BASIC, CLEAN, COMFORTABLE & FRIENDLY (Llanelli, United Kingdom – December 2013)
Rooms are small and basic but clean and comfortable. The introduction of tea/coffee making facility in the rooms would be a good, and for some an essential addition. The rooms are ideal for a short stay. The location is perfect within 5 mins walking distance to Paddington Rail and Underground stations, and also the nearby restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets, if required. A good English breakfast is served that sets you up perfectly for a busy day touring the sights of London. All the staff were pleasant and friendly at all times and made you feel welcome. All in all a good value hotel for a base to tour London.
CENTRAL, FRIENDLY, EXCELLENT VALUE (Kiev, Ukraine – December 2013)
I stayed here for a week during Christmas. George and Foulla (owners) are very friendly and take pride in their hotel. Rooms are small, clean, and a great price. Near Paddington Station and walking distance to lots of sightseeing, restaurants and shopping.
EXACTLY WHAT WE WANTED (Virginia, United States – December 2013)
St David’s is what we wanted in London, and we will stay here again when we come back. The location is perfect, just a 5 minute straight walk from Paddington station, where you can catch the Heathrow Express and the tube into the city. The hotel itself is on a quiet street fronting a park, which our room overlooked. It was interesting to watch the morning traffic jam of delivery and trash trucks, but as we always get an early start, the noise and activity was no problem at all. There are restaurants and shops very close for all your needs, but the breakfast here is good enough to carry you through the day. The room was adequate size, and the bathroom was…compact…, but we did have en suite privacy. Don’t expect the Hilton, but neither did we have Hilton prices. If you expect 5 star resorts pampering, go elsewhere. But if you want a place to sleep in a great location at a reasonable cost, this is the place.
GOOD EXCEPT INCREDIBLY DUSTY – ALLERGY SUFFERERS BE WARE (December 2013)
As expected the single room was small, which is fine and to be expected in London! Great location. Breakfast tasty. Hot water available for tea. Sheets were clean etc, but the room was very dusty.
JUST OKAY (Rainham, United Kingdom – December 2013)
Location is good, right near to Paddington tube station. The staff are friendly and helpful. Our room was very small, but clean and tidy; and the bathroom looked like it had been transferred from the crew cabin on the lowest decks of a cruise ship (google it if you’ve never seen one). The claims of having the best breakfast in London is also well over exaggerated and the service at breakfast was a complete shambles, although we were informed by a regular that it’s not always that bad.
I LOVED STAYING HERE! (Fort Collins, United States – December 2013)
I made this reservation from the US sight unseen and I couldn’t have been happier once I arrived. The St. David is located in a tourist area with many other hotels and B&B’s. For that reason it always felt safe, day and night. There are many restaurants and cafes within a few steps of the front door in any direction. And there are always other tourists coming and going and enjoying the nightlife. There’s a beautiful park across the street where you can sit and catch a bit of sunshine during the day. As I didn’t know what to expect, I made sure I’d arrive during the day so I could easily find my way with a suitcase and heavy backpack from the tube. It all worked out perfectly, and I was happy to find that St. David’s was about a block from the tube station, and many busses as well. Lovely. Check in was quick and easy. My room was on the 2nd floor overlooking the park with floor to ceiling windows, silk drapes, and a balcony! Wow! It really couldn’t have been better. There was a double bed with a flat screen TV, a small sink with a mirror, and a beautiful ornate wooden closet. There were several electrical outlets for charging my phone, computer, etc. I choose to use my computer in the lobby which was free vs. the small charge in my room. Traveling alone, I enjoyed meeting fellow guests, discussing our travels, and sharing a cup of coffee there as well. There’s nothing ‘college dorm’ about this hotel, but rather I always had the feeling it was once a great Aristocratic family home. My room was not en-suite, but that was not a problem for me as my room and the other perks more than made up for sharing the bath. Breakfast is served in the dining room downstairs and I always opted for the full English which was consistently excellent, and the coffee was good as well. Every one of the staff was welcoming and helpful, and the price was definitely a good value. There’s a supermarket a couple of blocks away for take away salads, croissants, Cadbury bars, beer or whatever, and some really good Turkish restaurants that are very reasonably priced within a few blocks walk. So suffice it to say, I really enjoyed my stay (just over a week) at the St. David, and I will definitely stay again when I’m in London.
CONVENIENT VALUE FOR MONEY (Swansea, United Kingdom – December 2013)
Friendly helpful staff. Couldn’t do enough for us. Small rooms but what do you want for the price. Can’t stress how helpful and efficient the staff are. Asked for a kettle for the room. More than happy to oblige. Complimentary breakfast for my son living nearby. Thank you all.
BEST VALUE (Scottsdale, Arizona, United States – November 2013)
Imagine a simple one minute walk from Paddington Station. This modest B&B is the best hotel destination for the budget traveller in London. The rooms are clean and small. Options can include a full bath or none. A complete English breakfast is included. I was greeted by name each time I returned and given my key without having to mention my room number. Close to the Tube and National Rail, in a safe neighbourhood with a variety of restaurants, I will return. The same family and crew who were there five years ago and still employed. That speaks volumes about St. David’s.
EXCELLENT HOSPITALITY AT THE CENTRE OF LONDON (Nicosia, Cyprus – November 2013)
We stayed at St David’s from the 8th to the 13th of November. The room was very cosy, clean and was overlooking Norfolk Square gardens. The hospitality was excellent as the staff and the owners of the hotel were ever so helpful. They gave us all the necessary information we needed to visit London and other cities in UK. English breakfast was served at many variations according to our appetite and was great. The hotel’s location is one of its great advantages as it is situated 3 minutes walk from Paddington station and the bus stop that takes you to London’s main streets. We are definitely going to stay in St David’s again when we visit London next year.
JUST TOO RUNDOWN (Denver, Colorado, United States – November 2013)
If you decide to stay in this hotel, just be prepared for what it is. Old, rundown, just worn out – including the carpets and beat up doors and walls. We stayed in a fourth floor room with twin beds. There was barely enough room to move in the room and no place for suitcases. When we went down for breakfast there were ten or fifteen people ahead of us backed up the stairs waiting to get into the dining area. We gave up and went to a restaurant down the street, even though breakfast was included in our rate. In summary, with some maintenance and refurbishment this could be a reasonably acceptable budget hotel. As it is, it does not meet even the minimal quality standards that we would be comfortable with. We would not return under any circumstances.
BASIC OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION (Peterborough, United Kingdom – November 2013)
St David’s has similar look to many hotels in the same area of Paddington. A warren of corridors and stairs. Perhaps a few houses connected during time to create the hotel. About a hundred yards from Paddington tube and rail station and conveniently placed for buses into Central London.
Forget the decor if using St David for short stay it provides comfortable bed, TV and tea etc. upon request, the bathroom (pod), gives plenty of hot water and fair shower . We faced out to the square with good view on second floor. A bit of noise from adjoining rooms but not overwhelming.
