London is rife with hotels touting a location in their name, which in reality are several dreary blocks away from the advertised location. This is not one of them, finally! I've often stayed in the Lancaster Gate area of London, due to its location both near Paddington and Hyde or Kensington Park. Being near this grand park gave children a place and space to run off the long flight and me a good, calm breath of fresh air mid-business trip. But there are so many disappointing hotels in the area.
Thistle Hyde Park is happily not one of them. It's a grand old hotel with high ceilings and enough ornament to keep Old World lovers happy, while offering updated and modern amenities. I was given a room for a single for a night -- the bed was a double and comfortable, the room immaculate and the dear old plumbing quite lovely. They have a warning that it may take a while for the hot water to get to the room owing to age, but indeed once it arrives it's a tub full and more. Value for money, superb. Location, great, being not only facing Hyde Park but a few steps away from Queensway Road, where one can wade through the multicultural offerings that only London offers. It's a lovely walk to Paddington and on the tube to get anywhere else. That is, unless you prefer to walk through the park to get where you wanted to go, as we did. Just lovely! Will return again! Staff trained to cater to bewildered tourists with great patience, I noticed.
A word on the scaffolding -- they're refinishing the lovely exterior and its grand balconies. It will soon be down; part of keeping an old hotel looking grand.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thistle Hyde Park dates from Victorian times, with a cosy, relaxed atmosphere reminiscent of a Pall Mall private-member's club. A refined, intimate building, it is a comfortable base from which to enjoy the nearby West End, Oxford Street and Mayfair. Within walking distance of Lancaster Gate and Bayswater Underground stations and a literal stone's throw from multiple bus stops, you'll find it easy to get from the hotel to wherever it is you wish to visit in central London. What's more, you have the luxury of two of London's finest public parks just across the road from the hotel entrance - perfect for a morning stroll, weekend picnic, or letting the kids run off all the excitement of a holiday in the City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thistle Hyde Park London
- Thistle Hyde Park Hotel London