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The Belvedere Hotel is a small family run hotel offering bed and breakfast. Originally built in the 1850's - this elegant Victorian listed building is ideally situated within a minute's walk from Paddington train and underground station, therefore all the top attractions are in very easy to reach from the hotel. Situated in the peaceful, largely residential Paddington district of London, the hotel overlooks a leafy garden square.
The Belvedere Hotel has well appointed bedrooms, tastefully decorated offering clean, warm and comfortable surroundings. Guest rooms are equipped with a range of amenities including full facility bathrooms, a hairdryer, colour television, direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, towels and linen, a cot if required for smaller guests and a 24-hour reception, so staff are on hand to help throughout the day. Breakfast is included in your room rate, served in a bright and cheerful dining room on your table. Breakfast is reportedly adequate, but some guests have favoured the 'Lite Bite' cafe just down the road for a bit more choice, probably because the hotel's breakfast stops at 9am, which some guests have found far too early. There is no restaurant in the hotel, but London is one of the culinary centres of the world and a wealth of restaurants are within stumbling distance of the hotel from chains such as 'Ask! Pasta' and 'Zizzis', to more exotic offerings at 'Satay House' and 'Maroush Gardens', for Malaysian and Middle Eastern fare.
The Belvedere's staff are dedicated to providing a welcome and friendly atmosphere, previous guests have reported that any problems were attended to quickly, and they are willing to assist in organizing sightseeing tours of London. There is plenty to see nearby as the hotel is situated just a short walk north of Hyde Park, London's largest green space, where you can see historic sights such as Rotten Row and Speaker's Corner, or play tennis and ride horses if the weather is sunny. Near the Serpentine Lake you will find The Serpentine Gallery for a more cultural afternoon, which has an artist designed Pavilion in the summer months for guests to relax in. South of Hyde Park is the affluent South Kensington district, which has some stunning examples of Victorian architecture, including the 'cathedral of nature' building which houses the Natural History Museum. The Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall are also nearby. Those who want to indulge in a spot of shopping can head to Oxford Street, just a 20 minute walk from the hotel, or a short tube ride away, or browse in the exclusive Kensington and Knightsbridge shops, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores, just remember to bring a credit card because the prices can be sky high, although Harrods will be happy to open an account for you run low on cash.
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.
Norfolk Square, where The Belvedere is located is teeming with budget hotels, of varying quality, although The Belvedere does seem to be one of the more satisfactory places to stay with positive reviews from previous guests, however, guests should remember that the hotel is best used as a place to rest after a long day of sight seeing. As with most Victorian town house conversions, the rooms can be a little on the small side and there is no lift in the hotel, which may be problematic for those with mobility issues.