As with other views the breakfast was excellent, full English or continental or both and all cooked to order and served with a smile. We enjoyed our stay and will return again when visiting “the smoke”.
Great location and breakfast…staff lovely…rooms not great! (November 2013)
Hotel is in need of refurbish to all rooms…..ALL! Outdated decor and the furniture….needs to go in the skip! Good breakfast and friendly staff. I was working in London alone…wouldn’t take wife or girlfriend and stay here for a romantic getaway….you’ll end up divorced!! Spend some money on the place…..your charging premium rates for sub standard accommodation.
WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY AND SUPER LOCATION (Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States – November 2013)
We stayed at the St. David’s from 9/21/2013 through 9/30/2013 – and it was a wonderful place. Our room faced Norfolk Square on the first floor – ideal. The full English breakfast was well-prepared and the morning staff was always friendly. Likewise, the desk staff was so helpful and outgoing.
The location – a five minute walk to the Paddington tube station and the Paddington train station – save so much time each day. It was especially wonderful coming “home at night” as you were just minutes from your hotel. There are also some lovely restaurants just two minutes from the hotel. The Victorian Pub is a 5 minute stroll – and it is FANTASTIC. Would we stay here again? ABSOLUTELY. Thanks to the staff for making our London visit so enjoyable.
GOOD PEOPLE AT A GREAT LOCATION (Bangalore, India – October 2013)
I booked one week prior to arriving in London and my first conversation with Alex (The owner’s son) on the phone made me very comfortable right away. Stayed here for 5 days. The first couple of days was in the double room (on single occupancy) at GBP 85/night. This was on the 4th floor. The several reviews that complain about the stairs are not exaggerating. The steps are small and tricky especially with luggage. One the second night I stayed in the double room (again on single occupancy) for GBP 75 but this time on the first floor, with a small private balcony and a fantastic view of the quiet Norfolk gardens. It’s quite lovely. The rooms are serviced everyday and the beds are comfortable, the curtains seem a bit old, but that’s not a big matter. The bathrooms are tiny but effective. The hotel serves a breakfast that is made by the owner and his wife manages the breakfast service herself. She is lovely. The owner (and Chef) steps out to acknowledge the guests, which is nice. The staffs are from different races and the different accents are amazing to hear in one room. They are all very responsive, especially the Indian gentleman at the front desk. The location is fantastic in terms of connectivity to anywhere. I used the underground extensively because it took one minute to get to the station. In addition the hotel also held my bags for 5-6 days while I was travelling around UK, for no extra charge. They have their act together. I was never made to feel uncomfortable staying solo at what seems to be a family hotel. Coffee/Tea machine is needed in the rooms though.
GREAT LOCATION, GREAT SERVICE, BARGAIN FOR LONDON (Largs, United Kingdom – October 2013)
We recently stayed here for a girls holiday break. The hotel is 5 minutes walk from Paddington in a lovely quiet square. We were greeted by first name and given our room info by the very charming Alex on the front desk who clearly understands that good customer service is a differentiator. The rooms were as we expected from these reviews. Our twin room had double and single beds which were very comfy indeed, a wardrobe, dresser and a flat screen TV. Hair dryers were available on loan and there are no hospitality trays in rooms but there is a coffee machine in reception. The bathroom was fine as long as you didn’t bring a cat to swing! Everything was very clean and rooms were serviced every day. A full breakfast was served every morning and we were offered all sorts of variations as well as a continental alternative. This was included in the price and again the staffs in the dining area were super helpful and friendly. There is free wi fi in reception and you can get any help with info or directions from front desk. My friend and I paid £80 a night so £ 40 each for our room and breakfast in Central London. This is a family hotel and it shows. I would recommend this hotel and will be staying again. Also worth mentioning the pub across the road for the best glass of wine we had all week.
GREAT QUIET NEIGHBOURHOOD (Paris, France – October 2013)
St. David’s Hotel is conveniently located only one block away from the Paddington station. Not a problem to get around in the London vicinity as transportation to connect to the outskirts of London was located at the Paddington Station also. This is a family-operated hotel which is nice and small. There is no elevator to the upstairs which goes up to the 4th floor. This is the only inconvenient factor besides the small bathroom in the rooms as the ventilation is not that great and there is no desk or cabinet space. The bathrooms were placed inside the converted rooms and are the size of a cruise ship cabin bathroom. Rooms are great for 1 or 2 people at the most. It is very quiet and there is wifi- service at the lobby. They ask you to turn in your key when departing the premises; therefore, they know who is in/out and they can promptly proceed with daily cleaning of the rooms. All in all, it is a nice place to stay outside from Central London and the crowds as the Paddington Station is only a block away.
EXCELLENT VALUE (October 2013)
Stayed here for one night recently, booking at the last minute. Found the receptionist very friendly and polite. Rooms are fairly small and basic but spotlessly clean. Had TV and FREE wifi, with excellent full English breakfast with lots of choice. All staff very friendly and polite. Highly recommended and would definitely use again.
GOOD VALUE, GREAT LOCATION (Wilmington, Delaware, United States – October 2013)
This hotel is a great base from which to explore London. It is about two blocks from Paddington Station, and a reasonable walk from the Lancaster Gate station. Between the two, you can get to all the usual attractions with at most one change to another line. Bus access is also excellent.
The hotel, like all of the others on the square, has been created from adjacent town houses. This results in small rooms and tiny bathrooms, but they’re big enough to get the job done. The included breakfast is substantial. It eliminates the time and cost of getting one elsewhere, and is served early enough that you can beat the crowds at the Tower of London. The staff is friendly and helpful. The hotel does a good job serving budget travellers. If you’re looking for luxury, go elsewhere. But if you just want someplace to sleep, wash up, and get fuelled in the morning, St. David’s works just fine.
WON’T BE COMING BACK (Valencia, Spain – October 2013)
My mom booked this hotel so that we could stay here during a London vacation. We thought we were getting a good deal and were cheered by all the good reviews on here, but what we found didn’t really match up with the hotel’s nice rating on Trip Advisor. Our room was on the top floor with no elevator on which to haul up our luggage, smelled like smoke (even though we asked for a non-smoking room), and had cigarette burns all over the curtains. There was no furniture other than the two beds, and not enough space between them to even open our suitcases (we had to hoist them onto our beds to be able to get things out). The bathroom was the smallest I’ve ever been in. Because of the early breakfast schedule, we never made it downstairs in time to have breakfast. Except for one man who answered all my questions and helped me book a taxi, the rest of the staff seemed not to care. Sometimes there was no one behind the counter when we needed our room key. And there must have been a tube line under the building, because we could feel the entire hotel shake, even though we were on the fifth floor. Pros: excellent location with good restaurants/Paddington just a block away; they do serve breakfast, though I didn’t try it; the one helpful guy booked a taxi for me; at least the shower works and the beds are…there.
GOING BACK! (Redondo Beach, California, United States – October 2013)
I stayed at St. David’s in July with a group of 23 college students from the states! I was so pleased with our treatment, I am about to book again for the same group for summer 2014. Excellent location VERY near Paddington station. Easy walk to Hyde Park. Nice restaurants and small grocery stores within the block. Very good breakfast included. Wi-fi only in lobby – but it is free. Hotel staff was very helpful with carrying the girls luggage up the stairs.
