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The Darlington Hyde Park hotel offers three-star accommodation in a stately Victorian town house, one of many which line the surrounding streets, making the hotel's Paddington location an attractive district, filled with leafy garden squares. The hotel is situated along Sussex Gardens, a very popular spot for tourists to stay, with a huge selection of hotels. The Darlington Hyde Park appears to be a very popular choice for the area, which is probably due to their exceedingly helpful staff, who are willing to help with any requests guests have, from providing cutlery and plates for takeaway food, to recommending nearby activities or providing power adaptors for laptops. The service is genuinely very good, especially for such an affordable place to stay.
Rooms at the Darlington Hyde Park are comfortable and clean, decorated in a tasteful, contemporary style, which is sympathetic to the hotel's historic setting. With room sizes, which range from Single to Quad, business, leisure and family visitors are all well accommodated. The hotel also prides itself on being especially suitable for solo female travellers. Rooms also come complete with a good selection of amenities such as a colour TV, en-suite bathroom, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a direct-dial telephone, a mini fridge, complimentary mineral water, an in-room personal safe and an electronic key-card locking system; some imaginative additions, which you won't find in most hotels in the area. A full English breakfast and free Wi-Fi connection is also included in the price, however, Wi-Fi connectivity can only be guaranteed in communal areas. If you have any problems, the Starbucks Cafe nearby has a free connection.
There is no restaurant at the hotel, but there are some fantastic places to eat nearby, from chains such as McDonalds and KFC or Ask! Pasta and Pizza Express, to exotic fare along Edgware Road a few minutes away from the hotel or Erebuni's Russian cuisine, and very elegant dining at The Frontline Club.
The reason why Paddington has such a high concentration of hotels is due to its proximity to London's sights, attractions and landmarks, with something for people of all ages and varied interests to enjoy nearby. If you want to see a greener side of London you can head to Hyde Park for outdoor activities such as boating and horse riding, and more relaxing pastimes such as open air concerts and The Serpentine Gallery, which has a new artist-designed Pavilion every year, often in a curious shape as past Pavilion's have included a spinning top and orchid style place to rest and listen to talks. Die-hard royalists can easily reach Buckingham Palace; about a 20-minute walk from the hotel, where you will also find the very expensive, yet exquisite shops of Mayfair nearby. Much of the shopping in the area is upmarket and often rather expensive, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores, which are worth visiting for the sheer luxury and extravagance of their wares even if you can't afford them. Excellent tube links from Paddington Station also mean that you can reach London's Theatreland district, Soho's clubs and bars, Notting Hill's markets, Covent Garden's unique boutiques and much more in just a few minutes.
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.
In an area where some hotels are little more than hostels, the Darlington Hyde Park Hotel is a charming, reliable option, which has been highly praised by previous guests. A serious contender for your London stay, you will definitely be well looked after and will enjoy a peaceful night's sleep in this quiet area. Rooms on higher floors tend to be quieter and if you can get a view of Sussex Gardens courtyard, this is even better. The Quad room has also been highly recommended as it is much more spacious than many other hotels in the area.