GOOD PRICE, GREAT LOCATION (Chicago, USA – June 2012)
I found St. David’s to be well-priced, clean, and a great location. My parents and I stayed in a triple for 4 nights in late May 2012. The room and bathroom were small (to be expected), but adequate, and the beds were VERY comfortable and much higher quality than the beds we found in much more expensive hotels and B&Bs. Our room overlooked Norfolk Square, which although a relatively quiet square, is lined with hotels and you will get street noise. The room, however, came with a fan mounted on the wall so we closed the windows and turned on the fan (which helped drown out the street noise). I also used a white noise app on my iPhone and had 4 pleasant nights’ sleep. The hotel is a stone’s throw from the Paddington Tube and train stations. The Paddington Tube station contains 3 different lines so we had no trouble getting anywhere we needed to go in London and found neighborhood-hopping quite easy. If you are planning to go to Bath (as we did), the train to Bath leaves from the Paddington train station, so we found the location particularly helpful when catching the 9:30 AM train to Bath. The breakfasts are large and there is a wide variety (full English breakfast, eggs any way you like them, oatmeal, meusli, smoked salmon, yogurts, sausage etc.) I agree with one of the reviewers that I didn’t care for the scrambled eggs, so I ordered poached eggs and, voila, problem solved. The wait staff is polite and ready to bring you anything and in any combination you desire – my mom frequently ordered oatmeal, one egg, and one piece of sausage. We did not (as one reviewer did) have a problem with guests queueing up for breakfast. there is also a young gentleman who works at the front desk in the mornings (I’m sorry to say, I didn’t get his name) who is FANTASTIC and one of the reasons I would go back to the St. David’s. He seems to enjoy helping guests make the most out of their stay in London. On our first day, I wanted to confirm directions on catching the Tube to the Tower of London. He suggested that we take the bus instead (which we did upon his recommendation) so we could see London on the way, and helped us with maps and recommended and explained how to purchase an Oyster Card (which made using public transportation more convenient and cheaper). He also helped my parents with internet access and offered to hold our bags (although we happened to be on our way to the train station). He was incredibly helpful and nice and will make your stay more enjoyable. It’s not the Ritz, but for an affordably-priced hotel, it is a good value, clean, comfortable, and a great location.
GOOD BUDGET HOTEL (Toronto, CANADA – June 2012)
We stayed here for 10 days. We got a somewhat bigger room because we were staying longer but to be sure some rooms are quite small. The breakfast is great! Hot, fresh, filling. Ideally located near Paddington station and many bus routes. Also many restaurants and pubs within a 3 minute walk. The staff go out of their way to be helpful. Spend some time in the lobby sitting and chat to fellow travellers. This is a no frills hotel for sure but the beds were very good-better than in some much more expensive hotels. We had a self-contained bathroom. Very small but manageable. There is no elevator so be prepared for some stairs. The internet worked in our room but you may have to go to the lobby for wi-fi. If you are looking for a good basic room, this is the place. Want frills? Go elsewhere.
FRIENDLY STAFF – SPEACIAL THANKS TO ALEX & PAVAN (Hong Kong, CHINA – June 2012)
I have visited London 8 times in past , and had stayed many B & B budget hotels, St David’s hotel is the best i have ever stayed so far. We stayed in a triple room, though it is not very spacious, ( we did not have many big suitcases )…they change towels every day …that’s not every budget hotels normally do. The English breakfast is very good…and the waitress are freiendly and good memory ( one of the staff remember what we did not prefer on the dish ) !
Special thanks to Alex & Pavan, both of them are very friendly and responsive to what we asked for…tubes/bus direction, market spotlight, sightseeing place….which i really didnt respect before
i visited UK again.( since 2004 )….As a budget hotels with reasonable price,( GBP110 – a triple room ) , easy access ( 2 min from Paddington station ), full English breakfast is provided, what’s more you are looking for ??
GREAT VALUE, FRIENDLY, CLEAN, WELL RUN (Seattle, Washington – May 2012)
St. David’s Hotels B&B was a wonderful surprise and a great value in expensive London. This simple, clean place is run by a friendly, helpful family. We started every day with a good breakfast and cheerful answers to our tourist questions. Our small room with ensuite shower – all we needed since we were spending our time sightseeing – provided a comfortable rest at the end of busy days. While located just a couple of blocks from Paddington station, it faces a small park and is relatively quiet. This diverse district has a lot to offer: quick access to the Tube and buses, ethnic restaurants, laundry, and, especially nice, the quick train to Heathrow – cheap and no taxi ride!
