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Europa House Hotel - A pleasant hotel situated in Paddington, an area that has recently undergone much regeneration in recent years. The hotel is close to Hyde Park, Oxford Street shops and Paddington Station
The Europa House Hotel is a family run establishment in the attractive Paddington district of London, with a very homely, welcoming feel. Housed in one of the elegant Victorian town houses which line the streets in the surrounding area, and overlooking a landscaped garden square, this hotel offers a taste of old-school English refinement for less, with very reasonable room rates for such a central location. Paddington is a great area to stay, recently regenerated, with galleries, restaurants and shops nearby; from here you can access all of London's biggest attractions with ease. The location is especially convenient for international travellers due to its proximity to Paddington Station, where you can catch the Heathrow Express Train to the airport in fifteen minutes.
Rooms at the hotel are more spacious than some of the other budget hotels in the area. Decorated and furnished in a traditional style, with comfortable fittings and the odd unique fixture such as a fireplace, which adds a bit of character to the hotel. Rooms range from Single sizes to a five-person family room; so all types of guests are well accommodated. Rooms all contain a colour TV, tea and coffee making facilities, en-suite bathrooms and more. The room rate also includes a cooked English breakfast, the perfect start to a fun-packed day. A free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the hotel, a real plus, as many 4- and 5-star hotels charge for this service.
There is no formal restaurant at the hotel, but there are so many great eateries nearby that you won't miss it! At the cheaper end of the spectrum, chain restaurants such as 'Zizzis' and 'Pizza Express' offer cheerful if predictable fare. Gastropubs such as The Windsor Castle offer a chance to meet some of the locals and if you want a truly special dining experience, head to The Frontline Club, a members club for war reporters with an open restaurant, where you can dine amongst some life saving artifacts and insightful photography.
When it comes to seeing the sights Paddington is very well placed to do so. It may be a residential district itself, but a few minutes walk away you will find green spaces, shops, museums and culture. Oxford Street, Whiteley's shopping complex and Harrods Department Store will cater for shoppers of all budgets. Culture vultures can stroll through The Serpentine Gallery or peruse the vast collections at the Science, Natural History and Victoria & Albert Museums in South Kensington, then stop off for a show at The Royal Albert Hall, or catch a tube to London's Theatreland district. History buffs can stroll around Kensington Palace and Gardens or stroll down to Buckingham Palace, about a 20 minute walk from the hotel. If that's not enough, Hyde Park, London's largest royal park will have something for everyone to enjoy, from boating on the Serpentine Lake and horse riding, to picnicking areas and open-air concerts, the whole family will be entertained.
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.
Previous guests have been pleased with Europa House Hotel, for such a great location and price it's hard to see why not, although some of the hotels in Paddington can vary in quality and the Europa House Hotel seems to be a cut above the rest, with friendly staff and useful amenities, such as a luggage storage room, which you don't always find in low-cost hotels. Rooms on the higher floors, facing the courtyard are the quietest, so it is best to request these on check in. Yes, the hotel is basic, but if you just need a pleasant place to stay, this isn't a bad choice.