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2005

MANY THANKS  (Singapore – December 2005)
Dear George, Foulla and Alexis, We visited London and stayed at St David’s in Dec 2005. It’s at a good location, within 5 minutes walk to the tube (Paddington station) and was very comfortable, clean and cosy. This hotel is value for money! The owners, George and Foulla, and their very handsome son, were most hospitable, which was a big part of what made our trip so pleasant and memorable. The first morning we were up late and missed the breakfast hour. George was totally kind and whipped up 2 sets of breakfast for us, with the eggs and sausages positioned in a smiley face. We definitely recommend this hotel to budget travellers. As we left, the Christmas tree was put up, and the reception will be renovated shortly. We will definitely return to this hotel the next time we visit London again!! Best regards. Sok Han & Agnes

COZY COMFORT FOR BUDGET TRAVELLERS (Canada – November 2005)
I spent a very enjoyable week at St David’s this past September. I had reserved a single room with wash basin for 30 pounds a night but found it extremely small (not much bigger than the single bed ) and asked to move to a bigger room after two nights. They had availability so they moved me to a double and gave me the same rate. Try to get a room looking onto the court yard in the front. There is a little more noise but the rooms are brighter and the view onto Norfolk Square is quite pleasant. The hotel is family run and staff were very friendly. Paddington station is 2 minutes away and there is very good access to everything London has to offer via Paddington station and the Tube. Another plus is Hyde Park is located a short walk away. I’m a runner and ran through the park everyday. Its a 15 minute walk through Hyde Park to get to Knightsbridge shopping area including Harrods. Across from Paddington Station, there is quite a cool internet cafe called Reload. Its better atmosphere at the same price in comparison to a few other internet cafes in the same area. Lots of pubs and restaurants nearby.All in all, a very comfortable, friendly, travel option for those looking to spend their London travel dollars on something other than high end accommodation. I’d stay there again.

THE NON-BUDGET ST DAVIDS (Birmingham – November 2005)
First of all we would like to thank you for rescuing us from that awful hotel further down the street, when we last went to London (15th of October). You saved our trip – thank you very much for that! We definitely enjoyed your family’s hospitality and therefore we would like to book a room in December if possible. We had hoped to get our family from Denmark to come along, but they regrettably just turned us down. Best wishes Erik and Camilla

FRIENDLY STAFF (Hong Kong – November 2005)
A clean and good location B&B. 2 minutes to the tube station / 4 minutes to airport express. Very friendly staff. My friend come to pick to the airport at the early mon ring. The owner invite my friend for breakfast (also to wait us) without any extra charge. I paid 60pound for the en-suite twin room and they give an en-suite triple room.

A GREAT BUDGET DEAL (Southern California – November 2005)
For the money you can’t beat St. David’s. It’s not The Ritz but it is a wonderful budget hotel with a very helpful staff and everything you need to be comfortable and rested in London. The location is wonderful as stated in other reviews and I thought the breakfast was great. Very filling and kept you going until afternoon. I would recommend it to any money conscious traveler.

HELLO ALL (India – November 2005)
We just wanted to say hello and let you know again how much we enjoyed staying at the St.David’s. You make your guests feel so welcome, the breakfast is so good and your other staff people are so friendly. Elizabeth was so nice when she served our breakfast. We look forward to staying with you again in the near future. Have a very healthy and happy holiday season. Shirley & Mort

WE WILL BE BACK! (Brazil – October 2005)
On behalf of the Magalhaes family, I would like to thank you and everyone else in St. David’s, for the kind welcome we have received during our time in London. We will certainly be back!!! If you ever come to Brazil, specially to our town (Belo Horizonte), feel free to ask for anything you need, it will be a pleasure to help you! Beste regards, Gustavo

WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE EXPECTED! (Chicago – October 2005)
I booked the St. David’s Hotel on Norfolk Square, based on the reviews I read on Trip Advisor. A few days before our arrival on September 8, I e-mailed and asked for a room on a lower floor as my husband and I are fit, but did not relish climbing four flights of stairs. The location is outstanding. You are a very short walk from the Paddington train station; the destination of the Heathrow Express. When we arrived at the small lobby, we were immediately invited to go down and have breakfast, even though we were not entitled to it. When we came up from breakfast, our room was ready and our bags were already carried upstairs. Our room was exactly what we expected, small and clean. The bathroom was as described in all the reviews but since my husband nor I are enormous people, it was adequate. I did not plan on spending a great deal of time in the bathroom. Foula went out of her way to help us. We had left a phone number at home and asked her for a phone book. She immediately asked the name of the party, called information, dialed the number for us and gave us the phone. When we asked about the charge, she shrugged her shoulder and said, “It’s no big deal.” She is very proud of London and really wants you to enjoy it. Since we had been to London frequently, we knew what we wanted to do so did not ask for suggestions, however many people did anmd Foulla went out of her way to accommodate there. As I looked at the sign in sheet, I noticed it was mainly Europeans. Our room was facing Norfolk Square and it was quiet in the evenings. It is not a five star hotel but the prices are not five star prices. I would certainly stay there again. It is an excellent value for the money and location.

AN ENJOYABLE STAY (Germany – October 2005)
What we anticipated came more than true! We received a warm welcome from you and your parents and were made feeling comfortable and at home by your hospitality. You provided us with all sort of useful information we needed for an enjoyable and successful visit. We are very grateful and will happily remember the staff’s everlasting friendliness. Thanks again, take care and and give our regards also to your staff. Rita & Norbert

A BIG THANK YOU !! (Maldives – October 2005)
To you and your family a big thank you!!!! Kathrin and Tobie are back and they have really enjoyed themselves. They loved London, people their age love it for different reasons from people much older like me. And they did enjoy the wonderful room at your hotel and the great hospitality and kind welcome. Thank you so much again, I do wish that I can return to London without looking over your shoulder because it’s just such a great place to be. And of course, no time-consuming, frustrating hotel-hunting, no pictures on the internet that never keep what they promise, because I will just send an email to you and hope for a free room and your wonderful breakfast and lovely hospitality. Thanks again, take care, kind regards to you all, Renate

HOME AWAY FROM HOME (Wisconsin – September 2005)
Thank you all for your hospitality while staying in your lovely “home away from home”. It was very pleasant and everyone was very helpful. I appreciate your help returning the items i left in my room, I will recommend you to any who wish to visit. Ellen

GREAT FAMILY RUN BUSINESS (Australia – September 2005)
As we are now back home in Perth, Australia , I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation of your hospitality & friendliness during our stays at your hotel during July & August this year. In particular , the support that you offered to Julie prior to her unscheduled return to Australia to attend a family bereavement was much appreciated. We always feel as though St David’s is like our ” London home “. Undoubtedly , this feeling is related to the service & friendliness which you offer to guests. We hope to see you in Australia at some time in the future, and remember there will always be a bed for you in Perth. Kind regards & best wishes, Mal & Julie

TIME FLIES !!!!!! (Germany – September 2005)
The weeks after my departure have gone by so quickly and I have been thinking back to the few days at your lovely hotel ever since. I will certainly book again when I return to London and have been recommending your hotel to lots of people. What a great atmosphere, beautiful rooms and the unforgettable breakfast, but above all the lovely owners. Now my daughter and her friend will soon come and stay with you – we had a lot of talks together about the pros and cons of going at the moment, but they want to come. So the only thing I can do is hope that everything will be alright when they are in London. While I’m writing this I’m reliving the time I stayed with you and can see everything clearly, even my last two hours sitting on a bench in the square reading waiting for the moment I had to leave after all. Thank you for everything and hopefully, see you again soon, kind regards, Renate

THANK YOU ! (Hong Kong – September 2005)
Tks for yr accommodation during the days we spent in London last week. The room is good, especially for the ground floor room.If there’s a little electrical kettle in each room will definitely an improvement for yr hotel. Also, the madam who serve the breakfast at the dinning room is very cheerful and nice. My mother did enjoy the breakfast very much. Thank you for kind arrangement and all the best! Cheers Ann

