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2014

THANKS AND BEST WISHES FOR YOU AND YOUR HOTEL (Germany – August 2014)
Thank you for the familiar atmosphere! We had such a nice stay at your hotel in London! Great breakfast, friendly staff, perfect place to get around London (Paddington Station!) and such a nice little quiet place (which – as I learned – it now is not least thanks to your long term efforts) .Hearing some of you and your family speaking Greek makes it even better. 🙂

THANK YOU (United Kingdom – March 2014)
Thank you so much. It meant everything to be so close to the hospital while Josh was in PICU (St. Mary’s Hospital). We now have been home for 5 days. The ‘T’ family.

GREAT LOCATION, VALUE FOR MONEY (Singapore – February 2014)
Was in London for 4 nights on vacation, and my father insisted on staying in Paddington due to its convenient location. Chose to stay in St. David’s based on online reviews and it did not disappoint. Rooms were small but acceptable for the price and location. Breakfast was great, loved the sautéed mushrooms! Staff were friendly and ready to help with any queries. Could feel the vibrations from the tube but didn’t bother me much as I was a deep sleeper. There is a Sainsbury’s Local in the station concourse in Paddington station, which we visited at the end of every day before retiring to our rooms. It’s open from 6am till midnight, so great convenience there. There are also many food options around the area as well. Took the Heathrow Connect on the last day to the airport. Think it costed £9.50 but we got a discount due to a group purchase. Definitely recommended for groups and families. Gave 4 stars because I think the room needs just that little bit of update.

GOOD VALUE, GREAT LOCATION, FANTASTIC STAFF (Wilmington, NC, United States – February 2014)
If you’re looking for luxury then move on. If you’re looking for value and service then read on. This is a fairly typical London conversion hotel. No lift, lots of stairs, quirky rooms and a fair amount of wear (but they are in the process of updating – so this should be mitigated as time goes on.) It was originally four separate units that have now been combined into a single property, so when you first come to it on the sidewalk it can be a little confusing, especially if you’re fresh off a red-eye from the States Just look for the black “St David’s Hotels” letters above the doors and go to the one to the right. Bathrooms are average for the property type (which means tiny by American standards) but the water pressure is exceptional and hot water plentiful, which helps to work out the muscle fatigue after a long day of walking around the city. We stayed in a combination of four rooms over a 15 night stay (312, 102, 103, G3 – details on why to follow) 312 – Third floor for Europe is fourth floor for Americans. It is configured as a triple but that’s a bit of a stretch if each person has a suitcase. The beds are comfortable and the room is quiet with a full en-suite bath. Electrical outlets in this room are sparse. 102 & 103 – both doubles, one with en-suite bath, the other with a sink and hall shower/toilet (which are only used by that room) I don’t recall which is on the front and which is on the back of the building, but the front room has a large window with a beautiful view of Norfolk Square. It was “comfortably cool” from our perspective and has (relatively speaking) an abundance of electrical outlets and is spacious by London standards. Crowd noise can be an issue on Friday and Saturday nights for light sleepers. It has in-room sink and hall toilet/shower. The other (on the rear of the building) is quiet and a little warmer (cracking the window and/or using the room fan made things comfortable) Outlets are reasonable in number and there is pretty good space for two suitcases. Beds were comfortable in both rooms. G3 – Ground floor, front of property, triple, en-suite bath. Spacious by London standards. Enough room for three suitcases and accumulated shopping bags. Plenty of outlets (5 if you unplug the television) just be careful of the shelves next to the door if you toss around in your sleep. The large window wants to open all the way (the counterweights need adjusting) but you can use a folded brochure to wedge it in your preferred position. Crowd noise on Friday/Saturday evening was elevated, but not bad. In summary – everything is CLEAN, towels are replaced daily, beds are comfortable and pillows are better than average for most any hotel I’ve stayed in. Norfolk Square is generally quiet and noise from vehicles is limited. The breakfast is as good as you’ll find for a “Full English” (eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, mushrooms, tomato) They also offer toast, croissant, an assortment of cereals, yogurt, juice, coffee and tea. Location, location, location – St David’s has it in spades. Just around the corner from Paddington Station (Pharmacy, ready-to-go food, cellular providers, 4 underground lines and National Rail) and within a short walk from several bus stops that provide access to multiple lines. You can see a couple of good restaurants from the front steps as well as a pub that offers a good selection of beers and ciders. Just a couple of blocks away (towards Hyde Park) you’ll find a highly recommended Indian restaurant and a pub that has great food to go with an exceptional selection of beverages. Just around the corner is a highly rated Lebanese restaurant and there are other choices in the neighbourhood that staff can direct you towards. If you branch out to the Bayswater area (one stop on the Tube or a short bus ride) restaurant choices expand exponentially. Now, the item that places St David’s apart – the staff. George and Foulla have owned the property since the 1980’s and continue to actively operate it with their son Alex. George cooks breakfast; Foulla runs the dining room and the behind-the-scenes aspects of the hotel while Alex is at the front desk. They are supported by a staff of about ten (by my estimation.) EVERYONE is friendly and helpful. They help getting luggage to the rooms, they will move you to another room, they sit and chat, know you on sight when you go to the desk for your key or show up for breakfast the first morning. My wife was recently out of the hospital prior to our stay and had difficulty with stairs. Alex moved us from the third floor to the first, then to the ground as soon as that room was available. “No” isn’t a word they like to use and, in my experience, it is rarely heard. Looking for somewhere to eat? How to navigate from A to B? Need help planning some sight-seeing? Whoever is at the front desk will help. You’re not just a guest, you’re a friend.