EXCELLENT BUDGET ACCOMMODATION (Gothenburg, Sweden – September 2013)
This family run hotel really is a fabulous option if you’re travelling on a budget. The rooms are clean, even if a bit worn, the beds are of a high standard, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and you are served the best English breakfast, all made with fresh ingredients and cooked to order. This is the second year of staying with a group of students and I couldn’t imagine a better alternative in regards to service, location and connections to the city centre. We certainly hope to be able to return in many years to come!
BEST LOCATION! (Richmond, Virginia, United States- September 2013)
This is a great economical choice for London. The square is beautiful and provided a great place for a run. Good food and very helpful staff. Great local restaurants include a pub, Greek, Italian and Lebanese. The best feature is its proximity to padding ton station. While the rooms are not fancy and the baths are very small, both rooms were perfect for our family of four.
NICE PLACE (September 2013)
This is a good place to stay, very helpful and friendly staffs very prompt to serve the guests. They offer a delicious British breakfast and the hotel is well located near to bus stations and Paddington station which allows you to move wherever you want. There are not lifts, so if you are in a higher floor you will need to be friend if the stairs. I would come back to stay here…
FRIENDLY, VERY HELPFUL (Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand – September 2013)
My wife and I visit London frequently and we always stay at St. David’s Hotel. It is just a very short distance from Heathrow Connection/Express. The staffs, especially Pavan, are very friendly. The “bathroom”, although tiny, has very good water pressure and taking a shower was a pleasure. The breakfast was excellent and plentiful. I will continue staying there.
FRIENDLY, CONVENIENT AND ECONOMICAL (Philadelphia, United States – September 2013)
I spent 6 nights at St David’s Hotel. It is just one block from Paddington station on the pretty tree lined Norfolk Square. I opted for a single room and the 2nd and a half floor (my room fell between the 2nd and 3rd floors with a private entrance with steps up to the door). It was only 45 quid a night so had no shower or toilet but the room did have a sink. The bed seemed to be brand new and very comfortable and there was a flat screen TV which was unexpected for an older budget hotel. The room was small but clean and met my needs. I would have removed the dated picture hanging over the bed – it was pretty hideous and a blank wall would have been preferable. The bathroom/shower was only about 10 steps from my room so pretty convenient…except that the toilet wouldn’t flush properly. The shower on the 2nd floor was fine but I ended up using the bathroom on the 1st floor during my stay. There also were no sinks in the first or second floor bathrooms so I was washing my hands in the shower. The 4th floor bathroom had a toilet, shower and sink. You could pay for internet service in your room or use the free internet in the lobby. So I spent an hour or so each day on my netbook in the lobby and it was pretty entertaining. I got to see a lot of the other patrons and became friendly with a few. The young guy at the desk (owner’s son) was fantastic. He was very upbeat and was going out of his way to help everyone with any need they might have. Unfortunately he left for the weekend for a vacation in Spain. Most of the other desk staff was good but he was exceptional. One older gentleman working the desk was counting down the days to his retirement and had his final night there during my stay. There was one guy I was NOT impressed with though. He was younger but not particularly friendly. One night I came home and someone had either spilled their dinner or gotten sick on the stairs between my room and the bathroom. I went down to report it and he said he was sorry but it would have to wait till the cleaning staff came in the morning. i told him it was disgusting and I was afraid of stepping in it on my way to the bathroom. He told me I should just use the one on the 4th floor instead! Not exactly great customer service. I hung out in the lobby on my netbook long enough and another woman came down to report it. He told her he knew about it and pointed to me as having told him. I told her that he wasn’t going to do anything about it and it would be sitting there till the morning. She asked if he could at least cover it up with a towel so that is exactly what he did. Still pretty gross but when i woke up in the morning, thankfully, the mess was gone. The stay included free breakfast and when I arrived early on the day of my check in the young desk clerk recognized my name and immediately sent me down for breakfast before the kitchen closed! My stay wasn’t supposed to start till that afternoon so I was highly impressed that they offered breakfast to guests who arrive by 9am. They serve either a continental breakfast (yogurt, muesli, croissant, toast, tea/coffee and OJ) or full-English (eggs, bacon/ham, sausage, tomatoes, baked beans, toast, tea/coffee and orange juice). I opted for full-English without eggs and it was tasty and filling! Other days I opted for continental and they also allowed folks to mix and match! The owner was also the chef and would come out and ask how everyone was doing. His wife helped serve the food and also filled in at the desk when the son was away. All the breakfast staff was friendly and efficient. The location is great as it is minutes from both Paddington station and Lancaster station. One can get anywhere in the city from those stations. There were also bus stops within easy walking distance and I enjoyed taking a double decker bus home from Piccadilly Circus Sunday night. It is also about a quarter mile from Hyde Park. A neat thing nearby are the horse stables on Bathurst Mews – about 1.5 blocks away. It is a cobblestone road that you enter through a little arch just off of London street past Sussex Square. (If you get to the Barry House Hotel you have gone a few steps too far.) It was a fun way to walk to Hyde Park or to Lancaster station down this road as people kept going out on horse rides from there. I also highly recommend Restaurant San Marco, just a few steps from the hotel on London Rd. It had FANTASTIC Italian food. Don’t let the line of people outside discourage you as the tables turned pretty quickly. We ended up waiting less than 15 mins after originally considering going elsewhere upon seeing the line. I would definitely recommend this hotel for budget travellers. It is NOT a fancy hotel so may not be for all. For those who just want a clean and comfortable place to rest their heads in a super friendly environment, this is your place!
CHEAP, CHEERFUL AND GREAT LOCATION (Melbourne, Australia – September 2013)
From the moment we booked the staff were friendly and helpful, great suggestions of what to do and where to eat nearby. Breakfast was good and plentiful. The weather was very warm so rooms tended to stay warm but it is a lovely spot across from the park. Great value for money and fantastic position for public transport.
NICE PLACE AND GOOD LOCATION (Lancaster, PA, United States – September 2013)
My wife and I stayed at St. David’s because of the cost and location. The staff was very helpful and friendly and the breakfast was very good. If you expect satin sheets and room service you can spend many more Euros down the road at the high price 5 star hotel. If you want a clean place to stay with a friendly staff then this is a good value.
WHAT A SHAMBLES (Gloucester, United Kingdom – August 2013)
stayed here for 1 night whilst visiting my mum in hospital and what a letdown it was, we paid £90 for a special room( a special being it had a toilet and shower attached to room) was very disappointing 1stly if you have any mobility issues this isn’t the place for you there is no ground floor accommodation and no lift we were stuck on the 3rd floor with hardly no stair lighting room itself quite small and bathroom had a huge step up to it then a portaloo and ting shower you couldn’t turn round in the shower at all no tea coffee making facilities either one of the worst hotels we have stayed in the only highlight being the breakfast was ok and the waiting staff were all very good and happy and helpful but that was the only highlight of our stay we WONT BE STAYING AGAIN NEVER
EXCELLENT (Ionian, Greece – August 2013)
We stayed at St. David’s for 10 days. Definitely a great hotel with very friendly staff, always helpful and polite. The management always there to help us in any way, the family running the hotel are very kind and always available. Less than 1 minute to Paddington Underground station, near pubs, restaurants, 5 minute walk to Hyde Park, near to a supermarket, and all kind of small shops.
