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.
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.
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.
CHEAP, BASIC BUT FRIENDLY AND CHEERFUL (Chillipeppa, Zululand – November 2011)
I was really disappointed when I arrived at this hotel and the room I had a confirmation for a room with shower and toilet, but sadly the toilet was shared in the passage with other guests. They were sorry the room I booked was “unavailable” but did however give me a fair reduction in rate. I have never slept in such a small room before, anywhere, ever! It was the length of the bed and shower and half as wide! All said, it was clean and serviceable. The BIG problem for me though was the 3 flights of stairs I had to climb to get to the room. Fortunately Alex, the owners son was on duty and cheerfully lugged my very heavy bags up all 3 flights of stairs. The breakfast is English and good. The coffee and hot toast are limitless and the coffee is excellent and i doubt if its English! I may even stay here again as its very convenient to Paddington Station for the fast train connection to Heathrow. If so I’ll write again if i get a nicer room! They offered me a better room if I come again and like another reviewer, I think these small London hotels have widely varying room sizes. Room Tip: I had a room looking over the square – its a nice view. However the most important thing is to make sure you will have waiting for you what you booked, not like me who didnt get what was reserved and confirmed.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME (Gibralter – November 2011)
After having stayed in hotels all over the world, how wonderfull to find in the centre of london, near St Marys hospital(where my business was), this family run hotel. There is absolutely nothing to find fault here, the reception staff, here 24 hours go out of their way to help you. When you go down to breakfast in the morning, its a treat, nothing is too much to ask. The rooms are impecably clean, quiet, and so cosy. Theres free wifi, I felt so safe and relaxed. Thank you to all the staff. Room Tip: G8 was great!!
A BASIC NO FRILLS HOTEL (Kaneohe, Hawaii – October 2011)
An inherent problem with reviewing small, independently owned European hotels is that the quality, size and features of the rooms can vary greatly. Two visitors to the same location can have wildly different experiences. Perhaps this was the case with my stay this month. I would like to give St. David’s the benefit of the doubt. The hotel IS in a wonderful location and is very quiet–that is really worth something in London. Just down the street from Paddington but tucked away in a quiet square. The reception and breakfast staff were most accommodating. And, during my stay, it was apparent there were a lot of return travelers. Trip Advisor reviews previous to mine bear this out. Finally, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better rate for this location. The beds were comfortable, the sheets were clean, the shower had hot water, the breakfast was delicious. So why only an “average” rating? Because ultimately we had quite an average room. No tea or coffee, no wash cloths or amenities. The en suite bath was the same size configuration as those on a cruise ship cabin. The front door to the room could not open more than half way due to a built in wardrobe in the way. The room was certainly not one in which you’d wish to linger. That being said, it is a good, basic room in a convenient location. Is 90BP a lot for what you get? Absolutely, but this is London. I would stay here again, if I needed to be in the area. But I probably wouldn’t stay very long.
GOOD LOCATION, EXCELLENT SERVICE (Kuala Lumpar – October 2011)
This is our third stay. Must say it won’t be our last! Location is simply great – to airport and to most other areas for shopping, food and sightseeing. Be it by bus, tube or taxi – all plentiful and very closeby – less then 3 mins walk. Their service is excellent especially from the owners, George (the father) – the chef, Fiona (the mum) – full of knowledge and finally, their fantastic son, Alex – who is a born hotelier – always cheerful and helpful in every way. Nothing is too much for Alex.
From giving informations or helping senior citizens with their heavy bags. Compliments to George – the chef who cooks the best English breakfast!! No compromising here as he dishes out each guest’s breakfast! I must also give praise to the staffs serving breakfast – all efficient and cheerful and Pavan, one of the front office staff who attended to us to. Keep up the good work, Alex!
WONDERFUL B&B (Victoria – Canada – October 2011)
While on vacation from western Canada, I recently spent two nights at the St. David’s Hotel and I highly recommend it. This was probably my fourth stay in the past 10 years and each time I am more impressed. The owners continue to upgrade the building and maintain a high standard of service and comfort without compromsing their very reasonable rates. I enjoyed a spotless and fairly spacious room and the traditional English breakfast was delicious. The staff are gracious, efficient and helpful in every way. Special thanks to Alex for remembering me and treating me so well. I would and will return “in a heartbeat”…..
VERY NICE PLACE (UK – October 2011)
A very nice place with lovely and helpful staff. Right next to paddington station. You feel very confortable and safe in this family-run hotel right in the middle of paddington close to all the shops and bus stops but far from the noise ! English breakfast is great! Right infront of it is a nice garden where you can sit and relax and still get wifi !! Would definitely recommend it for people on a budget who want a rich experience!
HOME AWAY FROM HOME (Newcastle, Australia – October 2011)
We have just revisited St David’s for our second stay – our first was four years ago. We were really pleased that we did. Yes the rooms are compact and there are stairs to climb. But the room was very comfortable and there was abundant hot water. The staff are exceptional. Bookings are super efficient, and no-one could have been more welcoming or helpful on arrival, departure and throughout our stay. The full English newscast is both tasty and substantial, setting us up well for each day’s activities. The one suggestion we’d have for improvement is boosting the wifi signal strength so it’s more widely accessible. We felt very much at home here and the location in Paddington is just so convenient. We’ll certainly stay again when we next visit London.
VERY GOOD FOR A BUDGET HOTEL IN LONDON (Maine, USA – October 2011)
We stayed at the St. David’s Hotel for four nights in August of 2011. We love the Paddington location as it is covenant to get anywhere in the city via the tube and there are plenty of pubs and restaurants (including several Indian restaurants) in the area. We did not have a reservation and literally walked door to door viewing rooms and inquiring about rates. We were quoted everything from 56 pounds to 99 pounds per night. We found St David’s to be the best value for the price quoted which was 85 pounds. We had a decent size room on the 2nd level with a balcony, private ensuite bathroom, and a full breakfast. One thing we want to point out was that it was quite warm during our visit and most of the rooms we looked at prior to St David’s didn’t have fans in the rooms. St David’s provided fans and a hair dryer. We were facing the street but the street was quiet and we did not have a problem with noise at night. Our only issue with the room was that there was a big step up to get into the bathroom. When exiting the bathroom you literally had to hold on to the wall or door handle to step down. Putting in a step or grab bar would resolve this issue and make it much easier for their customers. The breakfast was very good and filling, enough to tie you over until lunch or dinner. The wait staff was very friendly and the gentleman that showed us to our room was very polite and professional. The breakfast room is in the basement and can be quite noisy during peak times. A couple of times we chose to eat breakfast at a restaurant down the street just for the peace and quite. There was free WiFi in the lobby which is helpful. The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. The shower was tiny which was normal for Europe but there was plenty of hot water. We have stayed in the Paddington area a few times and so far St David’s is the best over all.
GREAT FAMILY RUN HOTEL WITH GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE (Vancouver, Canada – October 2011)
I stayed at St. David’s for a few nights and was incredibly impressed with the customer service of this family run London hotel. The rooms are small for the price, but it’s London and most others are the same. What stood out about this hotel is the location (paddington station) and the excellent staff. I was sick while at the hotel and the staff were amazing, bringing me lemon tea to my room and checking that I was okay. Wi-fi, which is really only available in the lobby is free and breakfast is typically included in the price of the room. The breakfast is one of the better ones I’ve had in London. The rooms where clean. I’d definitely recommend this to other travels. I’ve noticed other hotels in London now have staff that make you feel unwelcome and unwanted. They don’t help with anything – directions etc. I’d pay a few extra $$ to have good, helpful staff.
A WELCOMING HOTEL (Brisbane, Australia – August 2011)
Amazing location, so close to both the tube and train station. Also the Big Bus Hop on Hop off tour picks up from just around the corner. Room is cosy and beds comfortable. We had a twin room and had enough space. Room and bathroom was super clean everyday. Breakfast was a lovely start to the day. All the staff were so friendly and it was great getting a nice ‘good morning’ from them as they served a really hearty breakfast to start the day. Overall a great and affordable stay in London.
GREAT COSY HOTEL (Essex Fells, New Jersey – August 2011)
We stayed for 3 nights in a triple room. Hotel is conveniently located near Paddington Station and the Tube. Rooms are small but clean and comfortable. Breakfast provided a great start to the day and served by friendly welcoming staff. Alex was a great help as our travel agent and made great recommendations on how to spend our days. Many thanks to the entire staff for making our stay so comfortable.
NOT PERFECT, BUT COMMENDABLE (Warsaw, Poland – August 2011)
Double room small, but manageable. Room very clean. Bed perfect, pillows too. Large armoire and dresser drawers. No elevator (breakfast room is in the basement), so if stairs are a problem, tell them and they will try to provide a room on first floor or in basement (there is a window). There is a fan in the room (no air conditioning). No electrical outlets (unless you unplug the TV and fan), so ask for a power strip or bring your own and an extension cord if you want to recharge your laptop, phone, etc., but there is a power strip in the lobby. Lots of hot water and good shower pressure, but shower fixture broken, tv channel changer broken (but works). Limited channels on t.v. Free wifi in lobby. Desk staff very helpful, parient, kind, and offered excellent advise. They are also responsive to special requests: an extra towel(they provide only one and it is smaller than a proper bath towel, but bigger than a hand towel), an electric kettle and teacup (not provided in the room–even the very cheapest hotels provide kettle, mug, and a tea bag too!)., but there is free hot water in lobby (bring your own teabag). Excellent breakfast (except for the coffee): great selection, cook makes his own marmalade and jam, food freshly prepared, not greasy, wait staff could not be nicer. Respectable clientele. Great location.
SECOND VISIT AT ST DAVID’S HOTEL AND IT’S JUST PERFECT! (Saint Jerome, Canada – July 2011)
This was my second stay (1 week) and I’ll come back for sure to this nice and cosy B&B / Hotel, near the centre of London (around 30 min walk) and right next to Paddington station. Breakfast is nutritious and fills you up until lunchtime. Rooms are really small but you aren’t in London to stay in your room, right?? The important thing is that rooms and toilets/showers are extra clean. All employees (and especially Alex) are really helpful, nice, respectful and smiling 🙂 Thank you again for this nice stay…
BASIC BUT FRIENDLY AND CLEAN, WOULD STAY THERE AGAIN! (USA – July 2011)
My husband and I and our 3 daughters stayed for 2 nights in a family room this week. The room was basic but the sheets were clean, the beds were comfortable and there was plenty of hot water for the shower. You do hear alot of noise outside at night but it is London! The staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is lovely. It is in a fantastic location, a few minutes walk from Paddington Station and tube, we found it so convienient to walk to the hotel with our cases when we arrived and left. We would definately stay again and recommend this hotel. Thankyou for making our stay so memorable!
GREAT VALUE! (Houston, Texas – July 2011)
I am fininshing my fourth night of a four night stay, and this place is excellent value. Clean rooms, hot water, fresh towels every day, decent breakfast (coffee is pretty bad…), and friendy staff. The hotel is on a very quiet square a block from Paddington, so a good locale to get to/from heathrow & other lcoations in London. I will be back again, soon!
LOVELY STAFF. BRILLIANT BREAKFAST. SMALL BUT CLEAN ROOM FOR TWO. GREAT LOCATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF OUR VISIT (Manchester, United Kingdom – June 2011)
The hotel was central for what we had planned. A four day visit to music concerts at Hyde park only a 15 minute walk through a beautiful area of wealth and interest. The staff were helpful and friendly. The room was small but very clean and overlooking the square and a beautiful public park area. There were plenty of pubs and restaurants literally 1minute across the road and the tube was also. The bathroom in the room was like an aeroplane toilet and as big with a shower to one side. However saying that it was extremely clean and compact and served the purpose with a good shower head and powerful. There are fans in the room but only one plug socket so perhaps bring extension as you may need to charge many items. The cooked breakfast was amazing it was enough and didn’t feel greasy and was well presented it also came within 5mins on all 3 mornings. I would love to stay again.
ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO RETURN TO (California, United States – June 2011)
My husband has been staying at St. Davids since 1980. We stayed there together in 2006 and again earlier this month. St. David’s is steps away from Paddington Station. A family business, George has been cooking a full English breakfast (included) to guests for 30 years. The rooms are small, but clean and comfortable. Internet wi-fi is available free in each room. If you want to attend the 2012 Olympics…book soon, they are taking reservations. The price is also right!!!
AMAZING ST DAVIDS HOTEL TEAM (Israel – June 2011)
I’d like to thank each and everyone of you for your hospitality and, more importantly, humanity, while staying at your hotel last week. Words are not enough to express my gratitude for helping me while I was with a sick infant. My baby is now back to being active, eating & playing & we’re gradually back in track. Thank you so much for everything!
GREAT VALUE AND PERSONAL SERVICE (Scunthorpe, United Kingdom – May 2011)
Convenient location – close by to Paddington tube, and a short walk from Hyde Park. My double room wasn’t huge, but big enough (cosy!!). The bathroom was small but functional. Shower had plenty of hot water – and it poured out (didn’t dribble like in some places). Breakfast adequate. Service – exceptional !! Couldn’t do enough !! Will stay here again.
I LOVE THIS HOTEL (GREAT VALUE, CLEAN & VERY FRIENDLY, IN A FANTASTIC LOCATION!) (Dublin, Ireland – May 2011)
This is my second time I’ve stayed at St David’s in the past year – this time on my own. I stayed in a single room (shared bathroom) on the top floor overlooking the square. I think I love this hotel more and more every time I stay here – the staff are just so welcoming. Would you believe it – when I emailed to make my booking and when I checked in the staff remembered me from when my husband and I were there in October! Room was lovely – yes very small but very very clean and a nice comfortable bed. Shared bathroom absolutely spotless 24/7 and nice good-pressure shower. Everything you need, and very convenient to public transport. Delicious breakfasts and very sweet breakfast staff! I thought I’d add a few additional things/recommendations to help people staying there – The Sawyers Arms’ pub at the end of the square is lovely for a quiet pub meal and a pint of real English ale. There is a fabulous wine bar and delicatessan on a quiet little street called Bathurst Deli not far away. Tube stops – If you’re coming from Stansted (ie Liverpool Street) or generally using the Central line to get to the hotel – it’s actually faster to get off at Lancaster Gate stop (rather than continuing to Notting Hill gate and changing to the Circle or District Line to get to Paddington). It’s a lovely short walk to the hotel along quiet leafy streets, past the beautiful Sussex Gardens and beautiful Georgian houses – picture postcard residential Central London!
GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY AND SUPERB STAFF (MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE FAMILY) (Minnesota, USA – April 2011)
I have been coming to the St. David for years upon a recommendation from a colleague who has stayed here for — it believe, decades! As the other reviews have pointed out, it is very conveniently located to Paddington Station (great for getting to Heathrow). My favorite rooms are on the front overlooking the square. I had a back, subterranean room once and am now careful to ask for a room on the front on at least the first floor. The hotel has a steady stream of international tourists (a group of Portuguese school students were checking in when I was in the lobby checking my e-mails and I was seriously concerned about noise, but slept like a baby). The rooms are small, but neat and have everything you could want… including a fan, which was very nice for a warm evening when I didn’t want to sleep with the French doors open. The best thing is how accommodating the owners are. Absolutely lovely people. Safe hotel for women traveling on their own. Easy walk to many sites. A morning ramble to Hyde Park was just lovely. Will stay here again and again and again. Great value.