SMALL BUT NICE (Germany – August 2005)
Hello St David’s Team, It was a fair and beautiful week in London, one of the highlights was staying in St David’s hotel. The location is central, the staff very friendly and the atmosphere very informal. The breakfast was great, the original English version……we love it. The rooms are also nice and tidy and the St. David’s team are friendly and helpful at all times.We would all like to say “thank you” from; Tim, Lara, Sarah, Elisabeth, Doris, Ulli and Uwe. Kind regards from Frankfurt to Paddington and we are all looking forward to our next holiday in London at St David’s hotel. Ulli + Uwe

GREAT VALUE, GREAT LOCATION (Bangkok – August 2005)
I booked a triple room with a mattress on the floor for my family of four for six days, but upon arrival was upgraded to a quad room on third floor. The room is tiny as expected but clean. After the first night, I requested to change to a room on or nearer to the ground floor as I feel it’s a bit too demanding for my children to walk up three flights of stairs after a long day of sightseeing. Even though I was willing to pay for the extra, the female owner Foula, gave us a bigger quad room with no extra charge. Room G7 is on ground floor with window facing the street. The bathroom is much bigger and the shower area is decent. Breakfast is the best thing about this hotel. They offer unlimited full English breakfast. George, Foula’s husband, cooks and comes to greet the guests in the dining room every morning, so there is a bit of friendly B&B feel. All the staff are nice and super-efficient. The reason I didn’t give this hotel 5 out of 5 is mainly because the rooms look as if they need serious refurbishment and the hotel doesn’t have air-condition and lifts. However, if you can look pass that, it is really worth the money. I really appreciate the service mind of the owners and the staff.

VERY ENJOYABLE STAY (Petrie – August 2005)
Would definitely stay here again. Room on 3rd floor was excellent. Everything was very clean. (It was very basic but expected that.) Breakfast delightful, plentiful – very accomodating – the porridge was great. Owners and staff very helpful. Location couldn’t be better for bus, tube (we never did use the tube), and train to LHR. Very convenient. Good and reasonably priced restaurants very close also. Will definitely tell others about our find!

NOT WHAT IT IS HYPED UP TO BE (Baltimore – July 2005)
While I will agree with everyone that the service here is outstanding, when it comes to the room, I was very disappointed. I had read many of the reviews before booking my stay at St. Davids and fully expected a small bathroom/shower and a walk up flights of stairs, but I was very disappointed in the cleanliness/upkeep of the room itself. I guess I got what is fair for the price I paid, but from the reviews I expected more. I must say that the location and staff/friendlieness are above average. The shower itself was larger than I expected based on the earlier reviews but the bathroom as a whole was indeed small, exactly as I thought it would be. The stairs to the 4th floor were rough, but thanks to the reviews I knew what I was in for. Breakfast was excellent as many people have said. The room needed much help in terms of carpet and paint. For the price, not bad if you just want a place to rest your head. However, based on my expectations from the prior reviewers, I would say that I have to rank it a 2 of 5.

GREAT STAY (Newport) JULY 2005
St. David’s Hotel was my first European hotel. When I arrived I was very happy about the location and the look from the outside. We were greeted by friendly hotel staff and taken quickly to our room. We had a first floor quad. I was in shock at first by the size but then I had remembered what everyone says about European hotel rooms and decided to quit comparing them to what I was used to in the States. We were in our room to shower and sleep and these accommodations were perfect for just that. As mentioned in previous reviews the breakfast was great and the staff was even better. They make you feel at home and show a great deal of pleasure in what they do for a living.

EXCELLENT SERVICE, FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE (Annapolis – July 2005)
My family of four were very happy with the hotel. The reviews here were accurate and we appreciate the help from the hotel staff. Full English breakfast and also willing to accomodate special requests (within reason). At least three family rooms, the one in the basement is largest. Outdoors was noisy some nights (no AC, windows open). The location is fantastic, very near Paddington Station. I would choose this hotel again in a heartbeat. We stayed there two seperate times this visit.

A FANTASTIC HOTEL – FIRST RATE SERVICE (Canada – July 2005)
I stayed at this quaint hotel situated in the Paddington area of London last weekend. I have to say the breakfast and charm of the staff is the best I have experienced in London. A special thank you must be extended to George and Foulla who made me feel at home and made my stay most enjoyable and were always on hand to recommend points of interest to me (and also gave directions!). I will definetly be staying here when I return later in the year.

