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Part of the Aga Hotel group, Tony's House Hotel is a low cost low quality bed and breakfast situated in London's Paddington district. It overlooks a landscaped garden square and is housed in a very attractive Victorian town house.
Paddington is a largely residential area of London, which makes it very peaceful at night and the multi-cultural community means that the area has a diverse range of restaurants, bars and attractions, with plenty of North African, Indian and Chinese restaurants, such as Satay House, Bombay Palace and Nipa.
Green Cardamom Gallery is just one of the mid-size establishments in the area where you can exclusively view Indian artist's work and see the form that contemporary art is taking on the sub-continent.
The hotel has 22 bedrooms, which can be on the small side (although this is typical of London town house conversions).
For guests' convenience, rooms include a flat-screen TVs with freeview, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic security safes, hair dryers, alarm clocks on request and a fridge, which is particularly useful if you are trying to stick to a budget.
There is also a Wi-Fi connection in the room, although some guests have reported that it can be sketchy, so a better option might be to use the Starbucks Cafe, just a few minutes walk away.
Here you can also pick up some breakfast, because whilst the hotel breakfast is adequate, it is allegedly a little uninspired and consists of snack packs.
The hotel enjoys a good location for viewing London sights, Hyde Park is just a few minutes walk away, where you can enjoy a host of outdoor activities such as boating and horse riding and you can visit The Serpentine Gallery for fascinating and often controversial art shows. Kensington Palace and Gardens lie just to the west of Hyde Park, where you can visit the grand, Christopher Wren designed Palace where Princess Diana used to live.
The Palace is now home to her son and his wife, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, so you may just see Kate and Wills popping to the shops on High Street Kensington.
Beyond Hyde Park, you will also find the museum district of London and the Royal Albert Hall, where you can take in a spectacular musical show. Shopping enthusiasts will also be thrilled to learn that Oxford Street, hands down the best place to look for London shops, is just a few stops away by tube.
The nearest tube to the hotel is Paddington, which has some of the best transport connections in London.
Servicing the District, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Bakerloo lines, from Paddington Station you have a direct link to King's Cross St Pancras Station, for travel on the Eurostar; Victoria Station, for the express train to Gatwick Airport; and many other areas of London, so you can explore the sights.
From Paddington mainline station, you can also catch the Heathrow Express Train, which will take you to the airport in just 15 minutes. The main A4 road, which connects to the M11 and M4, can also access the hotel but visitors should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. Parking is available at the NCP in Arthur Court nearby.
The hotel's proximity to Paddington Station makes this a very convenient accommodation option for international travellers. Some previous guests have stated that the hotel errs towards the hostel side of low-cost accommodation and some of the facilities promoted on the website haven't always appeared in the room, so be sure to adjust your expectations accordingly before you arrive.