2007 | St. David's Hotels

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THANK YOU! (Brazil РNovember 2007)
We would like to say how grateful we are for our lovely stay in London. Many thanks to George for the first-day tips on the Phantom and Portobello Market – we made it to both attractions and had a lot of fun! Special thank to Foulla for the hair dryer and train tips! ūüėČ And again thanks to your gentle son, for his help with all the bags and nice talk about Brazilian football! From the beginning till the end we felt welcome by the cozy atmosphere of your Hotel and the friendliness of your family. We hope to be back some day and will surely recommend to our friends. Please let us know if you are ever in Brazil and will be glad to show you around. Juliana and Mariana

FRIENDLY WELCOME IN LONDON (Melbourne РOctober 2007)
I stayed here for 2 nights in September. My husband and I arrived very early in the morning after our flight from Australia. The room wasn’t ready but we were sent down to have breakfast and the room was ready by the time we finished. It was really good to be able to access the room this early as we could have a shower and get freshened up and get on with the day. The staff were really friendly and helpful and the breakfasts were great. The room was small and the bathroom even smaller but this is how it is in London unless you want to pay for 5 star hotels! It was clean and comfortable and I would certainly stay here again.

GOOD CHEAP HOTEL CLOSE TO TUBE & TRAINS¬†(British Columbia –¬†October 2007)
I was reviewing other hotels on Tripadvisor, when I read a review comparing some other hotel to St. Davids. I immediately researched this hotel and read the great reviews. We originally booked our rooms (2 senior couples) for 3 nights, but at the last minute we asked to add an extra night at the front of our stay. They were able to accommodate us, but only had rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors, a bit tough on seniors. However the next day they moved us down to the 1st floor. I found the breakfasts a bit repetitious after the first 2 mornings, but no real complaints. The closeness to Paddington Station was a big plus, as was the location on a quiet street.

FRIENDLY STAFF¬†(Hamburg –¬†October 2007)
We were at the St. David`s Hotels for a week and it was very nice. The staff was very friendly and the English Breakfast was very good. The room was very tidy and the bathroom was clean . We enjoyed the family atmosphere. Foulla and Alex always gave us good advice about London .

FABULOUS FOR LONDON¬†(California –¬†October 2007)
I just spent 6 nights at the lovely St David’s Hotel. The staff is great, the breakfast outstanding and the serving ladies the best. When I first arrived I was offered a ground floor room but requested a higher floor because, as others have noted, the underground rumbles beneath you. Fortunately, I was moved to the 2nd floor and I had a most delightful stay. This hotel is very good value for the money. The location is excellent and the rooms are quite good for what you are usually offered in London hotels of a similar price. My stay was excellent because I was moved upstairs. I can understand the complaints of those that were downstairs. As they say, location, location, location! (it’s important both inside and outside the hotel!)

NOT BAD AT ALL¬†(Melbourne –¬†September 2007)
This was the first hotel my husband and I stayed at on our 2.5 month trip to Europe. We arrived at Paddington Station at 7am and found the hotel easily (just down the road!). The owner was very friendly and welcoming, and once she found out my husband spoke Greek we were instantly part of the family. Even though our room wasn’t ready, being so early, she said we were welcome to have breakfast (at no charge) while we waited. The room itself was ok, although as mentioned the bathroom was tiny! However, we were quite comfortable and everything was clean, so no issues there. Both of us enjoyed the breakfasts and the serving ladies are very nice. The only negative point were the stairs – very steep and difficult when you have heavy suitcases. Otherwise, the hotel is in a great location, with lots of shops and restaurants outside. It was good value for the price!

HELLO FROM SWEDEN¬†(Sweden –¬†September 2007)
Hi, i wanna thank you very much for everything when we were staying with you this weekend. Really good service from all of you. I will come back but the next time with my husband. Best Regards, Petra

THANK YOU FROM CANADA¬†(Canada –¬†September 2007)
My husband and I stayed at your hotel twice this summer. We had noticed the property three years ago and made a note to stay there when next in London. We were fortunate both times in July; you were able to book us a double room for three nights, then gave us the same room when we returned several days later. Our room was clean, attractive and looked out over the small park in the square. As others have noted, the breakfast was super! We must comment on the friendliness of the proprietors and staff. We felt like we had ‘come home’ when we returned for the second stay! It was apparent that several of the guests were repeat visitors- always a good sign. We have recommended the hotel to others and will repeat our visit.