A GREAT LOCATION AND VALUE (Ontario – July 2005)
My experience at the St. David’s Hotel in London was above average; excellent location, simple but clean accommodations, good service, great breakfast, great value (even better when compared to other hotels in this city) all within a wonderful area. We found the staff to be warm and helpful. Our suitcases were carried up to our room for us and staff were always open to answering questions about sights in London and recommendations for restaurants in the neighbourhood. The rooms are indeed “small” when compared to North American rooms, but they were clean, tidy and very functional. For the amount of time we spent in the room, it was just fine. The bathroom is small but again, clean and big enough to comfortably get by. Please note: if you are looking for a luxurious room to spend your vacation within, you should consider another vacation destination. London hotel rooms are seldom spacious and they are NEVER big in this price range! If you expect the kinds of hotels that are the norm in North America, you are going to be disappointed. It’s just not the same (unless you spend considerably more money). I believe there are two major drawing cards for this hotel that set it apart- it’s breakfast and location! Breakfast was a highlight. The full English breakfast was certainly generous and contrary to other reviewers’ experience, I had great success requesting alternates to it (oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, muesli, cereal, sausage, coffee, hot chocolate etc.) We priced that a similar breakfast would be nearly 10 pounds in a restaurant; the value was unquestionably good. And for location; I can’t say enough about how excellent this location is. The hotel itself is within short walking distance of some great sights (Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, Edgeware Road, Oxford Street, Notting Hill) and within longer walking distance of most central London attractions and popular areas. If you’re weary of walking, trains and tube from Paddington Station link you anywhere you want to go. Even during morning rush, tube service is very efficient. If you are arriving into Heathrow, the Express train is incredibly convenient and it’s easy to transfer several pieces of luggage on your own to the hotel, because it’s so close. We took trips to Windsor and Wiltshire, and train service from Paddington was great. The Paddington/Bayswater area is a lovely place to stay. There were shops, amenities and great atmosphere; lots of pedestrians at all hours made it feel very safe. There are great restaurants within a 1-5 minute walk from the hotel- we recommend excellent Indian and Italian restaurants at the end of the street. The hotel staff also recommended a great pub, “The Monkey Puzzle” 2 blocks away that had delicious food served in very generous portions. All of these restaurants were reasonable; considerably more reasonable than other areas in London. I sincerely wish we had followed the recommendation of other travelers to have fish and chips at the nearby “chippie” rather than follow the advice of staff at the London Eye and pay 20 pounds for the same thing at an upscale fish place in Southwark that was terribly disappointing. At the end of a long day of touring/walking, it was really nice to be able to come back to the hotel and then have an affordable but wonderful meal in the neighbourhood. My stay was pleasant and on this basis alone, I would stay here again. When I also factor in the horror stories of many friends and colleagues who have stayed in shoddy and dirty rooms with less space and function for considerably more money, I feel very thankful that I stayed at St. David’s. I certainly plan to return.

A GOOD HOTEL BY LONDON STANDARDS (Netherlands – July 2005)
I stayed at this hotel with my mother last month. I have bad experiences with hotels in London, and this hotel is an exception to this. the staff is friendly; the hotel has a nice family-atmosphere. it is especially nice to wake up an experience the friendly service during breakfast, which is good by the way.
The rooms are not big, but tidy and it has a clean, good shower.
The friendliness of the staff at the reception varies, but on the overall we were satisfied. We were recommended a good Indian restaurant around the corner (Ganges) and were offered other information about the city.
I rated this hotel ‘above average’, but I did this in comparison to other hotels of this budget. It is a little run down and it can be a little noisy when your neighbours are watching television at a high volume, but I despite that I would definitely recommend this hotel!
I forgot to say that the location is excellent!!!! 1 minute walk to Paddington station, which is on some of the main lines of the underground. And if you like walking, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are very near and if you want, you can walk a little further to Notting Hill and Oxford Street.

