This was my first experience of the Mercure chain of hotels, and I'm inclined to like them. I chose to stay here as I was attending a friend's 50th birthday celebrations on a boat on the Regents Canal, so my main criteria were (a) as close to Paddington Station/canal basin as possible, (b) clean and pleasant, and (c) not too expensive as I'd be spending very little time in my room. Research online suggested that the Mercure London Paddington met my requirements, as it's next to Paddington station (above a branch of Garfunkel's chain restaurants), and fell between 'cheaper-but-with-some-poor-reviews' and 'more luxurious but expensive' options.
My single room was - and the hotel booking process made this clear - extremely compact - which wouldn't have been ideal if I'd been planning to spend much time relaxing or working in it, but was fine for my purposes. Facing an internal courtyard meant it didn't have a view, but was lovely and quiet for central London, and I enjoyed a good night's sleep. Both bedroom and en-suite were decorated in a smart contemporary style, and the bed was very comfortable.
The staff I spoke to were pleasant and helpful. I didn't have breakfast at the hotel (having decided to wander up to Little Venice and breakfast on a barge... but that's another story), so can't comment on the food.
Would I stay here again? Yes, if a similar situation arose - I live close enough to London to be able to travel up for the day, but sometimes it's nice not to have to worry about the time of the last train home. Would I recommend the Mercure London Paddington to other travellers? Yes, if you're looking for somewhere clean and smart for an overnight stay close to Paddington Station, or are visiting London and not planning to spend much time in your hotel room - and with all the wonderful things to do in London, why would you?
If you do stay here or at one of the other hotels in the area, I recommend taking a few minutes to walk to Paddington Basin (just next to the station) and perhaps along the towpath of the Regent's Canal: surprisingly peaceful for central London, and you can take a boat trip from Little Venice to the Zoo, or to Camden Lock... And of course pop into the station to pay your respects to Isambard Kingdom Brunel - and to Paddington Bear...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Mercure Hotel Paddington is perfectly situated for anyone visiting London for business or pleasure. Only being a few strides from the Heathrow Express at Paddington Station and 3 London Underground lines. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quality Inn London
- Quality Crown Hotel Paddington
- Quality Crown London