BEAUTIFUL WEEKEND IN LONDON WITH A LOVELY STAY AT ST. DAVID’S HOTEL (Denmark – April 2011)
We have just returned home after a lovely weekend in London. We stayed at St. David’s Hotels and even though we have been travelling a lot all of us we were so touched by the warmth of the staff of St. David’s Hotels. The atmosphere at the hotel is unique – you feel so much welcome as soon as you step inside – from the people in the reception and not least to the staff we met during our two times of very nice breakfast. The triple room we stayed in was everything we could ask for. Your hotel is located in a beautiful quiet quarter of London – and the connections to and from the hotel to the sights we wanted to see could not have been better. We will definitely recommend this hotel to our friends and families in Denmark. Thank you for your hospitality and service during our stay. Best regards.
FRIENDLY STAFF, GREAT LOCATION (Texas, USA – April 2011)
Pavan/Alex, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you both for your kindness and warm welcome and assistance during my trip to London this past week…..I do want to say how much I enjoyed meeting you both and also how much I enjoyed my trip to London. My stay there was VERY nice….Say thanks to all the “girls” at breakfast for me as well. A good breakfast allowed me to have a great start to each day! ….I will highly recommend the St. David’s to anyone I know who may be visiting London. The close proximity to Paddington Station is a real plus and while in comparison to hotel prices in the US, the cost is quite high it was defintely a “value” in comparison to London prices. Thanks again.
FRIENDLY STAFF, GREAT LOCATION (Canberra, Australia – March 2011)
Clean, comfortable, old style hospitality. Home cooked meal was delicous. Room (single) small but comfortable. So convenient to shops, restaurants and travel (train and bus). Would definitely stay there again if ever heading back to London. Highly recommend the stay.
VERY FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL, EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY (Doncaster, UK – Feb 2011)
Having checked out of a nearby hotel/flea pit after realising the online photos bore no resemblance to reality, St David’s Hotel was a welcome experience indeed. The staff could not have been nicer. Our room, though small, overlooked Norfolf Square and was very clean. We slept really well, ate a hearty breakfast which was delivered promptly to our table, and were then allowed to leave our bags at reception all day prior to our train home in the evening. Great value for money. Thank you to everyone at St David’s.
VERY FRIENDLY AND GOOD POSITION (Toronto, Canada – Jan 2011)
The St. David’s hotel is in Norfolk Square, a lovely square near the Paddington Tube Station. The position is strategic and very handly for the city center, over all for the shop street Oxford Street and the Picadilly Circus. In fact not only the tube station at 50m from the hotel, but also different coaches pass through the road next to the Norfolk Square. The hotel has three floors for the rooms and one underground for breakfast. Unfortunately it doesn’t have any lift! During our stay, we could have different rooms to satisfy our request. The rooms are quite little, and the bathrooms en-suite are very tiny but clean. I had read a lot of reviews saying that at the first floor the tube noise is audible. We can declare that it isn’t so audible, it’s only a far far soft rumbling. We don’t know if is there a luggage room, our luggages have been collected in the little hotel hall. During 1st dec. 3rd dec. there is a traditional Christmas market in Norfolk Square, with folk culinary stands and music. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful, they have helped us to reroute our flight after the cancellations due to the bad weather conditions. We are very grateful to the St. David’s Hotel’s staff, and if it’s possible we will come back to the St. David’s again!
VERY NICE HOTEL IN THE CENTRE OF LONDON (Dec 2010)
We stayed in this hotel for two nights and we really liked it. We moved from another hostel that was really horrible, since the St Davids was very close to the first hostel and had an available room we checked in. The staff was friendly and helped us from the beginning, we explained them that we were having problemes with the disgusting situations in the first hostel and could not manage to stay there anymore and were looking for a cheap room for two nights, they suggested us to have a room for their full price 90£ ( double room, bathroom inside ) but after the explaining of the situation they offered us a cheaper 80£ per night and, if we wanted a room with shared toilet, 60£ per night per room, so we took that. the room was on the first floor and they helped us with the heavy luggages ( there is no lift ), they all were ever friendly and kind from the receptionists to the people who serve the breakfast ( breakfast is included and you can choose among english or continental one ). The room was clean and nice and also the toilet. The area is very central and the hotel is really close to Paddington tube station and to many buses, in about 15 minutes of bus you can be in Oxford Circus and other central areas. The area can be loudy at night and we did not sleep well at all in the first hostel but at St Davids we had not problem at all about anything. We really suggest this hotel, they also have many leaflets suggesting turist attractions in London, England and even day trips to other European places as Paris.
BEST BUDGET OPTION IN LONDON (Copenhagen, Denmark – Nov 2010)
I’ve stayed at St. Davids 5 times now and I intend to keep coming back. Alex and his staff are very helpful and do a great job in runnning a budget hotel in a prime location very close to Paddington. The reception is open 24 hours. While the single rooms are extremely small, the double and twin ensuite rooms offer the best deals. The rooms are cleaned and new towels are provided every day. The room also has a TV that offers about 5-10 channels, so you can stay up to date. The English breakfast is great and can keep you going for hours. If that’s not your fancy, the nice ladies will offer you some alternatives. I’m sticking with the English breakfast though, as I think it’s GREAT! Having been in London many times I’ sticking with St. Davids from now on. By far the best value-for-money deal.
VALUE FOR MONEY (Mumbai – Oct 2010)
Went for a short holiday and stayed at the St.Davis, which is a family run Greek Hotel. Its right in the heart of Paddington and a 2 min walk to the Paddingtion Station. The busstops were also walking distance and with kids it was very convenient. The hotels serves great English breakfast and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Recommeded to take the garden facing rooms.Overall value for money and if i go would definately stay there again
LIMPO, BEM LOCALIZADO E ÓTIMO BREAKFAST (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Oct 2010)
The hotel has an excellent location. The proximity to Paddingtos train Station is very convenient to come from or to go to Heathrow Airport. One can easily walk pulling his luggage.There are lots of pubs, restautants in the neighbourhood, as well as buses, tube and trains.The breakfast is outstandig, similar to that of a five star hotel.Although the rooms and toilets are small, they are kept clean and fufill their purposes.. The only drawback is the wi-fi that only works in the lobby of the hotel which is very small and always crowded.
GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY (Copenhagen, Denmark – Oct 2010)
In the beginning I was about to give up on St. David’s because they were pretty lazy about replying on my mails and misunderstood very simple messages. Then I called them and everything turned out good after that. The staff were very friendly in an italian charming way 🙂 They sure take pride in making a nice breakfast. If you don’t want english breakfast your free to order whatever else you like and however much you can eat, and it will not cost you any extra. The view was nice – green and calm.
CLEAN, FRIENDLY STAFF, GREAT LOCATION TO PADDINGTON, BUT VERY SMALL ROOM (San Diego – Oct 2010)
I stayed at St. David’s hotel for two nights the end of August 2010. It is a family run hotel whose staff is very friendly. However we had a very small room with a very small bathroom. It also was on a higher floor which made it difficult to drag our bags up several flights of stairs to our room. WiFi is in the lobby and not in the rooms. English breakfast was very, very good and they also cooked your eggs however you liked them. The location for this hotel is very good, especially if you want to be near a train station and also can connect easily to Heathrow. I would probably not stay at this hotel the next time in London.
VALUE FOR THE MONEY, GOOD LOCATION (Stockton, California – Oct 2010)
St. David’s was all I had expected. Pleasant, clean accommodation, about two minutes walk from Paddington train and underground, bus stop a block away, good breakfast. Pleasant, helplful proprietors and staff. This area at one time was upscale townhouses, now all converted to hotels. Our room looked out over the wooded court in front. Ask for a room on the front on the 2nd (British 1st) floor or above. There is wi-fi in the small lobby. We were not impressed with the restaurants in the area.
GREAT VALUE, CLEAN & VERY FRIENDLY – IN A FANTASTIC LOCATION! (Dublin, Ireland – Sep 2010)
My husband and I stayed at St David’s hotel over last weekend for four nights – and we were really pleased with our choice!! We travel frequently and stay at a range of different hotel grades, and this one is a real gem.
Firstly, fantastic price – £76 per night for a double with shared bathroom. We had a basin in our room, and down a short flight of stairs was a shared toilet and shower. The shower/toilet was very small and old-fashioned, but very clean! Good water pressure, nice and hot water too. Also I think that there are a good distribution of shared bathrooms, because even though the hotel was full most nights we were there, it seemed like we were the only people using it.
Secondly, the room itself was marvellous. It featured a very firm but comfortable double bed with clean sheets (changed daily, along with towels), big windows, television (with good reception), a wardrobe, nice high ceiling, and central heating. But the best part was that our room looked out onto the very lovely and genteel Norfolk Square!! A fabulous view – we threw open the curtains every morning when we woke up to look out onto the square.
Thirdly, the service was fantastic. Our flight was delayed and we only got to the hotel at 2am – but there is someone on the desk all night. Check-in was friendly and fast. All staff that we dealt with on the front desk were pleasant and efficient – when we checked out early on Monday morning, the man on reception asked whether we wanted to leave our bags at the main desk, and made sure we had had breakfast. George (the owner, and breakfast chef), his wife Foula, and their lovely wait staff in the breakfast room in the mornings were outstanding. The waitresses were genuinely sweet and attentive and were always checking to see if we wanted more toast, tea, coffee and juice. If you don’t want a full English breakfast that is ok too – you can order just eggs etc and I saw some people ordered pastries (maybe they had to pay extra, not sure).
Finally, you can’t get past the fact that this hotel is in such an excellent location. Check out on Google Maps where Norfolk Square is – about a 2 minute walk from Paddington Station. This is serviced by most of the major tube lines – so you’re just a short tube ride away from all the major London sights, and stations which have trains servicing the airports. All of Norfolk Square and nearby streets seem to be made up of similar B&B hotels (and tidy residential buildings), and it feels fairly upscale. My husband and I walked 15 minutes to Edgware Road for dinner one evening instead of taking the Tube (truly fabulous and cheap Lebanese eateries can be found here) and we felt perfectly safe. There are quite a few mid-range eateries (Indian, Italian, a steakhouse) and traditional pubs (not rowdy ones though) right next to Norfolk Square which seem perfectly fine and were always bustling.
Please ignore the reviews which say the rooms are too small (hello, it’s London), there’s no elevator (duh, the building is over 100 years old, and would it hurt most able-bodied people to climb a flight of stairs??), there was a mouse (that could happen anywhere, even at a 5-star hotel… I’ve seen a cockroach the size of a mouse at the Sheraton in Fiji) etc etc. You have to realise that this is a basic, family-run B&B which is not part of a hotel chain. The decor is traditional and similar to what you will find in many B&Bs in the UK and Ireland – so it might be quite different to what American travellers etc are used to. It’s not like staying at the Howard Johnson, Mercure etc. But it is a very friendly, comfortable and clean hotel with fantastic service – unless we find better, this is the hotel where my husband and I will be staying in future when we visit London. We have already recommended it to friends and colleagues!
In summary, this is a great hotel for couples, singles and families of all ages. Probably not so much if you’re in London to party non-stop though!!
GOOD GUGHET HOTEL (West Midlands – Sep 2010)
This hotel is in Norfolk Square, just about 75yds from Paddington station. Leave the station via Praede Street, cross over then first left. This is a really super location, not only close to London Underground and Paddington main line trains, but its also in a quiet road overlooking a small park. We arrived around 10:30 pm, reception was very welcoming and helpful – be aware that they ask you to pay for your full stay on arrival; not really a problem for us. There was no porterage in evidence, then again, we didn’t need any and so didn’t ask. Our room was on the first floor and there is no lift. Rooms are in the basement, ground and up to fourth floors, so be prepared for a bit of walking. Good points are: location, friendly staff, good breakfast, clean room and bedding. Others have commented here about mouse-traps, we had one in the corner of our room, but I would rather have a mouse-trap than a mouse. They also looked after our bags after checking out on the day of departure. Not so good; no tea or coffee making in the room. Bear in mind that this hotel is at the cheaper end of the market – in fact its a large guest house, but if you treat it as such, its convenient location, friendly and helpful staff and decent bedrooms make it good value for money. We will be staying there next time we visit London.
GREAT PLACE TO STAY (Melbourne, Australia – Aug 2010)
Stayed at St Davids Hotel for over 3 weeks in July, on the recommendation of a friend , and everything they told me was correct: very friendly and helpful staff, great breakfast, fantastic location. Rooms basic but clean and comfortable, serviced each day. A most pleasant and enjoyable stay.
WOULD DEFINATELY STAY AGAIN (Aug 2010)
Great Location – Just round the corner from the underground and the bus stop, really friendly staff and the young owner whos name escapes me was terrific in telling us which bus to catch etc etc. The rooms are nothing brilliant but they are adequate and clean and it is after al a budget Hotel and the breakfasts are brilliant, you can order whatever you like and it sets you up for the day. Thanks very much and we’ll definately be back if staying in london again.
PERFECT FOR A FAMILY ON A HOLIDAY (Des Moines, Iowa – Jul 2010)
The room, while not huge, was fine for the 3 of us. The breakfast in the morning carried us through the day. The location is perfect, a 3 minute walk to Paddington Station. Alex was great giving us pointers on getting around and what to see and the best way to get there. We would definitely recommend and stay again.
WARM FRIENDLY BUDGET HOTEL (Melbourne, Australia – Jul 2010)
We recently stayed at St David’s and loved the friendly family experience the rooms where clean but could be updated the family was fantastic breakfasts cooked by the father who came into the dining room daily to say hello and wish everyone a great day. Alex the son who worked at the front desk was fantastic he was so helpful and took the time to talk to each guest well worth the stay if you remember this is a budget hotel who’s staff make up for that fact and make it a must stay
EVERYTHING WE EXPECTED (Jerusalem, Israel – Jul 2010)
My wife & I stayed for 4 nights in St david’s after a thorough search on the web. We stayed in room 108 first floor, which was close enough to the lobby so we had wifi in our room. The room overlooks the square, it was fun to wake up to it in the morning. Everything was clean and neat, just what we needed. Toilets- it’s like a cubicle, an airline loo, but very clean. We had no problem with it- it was just right. Ths staff was friendly and answered our every question, including a web search when the underground was partily down for repairs. Padddington lines don’t run directly to the city centre- you have to switch or walk 10 minutes to Lancaster Gate to the northern line. Breakfast- great start, come early. It realy shakes when the underground goes by- ha! Don’t sleep in the basement…
PRETTY GOOD ACTUALLY, VERY FRIENDLY (UK – Mar 2010)
Stayed for one night mid week while on a course. A stones throw from Paddington tube and station. I booked a single room with en suite and when I arrived was given a triple room which I have to say wasn’t huge but more than adequate. the ensuite is one of those modular things and tiny but great shower and very clean.
The room was clean with a small TV which was not tuned in properly but hey ho. I got a good nights sleep as the noise from outside was minimal. Breakfast was nice. Staff all very friendly and the chef came out and said hi to everyone and wished us all a good day. What makes this place was the staff, nothing was too much and a genuinely nice people. I felt very safe there being a solo female traveller.
