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.