Take a look at the best kid-friendly hotels in Paddington and Bayswater.
The Space Apart Hotel is an upper-mid-range property occupying an attractive Georgian townhouse near Kensington Gardens. The 30 studio-style apartments sleep up to four and all come with full kitchens, brushed-glass bathrooms, and modern decor that includes wood floors and chic wallpaper. With its quiet yet convenient location, the hotel is a good choice for business or leisure travelers in need of an extended-stay hotel. However, the property lacks some of the amenities common to more traditional hotels -- there's no fitness center or on-site bar/restaurant. Travelers may want to compare rates at Go Native Earl's Court, an apartment hotel with easy access to the A4 road that leads to Heathrow.
The Park Grand Paddington Court London offers a prime location just down the road from Paddington Station, one of London's oldest and most iconic stations. A mid-size, mid-range hotel, the Paddington Court London is one of many properties in the area of the same size and standing. Its great location is a definite plus, but the very small rooms (and bathrooms) and limited public space (with only a small bar and eating area) are drawbacks.
The business-friendly, four-pearl Novotel London Paddington is a relatively quiet option, an eight-minute walk from Paddington Station. Families are attracted to the hotel for the special perks for kids that include a pool, children’s corner, and game room for teens. It’s also a convenient stop for anyone doing business in the area, thanks to multiple event spaces, speedy Wi-Fi, and a bright fitness center. The bar and lounge help too, as well as the hotel’s proximity to the rail line and Heathrow Express. The 217 rooms are pleasantly contemporary and include 55-inch flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, with proper coffeemakers and iPod docks in higher-category rooms. Those wanting a classically elegant hotel that's closer to Hyde Park should consider the Grand Royale London Hyde Park instead, where rates are similar.
The Parkwood at Marble Arch is a mid-range, bed-and-breakfast hotel located opposite Hyde Park, and a five-minute walk from Marble Arch station. There are 16 guest rooms with basic decor, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and dated bathrooms. All bookings include a free full English breakfast and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. There are no elevators available in the four-story hotel, no on-site parking, and no air-conditioning. For about the same rate, the Avni Kensington Hotel also has a free breakfast and fresher rooms near Hyde Park.
There are 55 rooms at this two-and-a-half-pearl property set in London’s Paddington area, a five-minute walk to Hyde Park. The convenient location near the train station and many attractions appeals to both tourists and corporate travelers. The guest rooms are light and bright and have air-conditioning, though style varies from modern to dated. There are a decent amount of on-site features including a bar, courtyard, and a free continental breakfast buffet. It's worth comparing rates with the London Elizabeth Hotel, which is even closer to Hyde Park and has a restaurant and rose garden on-site, though rates are slightly higher.
The Byron Hotel is a budget property with Lord Byron artwork throughout. The 45 traditional rooms have coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and lovely tan tile bathrooms with heated towel racks, but there have been complaints of thin walls and street noise. The included breakfast receives good reviews and the hotel offers concierge services and room service. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, but there are limited additional amenities. For serviced apartments Chelsea Cloisters has similar rates and full kitchens.
The Falcon Hotel is a 19-room, budget property around the corner from Paddington Station in a residential neighborhood full of shops and pubs. Rooms range from snug Singles to biggish Family Rooms, and while all have private toilets, some are inconveniently a flight of stairs away. The furnishings may be a bit frayed and out of date, but with its cream and white palette and good lighting, The Falcon radiates a cheery, welcoming atmosphere. A free breakfast at tables with fresh flowers, an outdoor terrace with white-washed brick and planters, and helpful city maps and station timetables in the lobby elevate the Falcon above the typical budget hotel. Travelers looking for more stylish accommodations at low rates could try the Generator Hostel London or Clink78 Hostel, both of which have private rooms with hip decor.
The Dolphin hotel has 37 budget-friendly rooms in a converted Victorian townhouse in the heart of London’s Paddington area. The Paddington train station is within a couple of minutes’ walk and Hyde Park is around 10 minutes away on foot. Basic rooms are traditional and dated in terms of decor, and not all have en-suite bathrooms. The free breakfast is basic, though guests may pay more for a traditional English breakfast. On the negative side, the hotel has no elevator and there’s a daily charge for using the Wi-Fi. Tune Hotel - Paddington may offer lower rates and a bit more style in the same neighborhood.