EXCELLECT HOTEL WITH FAMILY TOUCH (India – Feb 2010)
One of the best hotels I have been too – clean, good service and a great location – to top it run by a family and treat every guest as a family member – ooh forgot to mention great breakfast as well (vegitarian and non-vegitarian)
GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY AND A GREAT LOCATION (Glasgow – Feb 2010)
Stayed with friends at the end of Jan in an en-suite triple room – and will definitely be back. Hotel was clean and comfortable and the breakfast lived up to the reviews. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful – offering suggestions for restaurants and directions. Location was perfect – 2 mins from Paddington station and a short walk to Oxford St. It offered really good value for money.
GREAT LOCATION – FABULOUS BUDGET HOTEL (Toronto – Feb 2010)
I travelled to London with a friend last November. St. Davids was a fantastic find. Excellent location just a 3 minute walk to Paddington Station, and convenient to the Heathrow Express. We found the staff were friendly & helpful. The full english breakfast was a real treat – tasty food in vast quantities. Remember that this is a budget hotel. The rooms are basic. But great value considering this is located in central London. Free internet in the lobby. Surrounded by a variety of restaurants and a short walk to Little Venice.
WHAT A DELIGHT!!! (Charlotte, NC – Nov 2009)
We are in our 70’s and enjoy London, returning at least once a year. This year, George, Foulla and Alex outdid themelves! As always, George’s full English breakfasts last most of the afternoon and a cup of tea with a small sandwich is enough until dinner. This family is remarkable with their solicitous attitude and helpfulness. They gave us a room on the Ground floor right behind the front desk and, as expected, it was compact but just right since we spend as little time as possible in the room. If you expect US sized rooms or bathrooms, then look elsewhere. BUT, if you appreciate good value, friendly staff and helpful folks, then this is the place. We have stayed on several occasions and do appreciate the long tenure of most of the staff members; a familiar face at the front desk and in the hallways and at breakfast are indications of the care George, Foulla and Alex have for their employees. Convenience is another BIG plus for the hotel; Paddington is really just a two minute walk – trains to the West (Bath, Oxford, etc.), the Heathrow Express, four underground lines and less than two minutes are several bus lines. A nice walk to Marble Arch and Hyde Park and several good restaurants closeby including an excellent Indian and Persian. (If you must, there’s a BK around the corner.) What more to say? Enjoy your stay with these hosts.
“NICE B&B, GREAT LOCATION” (Stockholm, Sweden – Nov 2009)
Just a few minutes from Paddington station. Perfect if you are going spend your time exploring London and not in the hotelroom. Clean but small rooms. Friendly staff and a really good breakfast. You find nice restaurants and bars nearby.
BEST BUDGET HOTEL IN LONDON – WOULD DEFINITELY GO BACK! (Brisbane – Oct 2009)
We stayed here for 6 nights when we were in London, and I’m so glad we did! The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful, always greeting you with a friendly smile and happy to answer any inquiries we had. We stayed in a double bed room on the first floor up, which was clean and tidy, and included a small cupboard, tv, chest of drawers, a small balcony and an ensuite bathroom attached. We could also access free wireless broadband internet from our room. The shower was incredibly tiny, but I think that’s to be expected in London, and the water was always hot! Sheets and towels were changed daily. We didn’t hear any outside noise at night, and felt safe to walk around the area, and the hotel is only about a minutes walk to Paddington tube station. There were plenty of great cafes and restaurants in the area as well.
The room included a full English Breakfast every morning in the dining room, and the staff and chef were happy to help with any dietary needs (great for us, as a vegetarian and a vegan!). They would happily give you second and third helpings if you needed it. The food was great- cereals, toast, juice, tea/coffee, eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, croissants, you name it, they had it! Payment was quick and easy when we checked out, and they looked after our bags for us for the rest of the day til we needed to go to the airport, and at no extra charge! We would definitely stay here again when travelling to London! We looked at hundreds of hotels and B&Bs in our budget, and the reviews were very off-putting for the most part, but St Davids would have to be one of the best hotels in this price range in the entire city! Stay here- you won’t regret it!
GOOD DEAL, GREAT STAFF (Seattle, WA – Oct 2009)
This is a great place. No bugs! Great staff and an awesome breakfast. Just don’t let them charge your credit card in anything but GBP or you will get a 3.5 conversion fee, which is NOT from the card company. They told me it was but it is done at the hotel and on the receipt.
A GOOD CHOICE (USA – Sep 2009)
I spent a few nights there two weeks ago; Overall, it was a pleasant stay, and I recommend it for others.
– Most of the staff were really helpful and nice
– Good location (especially if you come / go to Heathrow airport, using Heathrow express/connect). Also, there’s a bus route from Trafalgar that operates all night long (23, I think)
that stops right next to the hotel (so you can easily go back after the tube closes)
next to the hotel
– Great prices (for London)
– Great breakfast
– Small rooms
– No lift
– No water heater for tea and coffee.
– You leave the keys for the room at the reception. It seems that they just give you whatever number you ask them, without verification (but then again, maybe they remembered
me, but I highly doubt it)
THANK YOU (UK – April 2008)
Foulla, George & Alex,
Just to say thanks for making our stay with you so pleasant, the accommodation was spotless and comfortable and the food was as good as it gets anywhere, thanks to George. I am sure if you could have given us more sun that would have been arranged also. You and your staff are to be commended for being so friendly and helpful. The location for a London visit was perfect, We would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone visiting in the future. Sincerely George and Shelagh
PERFECT BUDGET HOTEL (Ireland – April 2008)
We can highly recommend this hotel for schoolgroups as this was our 2nd visit to this hotel. The owners are very welcoming and treat you with so much warmth and affection that makes you feel special. It is a great location for sightseeing with many local facilities [shops and restaurants] within metres of the front door. All the 6th form students had a wonderful time. Many thanks to all the staff. We look forward to another vist in the future. Glastry College, Co Down.
FRIENDLIEST HOTEL IN LONDON (Rocky Mountain – March 2008)
We just came back from four nights at the St David’s Hotel in London. We found the family that runs it to be exceeding helpful and kind. They stored some of our luggage for us for five days, they greeted us by name, they fed us enormous breakfasts. The weather in London was frightful but the warmth of the hospitality at St David’s Hotel made up for it.
GREAT STAY (California – March 2008
This is the second time we have stayed at St.Davids, and it was a very nice place to stay in a great location in London. While it might not be brand new, it is clean, the employees are terrific and very helpful, the breakfast is a great. This is a family run hotel, and they make you feel very welcome. It is very close to Paddington station, so there are a lot of options for tube/train travel to anywhere in London.
AFFORDABLE HOTEL NEAR PADDINGTON STATION (Boston – March 2008)
My fiancé and I stayed at St. David’s for four nights over New Years 2007. We were visiting London on a budget and spilt our stay between here and a hostel. We were very happy with the quality of the hotel for the price we paid. Our room was a double with an ensuite shower and toilet which overlooked the train tracks below. The room was small but we felt it was perfect for two people and the rumble of the trains below was not noticeable to us at all. The staff was very friendly and helpful and Paddington Station and the Tube is right around the corner. This hotel is older and has some wear, but it is clean, well kept and the English breakfast served each morning is excellent.
PERFECTLY SATISFACTORY (Melbourne – February 2008)
I stayed at St David’s for my first visit to London in January. I travelled alone, and was very nervous about choosing a hotel. My priorities were to have somewhere clean and secure in a good location for sightseeing in London and travel too and from London, that wasn’t outrageously expensive (hard to find in London!). St David’s fit the bill perfectly. I felt safe in the room, which was on the first floor-therefore no problems getting my bag there, despite there being no lift. Breakfast was included in room price, awesome work there, since everything is so expensive in London. BEST FEATURE: LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! Literally a block (1min walk) from Paddington station, which has trains to Heathrow and Marylebone is the next station along, which links to National Rail.
THANK YOU ST DAVID’S (USA – January 2008)
Alex, Just wanted to say thank you to you and your family for all the information and hospitality shown my way on my recent trip to London. Also thanks for booking me the seats to the game, I am truly a QPR fan till the end now.
JUST CHECKING IN (USA – January 2008)
Alex, Foula and George, We are all back in the States, and I just wanted to say thanks for your hospitality. We had such an enjoyable trip to London, and it was so nice to have such a friendly and welcoming home away from home. Perhaps we will see you again one day! Juli Crabtree
GREAT LOCATION (Australia – January 2008)
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights in September. The location was great, just down the road from Paddington station. Take the Heathrow Express, if flying in from Aus, very easy to find. We had a room facing Norfolk Sq on the ground floor and it was noisy the first night due to travellers in next door hotel sitting on stairs, but ok the other nights. Breakfast very filling with friendly staff on hand. Laundromat across road was very handy, also quite a few pubs and restaurants nearby all in walking distance. Also close to bus routes and near to the stop for On/Off Bus Tour. Although bathroom and room quite small, good value for money in London.
THANK YOU! (Brazil – November 2007)
We would like to say how grateful we are for our lovely stay in London. Many thanks to George for the first-day tips on the Phantom and Portobello Market – we made it to both attractions and had a lot of fun! Special thank to Foulla for the hair dryer and train tips! 😉 And again thanks to your gentle son, for his help with all the bags and nice talk about Brazilian football! From the beginning till the end we felt welcome by the cozy atmosphere of your Hotel and the friendliness of your family. We hope to be back some day and will surely recommend to our friends. Please let us know if you are ever in Brazil and will be glad to show you around. Juliana and Mariana
FRIENDLY WELCOME IN LONDON (Melbourne – October 2007)
I stayed here for 2 nights in September. My husband and I arrived very early in the morning after our flight from Australia. The room wasn’t ready but we were sent down to have breakfast and the room was ready by the time we finished. It was really good to be able to access the room this early as we could have a shower and get freshened up and get on with the day. The staff were really friendly and helpful and the breakfasts were great. The room was small and the bathroom even smaller but this is how it is in London unless you want to pay for 5 star hotels! It was clean and comfortable and I would certainly stay here again.
GOOD CHEAP HOTEL CLOSE TO TUBE & TRAINS (British Columbia – October 2007)
I was reviewing other hotels on Tripadvisor, when I read a review comparing some other hotel to St. Davids. I immediately researched this hotel and read the great reviews. We originally booked our rooms (2 senior couples) for 3 nights, but at the last minute we asked to add an extra night at the front of our stay. They were able to accommodate us, but only had rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors, a bit tough on seniors. However the next day they moved us down to the 1st floor. I found the breakfasts a bit repetitious after the first 2 mornings, but no real complaints. The closeness to Paddington Station was a big plus, as was the location on a quiet street.
FRIENDLY STAFF (Hamburg – October 2007)
We were at the St. David`s Hotels for a week and it was very nice. The staff was very friendly and the English Breakfast was very good. The room was very tidy and the bathroom was clean . We enjoyed the family atmosphere. Foulla and Alex always gave us good advice about London .
FABULOUS FOR LONDON (California – October 2007)
I just spent 6 nights at the lovely St David’s Hotel. The staff is great, the breakfast outstanding and the serving ladies the best. When I first arrived I was offered a ground floor room but requested a higher floor because, as others have noted, the underground rumbles beneath you. Fortunately, I was moved to the 2nd floor and I had a most delightful stay. This hotel is very good value for the money. The location is excellent and the rooms are quite good for what you are usually offered in London hotels of a similar price. My stay was excellent because I was moved upstairs. I can understand the complaints of those that were downstairs. As they say, location, location, location! (it’s important both inside and outside the hotel!)
NOT BAD AT ALL (Melbourne – September 2007)
This was the first hotel my husband and I stayed at on our 2.5 month trip to Europe. We arrived at Paddington Station at 7am and found the hotel easily (just down the road!). The owner was very friendly and welcoming, and once she found out my husband spoke Greek we were instantly part of the family. Even though our room wasn’t ready, being so early, she said we were welcome to have breakfast (at no charge) while we waited. The room itself was ok, although as mentioned the bathroom was tiny! However, we were quite comfortable and everything was clean, so no issues there. Both of us enjoyed the breakfasts and the serving ladies are very nice. The only negative point were the stairs – very steep and difficult when you have heavy suitcases. Otherwise, the hotel is in a great location, with lots of shops and restaurants outside. It was good value for the price!
HELLO FROM SWEDEN (Sweden – September 2007)
Hi, i wanna thank you very much for everything when we were staying with you this weekend. Really good service from all of you. I will come back but the next time with my husband. Best Regards, Petra
THANK YOU FROM CANADA (Canada – September 2007)
My husband and I stayed at your hotel twice this summer. We had noticed the property three years ago and made a note to stay there when next in London. We were fortunate both times in July; you were able to book us a double room for three nights, then gave us the same room when we returned several days later. Our room was clean, attractive and looked out over the small park in the square. As others have noted, the breakfast was super! We must comment on the friendliness of the proprietors and staff. We felt like we had ‘come home’ when we returned for the second stay! It was apparent that several of the guests were repeat visitors- always a good sign. We have recommended the hotel to others and will repeat our visit.
GOOD FOR THE PRICE (Japan – August 2007)
spent 4 nights in the single basic room on the 4th floor at 40 pounds per night. Dearest Alex offerd me either a room facing the greeny square on the 4th floor or the facing back on the 2nd floor, and I chose the more quiet one.
As I feard, climbing up the stairs was hell, but the room was quiet and I often kept the window open to get the fresh air. The room was very very very tiny, but I found it quite confortable and convenient. It is equipped with only basic items… a tiny bed, a basin, a TV, a fan on the wall, one large towel, a bar of soap, a glass, thats about it, but I had basicly what I need, and they made up the bed and changed the towel every day. Shower room is also very very very tiny… think of a small closet and put a shower booth and a toilet in it! But it was always kept clean and I had enough hot water. Breakfast is very fine. You get full English breakfast and/or cold cerials and yogurt if you ask. Location is great, just one block from the Paddington sqaure and many bas routs. There are M&S and Saindsbery at the station, and several reastrants and Pubs around. After all, the stay at this hotel is nothing fancy, so you shouldn’t expect or dream too much reading all the fancy comments on tripadvisor. But you will get everything you need. I should say it is good for the price.
VERY PLEASED WITH ST DAVID’S PADDINGTON (Australia – August 2007)
We booked accommodation at St David’s, Paddington primarily because of the good reviews on TripAdvisor and not being able to find a better alternative for our circumstances. We were looking for a n ensuite room for two adults – clean, comfortable, reasonably priced and conveniently located in London. We were not disappointed, and would be happy to stay there again. Overall, this hotel adequately met our expectations. The cost was right, the room was small but clean and comfortable, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the breakfasts really set us up for each day’s adventures. Would we use St David’s again? Without hesitation as long as the price stayed reasonable.
NO COMPLAINTS! (France – July 2007)
My wife and I visited recently, as part of a party of six from France, and were very pleased with everything. We were allocated a nice room on the third floor, with both a double bed and a single. There was a television, sufficient wardrobe space for an extended weekend, and a small shower room with washbasin and toilet also. It was small, but it did the job, with good shower pressure, plenty of hot water, and it was very clean.This is a budget hotel. We were looking for a central location, clean and tidy bedroom and facilities, at a good price. We were not looking for resplendant views of London, lifts, bellboys or jacuzzi bathrooms! The staff were friendly, informative and helpful. The breakfast was a great start to the day. Our friends all had rooms on the groundfloor and were equally happy with everything. We would be very happy to recommend this to our friends, and would certainly stay there again. It was very convenient to Paddington Station, easy to get a bus or train to anywhere in London (and we went everywhere!) and a great position for a morning run in the park also. There was a good variety of restaurants and bars around, but so easy to get into the heart of London.
