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The Hide is a stylish gem, tucked away in Hendon north London. The four-star, boutique style hotel offers superbly appointed bedrooms, convenient travel links and a refined atmosphere for business and leisure guests to enjoy. The hotel resides in a largely residential district, with plenty of lush green spaces close by, offering guests a peaceful place to spend the night, with all the cosmopolitan nightlife and attractions of this exciting city just a short tube ride away.
From the ambient lighting in the lobby, to the textured wallpapers, opulent fabrics and directional furniture of the rooms, The Hide is an achingly hip place to stay. Rooms are superbly appointed with Single or Double rooms offered and Executive rooms for a little extra luxury. Rooms come with comfortable beds and an impressive array of amenities, compiled with the needs of the modern traveller in mind. These include a free Wi-Fi connection, an in-room safe, and in-room mini fridge, and iPod docking stations, tea making facilities, a direct dial phone, LCD TV, air conditioning, modern en-suite bathrooms and bottled water. A sophisticated continental breakfast, with mini muffins and croissants is included in the room rate and the hotel also offers free parking and a discounted rate at the Virgin Active gym next door. The hotel doesn't cater for evening meals, but there is a good selection of eateries close by to tempt your taste buds, such as Jade Cottage and The Gallery Restaurant.
The Hide's location is perhaps the only thing that lets it down, as it is quite far from central London sights, leaving guests to rely on the local tube to get around. The tube is just a two-minute walk away, so this isn't too much of a problem. From Hendon Central you can catch the Northern Line tube to many of London's most exciting areas. The tube stops at Hampstead, where you can enjoy the lush green space of the Heath and panoramic views of the city from Parliament Hill; Camden Town, where you can browse the curious wares in the market, from studded dog collars to vintage furniture, and watch live music at the Roundhouse, Barfly, Bartok, KOKO and many more venues; King's Cross St Pancras, where you can catch the Eurostar from the newly revamped terminus; Leicester Square for Covent Garden shops, London theatres and cinemas; Charing Cross for Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery; and Waterloo for the South Bank exhibition centres and travel to other areas of the UK. London's financial and business district at Bank and London Bridge, for Borough market, are also easily accessed via tube. Wembley arena and stadium are also accessible via bus or car for large-scale sporting and musical events; and for those who want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, Brent Cross shopping centre is just one tube stop away.
The hotel does have the advantage of being outside the Congestion Charge zone and is easily accessed via the M1 and A41 roads.
If The Hide hotel could be picked up and dropped in the middle of Covent Garden or Mayfair it may be nigh on perfect to stay in, but it would also cost several times the price. Hendon may not be ideal, but with good transport links, stunning rooms, excellent service and a laid back atmosphere, this hotel is a good choice for the budget traveller who doesn't mind a slight inconvenience, or someone on a repeat visit to London who wants to see a different side of the city. If staying at the hotel, be sure to request a room away from the main road as this can be noisy at night and enquire about parking beforehand, as space can be limited.