A GOOD VALUE IN A GREAT LOCATION (Omaha – July 2005)
Stayed at the St. David’s June 20-22nd during a vacation in London. Let’s be clear – if you’re expecting the Ritz, or even a Holiday Inn, this isn’t the place for you. However, if you want a place to sleep at night, a good breakfast to start your day and a good location to see London from, you should strongly consider staying here. Based on that, it deserves Above Average. Had a 3rd floor room with in suite bathroom, small but usable. Given the high temps last week in London (mid 80s) being on the 3rd floor wasn’t ideal but slept well all three nights. Our use of the room was to sleep, shower in morning, and not be back again until after dinner. You would not want to stay in your room here, but you’re in London, so why would you stay in anyway? (And yes, the included soap was small but at Boots in Paddington you can pick up a bar for 80p so it’s no big deal). Found owner to be very friendly and gracious. Breakfast was a true English breakfast and very good. Hotel is located 1 block from Paddington Station, from which you can go directly to Heathrow on the express train, grab the Green/Yellow lines, and catch trains to Oxford and the west. Located on a very pretty square, a good Indian restaurant and some pubs are very close by. If you’re coming to London to sightsee and need a place to sleep, and don’t expect it to be like an “American” hotel, you’ll like this choice. If not, pay a lot more and stay somewhere else.

NICE HOTEL FOR THE PRICE (New York – June 2005)
Very good for the price – a great value. Right next to the Paddington Station which has the express train to Heathrow airport. I could hear the trains in the morning from my room, but it wasn’t too bad. No elevator, which didn’t bother me, but I didn’t have too much luggage. Nice breakfast. Very convenient location. Great place to spend the night if you have an early flight the next day.

ST DAVID’S HOTEL – CLEAN, INEXPENSIVE AND CONVENIENT (Canada – June 2005)
My wife and I just spent 5 days at the St. David’s Hotel in London. Overall, I have to say this hotel is great for the price. I believe the 5 nights cost 328 GBP. The location was perfect for us. Our flight arrived at Heathrow at around 9:00 A.M. and we arrived at the hotel at 10:30 A.M. Paying a little bit extra for the Express train was worth it. St. David’s Hotels is a 3 minute walk from the Paddington train station. Given the luggage my wife packed this was a blessing. Hotel check-in went smoothly. Our room (with shower, sink and toilet) was on the third floor. Note: This hotel doesn’t have an elevator. The room wasn’t large but was fine for the amount of time we spent in it. The room and hotel were clean and comfortable (no A/C but it didn’t matter while we were there since temperatures didn’t go above 20 degrees Celsius). A full english breakfast is including in the cost. The close proximity of the hotel to the Paddingtion tube station made access easy to all of the sights and sounds of London. In addition, it’s in walking distance to Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens and a number of other attractions. For example, I walked to Kensington Palace, the Diana Memorial Fountain, Buckingham Palace, St. Jame’s Park, Horse Guards Parade, Cabinet War Rooms and Piccadily Circus from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. one morning-afternoon. Enjoy this no frills hotel at a great price. We will stay there again.

THE WELCOMING & LOVELY ST DAVID’S (New Jersey – May 2005)
I had researched through Trip Advisor and decided with all the great reviews that the St. David’s had gotten that it would be the place for us. The advice was very accurate and I am so happy that we chose the St. David’s. George and Foula are so warm and welcoming. They had good advice and were very helpful. The English breakfast lasted us well into the late afternoon and was always cooked perfectly! All of the table servers were efficient and pleasant. George made sure he came into the dining area every morning to greet his guests. His warmth is contagious! We loved the different languages and accents we heard in the dining room. A true cultural experience. It was obvious that everyone, including the youngest child, is welcomed! The St. David’s is a lovely old building. The handsome front and historic architecture make you get into the mood for the history of London. The rooms are not big, but we literally used them only for sleeping, showering and dressing. We were out every day by 9 and didn’t get in until 8 or 9 every night! Who needs a big room? The showers were very small, but what an interesting challenge for my tall husband. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water. We slept very well on the excellent mattresses as mentioned in other reviews. As to noise, we are used to outside noise since we live on a busy street in an old home. Yes, we could hear the distant rumble of the Tube, some street noises, plumbing sounds, and an occasional door shutting, but it truly did not bother us. It’s to be expected in a hotel in a city! The price is a good value and the location is excellent. We loved the convenience of Paddington Station, Hyde Park, and the buses. We were lucky to have a balcony view of Norfolk Square park. Lovely! Hopefully we will return to London, and we will definitely return to George and Foula and the St. David’s Hotel !!

ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME (Virginia – April 2005)
What an amazing hotel – this was my second stay at St. David’s — the room was perfect, the mattress even better than mine at home. With the hotel being located very near to Paddington Station – you cannot beat the convenience! I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a nice, safe, incredibly clean place to stay. It is particularly well suited to families as you instantly feel “at home” when you walk in the lobby. George and Foula are the best hosts ever!

A GREAT HOTEL WITH VERY FRIENDLY STAFF (Malta – April 2005)
My 5 year old son and I just stayed at this hotel and will definitely return. Friends that were travelling with me also enjoyed there stay here. The location is perfect but most of all the staff make you feel so welcome. Breakfast is great. I would recommend this hotel to anyone especially to familes as they are so good with kids.

GEORGE AND FOULLA MADE US FAMILY (North Carolina – March 2005)
We first stayed with George and Foulla about 10 years ago. They made us feel welcome from the start. And we have returned, and returned and returned. What a wonderful place to stay – with the great breakfasts (George even makes egg white omeletes for my wife) devoted staff and clean, tidy rooms and comfortable beds. While the size of the bathrooms are not what we from the states are used to, everything works well and if you need a fan or a hair dryer, just ask. This is a great location – especially if you arrive at Heathrow. Less than 5 miinutes from the Heathrow Express. We highly reccomend the St. David’s and Norfolk Court but above all, we treasure our friendship with George and Foula..

OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME IN LONDON (North Carolina – March 2005)
We have been returning as guests of St. David’s at least once a year since 1984 which speaks of our love for the place and for the owners and hosts, George and Foulla. The groups that we bring from the U.S. have all been charmed by the warm welcome, the cleanliness and coziness of the accommodations, and the personal service and helpfulness of the staff. George is the chef for the feast which is called the “full English breakfast” which would earn a 5-star rating if such an accolade were awarded. The hotel is actually three remodeled former townhouses for the British upper class and is situated on lovely Norfolk Square and has an interesting history of its own. It is conveniently located a few minutes’ walk from both Paddington Train Station (terminus of the Heathrow Express) and several Underground and bus lines. Even though it doesn’t have a few of the amenities of a palatial Americanized hotel, such as a cavernous lobby and an elevator, you will find that those things are more than compensated for by its location and the incomparable service of the staff. The St. David’s Hotel is our “home away from home” in London, and we are proud to recommend it to any of our friends who are visiting London.

QUIET, CLEAN AND CHEAP (Denmark – March 2005)
For fifty quid a night for a twin room for my son and myself this hotel was a real bargain. The room was small but spotless, and okay, you could hear the tube train… but apart from that there was very little noise in the area. The breakfast was good, and the location of the hotel is great too. I’d go back there any day.

TIDY AND CLEAN !! (Hong Kong – February 2005)
I’ve stayed in 2 B&B in Paddington. St. David’s is clean, tidy and quiet. It’s also cheaper and much more comfortable than the other one which is of higher hotel rating. The location is great. Quiet street but very easy to reach. Breakfast – George’s cooking is great. Highly Recommended.

WHAT A WONDERFUL HOTEL (Colorado – January 2005)
My fiancee and I stayed 7 nights at St. David’s over New Year’s, 2004, and it was fantastic. After a week, it started to feel like home. True, the stairs are tight and numerous, the side facing the subway can be loud, and the bathrooms are comparable in size to those in the plane you flew in on, but any shortcomings are more than made up for by the fantastic location (2 minute walk from Paddington), the wonderful breakfast, and the fantastic hospitality George and Foula are so known for. In the most confusing city in the world, it helps to have someone close by who’s more than happy to help. As you’ll find out when you arrive, St. David’s is not the cheapest or most luxurious hotel in Norfolk Square, but it is definitely the best combination of everything you want, and nothing you don’t need. If you came to London to sit in your room and watch the BBC, look elsewhere, but if you want great service at an unbeatable price, book your room now and stop stressing.