LONDON IS EXPENSIVE, BUT THE ST DAVID’S IS AFFORDABLE (San Francisco – July 2007)
Searching for an afforable hotel in London is a real chore these days. But after reading many TripAdvisor reviews we decided on the St. David’s. I called the hotel directly to make the booking without a problem. The person who answered the phone was busy but very pleasant. They also emailed me directions from Paddington Station [Heathrow Express]. The hotel was a block and a half from the station which made it an easy walk even with suitcases. The St David’s is a row hotel on one of those side steets loaded with small hotels. The front desk clerk was friendly and helpful. But our room was up five flights of narrow stairs. Not for the weak of heart especially carrying your bags. Our room was small and the bath smaller; our window faced Paddington Station so there was a lot of noise but it quieted down during the night. A fan served for air conditioning. The English breakfast was substantial, served in a small basement room…six flights of stairs down. But again the staff was friendly and seemed genuinely interested that you were enjoying your stay.
GREAT STAY AT ST DAVID’S HOTELS (Canada – June 2007)
My boyfriend and I stayed at St. David’s Hotels for 5 nights from May 28-June 2. This was our first time visiting London and we had a wonderful stay! We booked our room a few months in advance and requested a twin room on the 3rd floor facing the square. We were told at the time of booking that the staff would try their best to accommodate our request. We were very pleased when we arrived and found our requests had been filled and that we were also upgraded to 1 queen-size bed and 1 twin. Yes, the bathroom in the room is small and it takes awhile for the shower to heat up but this was not of any inconvenience to us! The room was always made up when we got back from site-seeing and the hotel was very clean. The staff was very helpful and friendly. They were able to answer any questions you might have and they always had a smile on their faces, which was very welcoming! My boyfriend and I loved the full English breakfast we were served every morning!! We could enjoy cereal, bacon, eggs, toast, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, coffee, and tea. We definitely never started the day hungry! Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel to others and would not hesitate to return to St. David’s!
FRIENDLY, CLEAN, STEP TO PADDINGTON & REASONABLY PRICED (Canada – June 2007)
Booking: Just called the hotel directly with the dates required and the booking was made without even providing a credit card in about 3 minutes.
Check-In: Very friendly welcome from what seems like a family hotel. Quick check-in and our bags were taken to our room right away. My Dad needed a box opened by taking out some screws but he used a type only available in Canada (Robertson square head). The hotel told us to leave the box with them and when we returned the opened box was waiting in the room – excellent service. The only down-side to the check-in was my request at the time of booking for a first or second floor room because I was travelling with my 80 year old dad. My dad is quite fit but would still have prefered less stairs (there is no elevator). Even though the hotel indicated this could be accomodated when I made the booking the request seemed to come as a surprise when I arrived so we ended up on the third floor. The did offer to try and switch us the next day but it wasn’t that big a deal. My recommendation would be to call a day or two ahead with any special requests since this is a high volume hotel and almost everything seems to be managed on paper.
Room: Clean and simple with just enough storage space. Our room had a single and a double bed and included a private bathroom.
Breakfast: Very good breakfast (included) served quickly by friendly staff (although some of the seating was a bit cramped).
Overall I would definitely recommend St. Davids Hotel.
GREAT STAY … GOOD PLACE FOR THE PRICE (Winnipeg – June 2007)
I went to London on 3 seperate occasions in a month. I was visiting from Canada and had never been to London. We got to the hotel at 9am and they let us leave our belongings there and they put our valuables in the safe. They gave us tips on where to go and managed to see the changing of the guards on the first day. When we got back, our bags were in our rooms already. We knew the rooms would be fairly small because its London. They were all nice rooms and were very cosy. The odd occasion you could hear a rumble from the underground but it didn’t affect sleeping or anything. The bathroom was small but handy. Breakfast was great. English breakfast with hot chocolate. It keeps you going to lunch time. If I go back to London I will be going back there. If you’re looking for a good place to eat theres either a good kebab shop on Paed Road or theres Mickeys Fish n chip shop if you go to the end of Norfolk Square and turn left, towards the hospital. Just ask the people working there, they’ll know
ALL ABOUT THE STAY!! (Kentucky – June 2007)
My wife and I took our 16yr old daughter to London for a “senior trip”. My wife spent at least a week on-line searching for the perfect hotel for us. After reading trip advisor comments, she decided this was the place for us. She was right! Alex was great. Every morning I would come down with a list of things to do that day and he would get a map and lay out the best way to do those things. He knows where everything is and the best ways to get there. The room and bathroom were small compared to ones in the states, but we weren’t going to stay in our rooms! It was very quiet at night and we had no trouble sleeping. We even took a couple of naps in the middle of the day. It is located above the tube, but we stayed on the 3rd floor and never heard it. Breakfast was a wonderful addition and we took advantage of it most days. The owners were away for most of our stay, but we did meet them the last day and they were very nice, as well. We’ll definitely be back and we’re referring anyone that is planning to go to London. The location can’t be beat.
NICE STAY!! (Dallas – June 2007)
We stayed at St Davids on the beginning and end portions of our trip. It’s in a very convenient spot for travelling to and from Heathrow, about a 2 minute walk from Paddington Station. Overall the facility is alright, nothing fancy but not rundown either. The rooms are small (as expected) but we did have nice showers in each of our rooms. There a a number of similar looking hotels on the same Square, but I would return to St Davids simply for the staff. Alex and the rest of his family are just awesome! They are exceptionally nice, helpful, and a pleasure to be around. We will be back.
HI ALEX AND EVERYONE (Norway – June 2007)
We just want to thank you for a wonderful service last weekend. We really
enjoyed ourselves. So thank you. The Kemi Solberg family
GREAT BUDGET HOTEL! (Sweden – May 2007)
We stayed two nights at St Davids hotel and you get what you pay for. Yes, the room were quite small..the bathroom tiny..but it was clean, they served good breakfast and the staff are very friendly. This hotel is close to Paddington station and you can find a lots of restaurants in the surroundings. Yes, you can hear the tube sometimes, you might hear noise from outside but remember that this is a hotel in the middle of London! We can highly recommend this hotel but if you want to listen to birdsongs in the morning you probably should book another hotel outside the city.
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! (Illinois – May 2007)
We stayed last week and it was quite nice. Hearty breakfast to start the day. GREAT location near Paddington tube station/UK rail station. Diners, coffee shops, and pubs are close. Plethora of Indian food. I didn’t come to London for the hotel experience, but the city expereince. yes, the hotel is not brand new or high tech and fancy, but it is London, one of the most expensive cities in the world and all of the hotels are expensive esp. based on USD exchanges. Nice owners and personal service. I would recommend to first time travelers as it is user friendly.
GREAT STAY AT ST DAVID’S (Terre Haute – April 2007)
My husband and I stayed at the St. Davids for a week along with 10 college students we were chaperoning on a London/Paris trip. The hotel was very convenient to Paddington Station and since the majority of students on our trip were first-timers to London, they appreciated the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff – Alex is great! Echoing other reviewers: the rooms are clean and the breakfast is very good.
WE WERE TREATED LIKE FAMILY! (Chicago – March 2007)
I was impressed with the high rating that St. David’s maintains onTripAdvisor. Being a first timer in London, I was happy to be able to find this hotel easily. The three of us had flown into Heathrow, taken the Heathrow Express and arrived at Paddington Station. From there, St. David’s is a few minutes’ walk. Knowing that we could get to/from the Tube or trains within minutes was a stress reliever. The area is always busy with commuters riding the Tube and BritRail trains. Paddington Station has all kinds of shops for people on the go and two grocery stores with convenient hours. Also, Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are nearby for nice walks. After reading the many favorable reviews and seeing the photos of staff at St. David’s, meeting our hosts was like finding long lost relatives. Alex, the owner’s son who works at reception, is charming. After a warm welcome, George, the owner, announced he would cook us breakfast although breakfast was officially over. It was a real bonus because we were too early to check in and were exhausted from a long flight. All we had expected was to stow our bags and come back later. The full English breakfast kept us going until the afternoon. Foula, George’s wife, and the attentive staff serve everyone cheerfully in the dining room. For our purposes, due to clean facilities, convenient location and good value, we were quite satisfied with this hotel. The owners and staff will treat you well.
WE WOULD RETURN TO ST DAVID’S (Delaware – March 2007)
Stayed here for 4 days. Had an en suite room with a double and single bed for my wife and I. We were very happy with the cleanliness, the helpful staff and the food. Worth another stay in our book.
NICE AND FRIENDLY! (Stockholm – March 2007)
We went to London for my husbands birthday and had chosen St. David’s Hotels after reading the reviews here on TripAdvisor. The location was very good, near both rail, underground and buses. We got a nice room on the third floor facing the nice sqaure outside. Coming from a snowy Sweden the flowers in the park was a very nice view. OK there were some stairs to climb but there always is in these kind of buildings. The room was OK and so was the shower and toilet. Very nice breakfast with the posibillity to choose lots of things, from porridge to hot chocolate, besides the traditional English breakfast. The staff var very friendly and helpful. We will definitely return and recommend it to others.
COMING BACK! (UK – February 2007)
Hi, I stayed for one night last saturday with my 2 daughters in room 415, and would like to say how enjoyable it was. Our room, though small, was very pleasant with a lovely view of the garden and trees. Our breakfast was great and filled us up till 2.30 when we had tea in Selfridges! I will definately be reccomending your hotel to my friends, Thanks, Denise R
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM A HOTEL (Leicester – January 2007)
I needed an overnight in London for a meeting and I find it really difficult establishing what kind of place I need so I trusted TripAdvisor to give me some options. This seemed to be extraordinarily cheap for such a central location so I didn’t have any great expectations for it. The welcome was excellent and I was efficiently sent up the stairs to my room on the 3rd floor. My room was large and overlooked the (extremely quiet) square. The en suite was clean and fresh and the beds were all made up. The sheets were freshly laundered although note they had feather pillows. Personally I’m a big fan but can’t use them at home as my husband is allergic! Two minutes walk to Paddington so no worries even late at night (I got back at midnight) and 24 hour reception, which is an added assurance. The Bakerloo line takes you straight to Piccadilly Circus with a range of restaurants (not to mention cinemas) to choose from; it’s one of my favourite places. Had a great night’s sleep. Wasn’t disturbed by anyone or anything. Heard birdsong from the square in the morning. Managed the shower beautifully (my eyesight isn’t great so fiddly buttons don’t work for me) Didn’t have breakfast as I had a business meeting at 8.30am but it certainly smelt nice! In fact I was promised double breakfast next time so that’s a great reason to go back! I’ve paid treble this price, in fact probably much more, for worse rooms and worse service. If you need somewhere clean, comfortable and central to stay then I don’t think you can do much better than here.
EASY AND FRIENDLY! (San Francisco – January 2007)
We stayed here for 2 nights in a twin room overlooking Norfolk Square. It was nice enough. Our room was comfortable and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was awesome. It’s in a nice, safe, and convenient location, just 5 minutes walk from Paddington Station. The shared bathrooms looked nice though, so it’s probably not worth it to pay the extra money for an ensuite. Even so, I’d stay here again because the location can’t be beat. Tip: If you’re looking to save money, Paddington station has a Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s grocery store in it, so preparing a picnic meal from one of those is much cheaper than going out to one of the many pubs/restaurants nearby.
GREAT LOCATION, INEXPENSIVE B&B (Los Angeles – January 2007)
The service was great, Dimitri received us and he was really helpful. The hotel is nicely located a block from the Paddington station. Lots of pubs and restaurants in the area and super close to Hyde Park (tip for food, this hotel is so close to the station you can grab a baguette or eat a fast meal at any of the places there). The breakfast was great, it held us up till late afternoon, the coffee was delicious too. Stairs are really small and is kind of hard to walk with a big heavy bag to the top floors but it is worth it. The room we had on the 4th floor was a lot bigger and better looking than the one on the 1st floor, plus our room came with a view of Norfolk Square. But as the website says, those downstair rooms were used for the help. The tube gets noisy when you’re trying to sleep (only on the 1st floor). If I go back to London I’ll definitely stay here again, our room was comfy and clean with shower and toilet included
WOULD STAY AGAIN, SUPER FRIENDLY (USA – December 2006)
I stayed here for several days leading up to the Christmas holiday and was very pleased with most everything. I wasn’t entirely sure of the exact duration of my stay and so I initially made the reservation from 20 Dec through 31 Dec and they told me xmas night would be free. I ended up checking out on xmas eve and they were kind enough to grant me a free cancellation even though I had not given notice within 48 hours as is explicitly stated. I was willing to pay as it was my fault but they didn’t charge so, hey, I say they’re awesome for that.
WONDERFULL STAFF AND LOCATION (USA – December 2006)
I think that the thing I will remember most about the St. David’s was the staff. Everyone was so kind and helpful. Foula offered us breakfast the morning we arrived (which I thought was above and beyond). It wasn’t just the owners who were nice however. The ladies who served breakfast and cleaned the rooms always had a ready smile. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Thanks for the use of the hairdryer! The location is fabulous (about a block from Paddington and the Heathrow Express). The rooms are simple (hopefully room 212 will one day be as pretty as room 205) and clean and were fine for our needs. The neighborhood offered a lot of reasonably (for London) priced restuarants offering a wide variety of fare. We would definitely return.
QUICK THANK YOU (New Zealand – November 2006)
Just a quickie to say thanks so much to everyone at St Davids for yet another great stay. We always look forward to staying with you and it makes our time in London feel like we are very much at home. I ‘ll be in touch again when next we’re coming back – which I hope will be soon 🙂 Best wishes to all for the festive season. Jane Marriner
ASK FOR A QUIET ROOM (Hong Kong – November 2006)
This is our second stay in St. David’s. Our room is a bit noisy and much smaller compared with last year. Overall, it is a nice B&B – good location, clean room, delicious breakfast, we will be back.
