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The Royal Norfolk Hotel is housed in one of the elegant Victorian town houses, which line leafy Norfolk Square in the Paddington district of London, ideally located for Paddington Station, where the Heathrow Express Train travels to the airport in 15 minutes. The area has been gentrified in recent years, especially around the Paddington Wharf area, which has been built up with offices, shops and restaurants. The Royal Norfolk offers very reasonable rates, suitable for business and leisure travellers and easy access to the city's sights and attractions, via the Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City tube lines from Paddington tube station.
Rooms at the Royal Norfolk are basic, but comfortable and decorated in a tasteful muted style, with thoughtful touches such as art prints on the walls. All rooms come complete with a handy array of amenities to ensure you have everything you need for your stay, such as en-suite facilities, central heating, tea and coffee making facilities, a TV with freeview channels and a hairdryer. The friendly receptionists offer a concierge service for guests, offering to book tours and help with local information. Wi-Fi is available at the hotel for an extra charge, although this can be avoided if you use the free connection in the Starbucks cafe just a few minutes walk away, and a range of extra services, such as electricity adaptors, safety deposit boxes and taxi bookings are available from the reception desk.
A cooked Full English breakfast is included in the room rate; however, guests have stated that the selection is uninspiring, so it is recommended to sample the local cafes. The hotel is situated close to many delectable eateries, such as The Frontline Club and Angelus, as well as a range of chains such as Ask! Pizza, so you will find something to suit all tastes.
The hotel is in an excellent London location, just a ten-minute walk from Hyde Park, London's largest green space, where you will find horse riding, tennis courts, a boating lake and The Serpentine modern art gallery. To the west of Hyde Park lies Kensington Palace and Gardens, the former home of Queen Victoria and Princess Diana in more recent years. The Palace is open for tours and the surrounding area of Kensington is full of exquisite boutiques and exclusive clubs, frequented by a young, monied crowd. Beyond Hyde Park, you will find the elite South Kensington district, where the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History museums, the Royal Albert hall, and Harrods department store are located. If you don't bankrupt yourself in Harrods, the many and varied shops of Oxford Street are just a 20-minute walk from the hotel, and the Marble Arch monument sits at the top-right corner of Hyde Park.
The Royal Norfolk is perhaps not a memorable hotel, as it is rather basic and offers sparse amenities; however the hotel does offer affordable room rates and convenient travel and sight seeing, especially for those arriving from abroad to see the city, so this is a good choice for travellers on a budget. If staying here, guests should be aware that there is no elevator, so rooms on the lower floors are advised, especially for those with mobility issues.