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The Norfolk Plaza Hotel offers very reasonable accommodation in the heart of London. Located in one of the elegant, 19th century town houses, which line the streets of Paddington, the hotel is within walking distance of many sights and attractions and is very convenient for transport links. The hotel retains the traditional charm of its exterior, but has been fully renovated inside to provide all modern comforts that business and leisure travellers will require during their stay in this fascinating and always surprising city.
The hotel's bedrooms are comfortable and homely, decorated in pastel colours, with quality furnishings. Rooms are all en-suite and contain an extensive array of amenities as standard, to ensure you have a hassle free stay. These include a hairdryer, direct dial telephone, satellite television, radio and hospitality tray with tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries. If you opt for an executive room, you will have added luxuries such as a mini bar, trouser press, laptop safe and telephone modem connection.
The hotel has a great range of additional facilities for a low-cost, tourist-class establishment. A cooked and continental breakfast is available in the hotel's bright and airy breakfast room, guests can make use of two laid-back lounges for meeting friends or business associates, or simply kicking back with a book at the end of the day. The hotel's bar has a warm ambience, with a big screen TV for showing sports and late opening hours so you can pop in for a nightcap. The hotel also encompasses a concierge service, laundry and dry cleaning and conference facilities. The only thing the Norfolk Plaza is lacking is a restaurant, but with so many fantastic places to eat nearby there's no need to fret as you will find something as soon as you step out of the door. In nearby Edgware Road there are many authentic and tasty North African restaurants such as Cafe Du Liban; Italian restaurant Stuzzico offers delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners; and Dining's offers very high-quality Japanese fare.
The hotel's location is ideal, situated in Paddington, which was once named after the Paddington Frisk (slang for being hung by the neck at the Tyburn Gallows), the area is rich in history and culture, and is brimming with sights and activities. South of the hotel, you will find Hyde Park, London's largest green space, which offers horse rides, boat rides, tennis courts and even modern art at The Serpentine Gallery. You can also see remains of historic London at Speaker's Corner, a long-standing site dedicated to free speech in London, but occasionally visited by hecklers and Rotten Row, which dates back to the 18th century. On the west side of the park, you will find Kensington Palace and Gardens, a stunning, Christopher Wren designed building, filled with antiques and opulent furnishings; rather fitting decor considering Queen Victoria and Princess Diana have both lived at the Palace previously. If you find history tedious, you may wish to stroll over to oxford Street, to see the many fantastic shops along the one and a half mile long thoroughfare. Here is where Selfridges Department Store is located and Bond Street, which has some of the highest retail rents in the UK, so you might decide that window shopping is a better option. From Paddington you can also reach Theatreland, London's museum district, Trafalgar Square and Notting Hill easily by tube train as well, so you can enjoy a quiet stay in an up-market residential area with the added advantage of London's main attractions close by.
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 Norfolk Plaza may be a slightly basic establishment, but its facilities surpass other budget hotels in the area, and the location is fantastic for the price if you just require somewhere to rest your head in the evening. To ensure you have the best experience, request a room on the higher floors as the ground floors can be dark.