GREAT VALUE, BASIC BUT LOVELY (Maryland – October 2006)
Based on the reviews and recommendations of like-minded travellers (e.g., one who have travelled in Europe and are not expecting an American-style Holiday Inn hotel), we chose to stay here. It was made clear it was a basic, B&B hotel, and the rooms were of the standard British B&B type style. And we knew it was a walkup, and that the bathroom and showers would be small. OK. That described about 99% of budget B&B hotels in London (and other European cities). What is doesn’t convey is the excellent value you get for your money, combined with an extremely wonderful location central to everything, and warm and gracious family hosts who try their best (within their limits) to help you Their staff provides an almost unlimited amount of breakfast for you — the standard British fry up of eggs, toast, sausages or bacon, fried tomato, or even a mushroom and tomato omelette or oatmeal/porrige. Along with coffee and tea. In a cheery little breakfast room. The area is safe, extremely convenient to Paddington’s tube lines and train connections, as well as for cabs and several important cross-town busses. And lots of shops and pubs nearby. We found it wonderful. George and Foulla will try to honor requests for lower room floors for their guests who need it, but be aware there is no elevator. We climbed up to beautiful room 314 every night with a sense of accomplishment. Their son will help lug your suitcases up for you, too. The lower floors seemed to be given to the older guests. The hotel was quiet, clean, and well maintained, even though it was quite old. The bathroom was the standard very small toilet and shower. Our room had a mounted fan, a large window overlooking beautiful Norfolk Square, and a small TV with about 10 odd channels (including a German MTV-type channel) and the requisite 5 channels of British football (soccer) sports. The beds were suprisingly comfortable. We had a room with a double bed plus a single bed. It also had a desk and chair, and a night table, plus a wardrobe and non-functioning fireplace. And fan and tv. This is a charming, safe, welcoming and warm place. I highly recommend it to everyone except those type people who want the Holiday Inn type experience. And the prices have to be some of the lowest in London. Add to that the warmth, the breakfast, and the charm, and this is a winner. Shhhh! Only tell your best friends about it. Don’t spoil the secret. Rick in Maryland.
WONDERFULL STAY (Singapore – September 2006)
We stayed at this wonderful cosy hotel for 5 nights and we had a very pleasant stay with polite and helpful staff, clean rooms and toilets and great tasting english breakfast. It has a very good location as well, just a 3 min walk to Paddington Train Station and Underground, ample cafes and restaurants nearby. My husband and I highly recommend Cafe Mimo’s situated just across the street. They serve great pastas and main course at a relatively reasonable price. We had dinner there almost every night! Remember to ask for higher level rooms though as the sound of the trains can be faintly heard and i believe it will be worse if your room is in the basement. However they have no lifts so the higher the floor, the more stairs you have to climb! We really enjoyed our stay in St Davids and hope you will too!
A BIT SMALL BUT GREAT (Canada – September 2006)
My husband and I stayed at this hotel September 4th, 2006. We had one day/night in London before catching the Eurostar to Paris. This hotel has a great location, is reasonably priced for London and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms are small, the bed was comfortable and it was in a quiet part of town, so it served its purpose. The staff recommended a great Italian restaurant to us called ASK. They were also very accommodating when we arrived at 9:30 in the morning from the train station. They quickly took our suitcase and informed us they would be waiting in our room when it was ready, which gave us the freedom to go and explore London for the day. The hotel is located just around the corner from a pick-up point for a double decker bus tour company. This is the perfect way to see London in a very short amount of time. I can’t say enough about what a great experience it was. Traditional English breakfast is served in the downstairs dinning room. I am Canadian and unfamiliar with traditional English breakfast (eggs, bacon, ham, beans, fried tomatoes, toast). The waitress was quick to find me some cereal when I ask for an alternative. Overall a very positive experience.
LOVED THE PRICES (Greece – September 2006)
I`ve stayed at this hotel lots of times and i can tell you one thing. It`s a great value for money. Clean, friendly and cheap compared to other london hotels. Ask for a room with garden view but not on the last floor. Too many stairs and very narrow!
BASIC BUT VERY ACCOMMODATING! (Iowa – September 2006)
I knew I would like the neighborhood from a previous London trip but due to a bad experience at another hotel, I was ready to find someplace new. Despite a rather small room (for a single), the St. David’s was all it was raved to be. Across from a small park, it’s also convenient to restaurants and Paddington Station. The service was friendly and always courteous and the breakfasts were enough to hold me until dinner…and then some! For someone looking for a decent, clean place to spend the night at a very affordable price while visiting London, the St. David’s can’t be beat. Should I come back to London, I would definitely come back to the St. David’s.
CLEAN, LOVELY, PERFECT LOCATION, SMALL (Italy – September 2006)
We stayed in this lovely hotel for a week from 15 till 22. The room they gave to us was small ( a little too small for the italian standard! ) but clean, and nice. The bathroom was minimal. The breakfast was delicius, a typical old english breakfast served with love. The location is perfect for tourist that use buses or underground, and there’s no traffic or noise. The staff was nice and helped us with attention. we will definitely come back to this hotel if we return to london.
A PLEASANT SURPRISE! (California – September 2006)
After 13+ hours of traveling, my sister and I finally arrived at St. David’s Hotels. At first, we were overwhelmed by the number of steps we still need to go up before reaching the reception (well, there are only 5 steps or so, but because we were so exhausted from our flight so any more stairs would be excruciating.), but no worries, one of the staff members came to the rescue. He gave us a warm welcome and helped us with our heavy luggage. Alex at the reception checked us in and he is one of the nicest person we have met in London (The service we received at the Holiday Inn that we later stayed in was not even close!). The first night we stayed in a twin room facing the back, which was a bit too noisy for us. We could hear the train coming and going. The next day we switched to another room facing Norfolk Square and it was PERFECT. If you are reading this and still deciding whether you want to stay here, please do not hesitate, pick St. David’s. This hotel will live up to your expectations: clean room and wonderful hot shower, comfortable beds & pillows, delicious breakfast, great location (near Paddington Station), plenty of eatery around the area, nice staff, cute guy at the reception (hello, Alex), etc… LOL. Sandra & Candi
THX A GAZILLION! (Hong Kong – August 2006)
Dear all the staff members of St David’s Hotel, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you. I was warmly welcome by all of you during my stay at St. David’s in Aug. Firstly, I want to thank Alexis (Hope I typed his name right) for his patience and kindness. He patiently explained to me the difference between the charges of two different kinds of room. We talked about this for several minutes but he still hasn’t been annoyed by my misunderstanding. And he even granted me to stay at a larger room later. He is not just helpful (he’s ever helped me carry my baggage), but patient, nice and kind as hell! And I have to say many thanks to the other staff of St. David. You are all very nice and always ready to help (all are wholehearted). You all made me feel like home when I was staying at your hotel. I’ve have stayed at various hotels at Paddington whenever I was in London during the last few summer holidays, I can say that St. David’s gives me the most welcoming feeling among all. Last but not definitely least, I also have to thank those sweet sweet gals who served my breakfast during my stay at St. David’s. Whenever I heard, “Please enjoy your breakfast!” I was really moved at that time! Thx again and again! I’ll definitely choose to stay at St. David’s again if I go to London next summer!!! Best and kind regards, Phoebe
THANK YOU FROM PARIS (France – August 2006)
Dear Alex and Foulla, I send you this e-mail to be made share our satisfaction of your hotel, the rooms and the service were lovely. I would recommend your hotel all to my friends. Kind regards Annie
PERFECT !!!! (Cyprus – August 2006)
Excellent location!!!! From Paddington you can go everywere, there are nightbuses as well. I went with my family that included elderly people and we were once more amazed since we all have stayed there before on several occasions. The owners and staff are extremely friendly and helpful and breakfast is probably the best you can find in London. For small hotels standard and for its price its as good as it gets and I’ll definetely stay there next time I visit.
HOT OUTSIDE BUT STILL PLEASANT INSIDE (Canada – August 2006)
We arrived to London in a heat wave. However we had a room higher up and kept the window open all the time even through the night. A fan was supplied which moved the air around sufficiently. The square is actually closed at a certain time and there is not a lot of noise outside the hotel at night. Having the Heathrow Express and Tube so close at hand was a big convenience. We found the last flight of stairs to be a bit brutal and hard after an exhausting day in London. The bathroom as someone mentioned is very small and an add on but it is very adequate. There is not a lot of room, but we felt that we received value for our money spent. Everything about the room [while crowded] was nice a clean. St. David’s is for sure a place worth visiting for Budget accommodation in London.
OUR 4TH TIME AT THIS HOTEL (Norway – July 2006)
I have stayed at this hotel four times. Every time we arrive at St. Davids we are met with smiles and were good custumer service. The last time I stayed there we got a nice little room with view to the Norfolk Square. The rooms are always clean and tidy. Most of the rooms I’ve stayed in have been small, but with ensuite bathrooms. The bathrooms are pretty small as well, but it’s usual in this type of house hotel. One of the best things at this hotel is their wonderful english breakfast. Egg and bacon. I would recommend this hotel for everyone.
EXCELLENT STAY (Argentina – July 2006)
Dear Nedj And Alex, I want to thank you very much for my excellent stay at St. Davids Hotel. I couldn’t say good-bye because I left very early in the morning on Friday! But I really want to thank you for your hospitality and Kindless. Be sure, in my next trip to London, I will book again at your Hotel!! Thanks, Laura
ST DAVID’S GET OUR VOTE (Australia – July 2006)
Hi Alex, Foulla and George. We have arrived safely back in Melbourne with great memories of our stays at St David’s. Special thanks to Alex for his friendly welcome on our first visit and for providing our requested 1st Floor twin room overlooking the gardens on both occasions. It was a pleasure to meet Foulla and George on their return from Cyprus and enjoy their friendliness, particularly during the great breakfasts. Your family are wonderful hosts, the rooms were clean and quite adequate in size whilst the bathrooms were entirely functional. For friendliness, real value for money, the splendid breakfast and ideal location, St David’s gets our vote!
WHAT WE HAD EXPECTED AND MORE (Tennessee – June 2006)
Having never been out of the States and reading all the reviews about how small Europe hotel rooms are, we were prepared to do some “urban camping”. But we were pleasantly surprised here. Not only is the location FANTASTIC-right next to Paddington and the Underground and the Big Bus picks up nearby-but you will not starve there either. There must have been 10 restraurants all within a 2 minute walk (no exaggeration). It is an older building, and the ensuite bathroom we had, one could tell was a later additon and nearly airplane sized, but the staff definitely made up for the difference. It’s run by a family from Cyprus who could not be more hospitable, and that’s a major compliment from us Southerners. Breakfast was good and plenty of it. The staff were very knowledgable about the area and could tell us where to go do laundry or take a long stroll or go shopping. For those addicted to email there is also a few internet cafes located nearby. If any of our friends ever ask for recommendation on a place to stay – THIS IS IT! We began our tour de Europe in London making reservations here thinking if we didn’t like it we would book another place for our return, but we didn’t have to! We were very satisfied and stayed here again our last night in London with great relief. Only disadvantage is that you can vaguely here the Underground, but it sounds like distant thunder, and trains stop running at mignight. Cannot sing their praises loudly enough!
LOOK RIGHT…LOOK LEFT… (Canada – June 2006)
My friend and I stayed at St David’s for 5 days, and we thought everything about it was charming, clean, quiet, and pleasant. The breakfasts were good and satisfying. The area was safe and surrounded by pratically everything you can imagine. The staff (Alex, he’s your man…!) was helpful, resourceful, polite, and engaging. Our room was spotless, tidy, and airy. Buses/taxis are abundant..Our price was unbeatable. People are friendly. The only thing that was off was the traffic moving on the “wrong” side of the road…HA! Save your money and book at this hotel, you will not go wrong…trust me! Get ready to spend load of money as London is not cheap…trust me on that one too! Enjoy this beautiful city and the St David’s Hotel. Cheers…..!
A VERY GREAT CHOICE (Italy – June 2006)
Dear all, I’ve just returned from my short holiday in London with my family and so I must really write a great praise for the St. David’s: I had a big family room (we are four) on the ground floor, near dining room, with a large bathroom and as much large shower with hot water everytime, very quiet in spite of proximity of the dining room; the linen was always clean. The breakfast was very good with enough choice. The staff was very warm and gentle. Of course you mustn’t expect luxury, it’s a budget choice, but comfortable and decent. Excellent the location near Tube and many place to eat. I think I’ll really return for the next time in London.
THANK YOU ALL (Germany – May 2006)
Dear Foulla & All. Many thanks for a very enjoyable stay at your hotel last week. A very comfortable environment and friendly staff. I look forward to seeing you on my visit on August 17th. Regards Aden Brinn
AS ADVERTISED THANKFULLY (Vancouver – May 2006)
This hotel gave us everything we needed. We were in room 105, which was a great room! 2 single beds, ensuite toilet and shower, and a little balcony overlooking Norfolk Square, all for 65 GBP per night. Tiny colour TV with 8-10 channels, dresser and wardrobe, comfy sheets and beds, cleaned every day. Breakfast was good, served from 6:30 to 9 – honestly the Full English was a bit much for me that early in the morning, so I went for porridge and toast every day. I loved it! Is that strange? The hotel staff were very willing to help give directions and advice on where to go. You could hear the trains a little bit, even on our floor which was up 2 flights of stairs. Bring earplugs or get a room on a higher floor. Wouldn’t recommend a room in the basement unless you’re a really heavy sleeper. The Neighborhood was great, plenty of places to eat and get snacks. It was great being so close to the tube – we took it every day. St. Davids is literally less than a block away, but in a relatively quiet green square which houses a number of hotels and B&Bs. The Paddington area, while quite close to good shopping on Oxford street, is a bit far from many of the big sights like the museums and all the sights along the Thames (too far to walk, for me anyway), so we got a week Travelcard, and took the tube every day. After we did it once, it was incredibly easy and convenient. I don’t think it would be worth it to pay an extra 30 pounds a night just to be closer to the tourist areas. Overall the St. David’s was great, it was CLEAN, and the staff was helpful and kind. It gave us as budget travellers absolutely everything we needed. No surprises – the place was just as advertised on the website.
VERY CLEAN VERY NICE BUT VERY THIN WALLS (Philadelphia – April 2006)
Everyone at St. Davids was very kind. The rooms were clean and the bed very comfortable. There were only a few drawbacks: The walls are very thin. It almost seemed as though every time the door opened or shut next to me, that the sound was magnified. The other slight drawback was that the shared shower/toilet was not cleaned for the first two days I was there. And unfortunately, someone had used the soaptray as an ashtray. Steam and ash do not mix. Also, the shower drained slowly which left you standing in water. However, the breakfast was good. The price was very reasonable – in fact – I was upgraded to a double without charge. I plan on returning.
EXCELLENT LOCATION (Knoxville – April 2006)
I visted the Norfolk court on March 9th-12th 2006. Like many of the other reviewers, I will say the location was fabulous! This is how you get to the hotel…you walk out of Paddington station (on the yellow line I think), head right, take your first right and take your first left. Hotel on left. That is how easy it is to get there! So convenient. (From the airport, I called for directions. They gave wonderful directions so do not hesitate to call)
I reserved a single room with a sink. Once I checked in, they gave me the choice of the room on the 1st floor or a single with a shower on the 3rd floor. I had heard you hear too much traffic on the 1st floor so I upgraded for free to the 3rd floor. The room was extremely tiny but still very cozy. (No toilet in the room. The toilet for the floor was always freezing cold because someone would open a window to smoke and not close it when they left.) The shower was great. Hot water all the time and good pressure. I never ate their breakfast so I cannot give an opinion on it.
GREAT STAY & VERY ACCOMMODATING STAFF (New York – April 2006)
The staff at the St David’s hotel were great. We were 4 women going on a bachelorette party weekend, so we weren’t looking for the Ritz – just a clean hotel that was in a good location. The location was slightly disappointing because there was not a lot of nightlife in the area, but it is safe and you can’t beat the price. 🙂 We took cabs every where, but the underground is around the corner and very easy. Upon arriving, the owner had the kitchen staff prepare us something to eat… even though breakfast was over and we’d arrived early. They were able to make suggestions for us as to where to go and what to see. We were not necessarily looking for those types of spots (looking for trendier places), but they were very nice. Walking the 3 flights wasn’t fun, but after the fatty food in England, we needed it! The shower never ran out of hot water and we got fresh towels everyday…. and as everyone on this site said, they gave a great breakfast (although sometimes a bit slower than we wanted it to arrive).