The room was very clean, very nicely decorated, spacey and had a great view to the park outside.
The breakfast served in St. David’s is simply fantastic. A wide range of choices / full English, European etc. is available, in a clean breakfast hall, served by very friendly staff.
If we ever visit London again, we will definitely stay there. We recommend this hotel, since we believe it is one of the best in London.
ARE THE OTHER REVIEWERS SERIOUS? (August 2013)
When we arrived we were given the option of a room on the fourth floor, no lift, or the basement… despite having made the reservation months in advance. Since I had an injured foot, we chose the basement room. It was like a dungeon! There was a window but it opened out to a grimy “courtyard” and ANYONE could have joined us. (Since London was in the midst of a heat wave, an open window was a necessity… obviously, no air-conditioning.) One look and we fled to the fourth floor room. The room was clean and we did get help lugging our bags up. With my bum foot, the fourth floor was problematical even without the bags. They said they’d try to move us to a lower floor the next day. (There was no guarantee a room would be available.) We had reserved a room for 4 nights. We decided to change hotels after one. When we said we’d be leaving, our decision was not met with enthusiasm. (We dragged our bags down 4 flights.) The hotel itself IS located conveniently to public transportation and the price is certainly reasonable. That’s why we’d picked it in the first place. However, the neighbourhood, which is a bit rundown, is comprised of several other “reasonably priced” hotels of similar ilk, making the people in the area seem very transient and rootless. The biggest surprise was after we left. The royal baby was born in the hospital only a block away a couple of days later!! Who would have thought?
EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY, LOVELY STAFF, GREAT LOCATION! (Brisbane, Australia – July 2013)
My brother and I stayed at St David’s for five nights and I can’t recommend it enough! Less than a 30sec walk to Paddington station (both tube and over ground) and bus stop to Oxford St, and 5-10mins walk to Hyde Park. The area itself is so pretty and friendly, and the street is full of a number of other hotels so there’s always people coming and going so we always felt safe. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and we were even lucky enough to be able to check in four hours early which was very welcome after 27hrs flying from Australia! The rooms are basic but more than adequate – very comfy beds and pillows and very hot showers with great water pressure. Ask for a room on the first or second floor – the ground shares the floor with reception and below ground with the dining room so would be noisy. I’d also recommend requesting a room facing Norfolk square – so pretty to wake up to in the morning! The breakfast is fantastic too – you get the choice of full English (eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, mushrooms, and toast) or continental (cereal, yoghurt, croissant) along with juice, tea and coffee. You can ask for as much or as little as you like – we overheard some other guests ordering fussily like they were at a fine dining restaurant but nothing was too much trouble for the staff. St David’s felt like a home away from home and will definitely visit when next in London.
FRIENDLY, NICE BREAKFAST, BUT NO LIFT… (Cardiff, United Kingdom – July 2013)
I stayed there the night before I left London Paddington. The location is perfect, only 5 minutes walk and I could easily found it. But the problem was my suitcase. When I checked in, a reception staff helped me to bring them to 4th floor, and he advised me to call the reception before check-in to help me bring my luggage down. However, when I tried to call the reception desk, the phone was totally out of order. I carried them by myself. Overall, the location is good, the price is reasonable, and I’m sure you will like their breakfast.
FRIENDLY & STRATEGICALLY LOCATED HOTEL IN LONDON (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – July 2013)
Hotel is strategically location just about 5 mins walk from Paddington station. Hotel staffs are friendly and breakfast is just wonderful. We had a triple room which is small (Asian style) but okay for one or two night stays. Bed sheets are clean and we had a room facing the street with a garden view. Bathroom is small but we managed, overall, is a good place to stay for a short stay.
CLEAN & EFFICIENT IN A GREAT LOCATION (Milwaukee, WI, United States – July 2013)
At first impressions this hotel might not seem that great – but then you are warmly greeted, helped with your luggage, and you find the rooms are clean and comfortable, and more than adequate. Yes, the room is tiny, and the ensuite pod bathrooms tinier still, but the beds are very comfortable, water pressure in the bathroom is great, and the shower is easy to use. My only complaints are that dirty glasses were not replaced with clean ones and free wifi is only available in the lobby (even though I was able to pick it up in my room on the second floor, but my nephew on the fourth floor could not). Breakfast was good and fast, but the breakfast room is small, so be prepared to share your table with others. As others have mentioned, the location cannot be beat. Only one block from Paddington, and close to Hyde Park as well. To top it off, it is on a nice quiet street.
GOOD BUDGET OPTION FOR LONDON (Perth, Australia – July 2013)
Location: The hotel is conveniently located around the corner from Paddington tube station. We had no problems walking our heavy luggage from the tube. It’s also just round the corner from a main road with plenty of bus routes. From the hotel we walked to: Little Venice, Hyde Park, Mable Arch, Oxford St, Bayswater, Madame Tussauds. There is a good pub around the corner (Dickens), a 24hr Tesco Express nearby & plenty of food options, including great middle eastern food on Edgware Rd. Breakfast: This was included in the price. There was a choice of cooked or continental. They happily accommodated me as a vegetarian. I opted for the cooked but most days I was offered items from the continental as well i.e. croissant, yoghurt etc. The ladies serving had limited English but were very friendly and helpful. Reception: The staff on reception were very friendly, check in was hassle-free, we departed at 5am so settled our bill the night before. Staff helped us out when we had questions. Room: Our room was on the 1st floor, no lift, but I never expect that in historic London buildings. The room was small (also expected in European capital cities) but it was functional and clean. We had a nice view over the beautiful Norfolk Square. Shower pressure was great. Bed was comfortable. Even though the hotel is literally around the corner from the tube and busy roads, there is no traffic noise as it fronts onto a quiet garden square. Overall, a great budget option for London. Hotels in the area are so expensive, and I never spend much time in them as I like to be out exploring. As long as the hotel is clean, bed is comfy and staff are friendly, that’s all I’m really looking for. If you’re the same you’ll be happy with this place.
VERY GOOD LOCATION (Plymouth, England, United Kingdom – July 2013)
You get what you pay for, me and my wife stayed for one night and its was a suitable hotel for our needs. The breakfast was very good and the staff were courteous the room was adequate and clean, but for £99 per night we would of liked tea and coffee making facilities in the room.
Overall a pleasant hotel in a handy location to Victoria and tubes.
