We stayed at Hotel Indigo Paddington for about a week. Upon check-in, they noticed our stay was on the longer side, and changed our room location to the first floor (with small attached balcony). A small but nice gesture that immediately confirmed we'd chosen a great place to stay.
As others have mentioned, the location of this hotel is perfect as a jumping-off point to many other places in London. This neighborhood is not trendy, does not contain amazing restaurants or shopping opportunities, and is not walking distance from major attractions (with the exception of Hyde Park). It is a 2 minute walk from Paddington Station which will allow you to connect to the Heathrow Express, National Rail Services, and 5 tube lines that will bring you just about anywhere you'd want to go. For me, this was very important and allowed me to get around London quickly and efficiently. I would absolutely choose this location again for that very reason.
The hotel itself is wonderful. The front desk staff were friendly and helpful, and housekeeping kept our room immaculate. The room was tiny, as is the case with all European hotels we've stayed at, but space is used efficiently to include a large bed, loveseat, desk, and dresser. My husband found the bed too firm, I though it was fine. The bathroom was amazing for a hotel- I loved the water pressure on the shower, the heated towel bar, and shelf space. Our room also contained an ironing board, hair dryer, coffee/tea maker, mini-fridge with complimentary soda and water, ipod clock radio, and safe. I also loved using the fast and free Wifi on our devices, but I didn't dare touch the TV/keyboard combo the room came with. The signs were unclear about whether or not you would be charged for using it.
The attached restaurant is also a bonus, though I can't say we ate there. I did notice it seemed to be well-used (by fellow guests or locals, I'm unsure) and reasonably priced for London.
My only real complaint was the lack of control over the room temperature. Although you can access the air conditioning unit (which needs to be manually turned on and off), there is nowhere you can set the room temperature. We spent our final night alternating between turning on the air conditioner when we were too hot, then having to get up 30 minutes later to turn it off when we got too cold. The outside temperature wasn't even that warm, so I don't know how our room got so blazing hot that evening. Considering this only happened one night, I don't think this small hiccup really affected the quality of my stay.
I really think this is a great hotel- not only because of the proximity to Paddington Station, but because of the great amenities, hard-working staff, and clean, comfortable rooms. I'm recommending it to my sister who's visiting later this year, and I recommend it to you as well!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Upon entering Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 winner Hotel Indigo London-Paddington you feel an immediate shift away from the hectic pace of business travel. Enjoy the quiet luxury and individuality of this chic, London boutique hotel moments from Paddington Station. Hotel Indigo London-Paddington benefits from the central Paddington location which is a tourist hub and a home to many business headquarters. This boutique hotel is adjacent to Paddington Station from where the Heathrow Express leaves every 15 minutes and takes the same time to reach the airport. Preferred equally by business executives and leisure guests, the Hotel Indigo London-Paddington is close to Oxford Street shops and Selfridge's, beautiful Hyde Park and Notting Hill areas. It is easy to reach the City, West End theatres or the famous galleries and museums from Paddington Station. ... more less
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