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The Royal Eagle Hotel offers budget accommodation in the heart of Bayswater, with an elegant Victorian façade and simple yet comfortable rooms. This is the ideal choice for guests who wish to see the sights of London’s most affluent region without paying luxury prices. The amenities may be few, but the location is convenient and central. The hotel is situated just three minutes from Paddington station, which is a terminal for the Heathrow Express, an easy transfer if arriving by air. The nearest tube station is Lancaster Gate, where you can visit the heart of London on the Central Line; however, if you are arriving from Victoria station (after flying into Gatwick) or King’s Cross St Pancras (after arriving on the Eurostar) it is advisable to go directly to either South Kensington or Gloucester road tube stations and get a cab to the hotel.
The Royal Eagle’s rooms are offered from single to quad (which has an upstairs loft so parents can get some privacy if they are sharing with children), so this would be the ideal choice for a family trip. As a budget hotel the rooms are more functional than fashionable, so only stay here if you are planning to do more sightseeing than sleeping. Although the rooms are basic they are clean and well presented. When booking be aware that some rooms have better views of the area than others, so make a special request if you would prefer this (room 209 is recommended for a good view). Wi-fi is available but costs extra, so if you want to stick to your budget, it's worthwhile visiting the Victoria & Albert museum nearby to take advantage of their free internet.
The hotel is well situated for Kensington Palace and Gardens; The Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums; and the Royal Albert Hall. Hyde Park is nearby, where you can visit the Serpentine Gallery, make your views known at Speakers’ Corner, ride on a solar powered shuttle, or one of Hyde Park Stable's steeds or simply go for a jog in one of London's most picturesque green spaces. If you are looking for a more unusual experience, the area is also home to the The Frontline Club, which features exhibitions of astonishing war photography and Green Cardamom gallery, which has a fascinating collection of contemporary Indian art; if you're travelling with children they will enjoy the Puppet Barge (which hosted a private show for Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their family whilst on a trip to London). Harvey Nichols, Harrods and Queensway and Whiteleys shopping centre are also close to the hotel and will cater to any shopaholic’s needs.
Breakfast is additional and reportedly not very good, but there are many cafes nearby where you can have a delicious start to your day. A good choice is Idler's cafe, which offers a wide selection of good quality coffees and teas as well as poetry readings and educational talks. Or if you fancy a treat the Cupcake Emporium offers a sweet, edible works of art. The hotel doesn't have a bar or restaurant, but Angelus and Nipa restaurants nearby offer fine cuisine and The Windsor Castle pub offers a traditional English drinking experience.
Some eagle eyed guests may recognise the hotel as one of the London locations used in the film Trainspotting; however its reputation is far less salubrious than this might suggest! The area is safe, photogenic and home to many of London’s luminaries including Keira Knightley and Tony Blair. Whilst this hotel may not be suitable for those on a romantic mini break, or those who require conference facilities, it's a cheap and cheerful option in a notoriously expensive borough.