We recently stayed at Falcon Hotel after reading reviews here. The location is fantastic. The hotel is a quick 5 minute walk from Paddington station (which happens to have the Heathrow Express train for those traveling from abroad). In addition, there are several restaurants just out the door ranging from Italian, Indian and Greek to a typical British pub. A slightly further walk, maybe 15 minutes, and you arrive at the north end of Hyde Park where you can take in Serpentine Lake and Kensington. Because we were traveling much of the UK on this trip, we purchased Britrail passes which cannot be used on the underground/bus system, with exception to Heathrow Express. We were advised by the friendly hotel staff to purchase a day pass for the underground in order to take in all of London. Again, a 5 minute walk to Paddington and we were able to access every bit of London easily.
As for the lodging, it is very average. The rooms are small but not cramped and definitely dated. However, the hotel seems to be in the process of updating as they have added LG flat screens to the rooms and the advertised terrace is undergoing change right now. We used this hotel for convenience and price, not luxury. Complimentary breakfast (eggs, bacon, toast, cereal, etc.) was an added bonus. We stayed the first two days of our trip here and liked the location and people so much that we booked our last night in London here as well.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A popular bed & breakfast style hotel established 60 years ago priding itself in its 3 C's, being: Clean, Comfortable and Caring. 2 mins to Paddington Station which serves Heathrow in 15 minutes via express trains and only 2 minutes walk to Hyde Park in central London. The hotel is situated in a quiet area opposite a park and within walking distance of many shops and restaurants. The main shopping area, Oxford Street, being 10 mins walk to. The hotel is no smoking but a smoking area provided. Complementary breakfast, internet use and refreshment centre. All rooms fully equipped with proper hotel beds, 32 LCD TVs, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryers and DD telephone. ... more less
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