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Royal Court Apartments and Paddington Hotel offer guests the choice and flexibility of staying in a self-contained unit, so you have a home away from home. Located in the elegant Georgian surroundings of Paddington and Bayswater, with Hyde Park just a few minutes walk away, staying here puts you at the heart of west London, within walking distance of exciting shops, restaurants and nightlife. The hotel is in one of the elegant white townhouses, which line the streets of the area, and inside mixes contemporary and traditional furniture and fittings to give you a taste of the area's history and make you feel at home with all modern comforts.
The hotel's apartments are clean and bright, with comfortable furnishings. Apartments offer greater privacy with all the facilities of a hotel on hand, making them the perfect choice for families or for the solo traveler who wants a haven away from the bustle of the city. Royal Court Apartments range from studios to three-bedroom apartments, let on a daily basis, with the added advantage of hotel facilities. Whatever your group size and budget you will find accommodation to suit your needs. In-room amenities are not as varied as in some other hotels in the area, but ensure that you will have the creature comforts you require, these include a private bath or shower, television, telephone and tea coffee making facilities. There is also an option to add an extra folding bed if needed.
To help you make the most of your stay, the following services are offered by the hotel, maid service, laundry and dry cleaning, an online concierge service where you can book tours of London, airport transfers, 24-hour reception to ensure someone is always on hand to help, security boxes, office facilities and fax services and a meeting room; making this an ideal accommodation choice for business travellers too. When it comes to restaurants, you are spoilt for choice in the local area. From Russian cuisine at Erebuni, to yodelling-accompanied Austrian food at Tiroler and the many Lebanese cafes in Edgware Road, you will find something surprising and delicious at every turn. There are two Tesco Supermarkets on nearby Queensway so you can make use of your kitchenette for cheap eats.
The hotel's location is ideal and within walking distance of some of London's most entertaining areas. The lush green space of Hyde Park is just a few minutes walk away, where you can enjoy horse rides, pedalos and a solar-powered shuttle boat on the Serpentine Lake, tennis courts or The Serpentine Gallery's fantastic collection of modern art if the rain starts to drizzle. To the east of the hotel lies Marble Arch monument, originally used as the entrance to Buckingham Palace an beyond that Oxford Street, where you will find the best shopping in London, with over 300 shops to choose from, including Selfridges Department Store where you can pick up anything from sweets to skin-care products. To the west of the hotel you will find Kensington Palace and Gardens, which was designed and landscaped by some of Britain's most renowned architects and horticulturists. The Palace still houses members of the royal family, so there is a chance you may see the Duchess of Cambridge popping to the shops in nearby Kensington, where there is a range of exclusive and unique boutiques. In Kensington you will also find London's museum district with the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums and the Royal Albert Hall where you can see some a musical extravaganza in an exquisite Victorian building. All these attractions and more are no more than a 20-minute walk from your hotel.
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. Both Queensway and Bayswater tube stations are 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.
If you want a convenient resting place and the advantage of living like local residents, which include none other than Keira Knightley and fashion designer Stella McCartney, then the Royal Court Apartments will be the perfect choice for you. However, it must be said that the hotel could do with some modernisation as rooms look a little dated and as of yet the apartments have no established Wi-fi connection, so you will need to visit the Starbucks Cafe in Queensway to stay connected. Guests who are mobility impaired should also be aware that due to the age of the property, there is no lift, so you may wish to request a room on the ground floor.