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The Shakespeare Hotel, named after the immortal bard who once wrote 'would I were in an alehouse in London! I would give all my fame for a pot of ale and safety.' in his play Henry V; so it's safe to assume he was fond of city and its ale houses in particular, and fitting to name a hotel in his honour.
The Shakespeare is situated in a charming tree-lined square, north of Hyde Park, with excellent access to all parts of the capital, and prides itself on offering value for money and a good service within the meaning of budget accommodation. Whether you are visiting London with a group or by yourself, this hotel will suit your needs.
The Shakespeare has 60 guest rooms ranging from Single to Family. These are all decorated in a charming traditional way, with William Morris-style prints, framed art on the walls and a calming colour palette to ensure a restful night's sleep. Rooms have a thoughtful array of amenities so that guests are made to feel welcome and don't have to worry if they forget to pack an essential implement! These include hospitality trays with tea and coffee making facilities, direct-dial telephones, TV with satellite channels and hair dryers, ironing facilities and international adapters available on request.
The hotel has two lounges lovingly restored in a traditional Victorian style. One is a very rare find in London, a smoking lounge, which contains vending machines and a computer for internet use and the other is non-smoking and somewhat conversely contains an antique fireplace.
The hotel also has luggage storage rooms, three dining rooms and a 24-hour reception, so you are looked after throughout the day. Breakfast is included in all room rates and dinners and lunches can be provided if you enquire at reception, although as you are in one of the great culinary capitals of the world, you may wish to hit the streets and experience London's famed restaurants. Whether you fancy authentic Lebanese food and a shisha pipe, lavish Italian fare or satisfying British grub, London's melting pot culture means that all these different tastes are catered for.
The Shakespeare is in a superb location, surrounded by the Notting Hill, Kensington, Marylebone and Bayswater districts, you can easily walk to many attractions and sights. If you want to see a different side of London, away from the urban sprawl of the city, you can take a stroll in the picturesque green spaces,
Hyde Park and Regent's Park both within ten minutes walk from the hotel. These offer a wide range of outdoor activities, including plays, concerts, horse rides and even solar-powered shuttle boat rides. Regent's Park houses London Zoo, where you can meet some of London's more exotic residents, and Hyde Park appeals to culture vultures with The Serpentine Gallery and its artist-designed Pavilion.
If you would like to learn more about London's history, you can visit several very regal residences in the area, including Buckingham Palace in nearby Mayfair, where the Queen resides and Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana, which now houses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and offers a very delectable afternoon tea. If you would rather experience London's famed shops, you can traverse the mile and a half of boutiques on Oxford Street, which leads on to Bond Street, with its range of couturiers and Regent Street, where Hamleys toy store and Liberty are both located. If that's not enough to keep you busy, these are just some of the many must see landmarks you can walk to.
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 Shakespeare is a very reasonable place to stay, especially considering where it is located, a hassle free journey from Heathrow; a peaceful, safe area; and the most exciting areas of London within walking distance make this a great accommodation option for the traveller who has a budget to consider. If you are visiting with small children or you have mobility problems, you should be wary of accepting a room on the higher floors, as these tend to be smaller and there is no lift in the hotel so it is not easy to navigate if you are in a wheelchair or carrying a pushchair.