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Bridge Park Hotel is a low-cost hotel in the ethnically diverse, up and coming area of Harlesden in north London. Harlesden is a largely residential area, popular with young professionals due to its cheap rents, where there is a peaceful, laid-back vibe and easy access to central London from nearby Harlesden tube and overground station.
The Bridge Park Hotel is housed in an ornate, early 20th century building, typical of the area and has a homely feel, welcoming both business and leisure travellers and offering very competitive room rates. Rooms are clean and cosy, and have recently been refurbished, although some guests felt that the decor was still a little dated. The beds are comfortable enough for a few nights and rooms also come with a range of amenities to ensure you have what you need during your stay. These include a personal electronic safe, guest stationary, an amenities package with local information, coffee and tea making facilities, a hairdryer, ironing facilities, a mini bar, colour TV with all major channels and a fridge, which is useful if you want to purchase groceries from the Tesco supermarket nearby. The hotel also offers a range of facilities, including a travel desk, where you can book tickets for tours and airport transfers; a 24-hour check in; a laundry service and a cooked breakfast is offered in the room rate, although according to some guests, this is a little unimaginative, so it's advised to try the local cafes. Gracelands in Kensal Rise offers an imaginative selection of goodies and Ace Cafe is a popular local eatery.
The hotel also has a garden and a licensed bar with a big screen TV, however it is unlikely you will spend much time there if you want to explore the city. The hotel is very convenient for Wembley Arena and Wembley Stadium, with both a 20-minute bus ride away, where you can see large scale sporting events and concerts. The hotel is also a half hour bus ride away from Brent Cross shopping centre, a huge complex with a cinema, a good selection of high street names and plenty of restaurants. There are plenty of green spaces in the nearby area, where kids can play or you can enjoy a picnic, such as Roundwood Park and Queens Park; but if you fancy somewhere a bit more picturesque, Hampstead Heath is a few stops away on the overground train, where you can see stunning views from Parliament Hill, explore the impressive art collection at Kenwood House, and explore the quirky shops and pubs in the surrounding area.
If you want to explore the sights of central London, you can travel on the Bakerloo line from Harlesden tube station. This will take you direct to Paddington Station, for the Heathrow Express Train; Baker Street, for Madame Tussauds wax museum; Oxford Circus, for London shops; Piccadilly Circus, for London Theatres; Charing Cross, for Trafalgar Square and London's major galleries; and Waterloo Station for the exhibition centres of the South Bank, the London Eye and travel to London suburbs. The hotel is easily accessible via the M1 and North Circular Road and the A406 and limited parking is available at the hotel.
If you are seeing a concert or sporting event at Wembley, this hotel will suit you fine as long as your expectations aren't too high. As denoted by the affordable room rates, the hotel is fairly basic and has some maintenance issues, but you may be willing to overlook this for the convenience of being close to Wembley. If you want to see the sights of central London, you would be better suited paying a little extra for somewhere closer to the city, as Harlesden may be too remote for some, and the local area has few attractions. If staying in this hotel, try to request a room on a higher floor, as the basement rooms tend to be a bit darker and noisier than those near the top of the hotel.