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The Gresham Hotel is situated in Paddington, along Sussex Gardens, an area known for its elegant Victorian town houses and tranquil garden squares. Paddington is largely a residential district, which tends to be quieter and more peaceful than other areas of London.
This doesn't mean it is any less exciting though, there are many of London's most renowned sights, attractions and historic landmarks just a short walk from the hotel and for international travellers, the hotel couldn't be better placed as Paddington Station is just a few minutes walk away, where you can catch the express train to Heathrow Airport.
Rooms at The Gresham are available from Single to Quad and are decorated in a muted colour scheme with simple but comfortable furnishings and rooms are reportedly clean and serviceable. In-room amenities include a colour TV with an all news channel included, tea and coffee making facilities, a phone, trouser press, central heating, a wake up call facility, a hairdryer and a DVD player; a few extras you might not expect in a low cost hotel.
Wireless Internet access is also available throughout the hotel and no problems have been reported with connectivity. A continental or full English breakfast is included in the room rate, but some guests have said the breakfast isn't too inspiring, but there are many cafes nearby, including Cocomaya, a glorious establishment run by the owner of lingerie chain Agent Provocateur and Italian restaurant Stuzzico, which serves food throughout the day.
If you want to eat out in the evening you will be spoilt for choice as Paddington is a good area for restaurants, from gastropub food to chain restaurants to fine dining, you will find it all nearby.
Paddington is also close to many of London's biggest and brightest sights. In the local area you will find smaller attractions such as the Alexander Fleming Museum, where you can see the great man's laboratory where he discovered penicillin, and Puppet Theatre Barge, a Punch and Judy show on a canal boat, which is a lovely day out for kids and parents alike, even Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have visited!
If you find the urban sprawl of London a little claustrophobic, you are just a few minutes walk away from the largest green space in the city, Hyde Park, where you can go for a jog, pack a picnic or play tennis and ride horses. If you wander to the west of Hyde Park you will find Kensington Palace and Gardens, the Palace as once home to Princess Diana, who has a memorial to her in the gardens, which are stunning to wander through, especially the Little Venice area and the Round Pond.
Those who want to enjoy London's cultural side can visit The Serpentine Gallery's modern art collection, or head down to South Kensington, where the Natural History, Science and Victoria & Albert Museum are all located alongside the Royal Albert Hall and huge department stores such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Here you will find some of London's most affluent citizens, stunning Victorian architecture and some unique shops with eye-wateringly high prices. To get more for your money, head to Oxford Street, which has over 300 shops catering for all budgets, or Whiteley's shopping complex near Paddington, which also contains a cinema.
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.
"Wi-fi is available in public areas and is free of charge"
If you want to stay in this area of London, it should be noted that The Gresham may not be the best you can get for your money, as there are many hotels in the nearby area, so it's advised to shop around. However, the staff are reportedly friendly and helpful and it is a comfortable enough place to stay if you're on a short break and don't want to blow your budget.
If you are staying at the Gresham, you should request a room on the upper floor as the downstairs rooms can get noisy in the mornings when the bin men come by, there is a lift in the hotel, so the upstairs rooms are easily reached.