This hotel has improved since the last time I stayed in it.
Arrival - female receptionist was efficient and pleasant though occasionally struggled to understand colloquialisms. She checked me in quickly, whether she changed me from my original allocated room to an alternative I am not sure but she consulted room chart before giving me a swipe card. she did mark no extras on room card before she asked if I wanted to swipe a card for extras.
Whilst there is a lift to the bedroom floor on arrival at the room there were four steps up a small passage to get to bedroom door. At the end of this very short passage are two access doors to separate rooms. For families this would provide a slight level of parental comfort.
The room is slightly smaller than a cabin on a ship and had a definite cabin feel about it. The bed was supposed to be a double but was only queen size and if my wife had been with me it would have been a tight squeeze for us. The room was clean, with some paint work requiring attention. However, no wardrobe just a metal pole fixed to the wall, no drawers for clothing or other items, no armchair (not that there was room for an armchair). Looked basic. The television was small and the sound very tinny but a full range for "freeview" channels. The bathroom very small with a protrusion the length of the bath at head hight when standing in the bath which makes having a shower difficult and potentially dangerous.
On the plus side there was a safe, trouser press, iron, hair dryer, desk and hard chair to work at, tea and coffee, free basic wifi and Laura Ashley complimentary bathroom items. The large towel is of a good size, even for the enlarged person. Air con excellent.
The bed was comfortable. Disturbances from street noise and some hotel guests died down by midnight. The window has sliding wooden slats rather than curtains and these did not quiet seal out the light. Potentially useful in night if trips to bathroom are required.
The bar area is set off from the eatery and is small and functional rather than relaxing. Staff helpful in providing ice.
Breakfast offered a choice of meals and the food was tasty and palatable.
There is no route map to get out of the room in a fire. The instructions say go to "The Mornington Hotel".
Overall this hotel has improved since last time I stayed but still is only really for the business man on a short stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Corus Hyde Park is a 4 star, 389 air conditioned bedroom hotel for business and leisure guests and is in a spacious location overlooking Hyde Park. Corus is 50 metres from Lancaster Gate tube on the central line, only 8 minutes walk to Paddington station and the Heathrow Express and 15 minutes walk to Oxford Street, Kensington, Notting Hill, Albert Hall and so close to all the major attractions including the new Westfield shopping centre and the Paddington Basin. The hotel features 4 meeting rooms up to 90 guests, free powerful WiFi in all areas, a fitness studio, large air conditioned lounge with an all day menu. The hotel has three restaurant concepts - seasonal and quality British dishes, an authentic Malaysian menu and Bel Canto Opera dining where opera students act as waiters and sing a wide range of Operatic classics whilst you dine. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Corus Hyde Park Hotel