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The Byron hotel London has recently been refurbished to a very high specification, with exquisite interior design, and offers 45 en-suite rooms. The Byron brings the atmosphere of a country house hotel into the city. It is situated 200 yards from Kensington Gardens (Hyde Park) and near all the major tourist attractions in London.
The Byron has been professionally designed to provide modern standards of comfort in traditional surroundings and makes a great attempt to capture the charm and elegance of Victorian England. The rooms’ range from Single to Penthouse Suite and all are elegant exercises in mixing contemporary comfort with elements of traditional style. In-room amenities include a hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, a direct dial telephone, wireless Internet connection and satellite TV.
The main asset and strength of The Byron is without doubt the staff. Given the size of the establishment, they are able to devote that extra minute or two to ensure that your stay will be a memorable experience. The hotel doesn't include an on-site gym or spa, but guests can book a beauty treatment or a session with a personal trainer for favourable rates at the nearby Porchester Spa and Energie Personal Fitness Club.
The hotel dining room only accommodates a breakfast service, but there are plenty of eateries in the surrounding area to satiate your appetite and tantalise your taste buds. Rodizio Rico offers Brazilian cuisine for the adventurous and Inaho offers tasty Japanese food, or for those who would prefer a taste of the local cuisine, the Hereford Road offers contemporary gastro-pub fare with a distinctly British flavour.
The Byron Hotel London is located in the very popular and cosmopolitan area of Bayswater just north of Hyde Park. This makes it ideally situated for your visit to London, be it for business or pleasure. The park itself offers a host of activities for al the family come rain or shine. You can ride a horse from Hyde Park Stables, hire a tennis court, visit The Serpentine Gallery where Damien Hirst had his seminal show; ride The Serpentine's solar-powered shuttle boat; or just relax in a deckchair. In nearby Baker Street, Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum and The Sherlock Holmes Museum will keep the kids entertained, or if you prefer to indulge in retail therapy, Oxford Street is within walking distance, with over 300 designer and high street boutiques, including Selfridges Department Store. Kensington Palace and Gardens, just a ten minute walk away will take you back in time several centuries, when the Palace was used as William III's country estate and bring you bang up to date when you learn that its current royal residents include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The surrounding area of Kensington is also well worth exploring, with many fabulous restaurants and bars. It is an unlikely occurrence, but if you are at a loss as to what to do, the hotel' friendly and knowledgeable concierge will be delighted to help.
The hotel is a five-minute walk away from Bayswater tube station, which services the District and Circle lines. From here you have direct links to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates), Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates) and many other areas of London, including Notting Hill, which is famed for its carnival. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated near the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. An NCP car park is located very nearby in Queensway for overnight parking.
Described as "a romantic hotel with a great historic heritage, where the staff are like your family", by a previous guest shows the kind of high-quality service you can expect at the Byron. There have been some reports of noisy air conditioning units, but this seems to be a minor qualm about a very charming accommodation option with great transport and sight seeing links.