London Paddington Hotels – A Good Place To Stay In London?
Author: Bob Handford
Paddington is a very popular hotel district in the north west of Central London particularly popular with those flying into Heathrow Airport. The Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect trains offer the fastest, most stress free transfer option between Heathrow and Central London. With a hotel around Paddington it can be quicker to your check-in at Heathrow than if you stayed at a Heathrow Airport hotel.
There are no A1 major sights within the Paddington district, Oxford Street, London\’s busiest shopping street is about 10-15 minutes\’ walk and Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens about 10 minutes.
The district does have very good Underground and local bus options that will get you most places you want to go in London within 30 minutes tops.
Hotels in Paddington offer value for money at all budget levels, certainly a tier down in price levels from Marble Arch less than 1 km away.
The centre of gravity that the whole district revolves around is Paddington Station itself. Paddington Station is a major station with frequent trains to the west of England and South Wales as well as commuter services west of London including services to Windsor, Oxford and Bath, very handy for independent sightseeing. The net effect is that the immediate area around Paddington Station is always full of bustle at all times. Fast food and food on the go targeted at travellers passing through the station are the main market of commercial activity here.
With regards hotel accommodation, Paddington is a very large hotel district. Its southern border is defined by Hyde Park, going there is very little north of Paddington Station. The hotels thus stretch south from Paddington Station to Hyde Park and west towards Bayswater, another major hotel district with a bias towards budget hotels..
The plushest hotel of all in this district is arguably the Hilton Paddington that forms the front of Paddington Station itself. This Hilton has a sister hotel the Hilton Metropole, one of the largest hotels in London several hundred yards further along the road opposite Edgware Road Underground Station.
In the immediate vicinity of the station are several 4 stars including the Indigo (who might challenge the notion that the Hilton is the plushest hotel) and the Mercure Paddington. However most of the accommodations around the station are independent budget hotels.
Just 50 yards south of Paddington Station is Norfolk Square, a garden square surrounded by cheap terraced Bed and Breakfast style hotels. There is the ultra low budget chain hotel, easyHotel here too.
Another 50 yards south of Norfolk Square is Sussex Gardens, a wide tree lined avenue with terraced buildings all of which are hotels. There is a good mix of hotels here from cheap to 4 star but from the outside it\’s very hard to tell which are which. Both Norfolk Square and Sussex Gardens are surprisingly quiet compared with hustle and bustle around Paddington Station itself.
There is a good range of small convenience stores here, many traditional pubs and a lot of mostly budget orientated cafes and restaurants. The station itself has a wide range of restaurants mostly aimed at the grab and go traveler on the move but other outlets include a champagne bar.
About 10 minutes\’ walk south-west of Paddington Station opposite Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens is Lancaster Gate, which has its own Underground Station.
Lancaster Gate is a more relaxed, less frantic and more elegant district than the immediate vicinity around Paddington Station. The hotels here tend to be larger, many owned by brand chains in the 3 to 4 star category.
The Bayswater Road that borders Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens has frequent 24×7 local buses up to Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus / West End in addition to the Underground Station.
Craven Terrace is a street that is lined with neighbourhood shops with cafes offering a cheaper alternative for food than your hotel and everyday needs like laundry, hairdressing, dry cleaning, pharmacy etc. Some nice pubs are scattered around the district too.
Going west from Paddington, there are hotels all the way to Bayswater, but not in the same densities as the main hotel sub-districts of Paddington, Norfolk Square, Sussex Gardens and Lancaster Gate. Some places here can be very pleasant with almost a village like feel with the occasional pub, occasional neighbourhood shops and restaurants peppered around the district.
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Airport Connections And Paddington As A Base For Sightseeing
As said before if you are flying into Heathrow, Paddington really is a benchmark district to beat because of the fast, stress free train link.
Gatwick on the other hand is the other side of London and unless you have specific business in the Paddington area has little to commend it over more accessible districts like Victoria, County Hall and Kensington.
Stansted and Luton airports have 24×7 bus services that stop at Baker Street and Marble Arch about 1 km from Paddington Station with very frequent links 24×7 by local bus to Paddington and Lancaster gate plus the Underground up until around midnight.
For getting around London, Paddington is a good place to be. You can\’t really walk to any of the major sights but as a major Underground and local bus hub with services radiating out in all directions you\’ll get to wherever you want to go in short order.
All of the popular hop on, hop off open top sightseeing buses have a major stopping point at Paddington, but only Big Bus have one of the main sightseeing routes staging through, the others just service Paddington with a feeder service into the main sightseeing routes. If you want to go on traditional coach tours the main operators will all have pick-ups in Paddington and Lancaster Gate.
Lancaster Gate offers an alternative Underground option and there is also a very good 24×7 bus service from here too along the Bayswater Road to Marble Arch
Restaurants, Food and Shops
In the immediate vicinity of the station there is just about every fast food type you can think off and in the station two handy convenience supermarkets as well as a Budget supermarket outside. Traditional English pubs are very prevalent serving hearty pub grub and there are also a couple of chain family restaurants as well. Outside your day to day needs there is little – Oxford Street, London\’s busiest shopping street is 15 minutes\’ walk or 5 minutes on the bus away.
Away from Paddington Station its surprising how relatively quiet it soon becomes. There are not any brash shopping centres or brand name fast food outlets but you will come across small parades of small independent service businesses like hairdressers and launderettes, convenience stores etc. There are plenty of cafes and traditional pubs scattered around, many offering breakfast as an alternative to your accommodation
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