GREAT SERVICE BASIC HOTEL (California – April 2006)
Our family of 6 stayed at the St David’s hotel. It came recommended out of one of the travel books. The good thing about the hotel is the service, was wonderful. Everyone was helpful, friendly, and the exchange rate given at the hotel was very fair. The price of the room is unbeatable by London’s standards, especially since they included a hearty breakfast that kept us going until lunch time (with lots of walking and carrying things/children around- this is not small compliment). The room itself was nothing to write home about-but it was safe and cleaned each day. The location can’t be beat. Within a 1 minute walk to Paddington Underground and the Express train. Perfect!! Thanks for a great trip and all your help St David’s!!
WOW (USA – April 2006)
My parents and I recently stayed at your wonderful hotel during our trip to London. We were there on March 29-31. During the frenzy to pack and move on in our travels I forgot my robe. It was a relatively new one and I missed it. Imagine my pleasant surprise upon arriving back home in the states to find that my robe was waiting for me. I had to write to you and say how wonderful of you it was to ship it all the way overseas. I really, truly appreciate it and just wanted to let you know. Thank you again! Sincerely, Wendy
TOP SERVICE (Canada – April 2006)
What a wonderful little find this is! Right in the heart of Paddington, with links to all over London. It sits in Norfolk Square – a cosy park which was lovely just to relax (e.g. read London guides – and get my bearings!). What makes this place so special is the wonderful staff. The animated owners George and Foula are worth the admission fee on their own! Alexis their son, has unparalled knowledge of London and recommended some lovely places to eat in Paddington. These guys literally bend over backwards to help you. The rooms are basic(though my room had cable) but most importantly are clean. Beds are very comfortable but are accomodating (I’m 6″ 4!). Definitely would recommend this place to anyone!
A GREAT HOTEL (Cyprus – April 2006)
St.Davids Hotel is a wonderful hotel.It’s also very clean and the staff is great.the people who works there are very friendly and polite,especially the handsome boy at the reception (hi Alexi). If i will go to london again i would love to stay at St.David hotel. Kalia
GREAT HOTEL, GREAT LOCATION (Australia – April 2006)
My name is Darlene Bell and back in September last year I traveled to the UK with my friends Megan and Pat. We stayed at the lovely St david hotel which was so perfectly placed for us. It is so handy to everything, the train station, the Hop on Hop Off bus, cafes and Hyde Park, it was perfect. My room was lovely and the beautiful view of the park still is clear in my mind. As my first trip overseas it was the best way to start, I was sick when I arrived from jet lag but a more comfortable bed I dont think I could find and the breakfast was the best I ever had in my entire 6 weeks away and the wonderful hospitality it was so very warm and inviting. I hope with lots of saving maybe one day I may get the chance to visit again and stay a little longer to experience everything I can about the UK. Thank you again for your wonderful hospitality and hopefully one day I will return to my favourite room and best breakfast ever. Kind Regards Darlene
VERY FRIENDLY & COZY (Canada – April 2006)
We chose this hotel mainly as a result of many of the positive comments already posted here. We knew from the beginning that the cost of visiting the UK will be expensive and that most hotels that cost less than 100 pounds will tend to be on the small side compared to what most North Americans are used to. That aside, we found St. David’s to be a very friendly and cozy hotel run by very friendly and helpful people. All the staff were very friendly and ready to serve. As others have mentioned, we arrived in the morning and were given the option to have a traditional English breakfast before we checked into our rooms. Yes, they really do try to take care of you here! We stayed in 2 different rooms since we had a weekend trip to Devon. The first room was up on the third floor facing the back. We could hear the Underground trains go by, but we got use to it pretty quick. The room was clean and efficient (a double ensuite). The second room was a twin with shower facing the Square. It was definitely much more quiet. And the beds in both rooms were quite comfortable. The Paddington area is a pretty busy area, but it’s fairly quiet and calm in Norfolk Square. There are plenty of pubs and restos in the area. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff for their recommendations! We certainly appreciated the suggestion we were given for some Indian food! Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park are about a 5-10 minute walk away. I would definitely stay here again if we were to visit London again. I think this place has character.
GREAT PLACE TO STAY (North Carolina – March 2006)
Hospitality was great! We arrived at 9:30am in the morning after a long airplane trip and were welcomed and offered a late breakfast. It is very convenient to the Tube and in a safe neighborhood.
GOOD LOCATION (Germany – March 2006)
We chose this place after long research in the net and reading all the recommendations on the Trip Advisor website. I must say we were not disappointed. Okay, the rooms are very small and the bathrooms even smaller (mini), the furniture is old and shabby, but it was very clean. The breakfast was good, we weren’t hungry til late afternoon. As the tube and bus stations are just around the corner, it is quite noisy (there is also a hospital very nearby). So ask for a room facing Norfolk square, this is more quiet (we had one room looking at the backyard, which was very noisy, then changed the room facing Norfolk Square). It was much better, the rooms are bigger and have a little balcony. The location is great, you can get everywhere by bus or train, there a lots of restaurants and pubs as well as McDonalds etc. just a few steps from the hotel.
2 THUMBS UP! (New Zealand – March 2006)
I chose this place because of this sites reviews, and was initially hesitant due to lack of photos, but after the experience, I don’t think you’ll find a better place to stay for the price in London. The owners were lovely, and were so hospitable to me after a frazzled 24 hour flight with FAR too much luggage to deal with, and looked after my bags while I went for a trip into the city until my room became free. I stayed in 2 different rooms (went for a trip to Paris inbetween), and both were clean and tidy and all you need for a shower, sleep and a Sunday dose of the Eastenders Omnibus on the telly. Only negative was perhaps getting some slightly disapproving looks when I came in at 5.30am in the morning after a night on the town, but hey…no harm done!
EXCELLENT HOTEL FOR THE PRICE! (New York – March 2006)
Excellent place to stay for visiting London. The stairs are very steep, and very narrow. Bathroom is very small with American standards. Bed is very comfortable. Breakfast is fantastic with excellent service. Location and price are unbeatable. The owner George is very charming and friendly.
HELLO !!!!! (Spain – March 2006)
We just want to thank you for a wonderful staying at yor hotel, 17-21 march. And the breakfast was great as you told us!!! If we are going to London again we would love to come back to you, together with our two daughters.
José and Elisabet
ST DAVID’S A GREAT LOCATION AND PRICE (Alaska – February 2006)
St. David’s is a real find in London. The staff is very friendly, the rooms are clean and comfortably, the breakfast keeps you full til beer time, the location is really convenient from the airport and the price is amazing given all this.
THANK YOU! (Germany – February 2006)
Dear Alex and everyone at St. David’s Hotel. I just wanted to tell everyone THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all of the kindness and hospitality you have extended to my daughter Amanda and her friend Carolyn who have been staying at St. David’s Hotel this week. The first thing my daughter says to me each time I talk to her is how adorable and clean the hotel is and how nice, friendly and helpful everyone has been towards them. She is having a wonderful time in London and I’m certain that this is trip she will never forget especially the day she set off the smoke alarm with her hair dryer! I was in London myself nearly 20 years ago, and after listening to my daughter’s enthusiasm this week I have decided it is time to return sometime the beginning of next year perhaps even with a small group of friends to accompany my husband and me. The only decision I need to make is what dates we want to travel and which flight we will select because we know already we WILL be staying at St. David’s Hotel! Again, thank you for your kindness and I look forward to meeting all of you in person in the near future!! I will be in touch for reservations when I have the dates arranged. Sincerely, Carolyn Schmidt
OUT STAY AT THE ST DAVID’S (Denmark – February 2006)
Home again I wish to send you my compliments til let you know, that we enjoyed our stay at your hotel – and thank you very much for your assistance and kindness concerning my 60 years birthday. See you next time, With best regards. Helle Lorentzen
HELLO EVERYONE (Minnesota – February 2006)
Dear Alexis, My husband and I just returned to the United States from a four night stay at St. David’s. We had a wonderful time and everyone was so nice and helpful. Each morning at breakfast I was greeted by such lovely women who were so quick and helpful. And thank you for offering us complimentary breakfast the morning we arrived as well – it was nice to get our bearings and relax before we started our first day. We’ll be back! Jamie and Brent Proulx
THANK YOU ! (USA – January 2006)
Dear Alexis, My brother and mother made it home safely late last night. They had a great time. They haven’t stopped talking about it. They both said you were very nice and helpful (mom said good-looking, too) thier only regret is that they didn’t get a picture of you before they left. Thank you for helping to make their trip enjoyable. I was told that they talked to your mom and invited her to visit us if she ever comes to the U.S. The invitation is also extended to you. I understand that you have family in Virgina, we are on the west coast, it is different over here. We have more fun. That’s my sales pitch. :o) Thank you for your kindness. Let us know when you come around, we’ll take care of you. Thanks, Smiles, Peace. Lisa
FRIENDLY, HELPFULL, GREAT VALUE (Germany – January 2006)
I took a group of 12 people to London and booked into the St. David’s well in advance. As there is no lift, I asked for rooms on the ground or 1st floor. Many of my students are seniors. We got what we asked for. There were no problems with our early arrival and some of the rooms were already ready. The rooms are Small and the ones we had were all clean and tidy. The showers are also small but we came to see London and NOT spend all our time in the hotel. The location is fantastic and Foulla suggested which restaurants to visit. You can still eat out in London and not pay an arm and a leg – if you know where to go! These are very old houses and the visitor should bear this in mind. In this area you hear and feel the tube under the houses directly above the lines. My advice would be to take some ear-plugs along. We loved it at St. David’s. The owners and staff were all friendly and very helpful. My students enjoyed the breakfast very much and we will be back. Thank you Foulla, George and the rest of the staff. Mary and the group from Nuremberg
THE FRIENDLIEST IN LONDON (South Africa – January 2006)
I had extensively researched all the hotels in the price range prior to our vacation and was so impressed with the Member’s ratings of this hotel that I decided to make two reservations for us at the St. Davids Hotel for December 2005. We were not disappointed! It is 2 minutes walk to Paddington Station from where you have access to Heathrow Express, National Rail and the Underground. Lots of reataurants, pubs and cafe’s all round. A couple of minutes to Hyde Park by foot. This is a delightful budget hotel with very friendly staff and good, clean accomodation. The rooms are a reasonable size and very clean. After all, you only spend the evening there. We had en-suite facilities to our room which was of the smallish size consisting of a shower, basin and WC. Again, what else do you need the bathroom for? There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms but there is a vending maching machine in the reception area. Breakfast was good and enough to see you through the day. In fact, the staff were willing to bring extra food if you asked. We even got free breakfast when we booked in early on the first day. We asked for additional pillows and received them in minutes. Same with towels. Our baggage was looked after on the day we checked out and we collected them later in the day. The owners and staff were extremely friendly and helpful and had their guest’s interest and well-being at heart all the time. They were always ready with help, advice and information. Overall, a good, clean, friendly and cheap hotel. If you expect a 5 star hotel, go and pay the 5 star prices and look elsewhere. We will definitely stay there again and will recommend this to anyone.
MANY THANKS (Singapore – December 2005)
Dear George, Foulla and Alexis, We visited London and stayed at St David’s in Dec 2005. It’s at a good location, within 5 minutes walk to the tube (Paddington station) and was very comfortable, clean and cosy. This hotel is value for money! The owners, George and Foulla, and their very handsome son, were most hospitable, which was a big part of what made our trip so pleasant and memorable. The first morning we were up late and missed the breakfast hour. George was totally kind and whipped up 2 sets of breakfast for us, with the eggs and sausages positioned in a smiley face. We definitely recommend this hotel to budget travellers. As we left, the Christmas tree was put up, and the reception will be renovated shortly. We will definitely return to this hotel the next time we visit London again!! Best regards. Sok Han & Agnes
COZY COMFORT FOR BUDGET TRAVELLERS (Canada – November 2005)
I spent a very enjoyable week at St David’s this past September. I had reserved a single room with wash basin for 30 pounds a night but found it extremely small (not much bigger than the single bed ) and asked to move to a bigger room after two nights. They had availability so they moved me to a double and gave me the same rate. Try to get a room looking onto the court yard in the front. There is a little more noise but the rooms are brighter and the view onto Norfolk Square is quite pleasant. The hotel is family run and staff were very friendly. Paddington station is 2 minutes away and there is very good access to everything London has to offer via Paddington station and the Tube. Another plus is Hyde Park is located a short walk away. I’m a runner and ran through the park everyday. Its a 15 minute walk through Hyde Park to get to Knightsbridge shopping area including Harrods. Across from Paddington Station, there is quite a cool internet cafe called Reload. Its better atmosphere at the same price in comparison to a few other internet cafes in the same area. Lots of pubs and restaurants nearby.All in all, a very comfortable, friendly, travel option for those looking to spend their London travel dollars on something other than high end accommodation. I’d stay there again.
THE NON-BUDGET ST DAVIDS (Birmingham – November 2005)
First of all we would like to thank you for rescuing us from that awful hotel further down the street, when we last went to London (15th of October). You saved our trip – thank you very much for that! We definitely enjoyed your family’s hospitality and therefore we would like to book a room in December if possible. We had hoped to get our family from Denmark to come along, but they regrettably just turned us down. Best wishes Erik and Camilla
FRIENDLY STAFF (Hong Kong – November 2005)
A clean and good location B&B. 2 minutes to the tube station / 4 minutes to airport express. Very friendly staff. My friend come to pick to the airport at the early mon ring. The owner invite my friend for breakfast (also to wait us) without any extra charge. I paid 60pound for the en-suite twin room and they give an en-suite triple room.
A GREAT BUDGET DEAL (Southern California – November 2005)
For the money you can’t beat St. David’s. It’s not The Ritz but it is a wonderful budget hotel with a very helpful staff and everything you need to be comfortable and rested in London. The location is wonderful as stated in other reviews and I thought the breakfast was great. Very filling and kept you going until afternoon. I would recommend it to any money conscious traveler.