GREAT HOTEL FOR A LONDON STAY (Avon, Indiana, United states – July 2013)
The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is located extremely close to an underground station (Paddington), which makes getting around very easy. Breakfast is included in the price of a stay, and it is quite good. If you wait until 9 or so, you will have to wait a bit for your breakfast more than likely, but otherwise, a great option and value. Wi-if is provided free of charge in the lobby, and for a small charge in your room. The hotel is also within easy walking distance of beautiful Hyde Park, making early morning jogs or strolls an easy option. The staff held our bags for us after checkout so we could spend the afternoon sightseeing before our train left. Overall, this is a great place to stay in London. Wish the wi-if was completely free, but otherwise, no complaints.
WHAT A GEM! (Oxford, United Kingdom – June 2013)
This place has character by the bucket load and does what it says on the tin! It is friendly, with great service at reception, no tea and coffee in the room but hot water and drink machine in the lobby. The rooms are spotless; the shower room clean, basic but great water pressure and everything in the room works! TV, fan, shutters for the windows and really comfy beds, plus blankets available if cold and extra pillows. Cooked breakfast is delicious, lovely wafer thin bacon, 2 eggs, nice quality sausage, beans and garnish of mushrooms and tomato. Fruit juice (orange) and toast plus tea or coffee compete the package! Would recommend to anyone and definitely stay again. It’s not the Hilton but doesn’t try to be and everything they promise they deliver.
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE (Oslo, Norway – June 2013)
The staff was helpful and smiling, even though the lobby and the restaurant were overcrowded and too busy to handle most of the time. I guess the smiling faces and helpful attitude of the people working at St. David’s are the reasons why it has received so many good reviews from travellers. The good reviews were also the reason why we decided to stay there. Unfortunately let us make this clear: St. David’s will not live up to your expectations at all if you are used to Premier Inns or other low price hotel chains. This is a very different deal. Small rooms, damp and dark, but cheap. You should only stay here if saving money is your first priority. If you fancy a healthy breakfast with fruit, vegetables and maybe yoghurt, you should go somewhere else.
YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR, BUT IT WAS STILL PRICEY! (Canberra, Australia – June 2013)
The hotel is on a nice street lined with other hotels and incredibly close to the Paddington tube and train station. Unfortunately the place is a bit of a dive, with old furnishings and carpet I wouldn’t let my bare feet touch as it was pretty dirty looking (glad I brought my slippers!). It’s a large hotel with lots of rooms and hallways, and our room had one of the bathrooms ‘pods’ that had been added to the room. It was a very small and cramped bathroom, but by London standards I suppose the room was average in size. The doors tend to slam loudly even if you try to let them close quietly so you tend to hear other guests coming and going in the same hallway.
You do indeed feel like cattle at breakfast when being seated but the food arrived quickly and although not the best English breakfast it was sufficient. You can ask at the front desk for a hair dryer to use, and wifi is free only in the lobby (you have to pay extra if you want wifi in your room). It’s London, and you’re likely there to see the sights not spend time at your hotel, so the location of the hotel is the real winner. There is a direct train to Heathrow from the Paddington station too so leaving was easy. There are tons of restaurants of nearby as well, and Hyde Park is a walk away. Would I recommend it? For the location, yes. London is an expensive city, so it was sufficient given the price (which was still a lot!) we paid.
DEFINITELY A BUDGET HOTEL, BUT OKAY BY ME. (Victoria, Canada – June 2013)
My travelling companion had stayed at this hotel before, and it was just as she remembered. The rooms were very small (as cheap rooms tend to be in big cities) but reasonably clean. Nothing fancy, not terribly pretty. The bathroom was very small and there was a terrible odour coming from it one day, which was fixed right away, before we even had a chance to say anything. We are short people (160cm) and pleasantly plump, but I suspect that larger-than-average size people would not have been very comfortable in our room. Also, there is no elevator, so if you were on a higher floor you would have to carry your luggage quite a distance. There was free wi-fi in the lobby; you could pay extra to use it in your room. Full English breakfast was included–not to my taste, but there were other options. The coffee is vile–switch to tea!
DISAPPOINTING HOTEL (Seattle, Washington, United States – June 2013)
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, who’s 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.
OK, I WASN’T EXPECTING THE MARRIOTT, BUT STILL (San Francisco, California, United States – June 2013)
OK. The people were very friendly and kind. There. BUT… We have stayed in many smaller family run places. This was not good. Friendly only goes so far. This place defines the word cheap. Want WiFi on you room? Extra charge. Cup of coffee? Extra charge. We got one bar of soap for two people for four days. No shampoo or body wash, had to go buy our own. One stinking plug in the room to charge the iPod and iPad and camera batteries, and the outlet was worn out and would not hold the converter. The walls needed repainting and the holes patched. The shower ran hot then freezing. The heat was not on cold rainy and windy days. But, as I stated up front, they are nice people. Good location. This room was the worst.
FLIGHT-FRIENDLY HOTEL IN LONDON (Northern California, United States – June 2013)
I chose this accommodation because it was ideal for our morning flight at the end of the trip. The location is a stone’s throw from the Underground & Rail stations at Paddington and it was fairly affordable for London. I did not want to waste our last night at an airport hotel. It works perfectly for this purpose: rail and tube options can get you to the airport with little hassle. St. David’s is located off the main drag so noise is not a major issue. The tube might run underneath it (there is a faint sound that goes away later in the evening). The building is old for those who enjoy a historic feel. As others have warned, it is difficult to take bags upstairs without a lift. The room is basic, but comes with soap and towels. Old trimmings and a defunct fireplace give the room some character, but it is a bit spoiled by the bathroom module which feels like an airplane bathroom inserted in the en-suite rooms. Breakfast is available (6:30-10?) and speedy service for those who need to head out quick. I was able to have my full English breakfast in less than 5 minutes. It’s not amazing food, but it’s a decent meal for a long flight. Staff are very friendly. I think a previous review was a bit xenophobic; an accent does not diminish hospitality. Upon arriving at the steps of this building, staff offered to take my bags and seemed genuinely welcoming. Breakfast staff were good as well.
AN HONEST HOTEL (Issaquah, United states – June 2013)
Yes, the rooms are small but the service is friendly, and when I left my wallet on the counter when checking out, they put it in the safe and, when I called, they offered to trade it for the room key which I accidentally took! We’ll be back next week, and I’m looking forward to it.
WHAT BATHROOM? (June 2013)
What can I say? The hotel is old, the rooms are very small, but with a great view of the gardens. Bathroom, what bathroom. What we had for a bathroom, was a portable potty with a sink and a very small shower. It was a portable unit that had been installed in the room and you have to step up to get in it. Shheeesh. The breakfast was good and the selection of restaurants around was good and the only really good thing is that it is very close to Paddington Station and Paddington Tube station as well.
PERFECT LOCATION NEAR PADDINGTON STATION, FOR A SHORT STAY. (Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt – June 2013)
This is my review for solo traveller for 4 days Adv:
1-perfect location about 3 min for Paddington station
2- The room is clean
3-Friendly staff 24 hrs
4-free wifi in reception, wifi in rooms will cost 3 GBP
5- Average English breakfast ( it contains pork , if your Muslim there is a vegetarian breakfast)
6- After check out, u can leave baggage with reception
Dis:1 – 2 star hotel
2- Very narrow room (I stayed in single room with basin and toilet), very small toilet in the room(without door)
3- I saw the rooms with toilets outside, tiny rooms, very difficult to stay in it.
