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The Falcon hotel is located in a tranquil English square in Paddington, one of the areas of London, which retains its elegant Victorian atmosphere, with picturesque town houses lining the streets. The hotel is in a central London location, housed in a converted Edwardian building, built circa 1890 opposite a park, which was established 50 years ago. The hotel is near to many of London's attractions, shopping and entertainment, with affordable rates, making it a choice for budget travellers to consider if you want to spend more money on enjoying yourself than a place to stay.
The hotel is reportedly clean and comfortable and previous guests have noted the friendly, personal service staff offer, which seems to make the difference as the rooms appear to be quite basic, but very serviceable as a place to rest your head for the night. Guest rooms range from Single to Family size, with some suites to cater for all budgets, whether you are visiting on leisure or business. Room decor is somewhat eclectic, with mismatching furniture and linens and in-room amenities are sparse, with just the basics such as a TV, direct-dial phone, towels, tea and coffee making facilities and soap offered to guests, so remember to pack any extras you might need. Some rooms come with a park view, so be sure to request these on check in to ensure you have the best experience here.
Room rates include a continental buffet and freshly cooked English breakfast, VAT tax and service charges. In the common areas of the hotel there is a tourist/map center, free email access, a public phone, free water cooler and a drinks fridge. The hotel also has a rooftop terrace where guests can go to smoke, as the rooms are all smoke free. Previous guests have reported that the breakfast is a tad unimaginative and the computer can get busy, so you may be better off visiting the Starbucks cafe nearby for a free Wi-Fi connection and a more tempting breakfast selection. Near to the hotel you will also find a range of delectable eateries alongside the shops and pubs of Paddington, from the Middle Eastern and North African offerings along Edgware road to the elegant fusion cuisine at The Frontline Club.
Perhaps the best feature of the hotel is their location, just a few minutes walk away from Hyde Park, and from the hotel you can easily explore London's best sights and attractions. Hyde Park is London's largest green space, where you can really escape the city and enjoy outdoors activities such as horse riding and tennis. The park also hosts open-air concerts in the summer months. To the west you will find Kensington Palace and Gardens, where Princess Diana used to live; here you can take a tour of the opulent building and antiques, then enjoy afternoon tea in the Orangery Restaurant whilst looking out over the attractive landscaped gardens. Beyond Hyde Park, you will find London's museum district, where you can view a curious and enlightening range of artifacts at The Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums; and the Royal Albert Hall, where you can watch a musical extravaganza or enjoy up and coming artists in the building's cafe. Shopping enthusiasts can take their pick of Whiteley's shopping centre, close to Paddington, which contains a cinema complex, Knightsbridge and High Street Kensington, which contain an exclusive selection of boutiques including Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores; and Oxford Street, to the east of the hotel, where you will find Selfridges Department Store and the Topshop flagship store as well as hundreds of other places where you can splash some cash.
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.
The general impression of The Falcon Hotel is 'you get what you pay for', but the rooms are undeniably cheap and well located, so for some undiscerning travellers on a budget this may be a good choice, although with so many low-cost hotels in the area, it is worth shopping around first. Visitors should be warned that some rooms in the hotel don't have ensuites, so you may have to make a trip downstairs in the middle of the night to the communal toilet area. Another bugbear, which might put guests off, is the fact the hotel doesn't have a lift, so guests with mobility difficulties or heavy luggage may struggle to reach the upper floors.