GOOD FOR THE PRICE (Japan РAugust 2007)
spent 4 nights in the single basic room on the 4th floor at 40 pounds per night. Dearest Alex offerd me either a room facing the greeny square on the 4th floor or the facing back on the 2nd floor, and I chose the more quiet one.
As I feard, climbing up the stairs was hell, but the room was quiet and I often kept the window open to get the fresh air. The room was very very very tiny, but I found it quite confortable and convenient. It is equipped with only basic items… a tiny bed, a basin, a TV, a fan on the wall, one large towel, a bar of soap, a glass, thats about it, but I had basicly what I need, and they made up the bed and changed the towel every day. Shower room is also very very very tiny… think of a small closet and put a shower booth and a toilet in it! But it was always kept clean and I had enough hot water. Breakfast is very fine. You get full English breakfast and/or cold cerials and yogurt if you ask. Location is great, just one block from the Paddington sqaure and many bas routs. There are M&S and Saindsbery at the station, and several reastrants and Pubs around. After all, the stay at this hotel is nothing fancy, so you shouldn’t expect or dream too much reading all the fancy comments on tripadvisor. But you will get everything you need. I should say it is good for the price.

We booked accommodation at St David’s, Paddington primarily because of the good reviews on TripAdvisor and not being able to find a better alternative for our circumstances. We were looking for a n ensuite room for two adults – clean, comfortable, reasonably priced and conveniently located in London. We were not disappointed, and would be happy to stay there again. Overall, this hotel adequately met our expectations. The cost was right, the room was small but clean and comfortable, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the breakfasts really set us up for each day’s adventures. Would we use St David’s again? Without hesitation as long as the price stayed reasonable.

NO COMPLAINTS!¬†(France –¬†July 2007)
My wife and I visited recently, as part of a party of six from France, and were very pleased with everything. We were allocated a nice room on the third floor, with both a double bed and a single. There was a television, sufficient wardrobe space for an extended weekend, and a small shower room with washbasin and toilet also. It was small, but it did the job, with good shower pressure, plenty of hot water, and it was very clean.This is a budget hotel. We were looking for a central location, clean and tidy bedroom and facilities, at a good price. We were not looking for resplendant views of London, lifts, bellboys or jacuzzi bathrooms! The staff were friendly, informative and helpful. The breakfast was a great start to the day. Our friends all had rooms on the groundfloor and were equally happy with everything. We would be very happy to recommend this to our friends, and would certainly stay there again. It was very convenient to Paddington Station, easy to get a bus or train to anywhere in London (and we went everywhere!) and a great position for a morning run in the park also. There was a good variety of restaurants and bars around, but so easy to get into the heart of London.

Searching for an afforable hotel in London is a real chore these days. But after reading many TripAdvisor reviews we decided on the St. David’s. I called the hotel directly to make the booking without a problem. The person who answered the phone was busy but very pleasant. They also emailed me directions from Paddington Station [Heathrow Express]. The hotel was a block and a half from the station which made it an easy walk even with suitcases. The St David’s is a row hotel on one of those side steets loaded with small hotels. The front desk clerk was friendly and helpful. But our room was up five flights of narrow stairs. Not for the weak of heart especially carrying your bags. Our room was small and the bath smaller; our window faced Paddington Station so there was a lot of noise but it quieted down during the night. A fan served for air conditioning. The English breakfast was substantial, served in a small basement room…six flights of stairs down. But again the staff was friendly and seemed genuinely interested that you were enjoying your stay.

My boyfriend and I stayed at St. David’s Hotels for 5 nights from May 28-June 2. This was our first time visiting London and we had a wonderful stay! We booked our room a few months in advance and requested a twin room on the 3rd floor facing the square. We were told at the time of booking that the staff would try their best to accommodate our request. We were very pleased when we arrived and found our requests had been filled and that we were also upgraded to 1 queen-size bed and 1 twin. Yes, the bathroom in the room is small and it takes awhile for the shower to heat up but this was not of any inconvenience to us! The room was always made up when we got back from site-seeing and the hotel was very clean. The staff was very helpful and friendly. They were able to answer any questions you might have and they always had a smile on their faces, which was very welcoming! My boyfriend and I loved the full English breakfast we were served every morning!! We could enjoy cereal, bacon, eggs, toast, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, coffee, and tea. We definitely never started the day hungry! Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel to others and would not hesitate to return to St. David’s!

Booking: Just called the hotel directly with the dates required and the booking was made without even providing a credit card in about 3 minutes.
Check-In: Very friendly welcome from what seems like a family hotel. Quick check-in and our bags were taken to our room right away. My Dad needed a box opened by taking out some screws but he used a type only available in Canada (Robertson square head). The hotel told us to leave the box with them and when we returned the opened box was waiting in the room – excellent service. The only down-side to the check-in was my request at the time of booking for a first or second floor room because I was travelling with my 80 year old dad. My dad is quite fit but would still have prefered less stairs (there is no elevator). Even though the hotel indicated this could be accomodated when I made the booking the request seemed to come as a surprise when I arrived so we ended up on the third floor. The did offer to try and switch us the next day but it wasn’t that big a deal. My recommendation would be to call a day or two ahead with any special requests since this is a high volume hotel and almost everything seems to be managed on paper.
Room: Clean and simple with just enough storage space. Our room had a single and a double bed and included a private bathroom.
Breakfast: Very good breakfast (included) served quickly by friendly staff (although some of the seating was a bit cramped).
Overall I would definitely recommend St. Davids Hotel.

