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Located in west London, near the centre of the city, within a few minutes walk of the busy Oxford Street shopping area and just across the road from Hyde Park, this medium sized hotel is just the ticket for either the visitor or the business client to London. A privately owned boutique establishment, The Troy Hotel is housed in one of the elegant, colonnaded, Georgian terrace buildings that line the streets of Bayswater, a safe affluent district where many celebrities and politicians live, including actress Keira Knightley and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Troy Hotel has just 33 rooms, which have been refurbished to a high standard, with elegant traditional style fittings. The Deluxe rooms and Executive suites all come with an en-suite bathroom, LCD TV with satellite and freeview stations, direct dialing phone and the usual iron, board, hairdryer and a safe as well as the slightly unusual, such as a Jacuzzi in some rooms. The Executive suites also come with air-conditioning, a king size bed and a sitting area. A Wi-fi connection is available in the hotel at a charge, so if you don't wish to pay, you can visit the Starbucks cafe nearby, which offers a free connection.
All rooms get an inclusive continental breakfast served in the bright breakfast room, if you want a full English fry up; there are plenty of cafes just a few minutes away. There are no bar or restaurant facilities here, but that isn't a problem with so many excellent eateries within a few minutes walk. The immediate area around the hotel and this part of London, are heaving with some great places to eat and drink. Whatever your palate or if you just want to try something new, then this is a good place to start. Italian, English, Arabic, Lebanese and French food can all be found here and at a reasonable price. If you want to try the English pub then this area is full of some of the most unusual in London. From the 12th till the 19th century, Marble Arch was known as Tyburn where public hangings took place for over 600 years, so the area is very historic and many drinking establishments retain original features.
If you fancy going further into the West End, then there are taxis and buses galore, which run along Oxford Street and Park Lane down to Piccadilly; and they run till fairly late. So whether you are on a budget or a company account you can enjoy the best that London has to offer without too much effort. For the business visitor the hotel has conference facilities available, the friendly staff will also be happy to advise you on the tourist trail and even book fast-track tickets for you.
The hotel's location is great for exploring London sites, if you walk through Marble Arch, once one of the smallest police stations in the UK with three tiny rooms inside, then you will reach Hyde Park and Speakers' Corner. Here free speech was granted to the people, and today it is a world symbol of democracy. Every weekend the speakers will entertain you with their views on the news, helped of course by the regular hecklers, who have also existed since its inception. Concerts are a regular affair in the park in the summer, so it is an excellent choice of hotel for the discerning music fan. You can also enjoy outdoor sports such as tennis and horse riding and visit The Serpentine Gallery to indulge your cultural side. Or if you would like to learn more about the area's history, head to Kensington Palace and Gardens, which have existed since the 18th century and still houses members of the royal family in secluded apartments today.
The airbus and the central line tube at Queensway are just minutes from the front door. The nearest tube station is Queensway, which services Central line. The hotel is also a five-minute walk away from Bayswater tube station, which services the District and Circle lines. From here you have direct links to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates), Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates) and many other areas of London, including Notting Hill, which is famed for its carnival. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated near the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone. An NCP car park is located very nearby in Queensway for overnight parking.
Rooms at the hotel are very clean and cosy and staff are friendly. When combined with the very reasonable room rates, a good range of amenities and a truly fantastic location for visiting central London, this hotel is a lovely choice for a stay in the west of the city. Rooms on higher floors tend to get more light, so guests may wish to request these at check in.