We stayed here because it is close to Paddington train station, is low cost and has decent reviews. Our initial impression was shabby and threadbare, but at least clean and as mentioned low cost and helpful location for us.
However, the attention to detail is lacking. We had to wait quite a while for anyone to come to reception to check us in. We observed others having the same problem. There was no written guide in the room, and several times we had to go downstairs (no room phone) to get answers to basic questions: is there wifi (free in lobby only), can we have a glass in our room, and so forth. Storage in the room is minimal, they do not make good use of what space there is. Dirty sheets and towels were piled in the hall and left for hours.
Breakfast was irritating, one of those things which makes a story later. It is served from 6:30 to 9:00. I went down to the basement where it is served at 8:00 (nobody eating at that point) to ask if you just had to be there by 9:00, or if they closed the room then. The man there, whose English was lacking, told me you just had to be there. At 8:45 when we went down, the breakfast room was full, and there were four parties crowded in a small hall. The staff was obviously overwhelmed and not handling it well. At first they told us we would have to wait in the hall until those eating had left. Then they decided to open a second nearby breakfast room and sent us in there. After a while the manager came in and in a loud and rude voice announced it was our own fault we had not been served, we should have come down earlier. That was certainly a first. 25 minutes after we arrived our order had not been taken, so we got up to leave. A server then came over and almost forced us to sit down. She said our order would be taken soon, which it was. Basic marginal English breakfast plus dry cereal -- acceptable given the budget nature of the place.
Basically a place to run the guests through like cattle, perhaps due to absentee ownership, I don't know.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The St. David's is a family run hotel situated in a quiet garden square in the heart of Central London. Just a minutes walk from Paddington Station and ten minutes walk to Oxford Street and Hyde Park, we are ideally placed for any forthcoming visits. The St. David's Hotel prides itself for its excellent value for money service. Whatever your motives for traveling to London, whether your a budget traveler, here on business or pleasure, we will endeavour to make your stay a pleasant one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- St. David`s Hotel London
- St Davids Hotel
- St Davids London