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Set in a highly convenient location, near leafy Sussex Gardens, a green square designed by Samuel Pepys for wealthy Victorian families to use, just a short walk away from Paddington Station and Hyde Park, the Orchard Hotel offers a selection of great value rooms, which provide an ideal base for exploring the city. The surrounding area offers a wide range of cafés, shops and restaurants, while excellent transport links mean you can reach any of the capital's favorite attractions in just a matter of minutes.
The Orchard has a wide range of rooms accommodating solo travellers and families alike in Single to Quad accommodation. Rooms are decorated in a charming traditional style, with chintz prints and bright walls alongside comfortable furnishings, so guests will feel welcome in this homely establishment. Rooms include central heating, colour TVs, cots if needed, direct-dial phones, a hairdryer and wireless Internet access
Friendly and helpful staff are available 24 hours a day to assist guests with any enquiries, and a comfortable lounge area is at guests' disposal at any time, where guests can relax with a free cup of coffee. With a bright and cheerful breakfast room serving a complimentary breakfast each morning, and comfortable, affordable rooms, this is a great budget choice for any traveller. The hotel does not serve evening meals, but in case your stomach is rumbling at the thought, you will find many surprising and tantalising eateries in the streets of Paddington, from sophisticated, artistic fare at The Frontline Club, to the exotic North African cafes lining Edgware Road and decadent bakeries such as Patisserie Valerie, you can sample all the culinary delights of London.
The hotel is in a fantastic location for tourists, with many sights and attractions just a short walk away. From the peaceful Paddington district you can reach Hyde Park in ten minutes, London's largest royal park, where you can ride horses, take a trip across the Serpentine Lake on a solar-powered shuttle boat, rent a tennis court or be inspired by the art in The Serpentine Gallery, where you can rest in their Pavilion, updated annually by world-renowned artists such as Ai Weiwei. From Hyde Park you can reach Kensington Palace and Gardens, the former home of Princess Diana; the Royal Albert Hall, the Prince Albert Memorial, London's museum district, Harrods Department Store and the many unique boutiques, bars and restaurants in the affluent Kensington area. To the east of the hotel, you will come across the Marble Arch monument, which once housed Britain's smallest police station and beyond that, Oxford Street, which contains over 300 shops including Selfridges Department Store. These just scratch the surface of what you will find near the hotel, and with Paddington Station so close, the rest of London is open to you and the only limit is how much you can cram into a day.
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. Edgware Road Underground station is also just a ten-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. Limited parking spaces are available, but this should be queried with the hotel before arriving as these fill up quickly. If you are unlucky and miss out, a reasonable car park choice is the NCP just a few minutes walk away in Queensway.
Some of Paddington's low-cost, tourist class hotels could be accused of resting on their laurels whilst touting their superb location, but The Orchard Hotel has attempted to make the interior worthy of the stately Victorian building the hotel is housed in. However, due to the age of the conversion, there are a few areas for improvement, such as the lack of a lift in the hotel, which makes a stay problematic for disabled visitors. The Wi-fi connection is also unreliable, so you may wish to pop in to the Starbucks Cafe in Queensway to check your emails. To ensure the best experience, choose a room facing Sussex Gardens for pleasant views.