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The Darlington Hyde Park
Ranked #205 of 1,067 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Substance over style”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

The Darlington isn't going to be featured in any hotel fashion magazines any time soon but what it does have means it is now my automatic destination when on business in London...
- Spotlessly clean
- Surprisingly quite
- Very central location
- Decent size rooms
- Superb value rates (I always ring them direct to book)
- Cheerful and helpful staff
- A good breakfast

Don't get me wrong about the style thing - this isn't a criticism... its not chabby or delapidated (I've stayed in some real dumps in London that claim to be 4*). Some hotels try and make you feel like you're in a stately home, others like your in some trendy bar, still others like your in prison. The Darlington feels like well... a hotel!

The staff who serve the breakfast as particularly cheerful and attentive and really should be commended.

If you want a good solid welcoming stay in central London at a reasonable price I think you'll struggle to find better.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Dominika G, Manager at The Darlington Hyde Park, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Dear sekret_skwirrel, thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. I was absolutely delighted to read your comments and I shared them with all my staff. I was pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you have found the place you will be returning to. Also thank you very much for your recommendations, it is really appreciated. Our major priorities are to provide the guests with clean rooms, great customer service and value for money. Also we are proud to be located in the heart of Paddington which is a lovely area close to Hyde Park, Baker Street and the city centre. We look forward to be welcoming you in The Darlington Hyde Park on your next trip to London! My kindest regards, Dominika Gozdzik, Hotel Manager
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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

My wife and I stayed for a week in January 2014 and enjoyed our time here. The breakfast is the standard "English Breakfast," which I like, with a few additions (pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereal). The breakfast is a great value and good quality, but after a few days can get a little redundant, but still a positive aspect of the stay overall. I have to say that I doubted that the coffee could be as bad as some other reviewers suggested (I am not a coffee "snob"), but I have to say that it convinced me to have tea in the morning. It is a real mystery as the quality of all of the other food is excellent. There is a very small laundry (i.e., one small washer and dryer) available to guests on a self-serve basis at a reasonable cost. You might need to wait to get access and pump more pound coins into the dryer than expected, but I think this is a great amenity and wish more hotels offered it, The breakfast staff was very efficient and friendly, as were the people at the front desk and the cleaning staff. The location is convenient to Paddington and the airport shuttle, and you can access the tube and many different bus lines to travel to the center of the city. You should be aware, however, that London is a very large city and there are not many places that a tourist would walk to from this area. Nevertheless, the area seems safe and is interesting to walk around and explore. The only thing of a negative nature that I would mention (other than the coffee, which in the scheme of things is extremely minor) is that in our room on the third or fourth floor (just below the top floor) in the front of the building (which I would definitely recommend over the rear of the building, as street noise was minimal) we could hear every step of the people above us. This is an old building and perhaps to be expected, but the problem was that for four of the days that we were there the guest(s) above us walked back and forth constantly for hours at a time and it became quite distracting. We inquired about moving our room and the staff was cooperative and nice, but there was not an alternative that we considered better available. In retrospect, I would probably ask for a room on the first floor (i.e., one flight up from the street level, what Americans call the second floor) as those rooms have very tall windows and I am guessing higher ceilings. This probably would not change the noise from above, but there would be more light. In short, while this is obviously not a luxury hotel, it is a very solid choice and looked a lot nicer than the numerous other hotels in the area. I would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dominika G, Manager at The Darlington Hyde Park, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Dear Aquila, Thank you for taking time to post your review on Trip Advisor about your January stay in The Darlington Hyde Park. I was very pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us including location, breakfast, facilities like laundry and friendliness and efficiency of our staff. We look forward to be welcoming you in our hotel in the future and don't forget to contact us directly for the availability and best rates. Kind regards, Dominika Gozdzik, Hotel Manager
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Little Canfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We had a room on the top floor which was spacious, clean and comfortable. The tea/coffee tray and fridge with complimentary water were appreciated after a hard days sightseeing!
Plenty hot water, towels and toiletries were provided.
The breakfast staff in particular were friendly and efficient, although every member of staff we came across acknowledged us with a good-morning.
The breakfast buffet had a good range of items and the bonus had to be the freshly cooked "Full English" to order.
The hotel is close to the tube station for easy access to Oxford Street, sightseeing and Theatreland.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dominika G, Manager at The Darlington Hyde Park, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Dear joanandmatt, I was delighted to read your feedback after your recent stay at The Darlington Hyde Park Hotel. It is a pleasure for me to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to many other visits of yours. Warm regards, Dominika Gozdzik, Hotel Manager
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Redondo Beach, California
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