GREAT STAY … GOOD PLACE FOR THE PRICE¬†(Winnipeg –¬†June 2007)
I went to London on 3 seperate occasions in a month. I was visiting from Canada and had never been to London. We got to the hotel at 9am and they let us leave our belongings there and they put our valuables in the safe. They gave us tips on where to go and managed to see the changing of the guards on the first day. When we got back, our bags were in our rooms already. We knew the rooms would be fairly small because its London. They were all nice rooms and were very cosy. The odd occasion you could hear a rumble from the underground but it didn’t affect sleeping or anything. The bathroom was small but handy. Breakfast was great. English breakfast with hot chocolate. It keeps you going to lunch time. If I go back to London I will be going back there. If you’re looking for a good place to eat theres either a good kebab shop on Paed Road or theres Mickeys Fish n chip shop if you go to the end of Norfolk Square and turn left, towards the hospital. Just ask the people working there, they’ll know

ALL ABOUT THE STAY!! (Kentucky РJune 2007)
My wife and I took our 16yr old daughter to London for a “senior trip”. My wife spent at least a week on-line searching for the perfect hotel for us. After reading trip advisor comments, she decided this was the place for us. She was right! Alex was great. Every morning I would come down with a list of things to do that day and he would get a map and lay out the best way to do those things. He knows where everything is and the best ways to get there. The room and bathroom were small compared to ones in the states, but we weren’t going to stay in our rooms! It was very quiet at night and we had no trouble sleeping. We even took a couple of naps in the middle of the day. It is located above the tube, but we stayed on the 3rd floor and never heard it. Breakfast was a wonderful addition and we took advantage of it most days. The owners were away for most of our stay, but we did meet them the last day and they were very nice, as well. We’ll definitely be back and we’re referring anyone that is planning to go to London. The location can’t be beat.

NICE STAY!! (Dallas РJune 2007)
We stayed at St Davids on the beginning and end portions of our trip. It’s in a very convenient spot for travelling to and from Heathrow, about a 2 minute walk from Paddington Station. Overall the facility is alright, nothing fancy but not rundown either. The rooms are small (as expected) but we did have nice showers in each of our rooms. There a a number of similar looking hotels on the same Square, but I would return to St Davids simply for the staff. Alex and the rest of his family are just awesome! They are exceptionally nice, helpful, and a pleasure to be around. We will be back.

HI ALEX AND EVERYONE (Norway РJune 2007)
We just want to thank you for a wonderful service last weekend. We really
enjoyed ourselves. So thank you. The Kemi Solberg family

GREAT BUDGET HOTEL! (Sweden РMay 2007)
We stayed two nights at St Davids hotel and you get what you pay for. Yes, the room were quite small..the bathroom tiny..but it was clean, they served good breakfast and the staff are very friendly. This hotel is close to Paddington station and you can find a lots of restaurants in the surroundings. Yes, you can hear the tube sometimes, you might hear noise from outside but remember that this is a hotel in the middle of London! We can highly recommend this hotel but if you want to listen to birdsongs in the morning you probably should book another hotel outside the city.

We stayed last week and it was quite nice. Hearty breakfast to start the day. GREAT location near Paddington tube station/UK rail station. Diners, coffee shops, and pubs are close. Plethora of Indian food. I didn’t come to London for the hotel experience, but the city expereince. yes, the hotel is not brand new or high tech and fancy, but it is London, one of the most expensive cities in the world and all of the hotels are expensive esp. based on USD exchanges. Nice owners and personal service. I would recommend to first time travelers as it is user friendly.

GREAT STAY AT ST DAVID’S¬†(Terre Haute – April 2007)
My husband and I stayed at the St. Davids for a week along with 10 college students we were chaperoning on a London/Paris trip. The hotel was very convenient to Paddington Station and since the majority of students on our trip were first-timers to London, they appreciated the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff – Alex is great! Echoing other reviewers: the rooms are clean and the breakfast is very good.

