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ABC Hyde Park Hotel is one of the many low-cost, tourist-class hotels’ that line the picturesque, leafy Sussex gardens area of Paddington. The hotel was recently refurbished to a very high standard to provide guests with a comfortable, friendly environment, so they feel that they have a home away from home. Alongside a welcoming atmosphere, the hotel enjoys a superb location; just a few minutes walk away from Paddington Station, where you can catch the Heathrow Express and many sights, attractions and landmarks.
Rooms at the ABC Hyde Park Hotel are very good indeed, considering their cheap room rates; a common complaint about London's budget hotels is a lack of attention to detail in the rooms, but with stylish, embroidered fabrics, thoughtful design flourishes, such as art on the walls and a tasteful colour palette of champagne and cream, the ABC seem to have found the right combination of a great location and stylish accommodation. All rooms have a good selection of amenities as well, including a plasma TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, a hair dryer, locker facility, wake up call service and a direct-dial phone. All rooms are en-suite and a complimentary continental breakfast is included in the room rate.
Staff at the hotel are very friendly and multi-lingual. As an added bonus they are happy to act as your personal concierge and help you to book tickets for shows, arrange a cab to the airport or recommend local restaurants. The hotel only contains a breakfast room and doesn't cater for evening meals, but with some very tempting eateries nearby this won't pose a problem. London is a cultural melting pot, where many different cultures meet and mingle and the selection of restaurants in the city reflects this. If you want tasty Indian food in spectacular surroundings, it is worth walking to La Porte Des Indes, where food is served in a converted Edwardian ballroom, complete with a 40ft waterfall and dramatic marble staircases. For tasty fish dishes and a more elaborate breakfast, Italian Stuzzico serves food throughout the day. However if you truly want to soak up some local colour, you will undoubtedly be able to mingle with Londoners in a local pub; the literary themed establishment, The Swan & Edgar is a delightfully quirky establishment, which attracts an up market clientele and serves a very satisfying shepherd's pie.
When you aren't wolfing down London's gastronomic delights or knocking back a pint of ale, there are a wide range of attractions just a short walk from the hotel, which will entertain, educate and intrigue visitors of all ages. To the south you will find Hyde Park, London's largest green space, where you can see historic sites such as Speaker's Corner, the original site of the Tyburn Gallows and Rotten Row, a royal horse track dating back to the 17th century. If you want to follow in William III's footsteps, you can ride a horse from Hyde Park Stables along the track and through the tree lined paths. You can also ride the solar powered shuttle boat across The Serpentine Lake, peruse modern art at The Serpentine Gallery or simply enjoy a picnic if the weather is sunny. Kensington Palace and Gardens lies on the West side of Hyde Park, a stunning, Christopher Wren designed building where Princess Diana used to live, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge now live in one of the Palace's private apartments, so if you go on a tour you might see Wills and Kate popping to the shops.
If you are travelling with children, Madame Tussaud’s waxwork museum and The Planetarium in nearby Baker Street, where you can meet your favourite celebs and then see the whole galaxy laid out before you in the 360 degree ‘star dome’, will enthrall them. Alternatively if you have come to London to take a break from the kids, you might want to be self-indulgent and head to Oxford Street for some serious retail therapy. With over 300 shops including Selfridges Department Store and the Topshop flagship store, you will need stamina to make it down the whole mile and a half street, especially when Bond Street, with its high-end couturiers and Regent Street lead off from this major shopping artery.
The hotel is easily accessible from Paddington Station where the London Heathrow Express arrives every 15 minutes. You can also access Victoria Station for the Gatwick Express Train and King's Cross St Pancras for the Eurostar Terminal. Queensway and Bayswater Underground stations are also both a five-minute walk away. If you are driving to the hotel, it can be accessed from the main A4 road, via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. A reasonable car park choice is the NCP just a few minutes walk away in Queensway.
With such a fantastic location, very good room rates and some of the most elegant budget guest rooms in the area, this is a great accommodation choice for travellers who can't afford to stretch to a five-star. Guests should be aware that the hotel Wi-fi can be sketchy at times, but if you tell reception staff that you have a problem they will happily provide you with a 3G dongle to help you stay connected. If you are disabled or have heavy luggage there is no lift in the hotel, so it is best to request a room on the ground floor. The lack of lift may be a blessing in disguise because top floor rooms are in the attic, where sloping roofs and 'unique' room layouts can minimise the available space.