The room is relatively small, but it's to be expected in London. It's actually a perfectly good size with more than enough room for walking around even with 2 suitcases. The breakfast that's included is simple, but good and there's plenty of options from pastries, fruits, cereal, eggs, etc. The hotel is really close to Paddington Station, which is very convenient. The room also has cups and a kettle along with tea for your use. I'd say the hotel is a good deal for what you get.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Dominika G, Manager at The Darlington Hyde Park, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Dear Aya K, Thank you so much for taking time to post your lovely review on Trip Advisor site. I was very happy to read that you enjoyed your stay with us including our location, the breakfast, the facilities we provide in the room as well as the size of it. We very much hope to be welcoming you in The Darlington Hyde Park Hotel in the future and don't forget to contact us directly to get the best rates. My kindest regards, Dominika Gozdzik, Hotel Manager
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

I was very skeptical but pleasantly surprised. I asked for a room that was not at the back or on the ground floor as I am a bit nervous when on my own and it appeared to be no problem. The shower worked perfectly, instant hot water. Room was small but ample for a place to rest. A bit old but fine. The one evening it was quite windy and the window banged a bit but not too troublesome for me. I definitely would stay here again.

Room Tip: I was on the forth floor facing sussex garden road and it was just fine for me. Not sure if I would...
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Dominika G, Manager at The Darlington Hyde Park, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear jodi 2014, Thank you for your lovely feedback following your stay at Darlington Hyde Park Hotel. It is really appreciated. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you found the hotel clean, spacious and safe. It is very rewarding to hear we exceeded your expectations and that you will definitely come back. Best regards, Dominika Gozdzik, Hotel Manager
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Reviewed 13 January 2014 via mobile

This hotel is well located in terms of getting to the shopping area of marble arch as well as to the airport via paddington station.

The room and bathroom was spacious and clean. Breakfast was simple but adequate.

Only thing I didn't like was that I could hear the guests in the room above. Got shocked several times by their Loud thumps and heavy footsteps

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Dominika G, Manager at The Darlington Hyde Park, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear choco_9, I really do appreciate you taking the time to leave your review following your stay with us. I was so delighted that you overall enjoyed your stay with us including location and cleanliness. We are looking forward to be welcoming you back in The Darlington Hyde Park Hotel in the future. Regards, Dominika Gozdzik, Hotel manager
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Macclesfield
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Lovely welcome at the hotel, efficient check-in and help with local restaurants.
My room was clean, warm, well equipped with a comfy bed. I slept really well.
Breakfast was really good and served quickly.
Overall very happy with stay and the value for money

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Dominika G, Manager at The Darlington Hyde Park, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear MissPercyP, Thank you very much for leaving such a positive review on Trip advisor after your recent stay with us. I was delighted to read that you have found your room spacious, warm, clean and comfortable and I have passed your kind words about the service to my staff. Please do come and visit us again soon. My kindest regards, Dominika Gozdzik, Hotel Manager
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Property: The Darlington Hyde Park
Address: 111-117 Sussex Gardens | Paddington, London W2 2RU, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
#162 Business Hotel in London
#184 Family Hotel in London
#189 Romantic Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Darlington Hyde Park 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Darlington Hyde Park is located in the Paddington Hyde Park area of London, less than a 5-minute walk from the Heathrow Express terminal at Paddington station. This 40-bedroom former stately Victorian terraced town house conversion offers high standard accommodation with modern facilities, which ensure that the expectations of both business and leisure travellers alike are fully met. The Darlington Hyde Park prides itself on being a strictly non-smoking establishment. ... more   less 
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