LIFE SAVER (April 2012)
Thank the lord for this hotel with their incredible staff. We were sort of stranded as a different hotel we had booked online turned out to be awful. we were literally running around the hotels near paddington station almost in tears looking for somewhere to stay for our 2 nights in london.
the staff at st. davids was so kind to us, they found us a nice room at the hotel, the hotel room was clean, and although not incredibly spacious was just fine and very typical of the area. The hotel staff really makes this place though, they are so nice and helpful. I would definately recommend anyone wanting to stay in the paddington area to stay here. Thank you st davids staff!! you saved our trip!
GOOD STANDARD WITH EXTREMELY COURTEOUS STAFF (Hull, UK – April 2012)
Spent 9 days at this hotel ( from 30th March to 8th April ) and overall was very satisfied. Our room, with ensuite, was on the 2nd floor ( remember the hotel has no lifts ) with a good view of Norfolk Square. It was quite comfortable and always kept clean. They serve an excellent English breakfast but also have cereals, etc. etc. I was with my wife on this trip but since our daughter and her friend live nearby I asked to pay so that they could join us daily for breakfast. But the owner would have none of it and insisted they join us for free for the whole nine days! Thank you. Whenever we needed any advise they were always helpful and ready with maps and directions. Even when I needed to scan a document and save it to usb they obliged. I would have no hesitation to recommend St.David’s to anyone needing a very central location in Paddington 2 minutes away from Tube and railway station, even if price is not exactly cheap. But then again it’s difficult to find cheaper accomodation in so central a location and with such good service. Another plus is that there are some good restaurants nearby.
WE LOVE YOU ALEX (April 2012)
Stayed at St. Davids for a week this spring. Upon arrival as soon as I walked in to the cozy lobby (5 minute walk if that from Paddington Train Station) I and my travel companions were greeted by name. The staff/owners were always available to assist with both bus and underground directions. They also gave us plenty of ideas on restaurants, pubs, shopping, sites, currency converting locations. The room was quiet and overlooked a well cared for green park area. As three females traveling together I appreciated the security system they had in place to hold our key each day. The triple room was clean and cozy, actually what we expected for a bed and breakfast. We arrived as strangers but left as friends.
LITTLE BIT OF PEACE IN LONDON (NEARLY) (Glasgow, UK – April 2012)
Stayed here in family room for long weekend in March after checking reviews and generally was happy at the hotel. Pros, location 1 min from paddington is excellent, the square it is in is beautiful, the staff very friendly and welcoming and the breakfast (and breakfast staff) top notch. Cons, no internet in room (available in lobby seemingly), tv old and small and very limited channels which not really a big deal as u dont go to london to watch tv :). the main problem I had during my stay was the excessive noise from the square at night, the 2nd night I had to call the police as it got ridiculous and with over 30 young people milling about outside the hotel front door I didnt feel it was right for the night porter to have to deal with these louts.
GREAT PLACE TO STAY (Stourport-on-Severn, UK – April 2012)
I have just returned home after staying for three nights with my wife and two kids (12 & 17 years old). We had two small, but perfectly formed, twin rooms, with comfortable beds and en suite. Ideal size for our stay. The rooms were very clean and we had fresh towels every day. We never had any problem with getting hot or cold water at any time, dispite the fact that we were on the 4th floor. A bit of a trek up there, but I personally wouldn’t complain. Very friendly staff and great service throughout our stay. Great breakfasts, and again the staff couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful. We got a very good rate when you consider the central location, very handy for Paddington tube and main line stations. Plenty of pubs, restaurants and local shops nearby. We were even allowed to leave our baggage after we had booked out, so as we could make the most of our last day, before we finally left London. The building itself could do with a bit of a ‘makeover’ on some of the inside parts, but thats just an observation. It would definately NOT put me off from staying here again and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend St. Davids to any of my friends or family. All in all a very good place to stay. Well done to ALL the staff!