GOOD (Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom – February 2014)
We stayed there in jan 2014. The rooms were small. But very clean. The breakfast was the best we have had in London. The staff were lovely. It was just a pity there was no tea or coffee in the rooms….

Excellent value, clean and comfortable (Bailey, CO, United States – February 2014)
This bed and breakfast is unbelievable value for money in London. All of the staff are very friendly and accommodating and the rooms are clean and comfortable. We stayed here twice, once for two nights to explore the city and then again before our flight. It is very convenient both to explore London as well as to get to Heathrow airport easily and without stress– you have options from the tube (about an hour trip after switching to Piccadilly line), the Heathrow Connect train (about 25 mins.) and the Heathrow express (15 mins.). The breakfast is really filling and delicious, and the service is wonderful. The perfect meal before a long transatlantic flight. It is on Norfolk square, which is amazingly quiet, and we slept well each night we stayed there. Will definitely be back next time I’m in London.

GREAT LOCATION, GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR (Broadbeach, Australia – February 2014)
I stayed in a twin room with ensuite late last year, the rooms themselves are very small, there isn’t much room to put anything only to move around to get out of the door, the bathroom is also very small and the shower wasn’t very clean at all. There is no lifts in this hotel and i was placed on the very top floor, we were offered no help with our bags and therefore took a long time to get up 4 flights of staircases, one of which is as narrow as anything. The breakfast was probably the best part in the mornings, and the dining hall was quite pleasant. The location is good as it is walking distance from Hyde Park and other main attractions, if you don’t expect much and just want something in a decent location that is cheap then this is the place for you.

FABULOUS CUSTOMER SERVICE, VERY GOOD BREAKFAST! (Cincinnati, Ohio, United States – February 2014)
Our twin room was comfortable yet very small. There was noise from the street that kept us awake, the window glass must be thin. The bathroom was small, but clean and adequate. The breakfast was very good and any question or request was answered by the desk staff. The location is perfect if you arrive via Paddington station. It is 1-1/2 blocks from the tube.

3 WEEKS STAY IN FEBRUARY (Gibraltar, Spain – February 2014)
Central London hotels largely fall into two groups. The exorbitantly ‘sheek’ with a level of service often bordering on the obsequious and the economical ‘shabby’ where finding a member of staff requires a search party. Well hidden in a lovely garden square in Paddington is a family run hotel that is in a class all of its own. Their own websites boasts, “We pride ourselves in offering excellent value for money” and they genuinely do represent value. What distinguishes them from the no frills hotels which are often unkempt, cold and impressionable, is that St David’s is simple but scrupulously clean and the every member of staff, mostly family members, cares, in fact they cannot do enough for their guests.

EXCELLENT BUDGET CHOICE (Texas, United States – February 2014)
Room was tiny but very clean, bathroom seemed fairly new. Very pleasant, family run hotel. They knew everyone’s name and provided help with directions and places to go. Very close to Paddington but a little far to just go out and walk to tourist sites. They found good buses for me each day to museums, and then I took underground back to Paddington.

HOMELY HOTEL WITH A GREAT PRICE (Brazil – February 2014)
I was so happy with my stay here! Although I was traveling alone, the owners/staff made me feel very comfortable and welcome. My room was on the small side but still ok (especially considering the price). The breakfasts are huge and delicious, and, in between cooking, the owner makes it a point to greet everyone in the dining room. The location is very convenient to Paddington station. I recommend this hotel and would definitely stay there again.

FANTASTIC VALUE (Texas, United States- January 2014)
Great friendly staff, superb proximity to amenities and transportation (bus, underground and rail) and overall cleanliness make this a good deal. Norfolk Square Paddington is one of the more pleasant areas of London, generally quiet, convenient, and safe. As a travel agent I’ve stayed in a lot of B&B’s in Britain over the years and this is one of the best I’ve found in its price range.