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Ventures Hotel has been a family establishment for over 30 years, during which it has built up a reputation for quality rooms at very affordable prices. The hotel has a warm and welcoming ambience, decorated in bright colours and housed in one of the elegant, white, 19th century town houses, which line the streets of the surrounding area. Ventures Hotel is located in Paddington, a peaceful district of London, which is largely residential, but still convenient for transport links and local attractions, making it perfect for business and leisure travellers alike.
Ventures Hotel offers 30 brightly decorated guest rooms, suiting both solo and family visitors, with comfortable furnishings and a good range of amenities, including dial-up internet access, a direct-dial phone, coffee and tea making facilities, a television, windows which open and ironing facilities on request. A wireless internet connection is available throughout the hotel for a small fee and a range of facilities are available to guests to ensure a hassle free stay, including a luggage storage room, fax services, multi-lingual staff, a drinks vending machine and a lounge where guests can relax before exploring London. The hotel staff are very friendly and are happy to act as your concierge, recommending local restaurants, booking taxis and offering general tourist information.
The hotel also offers a continental breakfast for a surcharge, but the selection is a little uninspired, so you ma wish to sample the local culinary delights in a range of fantastic restaurants and cafes. Stuzzico offers tasty, Italian influenced breakfasts, lunches and dinners; Patisserie Valerie offers decadent artisan pastries; or if you prefer something more substantial, you can try the many North African restaurants in nearby Edgware Road, practice your chopstick skills whilst eating excellent Japanese food at Dinings; or opt for traditional British cuisine at The Frontline Club.
The hotel is in a fantastic area for exploring London's sights and attractions. Situated in the heart of the interesting, multicultural district of Edgware Road, you are just a few minutes walk from Hyde Park, where you can enjoy a wide range of attractions for all weathers and all members of the family, whether you go boating on the Serpentine Lake, watch an open air concert, visit The Serpentine Gallery, hire a tennis court or see the historic Rotten Row and Speaker's Corner. Beyond the park, you will find some of London's most exciting shops along Oxford Street, where you will find couturiers nestled next to quirky independent boutiques and high street chains. Kensington Palace and Gardens is a great place to visit if you would like to learn about London's monarchy past and present, or if you simply want to indulge in afternoon tea in very beautiful surroundings. Kids will enjoy the lively museums of Baker Street, where Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum, The Planetarium and The Sherlock Holmes Museum are located, or Regent's Park and London Zoo if the weather is sunny. There is something to suit everyone and much more besides.
The hotel is in a fantastic location for travellers visiting from outside London. Just a few minutes walk away from Edgware Road Station, which services the Hammersmith & City, Circle and District lines from here you have direct access to Paddington Station (where the Heathrow Express Train terminates); 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.
This hotel is a welcoming place in a great location, but it may be a preferable accommodation option only if you aren't planning to spend a great deal of time in the room, as they can be quite basic. The hotel room rates are very good, but it may be worth spending a bit extra for one of the boutique hotels in the area if you can afford it. If you do choose to stay here, you will be pleased at how convenient nearby sights are, but be prepared to overlook some shabbiness in the decor.