HELLO ALL (India – November 2005)
We just wanted to say hello and let you know again how much we enjoyed staying at the St.David’s. You make your guests feel so welcome, the breakfast is so good and your other staff people are so friendly. Elizabeth was so nice when she served our breakfast. We look forward to staying with you again in the near future. Have a very healthy and happy holiday season. Shirley & Mort
WE WILL BE BACK! (Brazil – October 2005)
On behalf of the Magalhaes family, I would like to thank you and everyone else in St. David’s, for the kind welcome we have received during our time in London. We will certainly be back!!! If you ever come to Brazil, specially to our town (Belo Horizonte), feel free to ask for anything you need, it will be a pleasure to help you! Beste regards, Gustavo
WAS EXACTLY WHAT WE EXPECTED! (Chicago – October 2005)
I booked the St. David’s Hotel on Norfolk Square, based on the reviews I read on Trip Advisor. A few days before our arrival on September 8, I e-mailed and asked for a room on a lower floor as my husband and I are fit, but did not relish climbing four flights of stairs. The location is outstanding. You are a very short walk from the Paddington train station; the destination of the Heathrow Express. When we arrived at the small lobby, we were immediately invited to go down and have breakfast, even though we were not entitled to it. When we came up from breakfast, our room was ready and our bags were already carried upstairs. Our room was exactly what we expected, small and clean. The bathroom was as described in all the reviews but since my husband nor I are enormous people, it was adequate. I did not plan on spending a great deal of time in the bathroom. Foula went out of her way to help us. We had left a phone number at home and asked her for a phone book. She immediately asked the name of the party, called information, dialed the number for us and gave us the phone. When we asked about the charge, she shrugged her shoulder and said, “It’s no big deal.” She is very proud of London and really wants you to enjoy it. Since we had been to London frequently, we knew what we wanted to do so did not ask for suggestions, however many people did anmd Foulla went out of her way to accommodate there. As I looked at the sign in sheet, I noticed it was mainly Europeans. Our room was facing Norfolk Square and it was quiet in the evenings. It is not a five star hotel but the prices are not five star prices. I would certainly stay there again. It is an excellent value for the money and location.
AN ENJOYABLE STAY (Germany – October 2005)
What we anticipated came more than true! We received a warm welcome from you and your parents and were made feeling comfortable and at home by your hospitality. You provided us with all sort of useful information we needed for an enjoyable and successful visit. We are very grateful and will happily remember the staff’s everlasting friendliness. Thanks again, take care and and give our regards also to your staff. Rita & Norbert
A BIG THANK YOU !! (Maldives – October 2005)
To you and your family a big thank you!!!! Kathrin and Tobie are back and they have really enjoyed themselves. They loved London, people their age love it for different reasons from people much older like me. And they did enjoy the wonderful room at your hotel and the great hospitality and kind welcome. Thank you so much again, I do wish that I can return to London without looking over your shoulder because it’s just such a great place to be. And of course, no time-consuming, frustrating hotel-hunting, no pictures on the internet that never keep what they promise, because I will just send an email to you and hope for a free room and your wonderful breakfast and lovely hospitality. Thanks again, take care, kind regards to you all, Renate
HOME AWAY FROM HOME (Wisconsin – September 2005)
Thank you all for your hospitality while staying in your lovely “home away from home”. It was very pleasant and everyone was very helpful. I appreciate your help returning the items i left in my room, I will recommend you to any who wish to visit. Ellen
GREAT FAMILY RUN BUSINESS (Australia – September 2005)
As we are now back home in Perth, Australia , I would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation of your hospitality & friendliness during our stays at your hotel during July & August this year. In particular , the support that you offered to Julie prior to her unscheduled return to Australia to attend a family bereavement was much appreciated. We always feel as though St David’s is like our ” London home “. Undoubtedly , this feeling is related to the service & friendliness which you offer to guests. We hope to see you in Australia at some time in the future, and remember there will always be a bed for you in Perth. Kind regards & best wishes, Mal & Julie
TIME FLIES !!!!!! (Germany – September 2005)
The weeks after my departure have gone by so quickly and I have been thinking back to the few days at your lovely hotel ever since. I will certainly book again when I return to London and have been recommending your hotel to lots of people. What a great atmosphere, beautiful rooms and the unforgettable breakfast, but above all the lovely owners. Now my daughter and her friend will soon come and stay with you – we had a lot of talks together about the pros and cons of going at the moment, but they want to come. So the only thing I can do is hope that everything will be alright when they are in London. While I’m writing this I’m reliving the time I stayed with you and can see everything clearly, even my last two hours sitting on a bench in the square reading waiting for the moment I had to leave after all. Thank you for everything and hopefully, see you again soon, kind regards, Renate
THANK YOU ! (Hong Kong – September 2005)
Tks for yr accommodation during the days we spent in London last week. The room is good, especially for the ground floor room.If there’s a little electrical kettle in each room will definitely an improvement for yr hotel. Also, the madam who serve the breakfast at the dinning room is very cheerful and nice. My mother did enjoy the breakfast very much. Thank you for kind arrangement and all the best! Cheers Ann
SMALL BUT NICE (Germany – August 2005)
Hello St David’s Team, It was a fair and beautiful week in London, one of the highlights was staying in St David’s hotel. The location is central, the staff very friendly and the atmosphere very informal. The breakfast was great, the original English version……we love it. The rooms are also nice and tidy and the St. David’s team are friendly and helpful at all times.We would all like to say “thank you” from; Tim, Lara, Sarah, Elisabeth, Doris, Ulli and Uwe. Kind regards from Frankfurt to Paddington and we are all looking forward to our next holiday in London at St David’s hotel. Ulli + Uwe
GREAT VALUE, GREAT LOCATION (Bangkok – August 2005)
I booked a triple room with a mattress on the floor for my family of four for six days, but upon arrival was upgraded to a quad room on third floor. The room is tiny as expected but clean. After the first night, I requested to change to a room on or nearer to the ground floor as I feel it’s a bit too demanding for my children to walk up three flights of stairs after a long day of sightseeing. Even though I was willing to pay for the extra, the female owner Foula, gave us a bigger quad room with no extra charge. Room G7 is on ground floor with window facing the street. The bathroom is much bigger and the shower area is decent. Breakfast is the best thing about this hotel. They offer unlimited full English breakfast. George, Foula’s husband, cooks and comes to greet the guests in the dining room every morning, so there is a bit of friendly B&B feel. All the staff are nice and super-efficient. The reason I didn’t give this hotel 5 out of 5 is mainly because the rooms look as if they need serious refurbishment and the hotel doesn’t have air-condition and lifts. However, if you can look pass that, it is really worth the money. I really appreciate the service mind of the owners and the staff.
VERY ENJOYABLE STAY (Petrie – August 2005)
Would definitely stay here again. Room on 3rd floor was excellent. Everything was very clean. (It was very basic but expected that.) Breakfast delightful, plentiful – very accomodating – the porridge was great. Owners and staff very helpful. Location couldn’t be better for bus, tube (we never did use the tube), and train to LHR. Very convenient. Good and reasonably priced restaurants very close also. Will definitely tell others about our find!
NOT WHAT IT IS HYPED UP TO BE (Baltimore – July 2005)
While I will agree with everyone that the service here is outstanding, when it comes to the room, I was very disappointed. I had read many of the reviews before booking my stay at St. Davids and fully expected a small bathroom/shower and a walk up flights of stairs, but I was very disappointed in the cleanliness/upkeep of the room itself. I guess I got what is fair for the price I paid, but from the reviews I expected more. I must say that the location and staff/friendlieness are above average. The shower itself was larger than I expected based on the earlier reviews but the bathroom as a whole was indeed small, exactly as I thought it would be. The stairs to the 4th floor were rough, but thanks to the reviews I knew what I was in for. Breakfast was excellent as many people have said. The room needed much help in terms of carpet and paint. For the price, not bad if you just want a place to rest your head. However, based on my expectations from the prior reviewers, I would say that I have to rank it a 2 of 5.
GREAT STAY (Newport) JULY 2005
St. David’s Hotel was my first European hotel. When I arrived I was very happy about the location and the look from the outside. We were greeted by friendly hotel staff and taken quickly to our room. We had a first floor quad. I was in shock at first by the size but then I had remembered what everyone says about European hotel rooms and decided to quit comparing them to what I was used to in the States. We were in our room to shower and sleep and these accommodations were perfect for just that. As mentioned in previous reviews the breakfast was great and the staff was even better. They make you feel at home and show a great deal of pleasure in what they do for a living.
EXCELLENT SERVICE, FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE (Annapolis – July 2005)
My family of four were very happy with the hotel. The reviews here were accurate and we appreciate the help from the hotel staff. Full English breakfast and also willing to accomodate special requests (within reason). At least three family rooms, the one in the basement is largest. Outdoors was noisy some nights (no AC, windows open). The location is fantastic, very near Paddington Station. I would choose this hotel again in a heartbeat. We stayed there two seperate times this visit.
A FANTASTIC HOTEL – FIRST RATE SERVICE (Canada – July 2005)
I stayed at this quaint hotel situated in the Paddington area of London last weekend. I have to say the breakfast and charm of the staff is the best I have experienced in London. A special thank you must be extended to George and Foulla who made me feel at home and made my stay most enjoyable and were always on hand to recommend points of interest to me (and also gave directions!). I will definetly be staying here when I return later in the year.
A GREAT LOCATION AND VALUE (Ontario – July 2005)
My experience at the St. David’s Hotel in London was above average; excellent location, simple but clean accommodations, good service, great breakfast, great value (even better when compared to other hotels in this city) all within a wonderful area. We found the staff to be warm and helpful. Our suitcases were carried up to our room for us and staff were always open to answering questions about sights in London and recommendations for restaurants in the neighbourhood. The rooms are indeed “small” when compared to North American rooms, but they were clean, tidy and very functional. For the amount of time we spent in the room, it was just fine. The bathroom is small but again, clean and big enough to comfortably get by. Please note: if you are looking for a luxurious room to spend your vacation within, you should consider another vacation destination. London hotel rooms are seldom spacious and they are NEVER big in this price range! If you expect the kinds of hotels that are the norm in North America, you are going to be disappointed. It’s just not the same (unless you spend considerably more money). I believe there are two major drawing cards for this hotel that set it apart- it’s breakfast and location! Breakfast was a highlight. The full English breakfast was certainly generous and contrary to other reviewers’ experience, I had great success requesting alternates to it (oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, muesli, cereal, sausage, coffee, hot chocolate etc.) We priced that a similar breakfast would be nearly 10 pounds in a restaurant; the value was unquestionably good. And for location; I can’t say enough about how excellent this location is. The hotel itself is within short walking distance of some great sights (Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens, Edgeware Road, Oxford Street, Notting Hill) and within longer walking distance of most central London attractions and popular areas. If you’re weary of walking, trains and tube from Paddington Station link you anywhere you want to go. Even during morning rush, tube service is very efficient. If you are arriving into Heathrow, the Express train is incredibly convenient and it’s easy to transfer several pieces of luggage on your own to the hotel, because it’s so close. We took trips to Windsor and Wiltshire, and train service from Paddington was great. The Paddington/Bayswater area is a lovely place to stay. There were shops, amenities and great atmosphere; lots of pedestrians at all hours made it feel very safe. There are great restaurants within a 1-5 minute walk from the hotel- we recommend excellent Indian and Italian restaurants at the end of the street. The hotel staff also recommended a great pub, “The Monkey Puzzle” 2 blocks away that had delicious food served in very generous portions. All of these restaurants were reasonable; considerably more reasonable than other areas in London. I sincerely wish we had followed the recommendation of other travelers to have fish and chips at the nearby “chippie” rather than follow the advice of staff at the London Eye and pay 20 pounds for the same thing at an upscale fish place in Southwark that was terribly disappointing. At the end of a long day of touring/walking, it was really nice to be able to come back to the hotel and then have an affordable but wonderful meal in the neighbourhood. My stay was pleasant and on this basis alone, I would stay here again. When I also factor in the horror stories of many friends and colleagues who have stayed in shoddy and dirty rooms with less space and function for considerably more money, I feel very thankful that I stayed at St. David’s. I certainly plan to return.
A GOOD HOTEL BY LONDON STANDARDS (Netherlands – July 2005)
I stayed at this hotel with my mother last month. I have bad experiences with hotels in London, and this hotel is an exception to this. the staff is friendly; the hotel has a nice family-atmosphere. it is especially nice to wake up an experience the friendly service during breakfast, which is good by the way.
The rooms are not big, but tidy and it has a clean, good shower.
The friendliness of the staff at the reception varies, but on the overall we were satisfied. We were recommended a good Indian restaurant around the corner (Ganges) and were offered other information about the city.
I rated this hotel ‘above average’, but I did this in comparison to other hotels of this budget. It is a little run down and it can be a little noisy when your neighbours are watching television at a high volume, but I despite that I would definitely recommend this hotel!
I forgot to say that the location is excellent!!!! 1 minute walk to Paddington station, which is on some of the main lines of the underground. And if you like walking, Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are very near and if you want, you can walk a little further to Notting Hill and Oxford Street.
A GOOD VALUE IN A GREAT LOCATION (Omaha – July 2005)
Stayed at the St. David’s June 20-22nd during a vacation in London. Let’s be clear – if you’re expecting the Ritz, or even a Holiday Inn, this isn’t the place for you. However, if you want a place to sleep at night, a good breakfast to start your day and a good location to see London from, you should strongly consider staying here. Based on that, it deserves Above Average. Had a 3rd floor room with in suite bathroom, small but usable. Given the high temps last week in London (mid 80s) being on the 3rd floor wasn’t ideal but slept well all three nights. Our use of the room was to sleep, shower in morning, and not be back again until after dinner. You would not want to stay in your room here, but you’re in London, so why would you stay in anyway? (And yes, the included soap was small but at Boots in Paddington you can pick up a bar for 80p so it’s no big deal). Found owner to be very friendly and gracious. Breakfast was a true English breakfast and very good. Hotel is located 1 block from Paddington Station, from which you can go directly to Heathrow on the express train, grab the Green/Yellow lines, and catch trains to Oxford and the west. Located on a very pretty square, a good Indian restaurant and some pubs are very close by. If you’re coming to London to sightsee and need a place to sleep, and don’t expect it to be like an “American” hotel, you’ll like this choice. If not, pay a lot more and stay somewhere else.
NICE HOTEL FOR THE PRICE (New York – June 2005)
Very good for the price – a great value. Right next to the Paddington Station which has the express train to Heathrow airport. I could hear the trains in the morning from my room, but it wasn’t too bad. No elevator, which didn’t bother me, but I didn’t have too much luggage. Nice breakfast. Very convenient location. Great place to spend the night if you have an early flight the next day.
ST DAVID’S HOTEL – CLEAN, INEXPENSIVE AND CONVENIENT (Canada – June 2005)
My wife and I just spent 5 days at the St. David’s Hotel in London. Overall, I have to say this hotel is great for the price. I believe the 5 nights cost 328 GBP. The location was perfect for us. Our flight arrived at Heathrow at around 9:00 A.M. and we arrived at the hotel at 10:30 A.M. Paying a little bit extra for the Express train was worth it. St. David’s Hotels is a 3 minute walk from the Paddington train station. Given the luggage my wife packed this was a blessing. Hotel check-in went smoothly. Our room (with shower, sink and toilet) was on the third floor. Note: This hotel doesn’t have an elevator. The room wasn’t large but was fine for the amount of time we spent in it. The room and hotel were clean and comfortable (no A/C but it didn’t matter while we were there since temperatures didn’t go above 20 degrees Celsius). A full english breakfast is including in the cost. The close proximity of the hotel to the Paddingtion tube station made access easy to all of the sights and sounds of London. In addition, it’s in walking distance to Hyde Park/Kensington Gardens and a number of other attractions. For example, I walked to Kensington Palace, the Diana Memorial Fountain, Buckingham Palace, St. Jame’s Park, Horse Guards Parade, Cabinet War Rooms and Piccadily Circus from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. one morning-afternoon. Enjoy this no frills hotel at a great price. We will stay there again.