GREAT LOCATION AND CHARACTER BUT TINY AND DATED (New York, USA – March 2012)
The TripAdvisor reviews were spot on — the staff is friendly and interesting, and the location is excellent. It’s about a two-minute walk to Paddington (where you can catch trains to Bath, Oxford, etc. as well as the Underground). Our triple room had one double bed, one single bed, and a cruise cabin-sized bathroom. The included breakfast choices were a full English breakfast, or cereal, yogurt, croissants, and toast. Everything tasted good. However, the facilities do need updating. There’s only wifi in the lobby and the dining room, which was quite a trek from our 3rd floor room. We often had trouble getting cold water out of the bathroom faucet and when we tried the pipes would make a loud banging noise. I would recommend bringing all-in-one soap and/or travel shampoo — the one soap provided is a tiny disc (but that seems to be typical for the price). Earplugs are also a good idea. Overall, I would stay there again because the price is a great deal for the location.
GREAT STAY AT ST. DAVID’S (Florida, USA – March 2012)
St. David’s exceeded my expectations. Great little hotel on beautiful Norfolk Square. Was lucky to have a room facing the square with a tiny little one step wide balcony. The room was small as is the norm for a European hotel, but not crazy small. It was very comfortable, great pillow and blanket, odd little bathroom in the room but can’t complain as it all functioned perfectly. Staying on Floor 1, the wi-fi worked without issue in my room, and worked quickly. The breakfast was an amazing, huge, full English style and so good! The best part though – the staff. They were all so very nice and helpful. Really really great people running this place!
A BUDGET HOTEL (March 2012)
This is a small hotel. The rooms are small, the stairwell is small and the dining room is small. On the other hand, the service is big hearted and the location (just a cuople of minutes walk) of the big Peddington station can make all the difference. The area is very nice with a lot of bars and restaurents and a lot of public transport. Because London is expensive, this hotel is a good value for money options for those who seek clean rooms, nice enviorment and options to travel around.
GREAT LOCATION…GOOD VALUE…VERY RESPONSIVE STAFF (Maine, USA – March 2012)
My wife and I, in our early 60’s, stayed 3 nights at St. David’s Hotels in February, 2012. We would recommend it as a very good value given the price. The hotel’s location was very convenient to all the downtown areas. It was just a short walk to Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park and only one block from a Tube station. The personnel working there were very focused on providing good information and advice about the city. They also provided very responsive service. For example, I was cheerfully served oatmeal on request even though it wasn’t a usual part of the breakfast served. Also, we didn’t have towels or soap in the room when we arrived, but, when we asked, we received both immediately. The next day, one of the managers asked us to confirm we had originally not been given the towels/soap, which suggests to us that he will identify why that happened to help make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. A couple of negatives.. The rooms and shower were relatively small. Also, there was no Wifi connectivity in the rooms, although the staff says the hotel is working actively on getting that done. For various reasons, connectivity is particularly important to us as we travel. Therefore, we would probably not stay there again unless wifi is available in the room. However, if it is, we would not hesitate to stay there again.
DATED BUT NICE (Washington, USA – February 2012)
We had a very nice experience here. The service was good, the rooms definitely suited our needs. The bathrooms are a little bit weird, but there’s nothing wrong with them (it’s almost like they put porta potties in the rooms, don’t worry they DO flush, but they’re their own little units). Everything was definitely old, but clean. There’s no elevator, and we were on the fourth (top) floor, but the walk isn’t terrible. The breakfast is definitely good, and the staff are all really helpful; they advised us about getting good deals on the trains, etc.
It is a little bit noisy from the square down below, but I wore earplugs and didn’t have any sleep troubles. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the Paddington area, but it’s about two minutes walk from the train/undergound station which is great, and not too far from anything else if you’re walking everywhere.
I’m surprised to hear that this is a two-star hotel. I’d figure it would be three. It’s a fantastic deal and if you’re not going for luxury, it’s just about perfect.
COSY AND PERFECT FOR THE PRICE (Torres Vedras, Portugal – February 2012)
Well, this Hotel was a very pleasant suprise. Located in the center of London, 1 minutes away from the Paddington Station (underground and trains) and near the Hyde Park, it’s perfect for the budget. Ok, it’s a two star hotel, so, don’t expect luxuries. But, for someone who is just travelling and visiting london, like me, was perfect! We just needed it to sleep and shower! Very comfortable beds, very nice english and continental breakfast. Very clean. Above all, the people there is fantastic! Super nice! The owner, George, the wife, Foulla, and the son, Alex are perfect, so does the rest of the staff (such as Pavan), always with a smile on their faces! I stayed with more friends in rooms 414 (twin) and 415 (triple) (4th floor) in February when it snowed. It was super comfortable with the heating working perfectly! No cold at all inside the building! Excellent temperature. I will definately come back again the next times I visit london! I already miss London and these people.
