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The Brunel Hotel London is located in Paddington, a central London location with good transport links, which is extremely convenient for exploring all that London has to offer. Close by is Paddington station, which has a direct train service to Heathrow airport, and there are many attractions nearby, to suit all guests. Situated in a Victorian corner town house, built in the late 19th century, the hotel has a modern interior to expertly blend contemporary comfort with traditional British style.
The hotel's 42 rooms are decorated in a modern style, with traditional touches such as floral patterns on bedding, which nod to Victorian style of the hotel's exterior. All rooms have en-suite facilities, direct dial telephones, a hair dryer, colour television with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities and thoughtful design touches such as flower arrangements.
The hotel offers guests a continental or cooked full English breakfast, if you wish to start the day off in a very British style. The reception is also open 24 hours a day, and staff are happy to help you, whether you want to make a reservation at a nearby restaurant, book theatre tickets, arrange a car to the airport, or have your laundry and dry cleaning picked up.
There is no restaurant in the hotel, but trendy eateries are plentiful in Paddington, so you will easily find somewhere to fill your appetite. Anthony’s offers filling Polish cuisine, with the obligatory dumplings, and occasional live music; Angelus Restaurant offers elegant French cuisine in a 19th century stable block; and Pearl Liang is renowned for its dim sum selection.
Also located in the surrounding area are many of London's exciting attractions. Hyde Park and Kensington Palace and Gardens are a ten minute walk away, where you can enjoy solar-powered shuttle boats on the Serpentine Lake, muse over the modern art collection at The Serpentine Gallery, hire a tennis court or acquire a steed from Hyde Park stables for a trot around London's largest royal park. Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana, is also well worth a visit for its baroque furnishings, exciting programme of exhibitions and ornate Christopher Wren designed building. For the retail enthusiast, Oxford Street's meagstores and range of over 300 shops are just a 15-minute walk away, including Selfridges department stores and their fantastic food hall. Madame Taussaud's waxwork museum will keep the kids entertained and if you have the luck of experiencing sunny weather, you can head north to Regent's Park and visit the exotic residents of London Zoo.
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. Both Queensway and Bayswater Underground stations are 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 hotel's superb transport links will ensure you have a hassle free stay in a very interesting and convenient area of London. The hotel decor and amenities could do with some sprucing up, but for a decent room rate and many London attractions within walking distance, this is a good option for people travelling on a budget. Guests should be aware that the lift only reaches the third floor and there is no porterage service, so if you have mobility problems, you may wish to request a room on a lower floor. Also, the hotel Internet may be unreliable, but there is a Starbucks Cafe with a free Wi-fi connection just a few minutes walk away, so you can keep in touch.