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The Darlington Hyde Park
Ranked #196 of 1,089 Hotels in London
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Excellent London Hotel - Highly Recommended”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2005

My girlfriend and I recently spent a Saturday night at the Darlington Hyde Park hotel making use of the Special Offer currently available on the hotel website.

We found that, as usual, tripadvisor.com was absolutely spot on. This truly is a great hotel: clean, well furnished and welcoming. The staff are friendly, efficient and very professional and we were nothing but impressed by the standards on offer.

Our room was a good size and very comfortable. My only small gripe would be that the rooms at the front are slightly disturbed by traffic noise but in the end it didn't keep me from sleeping, but my girlfriend was prepared and brought earplugs with her.

Our breakfast the next morning was cooked to order and delicious.

Some previous reviews on this site have suggested that the area around the hotel is rough. I discussed this with my girlfriend and we both agreed that this is not the case at all. The area is perfectly safe and although a bit scruffy up towards Paddington Station, should not put off potential visitors to this part of the city and a fine hotel.

To sum up, this is an impressive London hotel. Combined with the special offer currently available on the website this hotel becomes very special indeed.

Stayed November 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2005

I booked in at this hotel because of the great reviews I had read on trip advisor and have to say that I could not fault this hotel. My husband and I spent a total of 6 nights there in September 2005. The first room we had was upstairs, nice and spacious (for a London hotel) and extremely clean. There is no airconditioning which made it a little hot, but in the other hotels we stayed at in London which were supposed to have airconditioning, the rooms were just as hot. When we returned for our last night there, the room was a basement room which was lovely. The breakfast was great. The staff were always friendly, even to the point of coming outside with us to hail a taxi so that it wouldn't be as expensive. It's little touches like that that make all the difference. The position is great for getting to Paddington station easily and there are plenty of nice places close to have a meal. If we are lucky enough to return to London, we will be attempting to stay at the Darlington again.
Great work everyone there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2005

My husband and I stayed at the Darlington for two nights in mid-October 2005, and I have to say that it was one of the best hotel experiences we have had. I chose the Darlington because the reviews on TripAdvisor gave it great marks for cleanliness, and it was immaculate! The hotel is in a convenient location near the Paddington Tube stop. The room and bathroom were spacious enough for our needs. The breakfast was great and had prompt service. We had very little trouble with noise, even though we had a room facing the street. Two minor issues: they charged 1 pound each for our flannels (washcloths). Also, after my husband returned with the flannels, the manager came up and keyed into our room--with us still in it! Something about 'checking the room.' I found that a little odd, but we didn't have any other incidents and found the staff overall to be very nice. We would definitely consider staying here again!

  • Stayed October 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2005

We spent 5 nights in mid-October at the Darlington and were very pleased -- the room was larger than expected, as was the bathroom. We loved having a small fridge and the large, plush towels! The laundry room was much appreciated after having spent the 2 previous weeks on a narrow boat with no access to laundry facilities. They had even listened to the complaints about the hair dryers and supplied a brand new one in the desk drawer. The breakfast room was light and spacious, the breakfast choices were many, and the 2 young women working there were so pleasant.

The rest of the staff was also pleasant and helpful. We were leaving early on our last morning and mentioned that to the front desk staff. They kindly offered to bring up a breakfast tray for us that evening which we never expected, but certainly appreciated.

All this and only 2 block from Paddington Station and about 5 from Hyde Park.

The only drawback was the road noise, but we had ear plugs and would ask for a back room next time.

We have already recommended the Darlington to our friends. What a find!

  • Stayed September 2005
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2005

We stayed here during october 2005 and had two rooms. Both were downstairs(Nos 2 and 3). Nos 3 appears to be right below reception and the noise of the squeaky floorboards was disconcerting and started quite early in the morning - usually about 6.00am. So our mornings started wondering about the ability of the floorboards to cope with the load. Dont get room nos 3 - in fact be careful of any of the rooms downstairs.

That said everything else is well above average and is in a good location. I would give it another try on my next visit. One suggestion would be to make the special coffee's(eg latte's etc)free rather than charging one pound. Just strikes me as a bit mean given the rates that are charged.

  • Stayed October 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2005

Our top five requirements in choosing a London Hotel were more than met at the Darlington Arms! The exceptionly located hotel had a triple security system: front door access; stair/elevator access; room access. The sparkling white walls, the spotless bathrooms and the immaculate rooms met every cleanliness standard. The young and enthusiastic staff both at the desk and in the breakfast room answered our every question and served every need we presented. The breakfast-both continental and full English-was ample as well as fresh and tasty. The accommodations (Rm 103) were more than adequate with a good-sized bedroom featuring floor to ceiling windows. The bath itself was large and sparkling clean with the same floor to ceiling windows. And finally, the bed was firm and comfortable with great cotton sheets and lots of pillows. The bath provided large absorbent towels and both rooms were freshened every day. And all this for under $200 a day. You better believe we will return to this hotel!

  • Stayed October 2005
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2005

Our party stayed at the Darlington based on reviews in this forum, and it actually turned out to be better than I expected. The single room I had was unbelievably small, but the price was right, and the two double rooms we had for our party were adequate. We had requested rooms at the back of the hotel, so we were not bothered by any of the noise that some of the other reviewers comment on. The staff were all extremely accommodating to us and friendly, and the lower rates at the Darlington while in London allowed us to splurge on more expensive places out in the English countryside. All in all the Darlington is clean and is basically what it purports to be---not more or less---so I felt we got good value for our money. I would also recommend Geales for fish and chips over in Notting Hill, although it is hard to find and even the cabbie didn't know where it was. All in all, the Darlington was a sensible choice for us for staying two nights in London, and, given that one is rarely in a hotel room while in that fascinating city, it worked out well. Thanks, Trip Advisor, for this travel tip!

  • Stayed October 2005
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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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