As a popular serviced apartments accommodation located in quiet, upscale Bayswater, the upscale Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments is generally suited for longer stays. Don't expect top luxury, but there are spacious rooms, comfortable beds and 2014 refurbishments brought larger TV sets and new carpets.
The 39-room Reem Hotel is a mid-range hotel in Bayswater, a short stroll from Hyde Park and the underground. Most rooms are small and modern, with flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, and stylish, contemporary bathrooms. However, some are no frills and in need of a refresh. There’s no restaurant or bar, but the hotel offers an excellent free breakfast buffet with organic food and freshly baked bread. Wi-Fi is free too, and a wide range of dishes can be ordered to the rooms in the evenings. Travelers in search of more style-minded rooms may want to consider Hotel Indigo London - Paddington, though expect to pay more.
As its name implies, the 42 rooms at this mid-range Victorian hotel are only a 10-minute walk from attractions like Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. While many of the guest rooms are extremely large, others are tight on space. Style across the board is bright, homey, and simple, and rooms have high ceilings and contemporary bathrooms. Facilities are lacking here, though, and while a cold buffet breakfast is available for a fee, there is no restaurant or bar, and rooms are not air conditioned. Guests should also consider BEST WESTERN Shaftesbury Paddington Court London for a nearby three-pearl option that features a small bar and fitness center.
The 59-room Go Native Hyde Park is an apartment-style hotel in centrally located Paddington. Situated in an elegant London row house, the four-pearl property is across from charming Sussex Gardens. Apartment decor ranges from ultra-luxe to minimalist-chic, with flat-screen TVs, stainless steel and Bosch kitchen appliances, and bathrooms with heated towel racks and products from The White Company. Freebies include Wi-Fi, coffee, tea, and milk that's restocked daily. Higher-end flats can have more lavish bedding, bigger closets, and iPod docks. But there's little in the way of features: no room service, on-site parking, fitness center, restaurant, or bar. Some guests say there's noise on lower floors, marked-up walls, and some less-than-clean living spaces. Travelers seeking a quieter neighborhood and a better rate might opt for Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments in Bayswater.
The 31-room Shakespeare Hotel is a value property next to a magnificent park with restaurants and attractions a 10-minute walk away. Classic rooms offer mini-fridges, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, wood floors, and large windows, but there are no free toiletries, and some bathrooms are small and have a musty smell. The included continental breakfast receives mixed reviews, and there is free coffee and tea available 24/7. However, there is a fee for Wi-Fi and this property does not have an elevator. Travelers could also check rates at the Tune Hotel - Paddington, another budget hotel with up-to-date rooms.
The Tudor Court Hotel is a budget-friendly hotel in an a historic building just minutes away from Paddington station. Built originally in the 1850s as private square housing for London's nobility, it is a listed Victorian building -- which also means the rooms are cozy in size. With limited amenities, the hotel comes off as more of a bed and breakfast, convenient for a few nights' sightseeing in London. Rooms are a bit worn and dated, but the location is ideal for those who want to be close to such sights as Westminster Cathedral, Kensington Gardens, and Buckingham Palace, as well as museums, shops, and restaurants. It is worth comparing with the Tune Hotel Paddington, a hotel with cheaper rates, a trendier atmosphere, and brighter, more up-to-date rooms -- expect to pay for any and all extras including hairdryers and early arrival times.
The mid-range Holiday Villa Hotel and Suites London is located near a metro stop and well-known Hyde Park in Bayswater. The 92 contemporary rooms have flat-screen TVs and kettles, but they aren’t all equipped with air-conditioning. Perks include a free breakfast, on-site spa, and an Asian restaurant. While this is a great pick in terms of price, location, and number of amenities, there have been enough complaints about staff, cleanliness issues, and overall quality to pause before booking. Travelers may want to consider MStay 27 Paddington Hotel for its modern design, air-conditioned rooms, and reliable Wi-Fi.