Darlington Hyde Park Hotel, London
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Excellent Stay @ Darlingtonfrom dcast79
Great Family Hotelfrom vyoni
Very clean, affordable, convenient, but a little creaky in the floor departmentfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We arrived in the evening via the Heathrow shuttle at Paddington and walked the three blocks to the hotel. Even toting medium sized wheelie bags, it's not a bad trek, only about 5 minutes. We found the rooms to be clean and adequately furnished (very smoke-free, too). The girls' room with two twin-sized beds was probably a better deal than the room with the smallish and hard full-size bed for my wife and me. If you can get a queen, by all means do it. The bathrooms were very clean and the showers, as others have written, have plenty of water pressure. However, the strange thing was that the floors in our rooms creaked with almost every step. I don't know if this was peculiar to our rooms (202 and 203). It was a bit annoying at first, then it became kind of funny. It could have been worse. It could have been the bed.
The breakfast room is in the basement and cheerful enough. There's a bar with cereals, juices, prunes, coffee, etc. and on top of that you can order up a hot breakfast. But it's an English breakfast, of course, which means a couple of overcooked eggs, toast, cooked tomatoes, well-done sausage or bacon. Add or subtract at your option.
Security at the hotel and in the surrounding neighborhood seemed very good. We felt safe at all times.
The location is quite good. There are many small restaurants and pubs between Paddington Station and the hotel, making it convenient to get a quick bite. There are also about 20 hotels in that block of Sussex Gardens and while they all looked fine from the outside, the Darlington looked to be the about the best. If you run to get your exercise, Hyde Park is 2 minutes away, and you can lap it in 1/2 an hour or so. But the biggest convenience is being so close to the tube at Paddington and the bus lines as well.
Overall, while not deluxe, the hotel is clean, convenient, secure and affordable (by London standards), but we might still scout around for something better next time. Watch out for the creaky floors.
Great place to stay in London!from A TripAdvisor Member
Oh and just to let others know I am extremely picky about where I stay!!
Comfort and convenience!from psychoteacher
Great location!from GAGirl07
Quiet and Comfortablefrom A TripAdvisor Member
and the shower was as good as we have back home. Also it was just a very short walk to Paddington Station. We would certainly stay here when we return to the UK. Thank you to all the Darlington Hyde Park staff for making our stay in London so comfortable and relaxing.
Good for the price 75#s/nt/doublefrom woodslandslady
Then I called back the day before we were leaving. I was researching a restaurant for our anniversary night during our stay. They said why don't you just get our advice once you arrive. Well, if I wanted to do that, I would not have called, would I? This was a big deal for us, and I wanted our night to be special, so I had to research the restaurant on the net. I was not satisfied with their response. I wanted to research the restaurant in advance, and make sure I could get a reservation. They didn't grasp the concept apparently.
Once we arrived, we were impressed by the security. You have to be buzzed in or use a room key. Then there is another door to get to the rooms which requires a key. Our room, 100, overlooked the breakfast area atrium, and had a small balcony. I am not sure any others did. The room was pretty quiet at night.
The room was clean and tastefully decorated, tea and coffee were provided, and several tv channels besides Auntie BBC, including German MTV, which was fun. There were tall ceilings and moulding which classed it up a bit. The only complaints I have on the room were the bed was too soft and the mattress thin, and the sparkling tub had a thick black hair in it. Why would you scrub it til it sparkles then leave a thick black hair? I was a bit disappointed. Oh, and the tub was perfect for a five year old to stretch out in, it was about three feet long. The shortest I have ever seen.
The breakfast was good full English.
The housekeeping was a big disappointment. We had not had much sleep, and woke up early to go to Portobello Road. So we needed a nap in the afternoon to rest up for our anniversary celebrations that night. The room service knocked when I was trying to nap, and I told them no thanks. I went to sleep again and an hour later they knocked. This time I had to tell them three times before they understood, No, NO NO I don't want any towels. Then as I am just drifting off again they CALL on THE PHONE! Do you want any TOWELS? NO! for the third time. If they called or knocked one more time I was going to have to get nasty. Fortunately the towel harassment stopped.
Oh, and if you are going to London, and are counting on the tube Circle or District lines on the weekend, DON'T. We missed our long awaited Jack the Ripper Tour, though we left plenty early, because half of the tube is out of order on weekends for twelve more weeks. I wish we had known sooner. I hope this helps save you from an experience like the ruined anniversary celebration we had.
Overall for the price, this hotel is good, especially for London from what I understand. I would recommend it if you don't mind small disappointments and are willing to put up with mediocre service to save a few bucks.
a real find!from A TripAdvisor Member
Both the night and day desk staff were helpful with directions and maps. A lovely interlude! Would stay there in a heartbeat and the price through an online search was exceptional (56 GBP) on a Friday night. Don't hesitate to book this gem.
Great location, good pricefrom ElyseAshton
Top Local Tips for London
Ring hotel direct for best prices We booked using one of the internet booking services. We found when we arrived at the hotel that we actually had a suite - which was very nice, but we could have got a queen size room (which is what we actually needed) for a lot less. If we had rung the hotel direct we would have been alerted.
Travel cards Take plenty of change and buy your travelcards at the tube automatic ticket machine and avoid the queues.
An Alternative to the Heathrow Express Consider taking the ordinary tube train from Heathrow rather than the Heathrow Express. The latter is expensive at £14.50 per adult for a one-way trip whereas the tube is only £4. Sure the Express gets you to Paddington in 15 mins as against the 60 mins for the tube but if time is not of the essence the tube is much better value.
Other names for Darlington Hyde Park Hotel
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- Address: 111-117 Sussex Gardens - London - England - W2 2RU - United Kingdom
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