4- Stairs are too narrow (I was in 3 floor).
5- The TV was a flat 19 inch pc screen
Conclusion: -It is good for short stay (3-4 days) solo traveller with low budget
-Not recommended for family or honeymoon
– For people with low budgets it is good
GREAT BARGAIN B AND B IN LONDON (Boston, Massachusetts, United States – June 2013)
Wonderful staff, location and service–Rooms are adequate size–what you expect in budget property in London! The owners and staff could not be more helpful–Lovely neighbourhood-quiet street–
Also very large breakfast!!Great deal for the money-
NO COMPLAINTS – THIS IS A GREAT BUDGET HOTEL IN AN IDEAL LOCATION (Iowa City, United States – June 2013)
We had a wonderful experience at this property. First, it’s ideally located. It’s a 3 minute walk from Paddington Station, on a quiet green and in an area with a wide variety of lovely restaurants. Second, we found the staff to be very helpful and courteous. We didn’t pay for the in-room internet so hung out in the lobby where we witnessed the staff going above and beyond helping a guest who had been robbed at St Pauls. We also heard them call the kitchen to get breakfasts for people who had overslept and our local friend was invited to join us for a complimentary breakfast. Full English or continental breakfast was served promptly by extremely lovely staff. They have hair dryers available and provided us with helpful tips for buses and sites. Finally, the rooms were clean and comfortable. The bathroom is tiny and we had a mild, unpleasant odour in the bathroom, but we just left the fan on and it was fine. It was unseasonably cold but we had sweet dreams with the window ajar. We’ll be back when we visit lovely London again.
ST DAVID’S HOTELS (Liverpool, United Kingdom – May 2013)
Might have been unlucky, but had unpleasant smell in room which could not be cleared by airing the room. Bedroom doors close loudly which was somewhat disturbing. Also street noise unexpectedly amplified by the high terracing opposite. Co-owner smoking outside the hotel didn’t create an inviting impression.
NOT VERY HAPPY (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia – May 2013)
It is now getting towards the end of May. The weather is still very cold in London. The room itself is ok, decent size except for the bathroom is really small. There are not hair dryer and kettles in the room, which I think is quite normal in London for a budget hotel. But what really makes me angry is it is very cold outside, and there is a heater in each room, but it is control by the receptionist in the lobby. They won’t switch it on unless they “think” it is cold enough. But the problem is they switched on the heater in the lobby for themselves. What kind of selfish people treat their guest like this? They don’t want to switch on the heater for all their guests so they can save money, but they switch on the heater for themselves. I will never stay here again. On their website, they said “nothing is too much for our staff”, full of lies!
FAMILY FRIENDLY (Penybont, United Kingdom – May 2013)
Wanted to find a hotel that would accommodate a family of five, and believe me there are not that many I could find in London in one room. Stayed here for two nights and it was perfect. Very friendly staff, great breakfast, very welcoming indeed. Very close to Paddington station, Hyde Park and the bus tour from the end of the road. My kids aged 3, 5 and 9 had a great time in London and a lot of this was down to the hotel being great, clean, and friendly. We will definitely use this as our base again.
PERFECT LOCATION FOR LONDON STAY (Park City, Utah, United States – May 2013)
Our stay at St. David’s was ideal. The location to public transportation couldn’t be better. Situated our quiet dead end street kept outside noise to a minimum. Rooms are compact but do the job. A nice breakfast is provided and the staffs were extremely helpful.
SMALL AND FRIENDLY, GREAT LOCATION (Haifa, Israel – May 2013)
Me and my friend stayed at St. David’s recently. The hotel is small but nice and cosy. The room was very small, but nice and clean, certainly enough for what we needed. The staffs are very helpful and super friendly!! Breakfast was very good, kitchen staff – again – super friendly!! Location is excellent!!!! 5 minutes walk to Paddington station, where you have tubes, trains and busses. The area around the hotel is full of restaurants and shops. Also 10-15 minutes’ walk to Hyde park. All in all, we had a great time!!!
CLEAN, QUIET, EXCELLENT LOCATION AND VALUE FOR MONEY (Seattle, United States – May 2013)
St. David’s Hotel was a very nice surprise find! It’s a block from Paddington on a quiet square. Our room was tiny – just big enough for two twin beds, but it was comfortable and most importantly, spotless. We slept well as the beds were comfortable and the room was very quiet. We had an en suite room. The toilet, sink and shower were all in little pod that was installed in modern days – it’s quite small, but functional and again, superbly clean. We took a peek into the shared toilet/shower rooms in the hallway – again, small but clean, and we never saw people waiting. Breakfast is included with the price of the room. We could order a full English breakfast, or something simpler like cereal and yogurt or toast and tea. Breakfast is served in the dining room by friendly, welcoming staff.
For London, the price was very reasonable, especially given the location. We will stay here again next time we’re passing through.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! (Vermont, United States – May 2013)
Looking for luxury and space, then St. David’s is not for you. However, if you’re looking for a clean and comfortable place to sleep, at a fair price then you can’t go wrong with this accommodation. Steps from Paddington Station and all the convenience that holds with train, tube, and bus options right out your door (and down the block). Restaurants and pubs nearby, quiet neighbourhood (we slept with the windows open) with a nice park out front. Our room was tiny (as anticipated) and the en-suite shower/toilet defines the term “water closet”, but the bed was comfortable and, after all, we came to London to see the city…not to hang out in the hotel. Carry that same outlook and you’ll be quite happy to stay here!
GREAT LITTLE HOTEL IN A VERY CONVENIENT LOCATION (Sydney, Australia – May 2013)
I stayed there twice in March and April, first time 5 days, 2nd time 7 days. Spotless. Reception manned 24/7 by either the owner or 3 others, so they soon get to know you. Due to a disability, I had requested not too many stairs and they accommodated me. Bags are carried up by staff. Area is very quiet, with no through traffic. Plenty of restaurants around, + laundry, internet cafe etc. About 2 minutes walk to Paddington Station (both over ground and tube). Breakfast was excellent – either continental or full English. No tea making facilities in the room, but tea and coffee available in reception. As an Aussie, I’m used to tea making facilities in the room, so bought a travel jug and they were quite happy that I used it. Free wifi available in reception. I didn’t notice any large tour groups, mainly solo travellers and family groups, so the hotel was always quiet. I stayed in a room with its own bathroom, which was quite small but OK for a female, but they do have full sized bathrooms on request. I would definitely go again.
COMFORTABLE AND WELL LOCATED (Johannesburg, South Africa – May 2013)
Spent the last week of March at the hotel. It is well situated, close to Paddington Station and London Underground. It is also within walking distance of the hop on / hop off tour bus. Friendly, helpful staff those are always available. Breakfast is as good as they say it is although when we went the hotel was pretty packed so dining room got a bit busy on the last day that we were there. Overall well worth the stay for those who want a good place to stay.
