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The budget Dolphin Hotel is an affordable accommodation option, situated in an elegant converted Victorian townhouse, which was originally built in the 1850s. Located in the heart of the Paddington area of west London, close to Edgware Road and Bayswater, the hotel overlooks a charming garden square, typical of the area and offers convenient travel to Paddington mainline station, making this a great choice for international business and leisure travellers alike.
The 34 rooms at the Dolphin Hotel are decorated in a tasteful style with a muted colour palette in creams and whites. Some have said the decor is a little out of date, but it appears to be a bit less eclectic than some of the other low-cost hotels in the area. All rooms come fully equipped with satellite TV, kettles, hairdryers, trouser presses, direct dial telephones and a fridge, which is especially handy for budget travellers; if you don't want to spend too much on dining out, you can pick up some supplies from the local Sainsbury's supermarket or Marks & Spencers food outlet and store them in your room. Or a good alternative is the hotel's room service, where their friendly multilingual staff are on hand to ensure guests have an enjoyable stay. Internet access is available at the hotel for an extra charge, but there are several Starbucks cafes in Paddington, where you can use the free Wi-Fi and also pick up some breakfast, as The Dolphin's is reportedly a little too basic for some,
If you want to eat out of an evening, Paddington has a wide range of eateries nearby, from upmarket international fare at The Frontline Club, the exclusive war journalist's members club where you can also see some sombre but insightful photography exhibitions; for something a bit more exotic, head to Satay House or Maroush Gardens, just some of the many restaurants which reflect the area's cultural diversity.
The Dolphin Hotel is situated 150m east of Paddington Underground Station, which provides Bakerloo, Circle, District and Hammersmith & City line services. The Heathrow Express Train also stops at Paddington Station, so you can be at the airport in just 15 minutes. Paddington Station is well located for seeing London sights and attractions. Shopping enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that the hotel is just five stops from Bond Street's very exclusive stores and you can walk to Oxford Street from the hotel in about 25 minutes, where you can also enjoy the theatres, museums and galleries of London's West End. Places of interest close to the Dolphin Hotel include the Whiteley's shopping and cinema complex, located in Bayswater, close to Queensway Underground Station, where you will find a large cinema and a wide range of high-street shops. The Dolphin is also located very close to London's largest Royal Park, Hyde Park, where you can enjoy an array of activities suitable for all ages and weathers. In sunny weather you can go boating on The Serpentine Lake, hire a tennis court, trot around the park on a horse from Hyde Park Stables or simply relax amongst the lush greenery. If the weather is looking changeable, opt for The Serpentine Gallery, located in the middle of the park, where you can see a stunning collection of modern art, or you can head west to visit Kensington Palace, where you can tour the former home of Princess Diana and enjoy afternoon tea.
The Dolphin Hotel may not be as chic as some of the hotels in the area, but with such a great location and very reasonable rates, its a good hotel to consider if you want to stay in the area. Being so close to the Heathrow Express and having a fridge in your room are two definite pluses, however, for those with mobility problems, it may be best to book a room on the ground floor, as there is no lift in the hotel, an unfortunate price to pay for staying in a converted house, although if you do sleep on the ground floor you may be disturbed by underground trains rumbling beneath the floor, so be sure to bring some earplugs.