Even though all the positive things, there are some aspects to take in mind:
1 – the underground goes near the hotel, so, try to avoid basement and ground rooms if you are a light sleeper.
2 – the hotel doesn’t have elevator and it’s 4 storeys high. if you have trouble climbing, choose a low hight room.
3 – if you are looking for luxuries, this is not the hotel for you. if you just need a place to sleep, it’s the best! 🙂
4 – the rooms are small if this bothers you.
Room Tip: Rooms facing Norfolk Square are hotter. Avoid ground and basement rooms if you are light-sleeper, because of the underground Hotel doesn’t have a lift. Choose lower floor rooms if you have trouble climbing.
UP FOR REUNION (Fowey, United Kingdom – January 2012)
Two nights to meet up with friends. St Davids good value, room compact to be nice, i booked cheapest room, so shared toilet & shower otherwse perfect. Room was spot less,no problems, all staff and there are plenty very polite& friendly Breakfast a good experience all round 7-30 till 9-00.may be a bit early for some. Stairs could be a problem,to some, think it was 70 odd steps from dining room to the 3rd floor where i was, but @ 73 years of age i loved the chalange.The shortest of walks from station, tube,& buses,
Room Tip: I was in 301 had a nice balcony.
FRIENDLY HOTEL AT FRIENDLY PRICES (San Francisco, California, USA – January 2012)
I have stayed at the St. David Hotel in Norfolk Square several times, and I enjoy it more with each stay. It is friendly and family run and the staff cannot be more helpful. It is within easy reach of all the Central London attractions and there are plenty of places to eat nearby. The rooms are small but comfortable with en suite facilities. For me one the attractions is the great breakfast. The breakfast staff are all friendly and helpful. For me the only downside is that the hotel does not have a lift. I am severely crippled by arthritis and find walking up and down stairs very difficult. If you have mobility issues do make arrangements for a ground floor room. The televisions in the rooms also need to be updated. But if you want a comfortable environment at reasonable prices in Central London, stay with the nice folks at the St. David Hotel. Room Tip: Book ahead and be very clear about any special needs you have. I am a diabetic and needed facilities to chill my insulin. The staff were more than happy to offer assistance.
A GREAT FIND IN PADDINGTON (January 2012)
Among the 50 or so B & Bs near Paddington Staion we were lucky to find Saint Davids at 20 Norfolk Square. Like its competitors it is in an old building without an elevator. However it is family run with someone always in reception anxious to help. This includes helping with bags,and providing help with sight seeing, restaurants and finding a good pub! They offer rooms from single to triple and with or without baths. Rooms are small but along with baths are very clean and beds are very comfortable. A wonderful English breakfast is included, cooked by one of the owners. Room rates are very reasonable. We will return when we next visit London.
FRIENDLY FAMILY HOTEL IN GREAT LOCATION (San Diego, California, USA – January 2012)
We just returned from an eight night stay at the St. David’s in London. My husband and I are budget travellers and this hotel fit the bill perfectly (65GBP/night!). The hotel has a perfect location– a two minute walk from Paddington Station–both the train from Heathrow and the tube that takes you all over the city. There are markets for drinks and snacks as well as good dining options also within a very brief walk. The breakfast was fantastic–they would bring you any variation of the things they offered, whether it be eggs, toast, croissant, no meat etc. We had a double room with a shared bathroom and never had to wait for the shower/toilet. In our room the towels were changed and bed made every day, which was very nice. Like many others have said, the sheets/towels are clean and there is plenty of hot water. One of the best things about staying in a small, family operated hotel is that the staff make an effort to get to know you. When we checked in we were given a map and all kinds of info on things to do and how to get there. Also, we forgot our power adapter and they let us borrow one every night so my husband could charge his iPhone and I borrowed a hairdryer everyday as well. I was worried because I saw some people comment about noise from the underground trains. I requested a room on the first floor (up one flight from the ground) and didn’t notice any rumblings. Our room faced the square and while it wasn’t loud to me, light sleepers should ask to not face this direction because you can hear cars etc. in the morning hours. I did think the hotel overall was very clean, but I gave a 3star rating on cleanliness because I think the shared bath should have been cleaned each day and it didn’t seem to be.