Excellent - the hotel is right beside Lancaster Gate Underground station (on the Central Line) and just a few blocks from Paddington Station where you can catch the Heathrow Express and trains to the west of England and South Wales. Hyde Park is just across the Bayswater Road, offering strolls to Kensington Gardens, the Albert Hall and the shops of Knightsbridge. Head west and you're into the bohemian world of Notting Hill, east and you're amid the great department stores of Oxford Street.
The 416 rooms are categorised as Park View and - at a slightly lower price - City View. I'd recommend taking the first type on the west side of the building and on a floor as high as possible. However, most rooms come with an engaging vista and all include comprehensive amenities such as bathrobes, minibar and an iron. The decor is traditional with patterned carpets, gilt-framed pictures and a country house feel - the Executive rooms include a sofa.
There is a large, lively lobby with a fireplace, mirrored pillars and floral rugs - guests can store luggage at no extra cost. On the first floor there is the gloomy windowless Lounge Bar which is only worth visiting if you are desperate for a drink.
Eating and drinking
If it suits you to dine here, head for Nipa - a snug Thai restaurant on the first floor with carved wood panelling, attentive service and good food. Try the crispy soft-shelled crab with spicy mango salad or the steamed sea bass in lemon sauce. Alternatively, the ground floor Island restaurant is a bright, modern space with an open kitchen and lots of favourites including pies, steaks and sticky toffee pudding. This venue is also the best place to have breakfast. The hotel has beehives on the roof that produce a small amount of honey used by the chefs.
None - but you are right beside Hyde Park where you can walk, jog or ride a horse.
Given their busy workload, it is good to see the uniformed staff here are cheerful and pleased to help guests. The lobby has a dedicated Concierge desk and there is room service and turndown.
Who stays there
This is a large hotel that attracts both business and leisure groups. It has conference facilities and is used by tour operators selling theatre breaks and packages to major events. It also draws an international clientele including travellers from Europe, the Middle East and Thailand.
Rates generally exclude VAT and breakfast (Continental £21, Full English £24, excluding service); however the hotel has numerous packages and promotions that may take these into account and which can make the price of a night here more attractive. There are extra charges for WiFi and parking.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Good Thai restaurant
- Terrific views of London
- Dated decor