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The Royal Cambridge Hotel overlooks the leafy Sussex Gardens Square, one of the many landscaped gardens you will find in this peaceful area of London. The hotel is situated in Paddington, a very popular place for tourists to stay due to its very convenient international transport links and close proximity to London's shops, parks and sights. The hotel has the added bonus of offering very reasonable room rates, so it is a very good option for those who want to see London on a budget.
The Royal Cambridge has 30 rooms, decorated in a soft colour palette to ensure guests have a relaxing ambience. Rooms range from Double or Twin to Family size, to accommodate business, leisure and family visitors, all of which are outfitted with comfortable furnishings, a private bathroom and a range of amenities, including a colour television, coffee and tea making facilities, a phone and clean towels and linens. The hotel also offers a range of guest services including a 24-hour reception desk, room service, a trouser press, secretarial services, car rental and a wake up call if needed.
The hotel doesn't have a restaurant, but with the selection in the surrounding area you will be spoilt for choice. You can sample the exotic delights of Edgware Road's many Turkish and Lebanese cafes, where you can smoke a hookah pipe with the locals, you can enjoy fine dining at Bombay Palace or The Frontline Club for a traditional British menu, or you can save some money and buy some picnic ingredients at M&S Simply Food, Sainsbury’s or Tescos supermarkets, which are all a short walk from the hotel.
Nearby you will also find some of London's best-loved sights. A fifteen-minute walk to the east will bring you to Oxford Street, one of London's mot exciting shopping destinations, where you will find over 300 stores, including Selfridges Department Store and the very engrossing Topshop flagship store, if you can't afford designer prices. To the south of the hotel, you will find Hyde Park and Kensington Palace and Gardens. Here you can ride horses, visit Speaker's Corner, play tennis, ride the shuttle boat across the Serpentine Lake, view the exhibitions at The Serpentine Gallery, go for a jog or tour the former home of Princess Diana, and opulent building filled with gilded antiques, which still houses members of the Royal Family to this day. South of the park, you will find London's museum district, the Royal Albert Hall and the upmarket shops of Kensington such as Harrods and Harvey Nichols Department Stores, which cater for a very moneyed clientele. Culture, history, shopping and so much more, this area of London truly has it all.
The hotel is also very conveniently placed for public transport. 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.
Several previous guests have reported having a pleasant stay at The Royal Cambridge, but it appears that some attention to detail is needed regarding customer service and the in-room facilities. If you can overlook these minor annoyances, you will find the hotel a great place to stay whilst exploring London on the cheap. Be sure to request a room on an upper floor, as the basement rooms have no windows. Room sizes also vary throughout the hotel, so ask to se another room if you find yours isn't as spacious as you wish.