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The Pacific Hotel in Paddington offers 3-star accommodation in the heart of London, close to sights, attractions and landmarks. Paddington is a largely residential district of London, which makes it the perfect place to catch a good night's sleep, with peaceful surrounds and all the excitement of London's nightlife just a few tube stops away. The hotel is situated amongst landscaped gardens and is housed in a Grade II listed building, just one of the many elegant Victorian terraced houses you will find in the area.
The Pacific Hotel was recently refurbished and its bedrooms have comfortable, traditional fittings and are decorated in a tasteful, classic style, which gives the hotel a 'home away from home' feel. Guest rooms are available from Single to Quad sizes and room sizes tend to be more generous than the average town house conversion. For such affordable room rates, the hotel offers a wide range of in-room amenities, including a colour television, central heating, coffee and tea making facilities, a hair dryer, direct dial phone, ironing facilities, a wake up service and complimentary toiletries. All rooms also have wireless Internet access and the hotel's reception desk is manned 24 hours a day, where you can take advantage of their friendly concierge service.
A cooked, full English breakfast is also included in your room rate, which will set you up for a day of sight seeing, which is god because there is plenty to see nearby. The hotel is situated in Paddington waterside, an area which has undergone major regeneration work in recent years and is still growing and changing to become a major commercial and retail centre of London. Nearby you will find cultural activities such as Green Cardamom Gallery, where you can see contemporary Indian art, and The Frontline Club, which offers some slightly harrowing, but insightful, exhibitions of war photography, inspired by the combat journalists who frequent the attached members' club. For something a bit more cheerful, you can take the kids to the Puppet Theatre Barge to watch Punch and Judy duke it out on London's waterways. To the south, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are just a short stroll away, both are large, picturesque green spaces, where you will find fair weather activities such as tennis and riding pedalos over Serpentine Lake, and in less fair weather you can peruse the modern art in The Serpentine Gallery or take a tour of Kensington Palace, the very opulent former home of Princess Diana, who is honoured by a memorial in the grounds. Beyond Hyde Park you will find London's museum district, the Royal Albert Hall and the very exclusive shops of Knightsbridge and Kensington High Street, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores. Oxford Street's plethora of shops and London's Theatreland district are also easily reached on the tube.
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.
Some of the other budget hotels nearby may have a bit more style than The Pacific, but for a place to rest your head after a day's sight seeing, this hotel's location and price make it an attractive option as long as you adjust your expectations accordingly. If you do choose to stay here, guests should be aware that some rooms overlook a laundry and the smell of detergent can be quite strong; however, the hotel does have a lift, an unusual commodity for a town house conversion, so guests with mobility issues are well accommodated.