WE WERE TREATED LIKE FAMILY!¬†(Chicago –¬†March 2007)
I was impressed with the high rating that St. David’s maintains onTripAdvisor. Being a first timer in London, I was happy to be able to find this hotel easily. The three of us had flown into Heathrow, taken the Heathrow Express and arrived at Paddington Station. From there, St. David’s is a few minutes’ walk. Knowing that we could get to/from the Tube or trains within minutes was a stress reliever. The area is always busy with commuters riding the Tube and BritRail trains. Paddington Station has all kinds of shops for people on the go and two grocery stores with convenient hours. Also, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are nearby for nice walks. After reading the many favorable reviews and seeing the photos of staff at St. David’s, meeting our hosts was like finding long lost relatives. Alex, the owner’s son who works at reception, is charming. After a warm welcome, George, the owner, announced he would cook us breakfast although breakfast was officially over. It was a real bonus because we were too early to check in and were exhausted from a long flight. All we had expected was to stow our bags and come back later. The full English breakfast kept us going until the afternoon. Foula, George’s wife, and the attentive staff serve everyone cheerfully in the dining room. For our purposes, due to clean facilities, convenient location and good value, we were quite satisfied with this hotel. The owners and staff will treat you well.

WE WOULD RETURN TO ST DAVID’S¬†(Delaware –¬†March 2007)
Stayed here for 4 days. Had an en suite room with a double and single bed for my wife and I. We were very happy with the cleanliness, the helpful staff and the food. Worth another stay in our book.

NICE AND FRIENDLY!¬†(Stockholm –¬†March 2007)
We went to London for my husbands birthday and had chosen St. David’s Hotels after reading the reviews here on TripAdvisor. The location was very good, near both rail, underground and buses. We got a nice room on the third floor facing the nice sqaure outside. Coming from a snowy Sweden the flowers in the park was a very nice view. OK there were some stairs to climb but there always is in these kind of buildings. The room was OK and so was the shower and toilet. Very nice breakfast with the posibillity to choose lots of things, from porridge to hot chocolate, besides the traditional English breakfast. The staff var very friendly and helpful. We will definitely return and recommend it to others.

COMING BACK!¬†(UK –¬†February 2007)
Hi, I stayed for one night last saturday with my 2 daughters in room 415, and would like to say how enjoyable it was. Our room, though small, was very pleasant with a lovely view of the garden and trees. Our breakfast was great and filled us up till 2.30 when we had tea in Selfridges! I will definately be reccomending your hotel to my friends, Thanks, Denise R

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM A HOTEL¬†(Leicester –¬†January 2007)
I needed an overnight in London for a meeting and I find it really difficult establishing what kind of place I need so I trusted TripAdvisor to give me some options. This seemed to be extraordinarily cheap for such a central location so I didn’t have any great expectations for it. The welcome was excellent and I was efficiently sent up the stairs to my room on the 3rd floor. My room was large and overlooked the (extremely quiet) square. The en suite was clean and fresh and the beds were all made up. The sheets were freshly laundered although note they had feather pillows. Personally I’m a big fan but can’t use them at home as my husband is allergic! Two minutes walk to Paddington so no worries even late at night (I got back at midnight) and 24 hour reception, which is an added assurance. The Bakerloo line takes you straight to Piccadilly Circus with a range of restaurants (not to mention cinemas) to choose from; it’s one of my favourite places. Had a great night’s sleep. Wasn’t disturbed by anyone or anything. Heard birdsong from the square in the morning. Managed the shower beautifully (my eyesight isn’t great so fiddly buttons don’t work for me) Didn’t have breakfast as I had a business meeting at 8.30am but it certainly smelt nice! In fact I was promised double breakfast next time so that’s a great reason to go back! I’ve paid treble this price, in fact probably much more, for worse rooms and worse service. If you need somewhere clean, comfortable and central to stay then I don’t think you can do much better than here.

EASY AND FRIENDLY! (San Francisco РJanuary 2007)
We stayed here for 2 nights in a twin room overlooking Norfolk Square. It was nice enough. Our room was comfortable and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was awesome. It’s in a nice, safe, and convenient location, just 5 minutes walk from Paddington Station. The shared bathrooms looked nice though, so it’s probably not worth it to pay the extra money for an ensuite. Even so, I’d stay here again because the location can’t be beat. Tip: If you’re looking to save money, Paddington station has a Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s grocery store in it, so preparing a picnic meal from one of those is much cheaper than going out to one of the many pubs/restaurants nearby.

The service was great, Dimitri received us and he was really helpful. The hotel is nicely located a block from the Paddington station. Lots of pubs and restaurants in the area and super close to Hyde Park (tip for food, this hotel is so close to the station you can grab a baguette or eat a fast meal at any of the places there). The breakfast was great, it held us up till late afternoon, the coffee was delicious too. Stairs are really small and is kind of hard to walk with a big heavy bag to the top floors but it is worth it. The room we had on the 4th floor was a lot bigger and better looking than the one on the 1st floor, plus our room came with a view of Norfolk Square. But as the website says, those downstair rooms were used for the help. The tube gets noisy when you’re trying to sleep (only on the 1st floor). If I go back to London I’ll definitely stay here again, our room was comfy and clean with shower and toilet included