classic, in a palette of golds and browns

The rooms at Thistle Hyde Park are comfortable and classic with mini-fridges and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms have beautiful views overlooking Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens while all have big bathrooms and electric kettles. With high ceilings and period details, the rooms reflect the historic character of the building.

  • Some reports of worn furnishings and slow hot water
  • Rooms have electric kettles and mini-fridges, but no minibars.
  • Deluxe Rooms offer good space and some overlook Hyde Park.
  • Junior suites have a partitioned living area and sleeping area; some overlook the park.
  • Suites have a separate living room and have either an art deco or traditional country theme.

 Features

A casual bar and a handful of cozy meeting rooms

The Thistle Hyde Park has a central location and offers good value, but isn't packed with features. A comfortable restaurant, bar, and lounge are all located on-site. One highlight is the writing room, with its rich red walls and plush furniture. There are also a handful of cozy meeting rooms (one with luxurious oak paneling and a geometric skylight feature).

 Food

Modern British and European cuisine

Whites Restaurant is located on the ground floor. Modern British and European cuisine is served under sculpted ceilings and crystal chandeliers.

  • Restaurant features an extensive cellar of classic and New World wines
  • Bar and lounge also on-site

 Bottom Line

The Thistle Hyde Park is an elegant hotel dating back to the Victorian era. Decor is traditional with chandeliers, hanging portraits, and dramatic curtains. All 54 rooms are comfortable and clean with flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, and big bathrooms. Some rooms also have excellent views over Hyde Park. With high ceilings and plenty of character, this hotel is a good match for guests seeking relaxation over contemporary style. Hotel highlights include a restaurant, lounge, and bar along with a cozy writing room. While some rooms are on the small side, the location is convenient for walking to nearby Notting Hill Gate and the rooms are good value.

Things You Should Know About Thistle Hyde Park

Address

  • 90-92 Lancaster Gate, London, England, W2 3NP United Kingdom

Room Types

  • Deluxe Room
  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room
  • Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 54
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Paddington and Bayswater, London
Address: 90-92 Lancaster Gate, London, England, W2 3NP United Kingdom
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