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The Belmont & Astoria Hotel is situated in Paddington, a largely residential area of London, which enjoys peaceful surroundings, where the genteel architecture of London's Edwardian and Victorian era still abounds, with leafy garden squares and elegant town houses. The hotel itself is housed in a converted, neo-Georgian building and has an attractive facade, so guests can enjoy a taste of traditional British style for low-cost room rates.
The Belmont & Astoria has 24 rooms available from Single to Quad sizes, so whether you are travelling for business or on a family vacation, you will be well accommodated. Rooms are decorated in a style that could be described as shabby chic, with chintzy furnishings and curtains and functional furnishings (as they are described on the hotel's website), which some may find charming if you are used to staying in budget hotels. Rooms contain television sets and coffee and tea making facilities, although amenities are sparse and rooms are not as well appointed as some of the budget hotels nearby. However, the hotel does offer a concierge service, a handy plus for first-time visitors to the city, who may be overwhelmed by the variety of things to do in the nearby areas.
Paddington is a great location from which to explore the city. In the local area you have a range of attractions, which will suit culture vultures to a tee. These include, Green Cardamom art gallery, where you can see a range of contemporary Indian artwork; The Screen in Baker Street, where you can watch art house films in very plush surroundings; and The Print Room, a multi-purpose performance space, where you can turn up and see something surprising and inspiring. For those travelling with kids, the Puppet Theatre Barge, moored near Paddington Waterside a recently regenerated development, will delight and enthrall any youngsters and will even charm older viewers. Further afield from Paddington, you will find Hyde Park just a short walk away, London's largest green space, with a mix of historic sites, outdoor activities and even The Serpentine modern art gallery. To the west of Hyde Park, you will find Kensington Palace and Gardens, a stunning building, designed by Christopher Wren, which Princess Diana used to call home. The Palace is now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, so you may see some royals popping out to the shops on Kensington High Street. From the hotel you can also easily access London's museum district, the Royal Albert Hall, the Theatreland district, Oxford Street shops, Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores and so much more. Paddington may be a quieter residential district, but you will definitely not get bored here.
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.
The Belmont & Astoria hotel may err towards the cheap and cheerful variety of accommodation, but it appears to be very popular with previous guests, who have enjoyed the friendly service and the safe and convenient location, the full English breakfast appears to be a hit with visitors too. The hotel Internet connection does seem to be unreliable though, so you may fare better at the Starbucks cafe nearby, where you can get a free Wi-Fi signal. The hotel also doesn't have a lift, so guests with mobility difficulties should request a room on the ground floor. As long as you know what to expect with the Belmont & Astoria, and you aren't too fussy about where you sleep, this seems to be a very welcoming place to stay for travellers on a budget.