FRIENDLY AND GREAT LOCATION (Santiago, Chile – April 2013)
It is a small hotel with very simple rooms. Highlights the excellent location, the bathroom spotless, the friendly staff and the breakfast plentiful. My room was on the fourth floor, walk up the stairs with a heavy suitcase could have been complicated but received help from the hotel. Near the hotel there are several places where you can eat, or just walk around to Hyde Park, and Paddington Station is 5 minutes walk, connecting to London Tube and train services. It was my first time in London and was really easy to get there. I recommend it if you are looking for something simple, clean and friendly.
Great stay at a great price! (24 April 2013)
We stayed at St. David’s Hotels based on reviews on Trip Advisor. We chose based on location, price, and that the breakfast is included. The staffs at the front desk were always very warm and accommodating. They provided us recommendations for restaurants in the area, and also were willing to watch our valuables during the day while we were out enjoying London. The breakfast was very good, and kept us full for quite some time during the day! The earlier you get downstairs for breakfast, the less time you have to wait! The room was about what we expected. Very simple- a comfortable bed and a nice view over Norfolk Square. No elevator, so be prepared to take your bags up flights of stairs. The carpet didn’t really fit the size of the room (there were air bubbles under our bed). It also didn’t look like it had been vacuumed recently. The bathroom was nice to have en suite.
Overall, we were very pleased with this hotel, and would recommend it.
GREAT FAMILY RUN HOTEL (Regina, Canada – April 2013)
Room was clean, breakfast was wonderful and the staff were fantastic. My wife and daughter had the flu for a day and they were well taken care of. Thank you so much for the great experience in London.
BUDGET LONDON (Chicago, United States – April 2013)
The St David’s hotel is on a park a block away from Paddington station. The location is good, especially if you want to catch an early train to Heathrow. The rooms are small, but comfortable with en-suite shower units available. There is an excellent full English breakfast included. Everyone on staff is very pleasant and there is 24 hour main desk staffing. It actually seemed like Faulty towers crossed with the Kumar’s at #42, especially at breakfast. Definitely a good place, since we were just in London for 2 days on a layover.
AN OLD HOTEL–GOOD FOR THE PRICE (Clarks Grove, Minnesota – April 2013)
9 of us were looking for a London hotel–something not expensive and not downtown as we were driving. Found this on Trip advisor–and it was adequate. It’s close by Paddington Station for the Tube–which gets us around town. A little hard to find if driving–and parking is a problem. They had us park at St. James Church–about 4 blocks away. No lifts–trundle your bags up 3 stories. Lots of good places to eat nearby. The “full English Breakfast” was adequate–one egg, some ham, a roasted tomato–toast, tea or coffee, OJ. Not the tastiest I’ve had, but adequate. The room was old–the bath/shower was in one corner–it looked like it had been ripped out of a 1960s vintage jetliner. I’d consider staying again–but if I had to spend any time in the hotel, I’d look elsewhere.
GOOD LOCATION, AVG ROOM (Bangkok, Thailand – April 2013)
The location is superb with stone throwing distance from Paddington station. The room comes with free breakfast but you have to pay 3 pound each day for wifi or use wifi at the lobby. Not suitable if you come with big bags as there is no lift and stairway is very narrow. I stayed on third floor where I found it was quiet at night, sufficient heating in the room. The room was typically small and so was the shower room. Everything is basic, but it’s okay for me since I stayed only for just one night before catching the train in the next morning. Breakfast was decent
VERY GOOD VALUE AND FRIENDLY STAFF (Dublin, Ireland – March 2013)
This is a comfortable and well-priced hotel. From the first moment you enter the hotel, you feel like home, mainly because of the friendly, helpful and kind treatment received from the owners & staff. The location is a plus, with easy access to national rail and underground. The breakfast is included. Although the menu is not extensive, the food is tasty and the waitresses are very attentive and flexible when it comes to prepare your food. The room (twin room with en-suite shower, basin and toilet) was nice too: small, clean and warm. The bathroom is a little tiny but it’s OK. I have to highlight the excellent performance of Alex, the guy at the hotel reception, he’s kind and eager to help. I would definitely return to this hotel!
BACK HOME (Gibraltar, Spain – March 2013)
Back in St David’s for medical appointment St Mary’s hospital, and as always such a caring attitude towards all their guests, which is so important and welcome, especially under the circumstances. .
These are the things that made me enjoy my stay at this hotel, but my warmest congratulations to the hotel owners for their choice of personnel. They know how to really make you feel at home, and if you need anything it is like asking a family member. Thank you so much you were fantastic, yet again. God Bless you all..
EXCELLENT VALUE AND GREAT STAFF (Indiana, United States – March 2013)
This is a very comfortable budget hotel. Why is it a budget hotel? There’s no elevator, the carpets are worn, and the rooms are small. However, the rooms are kept very clean, the price includes a delicious full English breakfast, and the beds are comfortable. Everybody on the staff is pleasant and very helpful. You don’t have to worry about a heavy bag; someone will carry it up for you. Whenever I had a question about how to find something or how to get somewhere, someone drew me a map. Norfolk Square is quiet; I had a room overlooking the street and the only night that was at all noisy was Saturday. The hotel is less than five minutes from Paddington (by foot) and about the same distance from St. Mary’s Hospital.
FRIENDLY AND QUIET (Norway – February 2013)
I stayed at this small hotel for four nights (Mo-Fr) during the winter holiday and it was a positive experience. I had my two teenage girls with me on their first trip to London ever, and found this hotel perfect for our stay. It was value for money; easy to find and very close to Paddington, big English breakfast served at the table which kept us going the whole day shopping and sightseeing, very friendly and helpful staff – they ordered tickets and had helpful tips for our stay. The room we had had nice beds, a tiny bathroom and a TV+ a fan :-). Fresh towels and cleaning every day. We would prefer a wooden floor to the carpet, but that is hard to find in any hotel in London… We had a room facing the park and it was quiet and nice. Hard to believe we were in the middle of a big city.
