2011 | St. David's Hotels

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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.

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.

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.

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…

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!

 (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!

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!!!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!