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“Quirky, unique and charming”
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Pavilion Hotel
Ranked #915 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Reviewed 3 May 2013

I fly from Sweden to London once a month and usually book my hotels last minute. I booked the Pavilion about a week before I arrived. I usually get small hotels in the Paddington or Victoria area as they are fairly close to where I work.

I read the reviews about the Pavilion and thought that I may have made a mistake. How wrong I was.

When I arrived the first thing that I noticed was the rather unusual decoration. It was like stepping back in time or being on the set of the Antiques Roadshow. Old painting of people long done whose eyes seemed to follow me as I made my way through reception.

I was greeted by the guy in reception who was very friendly. He asked me how long I was staying for and when I said 5 nights he said I should move from the "War & Peace" room to the basement room "Metalica" as it had more room (I am 6ft 1). As I had booked a single basic room I was not expecting much.

Like the reviews each room is themed and "Metalica" was no exception. The bed, table, chair, sink, shower all had a metal theme. I had a shower in the room but the toilet was next door but it was for my own use so I did not mind.

Each morning a tray of simple but nice breakfast was left outside the door. The bedroom was cleaned each day. The bed was rather noisy, yes the room is called Metalica but each night it sounded like I was doing something rude with C3-PO.

The shower was not great, but not bad either.

For those who say there is no lift or bar in the hotel. These hotels were built 120 years ago, they are large buildings with creaky stairs and some doors you have to duck through but that is all part of the charm.

The staff were polite, friendly and always helpful.

Hotel is in a good location, nice resturants and bars. Though avoid the Sussex arms. That bar is one I will not return back to!

Pavilion hotel is nice, unique and one I would not mind staying at again.

If you want to have more comfort and facilities then pay more, but for the price I paid I have no complaints.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

Now, I was expecting the worst. I was expecting a cheesy, sleazy flea pit. It is not this at all, in fact you really do have to appreciate the thought that has gone into it. It does have its pluses and minuses and you have to work out if this is the kind of thing you are looking for.

The staff were actually very friendly, we were given the choice to look at 3 rooms to decide what themed room we wanted. They are all very unique and certainly not thrown together. There is a very sensual, almost dark side to this hotel rather than sleazy. So it is really for couples, not suitable for families.

The furnishings I really did like and the overall look and quirkiness of the hotel was great, and really ok for a one night stay..not sure you would want to spend a week there. Reasons for this is the size of the rooms, I can understand the bedrooms seem small as they pack so much unique furniture and furnishings in them, but the bathrooms are all minute. I am a petite 5ft 2 and I had a struggle turning around without knocking things off shelves.

They do have coffee in the room, but you need to search for a plug the other side of the room . However they also deliver breakfast outside your room at 8am in the morning, which is included in the very reasonable rate for this area. Breakfasts includes cereal, fresh croissants and muffins and fruit juice – a nice touch.

There is no bar in the hotel, it really is just for sleeping (ok bed’s aren’t that comfy) or just enjoying having some fun time with a partner. I like it, I cannot deny it, visually it’s really different and a fun place to go rather than settling for a quality comfort hotel . However if you are in this area, even if solo travelling, it is a very reasonable rate. It is odd, and you do walk away thinking did I enjoy that or not?? However worth a one time experience.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

I'll get the negative comment out of the way and that was the wi-fi network didn't work very well, it could have been weak due to me staying on the top floor. Right, now I got that out..on to the positives. The location is perfect with Paddington Station roughly 5 minutes away, the reception staff were friendly, the hotel overall was beautiful it gave off a relaxing, comforting atmosphere, the continental breakfast was adequate for me and is sent to your room, As for the room, I stayed in 'Solitaire' and a very good writing desk, a sleigh bed (first time I slept in one of them), nice thick curtains which kept the morning light out and the bathroom unit was a little on the small and low side (I'm over 6ft tall and my head brushed the ceiling) but I got used to it. Overall a gem within the city and a hotel I will be staying at again.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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3  Thank JeffersBristol
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Location: top value. I had booked the "Enter the Dragon" room. Arrived out of an icy-cold day to an equally temperatured room. Said I couldn't take it. The guy was very helpful. Informed me the rooms on the street side were all in a system they could not keep at a reasonable temperature. Took me to a smaller, but for me, warm and cosy, room on the backside. It was so warm I had to sleep with the window wide open, as here the heater could not be switched off! But with the weather outside it was much to be preferred. Forget breakfast, unless you love tough croissants from yesterdays and blueberry muffins. I didn't even try to remove from their wrapping. Sensed the place had a certain atmosphere, though, and will give them another chance come summer.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Found it just by chance. My train to Cardiff was delayed by FOUR HOURS! & I would have missed my connection so I wandered around looking for digs and found this little gem.
It's small and there's no lift so if your travelling heavy-weight be warned.
There's only one staff member but he was friendly & helpful. He also does everything - check you in, check you out, take you to your room & make your breakfast! The real charm of the place are the rooms. They have to be seen to be believed. They all seem to have names and not numbers. My room was called 'Indian Summer' & it was like something out of the last days of the Raj. I had a huge four poster bed that must have come out of the Taj Mahal.itself. I was so curious I asked if I could look at some more rooms. The one staff staff kindly showed me two others. I forget their names but one was straight out of the 1970's - Very funky! I should have packed my flares! If you want different check it out.

Room Tip: The 'INDIAN SUMMER'room - Maharajah's only!
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

This place is dirty, the staff are rude and intimidating. The room is noisy. The traffic outisde is loud. The area is seedy (think prostitution). The breakfast is inedible.
Please don't think this is a fashion hotel that celebrities stay in, a celebrity wouldn't let their dogs stay in this place and neither should you.
WORST HOTEL I'VE EVER SEEN

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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12  Thank ben a
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Firstly, they "had no record" of my booking despite numerous confirmation emails, then we were given a disgusting damp room and when we requested to be moved the staff firstly ignored us and then became aggressive, there was a pornographic DVD in the player in our room which at one point staff members burst into the room to retrieve, personal items wete also stolen from our room during our stay and we heard nothing back despite complaining numerous times.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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7  Thank Fhkk
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Address: 34-36 Sussex Gardens, London W2 1UL, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Victoria
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
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Ranked #915 of 1,077 Hotels in London
Price Range: £59 - £95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pavilion Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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