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Ideally located in the heart of London, this convenient hotel is situated adjacent to Hyde Park, and just three minutes walk from Paddington station and the Heathrow Express train service. Castleton Hotel offers a great location from where you can enjoy all that the city of London has to offer. The hotel offers fantastic value for money, with affordable rooms housed in a stunning 19th century town house near calm, quiet Sussex Gardens, just one of the many picturesque garden squares in the area.
The Castleton's 46 guest rooms range from Single to Four Bed, so they are suitable for solo travellers and families alike. Each room is cheerful and light, with a quirky mix of vintage style furnishings and modern comforts, to suit business and leisure guests. Rooms have a useful range of amenities, including en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, natural light, central heating, satellite television, telephone, hospitality tray, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. Wi-fi is offered throughout the hotel and a generous, full English breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in the restaurant each morning. Evening meals are not offered in the hotel, but London has surprising and inventive eateries on every street, so you will find many just a few minutes walk away in any direction. Suzzico Italian Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of a very high standard judging by the popularity of the establishment; Cafe Du Liban offers excellent Turkish food and the odd shisha pipe if you are so inclined; and Garbo's is a very cute Swedish restaurant.
The hotel enjoys a stunning location close to many sights and convenient for transport in and out of the city. The famous shopping streets of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street are all nearby, offering fashions to suit all budgets from cheap chic at the Primark superstore, to some of the most expensive clothes in London in Bond Street's designer shops. If you find that you're running low on cash after splurging in shops, Hyde Park is a good are to find cheap activities, from picnicking in a pretty green patch, to riding the solar powered shuttle boat across the Serpentine Lake, to perusing the engrossing modern art exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, you will find something to while away an afternoon. To get a taste of how the British monarchy of today and yesteryear live, you can stroll across Hyde Park and landscaped flower beds of Kensington Gardens to tour Kensington Palace, the residence of the late Princess Diana and the current residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Here you can enjoy afternoon tea, a quintessentially British ritual, in the genteel Orangery Restaurant. The Castleton Hotel is also just a short tube ride away from London's museum district, Theatreland, Notting Hill and Trafalgar Square.
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. The hotel offers parking on site, but a more reasonable car park choice is the NCP just a few minutes walk away in Queensway.
Staff at the Castleton Hotel are very friendly and helpful, allowing guests to check in early and greeting visitors with a smile. The combination of low prices and a stunning, convenient location can't be bettered as well, although it has to be said that as a budget hotel, the place could do with some sprucing up. Even if you are a solo traveller, it is worth stretching to book a room for more people, as these tend to be larger, and request a room on a higher floor as the basement is next to the breakfast room, and can be noisy. Aside from these minor annoyances, this is a good choice for those travelling to London who wants to spend their holiday money on London sights and nightlife rather than the hotel.