The north side of Sussex Gardens, which runs down nearly as far as Hyde Park, is pretty much just a string of cheap hotels, all set back from a busy road. It’s a short walk from Paddington Underground and rail station (terminus for the Heathrow Express). The park is pretty much the only walkable attraction, but transport connections make the rest of London easily accessible.
The bedroom décor makes a virtue of being functional, the shiny central heating pipes, unusual lighting, studded aluminium wall panels, and royal blue padded walls and headboards giving the whole hotel a retro, space age feel. I’m not so keen on the modular plastic bathrooms, which seems to take the functional a step too far: the hotel’s slogan ‘not just a hotel, a machine for living in’ felt a bit near the knuckle there. The well-priced suites and an apartment above the owners’ pub round the corner on London Street are also interestingly designed, a slightly more upmarket take on the original design.
Padded sofas provide a lounge area at the front of the building near the 24-hour reception, providing TV and Wi-Fi. The breakfast room is all angular metal chairs and wall-mounted TVs.
Eating and drinking
The breakfast room provides a hot and cold buffet from 7am to 9.30am. In the evenings, best to head for cocktails and eats in Notting Hill.
Who stays there
The radical design mostly appeals to a younger crowd, but also anyone in search of an unusual bargain.
The suites and apartment are worth the extra money. An additional fee is charged for late check-outs. Note that the hotel's website can only be viewed via Internet Explorer.
- High-Speed Internet
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Futuristic décor
- Great prices
- Fixed bathrooms
- Décor not for everyone!