GREAT STAY (Sydney, Australia – February 2013)
Hi, just got back, into Sydney after a 2 week break in London. I stayed at the St David’s for the whole 2 weeks. To begin with, the location is excellent , literally out of Paddington station, walk up and out onto the footpath, cross the road , turn left at the first corner and you are at the from door of the hotel , literally 2 minute walk, so convenient for when you get back after a full day of being out and about. There are bus services all over the place, going to all parts of London. I was able to visit the London Zoo, Regent St, Oxford St, Kings Cross, St Pancras, British Museum, and more and more, all from Buses direct, and all located around the streets of the hotel. Of course as mentioned above, the tube is also just down the road, but I preferred using the bus, less crowded, and you get to see more. Also , as a tip , if you ate in London for a week , try and get a Weekly Oyster pass for £30, it gives you unlimited bus usage all over the place , any time , any day , and zones 1,2, on the tube . In regards to my room, I was in room 306, a great little room, overlooking Norfolk Park, its own separate shower and toilet. The room was cleaned every day, new towels, rubbish removed, and, nice and warm when I got back in the evening, after, spending most of the day out and about freezing and cold. Also, the window opens as well, so nice to get some fresh air in as well. On a final note, and I leave the best for last, the Big English Breakfast that I had each morning, in different variants, and or sometimes continental , was very nourishing. Fresh cooked eggs, beans, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, toast as much as you like, tea, OJ, really good, the same meal and quality would cost you at least £8 pounds to eat outside, believe I had a good look around, lol . And all included great stuff. I hope that this review does help people, as London, is a very expensive place and where we all as travellers can save, is a good thing. Cheers
BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP (Adelaide, Australia – January 2013)
We chose St David’s Hotels based on the reviews on Trip advisor. We were looking for a budget hotel to stay close to our daughter for the first weekend of our trip to London. St David’s ticked all the boxes as far as needing a quiet place to sleep, hot shower, and decent breakfast. In fact St David’s pillows were the best I have ever slept on in any hotel. The shower, while hot and with plenty of water pressure was the only let down, with the hose not having a proper holder, and so you had to juggle the shower head little. Breakfast for the two mornings we were there, was plentiful and well cooked. The full English breakfast didn’t skimp, and took you well past lunch time before needing to look at food again. The hotel had a really friendly feel, and every time we returning we were greeted at the desk, asked if all was well, and if there was anything we needed. The location was perfect for us. Not only close to our daughter, but it was a stone’s throw from Paddington Station. We caught the Heathrow Connect, so was very simple to negotiate. The location was in beautiful Norfolk Square, which was lovely and quiet and had a very pleasant feel.
FANTASTIC BARGAIN @ PADDINGTON (California, United States – January 2013)
We were 3 visiting London for a week. We LOVED St. David’s. This comfortable B & B is family-owned and located 1.5 blocks from Paddington Station. Comfortable walk to Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Kensington Palace. Four blogs are interconnected with no lift. VERY friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff. (Especially Alex) The front desk is staffed 24 hours. Wifi is only available in the common areas but there are constant upgrades being made to the property so building-wide might be available in the future. The breakfast options are incredible. Cereal, toast, yoghurt, and, of course, the full English breakfast which is incredible! And the coffee is decent! There are several restaurants on the adjacent street – good and convenient. Rooms for 3 are available. Bring your own toiletries. Small bar soap is provided. Payment is made in advance – when you check in. The bathroom in the room is small but there are several common bathrooms available. TV and phones are in-room.
CENTRAL LONDON HOTEL (Swansea, United Kingdom – January 2013)
This was the 2nd time I’d stayed here in the past 2 months. Good value hotel in a central position with great access to National Rail and the underground. Both can be accessed with a flat 5 minute walk to Paddington station. The 2 different rooms were both clean and tidy, but I’d have to say I preferred room 9 (or was it 8) as it was in the rear in what appeared to be an old extension with a wonderful doomed window above the bed. The hotel does pick up the noise from the underground but you find that in most ground floor properties and it does stop at around midnight and you get used to it fairly quickly. There was an issue with the heating on both occasions with it not starting till 7pm and my colleagues room was very cold for quite some time. The bathrooms are simple but clean, but I’d love to have had a bigger towel than the single one provided. Hot water was hot (you don’t get that in every hotel) and on a good pressure. There isn’t any tea/coffee tray but they have a free machine in reception. Breakfast is provided in the breakfast room (novel!) in the basement. Orange juice, toast, tea, coffee and a cooked breakfast. Is very tasty and we were asked several times if we wanted more. The staff are exceptionally friendly and more than happy to help and advice on travel, if needed, to the airport. For 65 pounds for B & B in central London it was very good value. There is no food other than breakfast but there are ample places to eat within 5 minutes from burgers to Italian and Turkish as well as a number of good pubs serving food.
BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP (Adelaide, Australia – January 2013)
We chose St David’s Hotels based on the reviews on Tripadvisor. We were looking for a budget hotel to stay close to our daughter for the first weekend of our trip to London. St David’s ticked all the boxes as far as needing a quiet place to sleep, hot shower, and decent breakfast. In fact St David’s pillows were the best I have ever slept on in any hotel. The shower, while hot and with plenty of water pressure was the only let down, with the hose not having a proper holder, and so you had to juggle the shower head little. Breakfast for the two mornings we were there, was plentiful and well cooked. The full English breakfast didn’t skimp, and took you well past lunch time before needing to look at food again. The hotel had a really friendly feel, and every time we returning we were greeted at the desk, asked if all was well, and if there was anything we needed. The location was perfect for us. Not only close to our daughter, but it was a stone’s throw from Paddington Station. We caught the Heathrow Connect, so was very simple to negotiate. The location was in beautiful Norfolk Square, which was lovely and quiet and had a very pleasant feel.
FANTASTIC BARGAIN @ PADDDINGTON (California, USA – January 2013)
We were 3 visiting London for a week. We LOVED St. David’s. This confortable B & B is family-owned and located 1.5 blocks from Paddington Station. Comfortable walk to Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Kensington Palace. Four bldgs are interconnected with no lift. VERY friendly, helpful and knowledgable staff. (Especially Alex) The front desk is staffed 24 hours. Wifi is only available in the common areas but there are constant upgrades being made to the property so building-wide might be available in the future. The breakfast options are incredible. Cereal, toast, yoghurt, and, of course, the full English breakfast which is incredible! And the coffee is decent! There are several restaurants on the adjacent street – good and convenient. Rooms for 3 are available. Bring your own toiletries. Small bar soap is provided. Payment is made in advance – when you check in. The bathroom in the room is small but there are several common bathrooms available. TV and phones are in-room.
CENTRAL LONDON HOTEL (Swansea, United Kingdom – January 2013)
This was the 2nd time I’d stayed here in the past 2 months. Good value hotel in a central position with great acess to National Rail and the underground. Both can be accessed with a flat 5 minute walk to Paddington station. The 2 different rooms were both clean and tidy, but I’d have to say I prefered room 9 (or was it 8) as it was in the rear in what appeared to be an old extension with a wonderful doomed window above the bed. The hotel does pick up the noise from the underground but you find that in most groundfloor properties and it does stop at around midnight and you get used to it fairly quickly. There was an issue with the heating on both occasions with it not starting till 7pm and my colleagues room was very cold for quite some time. The bathrooms are simple but clean, but I’d love to have had a bigger towel than the single one provided. Hot water was hot (you don’t get that in every hotel) and on a good pressure. There isn’t any tea/coffee tray but they have a free machine in recpetion. Breakfast is provided in the breakfast room (novel!) in the basement. Orange juice, toast, tea coffee and a cooked breakfast. Is very tastey and we were asked several times if we wanted more. The staff are exceptionaly friendly and more than happy to help and advise on travel, if needed, to the airport. For 65 pounds for B & B in central London it was very good value. There is no food other thgan breakfast but there are ample places to eat within 5 minutes from burgers to Italian and Turkish as well as a number of good pubs serving food.