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The Springfield Hotel enjoys a very convenient location near to Paddington Station, where the Heathrow Express Train terminates. Housed in a grand Victorian town house, overlooking Sussex Gardens, a leafy square where wealthy Victorians used to spend their leisure time, the hotel is close to many of London's greatest attractions.
Rooms at The Springfield Hotel range from Single to Family size. These are decorated in a charming traditional style, with comfortable beds, cheerful prints on the wall and a good range of amenities, including en-suite bathrooms, a maid service, central heating, a direct-dial telephone, a colour TV, a hair dryer, fax and ironing facilities if required and tea and coffee making facilities.
A full English breakfast is included in the price and will give you a hearty start to a day of exploring. If you need somewhere to rest, there is also a TV lounge in the hotel, which is bright and tastefully decorated and is a good place to meet friends before heading out. There are also brochures and local area information in the reception.
The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals or lunches, but with some of the finest restaurants in the world, from artisan cafes to Michelin starred dining, you won't find this problematic. If you want to rub shoulders with the locals, you should head to one of London's historic pubs such as The Windsor Castle, where you can enjoy a pint of ale and eat some good old-fashioned home cooking. If you want to experience the melting pot of cultures and nationalities that have taken up residence in London, head to Edgware Road, where very tasty and North African cafes abound, or if you don't fancy a large meal, you can head to artisan cafes such as Patisserie Valerie, Rhodes 1 Brasserie, or The Cupcake Emporium, for sweet treats and light bites.
Paddington is an area which is peaceful enough to enjoy a good night's sleep, but has a veritable treasure trove of sights, attractions and landmarks nearby to keep you entertained throughout your stay. Those who prefer the outdoors will thrill to the picturesque surrounds of Hyde Park, Regent's Park and Kensington gardens nearby, where you can enjoy a picnic whilst you watch an outdoor concert or play, ride a horse through the trees and flowering beds, visit London Zoo, ponder the modern art at The Serpentine Gallery, cross the Serpentine Lake on a solar-powered shuttle boat or pedalo and visit Kensington Palace, the former residence of Princess Diana, where you can partake in scones and dainty sandwiches with a scrumptious afternoon tea.
The nearby Kensington, Mayfair and Knightsbridge areas are rife with history, from the Queen's London residence, Buckingham Palace, to the slightly more humble Linley Sambourne house where you can see how the Victorians lived. The museum district, where you will find the Victoria & Albert, Science and Natural History Museums, will open your eyes to the weird and wonderful, from colonial carvings and directional fashions, to the outer reaches of space. If this is perhaps a little too educational for a relaxing vacation, you can trawl the Oxford Street shops, take in a show at one of the many theatres nearby or do something a little out of the ordinary. Whether you want to take a cooking class at Divertimenti in Marylebone, watch a puppet show on a canal boat or play a round of urban golf followed by cocktails, there will be something to suit everyone.
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 Springfield Hotel's location is perhaps its biggest selling point; with so many sights nearby, it is a good base, but only if you don't plan to spend a lot of time in your room. The hotel could do with some refurbishment and some rooms have a slightly erratic approach to furniture arrangement, with shower cubicles outside the en-suite. The combination of cheap rates and convenient transport is tempting, but it may be good to check out the other hotels along Sussex Gardens to compare. If this seems to be the hotel for you, you should be aware that there is no lift at the hotel, so a room on the ground floor is desirable if you have mobility difficulties or a very heavy suitcase.