Historic townhouses on a lovely, tree-lined street
Excellent location near Hyde Park and Paddington station
Cozy rooms with antique furniture and elegant four poster beds
Luxurious limestone bathrooms with walk-in showers
Free glass of champagne every evening
Inviting common spaces, including a terrace garden and intimate cocktail lounge
Classic style with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
Easy access to Heathrow Airport via Heathrow Express in Paddington Station
No tea or coffee in rooms
Some weak air-conditioning units
Some complaints of noise between rooms
The 48-room Royal Park Hotel is located on a tree-lined street within an easy walk of Paddington Station. This boutique hotel -- with its central location just north of Hyde Park -- is appealing for more than just quick access to Heathrow Airport via Paddington station. Rooms are classic and comfortable with antique flourishes and modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi. Additional perks include a free glass of champagne every evening and a leafy terrace garden. While there is no tea or coffee in rooms and some guests complain about thin walls, this hotel is a great pick for its location, luxurious limestone bathrooms, and the sophisticated Hyde Bar.
A classic boutique hotel with lovely antiques and a garden terrace
The Royal Park Hotel -- located on a quiet, tree-lined street -- offers modest elegance with its classic decor and original oil paintings. The pristine-white, unadorned Georgian exterior is the quintessential architectural style of this area in London. Inside, an intimate lobby and reception area have a distinct collection of antiques that range from historic to eccentric to charming.
Common areas are where guests will find the relaxed scene here, from the sophisticated cocktail lounge to the leafy outdoor garden terrace. This hotel is made up of 19th century townhouses that give guests a glimpse into their history. Days here start with a continental breakfast, and many guests choose to take advantage of a free glass of champagne every evening.
A five-minute walk from Paddington and Lancaster Gate tube stations, located north of Hyde Park
London is a sprawling city with many different neighborhoods and tube lines. Paddington station, located a 5-minute walk away from the Royal Park Hotel, has a direct connection to London's Heathrow Airport -- via the super-fast Heathrow Express -- making this hotel a very convenient choice both for reaching London from the airport and exploring the city upon arrival. The areas of Paddington and Lancaster Gate might not be the most famous areas for shopping, dining, or nightlife, but this wider West End section of London offers plenty of entertainment.
In addition to reaching any area of London on the tube with ease, there are also several attractions within walking distance. The hotel is a quick 3-minute walk to Hyde Park and a 15-minute walk to Kensington Gardens. Notting Hill Gate and the Portobello Market are also nearby.
3-minute walk to Hyde Park
15-minute walk to Kensington Gardens
8-minute tube ride to Notting Hill Gate and Portobello Market
9-minute tube ride to West End shopping district including Selfridge’s
16-minute tube ride to Picadilly Circus and theater district
16-minute tube ride to Trafalgar Square, National Portrait Gallery, London ICA, Tate Modern, and the Southbank
17-minute tube ride to Sloane Square shopping district and Saatchi Art Gallery
18-minute tube ride to Natural History Museum
18-minute tube ride to 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
22-minute tube ride to Covent Garden
23-minute tube ride to Knightsbridge shopping district including Harrods
Rooms evoke the comforts of home with classic antique decor and original oil paintings
Rooms are comfortable, tasteful, and modestly elegant, but some guests complain of the absence of tea and coffee. While the style is definitely historic and full of antiques, there are also many modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, Penhaligon's toiletries, and luxurious limestone bathrooms. Some rooms have four-poster beds and all deliver the historic character of these 19th century townhouses.
This boutique hotel offers some charming features that make it an attractive pick beyond the perfectly central location. During warm weather months, the breezy garden terrace is an appealing feature, offering a sunny spot to enjoy the free evening glass of champagne. The Hyde Bar, opened after our visit, serves cocktails, wine, and small plates in an expansive space with plush seating, fireplaces, and plenty of eccentric antiques.
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