This hotel was very reasonably priced, and despite the negative things that I had read about it on Trip Advisor, we took a chance & booked it. Truth be told, we couldn’t have been more pleased. It is an easy 5-minute walk to/from Paddington Station, even while dragging your luggage behind you. The hotel sits along a pretty tree-lined street with numerous other small hotels. The area feels quite safe, even late at night.
We arrived at the hotel about noontime & were told that we could leave our luggage in a communal room off of the main lobby and come back at 2pm to check in to our room. It was raining & we were exhausted, so we went & ate lunch in a pub, arriving back at the hotel around 1:40pm. We were again told that we had to wait for our room until 2pm, but a minute later they gave us our key card. The key card also keeps the electricity on in your room.
The room was a twin-twin and probably the smallest hotel room I’ve stayed in. However, that’s about my only complaint. Everything in it was in very good or like new condition. It contained two twin beds, a tiny nightstand w/telephone, a desk w/light & hairdryer, a wardrobe with about 8 hangers, and the bathroom. The bathroom was also quite small but appeared brand new to me. Towels are changed every other day even if you throw your wet towel on the floor. The only toiletries provided are tiny bars of soap.
Breakfast is included & was served from 7:30 – 8:45am. The breakfast area is in the basement of the building. The first morning we arrived right at 7:30am & were the first people there. The next morning we arrived at slightly after 8am and had a wait of about 15 minutes since there are a limited number of tables. Breakfast consisted of coffee or tea, choice of 2 cereals w/milk, meat & cheese slices, boiled eggs, a fruit drink, and white toast w/butter & jam.
The front desk is open 24 hours a day & you are asked to leave your key card there every time you leave the hotel. They will only provide one key. One night I wanted to stay in the hotel & go to bed early while my companion was going out to meet friends for drinks. We asked for a 2nd key card so that I could keep the electricity on while my companion was out & could still get back into the room without waking me up. But we were told it was not possible.
Overall, the hotel appears to be in very good condition despite being an older building. Not just our room/bathroom, but also the hallway walls, fixtures & carpets look to be well-maintained. We had no serious complaints and were pretty pleased with the hotel, the price we paid, and the hotel’s location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- the Hotel is a fine Victorian building, built in early 19th century - 300 meters from Paddington. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orchard Hotel London