THE WELCOMING & LOVELY ST DAVID’S (New Jersey – May 2005)
I had researched through Trip Advisor and decided with all the great reviews that the St. David’s had gotten that it would be the place for us. The advice was very accurate and I am so happy that we chose the St. David’s. George and Foula are so warm and welcoming. They had good advice and were very helpful. The English breakfast lasted us well into the late afternoon and was always cooked perfectly! All of the table servers were efficient and pleasant. George made sure he came into the dining area every morning to greet his guests. His warmth is contagious! We loved the different languages and accents we heard in the dining room. A true cultural experience. It was obvious that everyone, including the youngest child, is welcomed! The St. David’s is a lovely old building. The handsome front and historic architecture make you get into the mood for the history of London. The rooms are not big, but we literally used them only for sleeping, showering and dressing. We were out every day by 9 and didn’t get in until 8 or 9 every night! Who needs a big room? The showers were very small, but what an interesting challenge for my tall husband. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water. We slept very well on the excellent mattresses as mentioned in other reviews. As to noise, we are used to outside noise since we live on a busy street in an old home. Yes, we could hear the distant rumble of the Tube, some street noises, plumbing sounds, and an occasional door shutting, but it truly did not bother us. It’s to be expected in a hotel in a city! The price is a good value and the location is excellent. We loved the convenience of Paddington Station, Hyde Park, and the buses. We were lucky to have a balcony view of Norfolk Square park. Lovely! Hopefully we will return to London, and we will definitely return to George and Foula and the St. David’s Hotel !!
ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME (Virginia – April 2005)
What an amazing hotel – this was my second stay at St. David’s — the room was perfect, the mattress even better than mine at home. With the hotel being located very near to Paddington Station – you cannot beat the convenience! I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a nice, safe, incredibly clean place to stay. It is particularly well suited to families as you instantly feel “at home” when you walk in the lobby. George and Foula are the best hosts ever!
A GREAT HOTEL WITH VERY FRIENDLY STAFF (Malta – April 2005)
My 5 year old son and I just stayed at this hotel and will definitely return. Friends that were travelling with me also enjoyed there stay here. The location is perfect but most of all the staff make you feel so welcome. Breakfast is great. I would recommend this hotel to anyone especially to familes as they are so good with kids.
GEORGE AND FOULLA MADE US FAMILY (North Carolina – March 2005)
We first stayed with George and Foulla about 10 years ago. They made us feel welcome from the start. And we have returned, and returned and returned. What a wonderful place to stay – with the great breakfasts (George even makes egg white omeletes for my wife) devoted staff and clean, tidy rooms and comfortable beds. While the size of the bathrooms are not what we from the states are used to, everything works well and if you need a fan or a hair dryer, just ask. This is a great location – especially if you arrive at Heathrow. Less than 5 miinutes from the Heathrow Express. We highly reccomend the St. David’s and Norfolk Court but above all, we treasure our friendship with George and Foula..
OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME IN LONDON (North Carolina – March 2005)
We have been returning as guests of St. David’s at least once a year since 1984 which speaks of our love for the place and for the owners and hosts, George and Foulla. The groups that we bring from the U.S. have all been charmed by the warm welcome, the cleanliness and coziness of the accommodations, and the personal service and helpfulness of the staff. George is the chef for the feast which is called the “full English breakfast” which would earn a 5-star rating if such an accolade were awarded. The hotel is actually three remodeled former townhouses for the British upper class and is situated on lovely Norfolk Square and has an interesting history of its own. It is conveniently located a few minutes’ walk from both Paddington Train Station (terminus of the Heathrow Express) and several Underground and bus lines. Even though it doesn’t have a few of the amenities of a palatial Americanized hotel, such as a cavernous lobby and an elevator, you will find that those things are more than compensated for by its location and the incomparable service of the staff. The St. David’s Hotel is our “home away from home” in London, and we are proud to recommend it to any of our friends who are visiting London.
QUIET, CLEAN AND CHEAP (Denmark – March 2005)
For fifty quid a night for a twin room for my son and myself this hotel was a real bargain. The room was small but spotless, and okay, you could hear the tube train… but apart from that there was very little noise in the area. The breakfast was good, and the location of the hotel is great too. I’d go back there any day.
TIDY AND CLEAN !! (Hong Kong – February 2005)
I’ve stayed in 2 B&B in Paddington. St. David’s is clean, tidy and quiet. It’s also cheaper and much more comfortable than the other one which is of higher hotel rating. The location is great. Quiet street but very easy to reach. Breakfast – George’s cooking is great. Highly Recommended.
WHAT A WONDERFUL HOTEL (Colorado – January 2005)
My fiancee and I stayed 7 nights at St. David’s over New Year’s, 2004, and it was fantastic. After a week, it started to feel like home. True, the stairs are tight and numerous, the side facing the subway can be loud, and the bathrooms are comparable in size to those in the plane you flew in on, but any shortcomings are more than made up for by the fantastic location (2 minute walk from Paddington), the wonderful breakfast, and the fantastic hospitality George and Foula are so known for. In the most confusing city in the world, it helps to have someone close by who’s more than happy to help. As you’ll find out when you arrive, St. David’s is not the cheapest or most luxurious hotel in Norfolk Square, but it is definitely the best combination of everything you want, and nothing you don’t need. If you came to London to sit in your room and watch the BBC, look elsewhere, but if you want great service at an unbeatable price, book your room now and stop stressing.
VERY PLEASED WITH ST DAVIDS HOTEL (Florida – December 2004)
We stayed here in May of 2004 and would stay again. Excellent value for the price. Great location close to Paddington Station. On a lovely square. Rooms were small but adequate and were clean…same with the baths. We travelled with 2 other couples and all had ensuite rooms. The breakfast was AWESOME! And all the help were extremely friendly and helpful. Went out of their way to answer our questions about London, how to get to places, etc, etc. And breakfast staff remembered what we liked for breakfast after the first day. Highly recommend this friendly family owned place!
ALWAYS FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL (Washington – December 2004)
I find this small hotel to be friendly and very helpful. It’s family run, with a great staff that is willing to help meet your needs.
The rooms tend to be small and cramped. However, having stayed here numerous times I have learned to ask for rooms on the front and also on the upper floors facing Norfolk Square which have more light.
” Insuite facilities” tend to be small, but clean. Water pressure in showers is a little above average. If you’re a large person, you may be cramped. The “full English breakfast” is an excellent addition to the room price. The dining room is clean, the service is above average. And, it’s not unusual for the owners (a husband and wife team) to come in and see how you are and make sure you have what you need. The high rating is due primarily due to the helpful staff, and the personal touch they often provide.
REASONABLE FOR THE PRICE, CLEAN & FRIENDLY STAFF (Portugal – December 2004)
My fiancé and I stayed there for 2 nights in September and though it was costly (in comparison with much better hotels elsewhere in the world) it was one of the cheapest in London (there are cheaper hotels, but sometimes one reads the odd review complaining about the being old, or having bugs or rats!!), it was value for money. Because we were carrying a lot of luggage we asked for a room not very high. It doesn’t have a lift. Ours was a small room with a fitted inside bathroom – like a cruise-cabin bathroom. The furniture was new and everything was very clean. The price included British breakfast, complete with whatever you want. The people were really nice there from the reception clerks to the cook (who greeted the guests when breakfast was over). On the whole really friendly hotel in a very interesting neighbourhood. Lots of restaurants, fast foods, pubs and convenience stores. Paddington is the station where the heathrow express stops and departs and it is just around the corner. To be honest this is not the usual “station” area, which can be kind of rough. There are always tourists and people round, so you feel safe going out. And one of the bus tours departs from Norfolk Square. Obviously this is not a feature of the hotel but of the neighbourhood, and there are many hotels nearby (if I say 40 hotels I might not be exaggerating)! But this one I visited and stayed there, and found pretty clean and comfortable. But if you big bathrooms, tubs instead of showers, lifts or other types of amenities – be prepared to pay a lot more than £65.
A GREAT PLACE TO STAY IN LONDON (New Jersey – December 2004)
We visited London during the end of August 2004 with our two teenage children. We were very happy with the hotel on several counts. It was easy to make a reservation and the proprietors assured us that they would do everything to make us comfortable (which they did). The location, around the corner from Paddington Station, was excellent. It was an easy arrival on the Heathrow Express right into the station. The Tube lines took us everywhere we needed to go. The hotel rooms are not like what you’d get at a typical American hotel — large but sterile, however the rooms (# 207 and 208) had adequate space for 2 people. The beds were very comfortable. Bathrooms were very tiny but the water was hot, and hey — we didn’t come to London for the showers! The hotel fronts Norfolk Square which is a lovely tree-lined park, quiet for a big city. There were several restaurants, cafes and pubs just a quick walk away offering Greek, Indian, and Burger King (great for the kids). The full English breakfast was generous, served by pleasant staff, and available in a nice breakfast room in the basement. The nicest part of the experience was the proprietors, Foula and George, who were friendly, helpful, and enjoyable company. In all, it was a great value for the price.
IT WAS UP TO IT’S EXPECTATION (India – December 2004)
Before coming to London i searched for a lot of hotels and checked their reviews on tripadvisor, after a lot of hard work i selected St. David’s Hotel, Due to it’s all Good review and it’s proximity to Paddington. I arrived on 6th September night and stayed for 8 days. And all i can say is that it was wonderful experience staying in this hotel. Nothing to complain about. Location was great Paddington Underground, and Heathrow express station was just 1 block away. Breakfast was excellent. Though i didn’t taste the Great Royal English Breakfast but my wife liked it. I used to eat Omellete and toast with butter and jam daily. So there is flexibility you an ask for what you want in breakfast they will be happy to serve you if they can. Hotel is run by a family from Cyprus. And they are good in runing it. While checking out i had a chat with the nice and lovely lady, and came to know about them. Well, cost wise it may seem to be costlier a little bit. I saw hotels much cheaper around this area but i didn’t check them. I had booked a double room for £ 65 per night, But lady charged only 500 from me for 8 nights. The room was small as it’s typical in London and so batrhoom, being a tall man i had difficulty in using them but you have to get habitual of it. Even now i renting a studio in London i find the size of bathroom same. Overall recommended from my side.
GREETINGS FROM AN OLD CUSTOMER (Syria – November 2004)
I am writing this e-mail in the same month of my departure from your hotel. Even though I spent only 3 nights in your hotel but I really still have good memories about the room , the shower and the typical English breakfast (with Cypriot version). I just want to send you this greetings from Aleppo -Syria and to thank you again for the hospitality you offered me. I believe that few weeks ago , one friend stayed in your hotel and was pleasant for this recommendation. Be sure that you will have many other Syrian friends will come and tell you my greetings. Thanks again and best regards. Fuad Kastali
ANY BAD WORDS ON THIS HOTEL CANNOT BE TRUE – BEST HOTEL !!! (Italy – September 2004)
Fantastic hotel, welcomeing people, tastey breakfast, small but very clean and comfortabel room!! This place is perfecto for holiday to London. Giorgio and Foula (owners) help me and family with many things, very nice people. We will come back here next time definataely. Mario Vella
TRUE TO ITS WORDS (Singapore – September 2004)
I just want to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at St David’s Hotel! From the time I checked in late in the evening, the lady (didn’t get her name) was so welcoming and friendly, made me felt like home, and she asked someone to help me carry the suitcase to my room on the 2nd floor too… Then the breakfast the next morning was simply delicious! And your chef was very friendly too! And upon check-out, Mr Nage was also so helpful in trying to help me get a cab as well as carry my heavy suitcase to the porch. All I can say is a big Thank You to everyone at St David’s for making my stay a very pleasant one. All of you are fantastic! I’ll defnitely tell my friends to swing by when they are in London! Hope to see you again when I visit London!
CONNIE AND JOAN O’KANE HAD A FANTASTIC STAY (Ireland – August 2004)
Having arrived safely at home we wanted to thank you for all the pleasantness of our stay at St. Davids. The attitude of the staff from top to bottom was friendly and helpful. You are all a gracious bunch and we appreciate everything.
WE WILL BE BACK (Oregon – August 2004)
This is Craig Moore. My family and I stayed at your hotel last month (July). We had a great time in London and were very impressed and happy with our reservation at St. Davids. Please let your mother and father know how much we appreciate their hospitality and the personal attention they gave us. Fulla and George are the best! The next time (and there will be a next time) we come to London, we will look no furthur than the St. Davids. We would want the same room too! Thank you again for such a great experience.
THANK YOU !!!!!! (Scotland – August 2004)
I want to thank you so much for everything: for being so pleasant everyday and helpful, for feeding us that delicious breakfast every morning and most of all for going to all the trouble of getting Kate’s pocketbook from Paris. We got it today!!! I’m sure you must have thought when you saw her purse….”how dreadful”. I must tell you that that purse has been in Afghanistan for the past 6 months. She was especially proud to get her camera back too. We had a wonderful time together. I will recommend your place to everyone I know. You are wonderful people. Thank you so much!
HELLO TEAM OF THE ST DAVID’S HOTEL (Germany – July 2004)
Many thanks for the wonderful weekend in your hotel. We enjoyed our trip to London and it was really nice to spend the weekend in your hotel. Like Helmut before, now Gerd is telling everybody about the “English-Superbreakfast” in your hotel every morning! We were all sad that we had to leave so early on Tuesday night to reach the airplane! So once more: thanks a lot and when we are the next time in London, we would like to stay in your hotel again!!! With lots of greetings to Your team from: Gerd, Doris, Anke and Ina from Hamburg.
LONDON AND ST DAVID’S HOTEL (New Zealand -July 2004)
I would like to thank you and your wonderful staff for making our holiday in London so wonderful. Being so central was a bonus to us and your assistance with any query regarding buses etc helped us greatly. I have advised my Travel Agent about St Davids and how wonderful you all are….I do not think that any other Hotel would have provided the “Home to home” feeling we got with you all. Karalea, my daughter, said she was sorry that she did not have the time to say thank you, but will definitely call you and stay with you again when she goes back to London. We are going to America in December or January and will be coming back to your Hotel for a night or two then. I must commend you on your staff – they were extremely polite, efficient, the service was fantastic and the breakfasts were lovely…Thank you!! Once again, thank you for a fantastic holiday. Kind Regards and Best Wishes, Claire, Karalea and Warwick Perks.
GREAT STAFF, FAMILY ROOM (Colorado – June 2004)
St. David’s Hotel has a wonderful staff and great English breakfast. We had a family room for 5 which is hard to find anywhere in Europe. We were on the basement level so the room was a little musty. My parents had a room on another level that was fine. It is close to Paddington station which is convenient. I would go back because the staff make you feel like family.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (New Zealand – June 2004)
I stayed here twice, 3 days then a week in May and June 2004. Great hotel, basic but it’s got all you need. Very friendly and helpful staff, great breakfasts, great location. No traffic noise. Highly recommended for the budget traveller.
THE ST DAVID’S HOTEL IS TERRIFIC IN ALL ASPECTS (California – April 2004)
The hotel is wonderful and the owners/staff absolutely great..it is small, comfortable and very convenient. If one is looking for elegance, don’t look here, but pleasant, warm, clean and a fabulous breakfast..look no further.
GREAT HOTEL, GREAT PRICE (San Francisco – March 2004)
I was very 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 recomend this hotel and would definitely stay there again.
GREAT VALUE (Canada – January 2004)
Friendly staff, great 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.