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The Umi Hotel is classified as three-star tourist class accommodation and offers 117 bedrooms. The hotel is situated in the heart of the charming Bayswater district, which is within walking distance of Oxford Street's many shops and Hyde Park. For those arriving at London Heathrow Airport, the 16-minute Heathrow Express terminal is close to the hotel.
The Umi Hotel is located near to trendy Notting Hill, where you can visit Portobello Market's antiques stalls and visit a wide range of unique boutiques, bars and cafes. Whiteleys shopping center is just a few minutes walk away whilst London's main shopping thoroughfare, Oxford Street, which contains over a mile and a half of shops, is only a 20-minute walk. To the south is Hyde Park where you will find Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall.
Guest rooms are available in Single, Double, Twin and Triple sizes, decorated in a calm contemporary style for a relaxing stay. All rooms contain a private bathroom and toilet, a television with satellite channels, direct dial phone with voicemail feature, tea and coffee making facilities and an iron and ironing board. Services are also available in rooms for an additional charge, including laptop-sized security safes and Internet connections, both plug-in and wireless. If you choose to upgrade to a Grove Room at the hotel, you can make your stay a little more luxurious with quality coffee, a selection of teas, welcome snacks, mineral waters and bathrobes. Umi can also provide a massage in your room or in the Umi therapy room, to help you unwind after a day's sight seeing.
At night, the hotel restaurant serves fresh prepared British food, funky cocktails alongside in-house entertainment. Live sports are also shown on large plasma televisions. Yumi Coffee Shop is open daily, serving breakfast, a variety of light meals and selection of drinks throughout the day. Nestled amongst the eateries of Notting Hill and Bayswater, this cafe is an ideal spot to grab a coffee or snack.
Umi's continental breakfast includes a selection of freshly prepared items including organic yoghurts, fresh fruit salads, pastries and muffins, breakfast and herbal teas and fair-trade Puro Coffee, a unique blend of premium beans. Also available are breakfast paninis with English and vegetarian varieties, as well freshly cooked breakfasts. The hotel also offers a range of very useful facilities, to ensure you have a hassle free stay, including conference facilities, a laundry service and a photocopy and fax machine for guest use.
The hotel is 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.
Bayswater is a picturesque district and houses many celebrities and politicians, so Umi is a great option for travellers trying to stick to a budget. If you do not fancy listening to the early morning traffic then we recommend that you ask for a garden-facing bedroom on the second or third floor. Guests staying on the ground floor will hear the voices of passers-by on the street.