From the moment we arrived, we really liked this hotel. We were met straight away on reception by Helen, who, noticing that I was carrying my son in a carrier, whipped out a little penguin toy and made a real fuss of him. It was a great welcome!
We were early for check in (which wasn't a problem), asked for a cot to be placed in our room, and we were also upgraded due to my platinum membership (or charm and good looks, perhaps).
We stayed in an executive room, and no sooner had we put our bag down when there was a knock at the door and a smiley chap brought in a travel cot. We were impressed with the responsive service!
The room was silent, the bed was comfy, and the nespresso made me feel like George Clooney. For a few seconds.
We used the pool area with our son and had it all to ourself. The gym was basic but clean and well equipped - I'm a personal trainer and could have fashioned a pretty good workout with what was on offer. We paid for the buffet breakfast in the morning, and again, the staff made a real fuss of our son - smiling at him, playing with him, getting the high chair without us even asking. It was really impressive, and we were made to feel very welcome. The food was excellent! We love a buffet...
The location is also great. Right by the canal, we took a walk through Little Venice then all along the Regents Canal - a part of London we'd never seen before. We walked all the way to London Zoo, and also walked through Hyde Park to the Natural History Museum on day 2. The hotel is right next to Paddington tube, so I would totally recommend it as a good, central tourist spot.
Overall, for our first stay in a Novotel, and for our first stay as Platinum members, we were very, very impressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4 star Novotel London Paddington is in the Paddington Central area, easily accessible by public transport and a few minutes' walk from Paddington Station (15 minute link to Heathrow Airport and great connection to all parts of London with 4 tube lines). Enjoy a shopping spree on Oxford Street or take a leisurely stroll to Hyde Park and Kensington Palace. All 206 rooms have free Wifi access and satellite TV. Our Elements restaurant and bar also offer a relaxed dining and drinking experience. The hotel has a swimming pool, sauna and fitness room for you to unwind after a long day exploring London. You can as well use our concierge services to book your tickets for the best West End shows or for numerous attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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