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The Rose Court Hotel is a three-star hotel located in the peaceful, leafy enclave of Talbot Square in the picturesque Paddington district of London. The hotel is housed in one of the elegant, white Victorian town houses, which line the streets of the surrounding area, originally built for a wealthy Victorian family, guests can now experience the grandeur of old London for themselves.
The hotel's bedrooms are clean and bright and are decorated in a calm minimalist style, with quality furnishings and a restrained colour palette for a calming ambience. All rooms are en-suite and include a good range of amenities including a hair dryer, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a direct dial telephone.
A complimentary continental breakfast comes included in the room rate, which you can enjoy in the hotel's bright breakfast room. Wireless Internet is also available throughout the hotel so you can keep up with all-important business emails or just post on Facebook to let people back home know how much you're enjoying London. The hotel doesn't offer evening meals, but when you are in one of the most gastronomically renowned cities in the world, you won't be going hungry. Nippon Tuk, a few minutes walk away offers tasty Pan-Asian cuisine, Arturo offers elegant and imaginative Italian dishes and Cocomaya is a very tempting bakery co-owned by the founder of lingerie chain Agent Provocateur.
The hotel's location, in the heart of Paddington makes it the ideal base for the first time visitor or even the seasoned traveller, with a wide range of sights, landmarks and activities nearby to cater for the culture vulture, outdoors enthusiast and shopaholics alike. London is a large, sprawling metropolis, crammed with thousands of people, so finding a peaceful spot is a rarity, but Hyde Park, London's largest royal park, is just a few minutes away from the hotel, where you can escape from the bustling streets and enjoy a haven of tranquility, or indulge in pastimes such as horse riding, cycling, riding the solar-powered shuttle boat across Serpentine Lake or honing your skills in one of the park's tennis courts. To learn a little more about the history of the area, head over to the west side of the park where Kensington Palace and Gardens are located. The palace has been a royal residence for centuries and recently housed the late Princess Diana and her son and his wife, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who live in a secluded apartment tucked away in the stunning baroque building. Beyond that you can visit the exclusive Kensington district, which is filled with trendy shops, bars and restaurants and unusual activities such as Urban Golf. Hardcore shoppers should head east towards Oxford Street, home to Selfridges, Topshop, Marks and Spencers and many more megastores, where you can buy everything from luggage to couture. If your interests tend towards the cultural, you will enjoy taking in a musical performance at the Royal Albert Hall, watching a play at The Criterion Theatre, perusing modern art at The Serpentine Gallery, admiring the Isembard Kingdom Brunel designed Paddington Station building and exploring London's Museum district just across Hyde Park.
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 Rose Court deftly mixes affordable prices with a fantastic location and comfortable bedrooms to provide guests with an ideal base from which to explore London. The rooms could do with some refurbishment, but the staff are very attentive and friendly, so if you are on a budget and need somewhere to stay, you will find this a welcoming and peaceful place to be. With some attention to detail; for example adding Wi-fi in the bedrooms, a lick of paint and somewhere safe to store luggage, this could be a hotel of a different class, but if you are willing to overlook some shabbiness and you aren't staying here for a special occasion, this will suit most visitors.