My wife and I have not had good luck finding a decent hotel close to Paddington station in London. We prefer the Paddington area because of the convenient transport to the airport on the Heathrow Express. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.
do you know that you posted this in the Netherlands Forum?
We also have an England Forum which might be more productive about a London question.
Paddington is handy for Heathrow, but not that great a location for getting around central London. It wouldn’t be my choice as to where to stay in London.
What do you call decent? What is your budget (in GBP?).
Define “decent”? :-)
As Jennifer has said it’s not a particularly great place to base yourself if you wish to explore London. Not dreadful but there are much better areas. The Piccadilly tube line starts at Heathrow and goes right through the centre of the city through a number of areas with a good range of hotels.
In general, Premier Inns provide good value. There are many in London, including one at Paddington Station. The situation may be different now, with so few people traveling, but in the past one could not assume all Premier Inns would show up on third-party websites like booking.com. It's best to go right to the corporate website, www.premierinn.com.
I agree that Paddington Station isn't especially centrally located. However, I've stayed near Notting Hill Gate, which is even farther from the center. But I do that for financial reasons, not because I consider the location convenient. I just take the Underground to and from Heathrow.
Try Lancaster Hall. We always stay there when in London. It is not fancy but is very comfortable inexpensive for London and has a very good breakfast. It is within walking distance of Paddington. We find it very easy to get all around London from there.
I’ve stayed at the Indigo Paddington on frequent traveler points and it is nice. Room was small, but the Indigo chain has some nice amenities like a fridge in the room and a nice walk-in shower.
Is there a reason you don't want to take the Piccadilly line into London? Many more choices for neighborhoods and hotels.
Personally, I think you will find it a daily hassle staying in the Paddington area when you want to visit the popular sights in London.
As others have asked, it would help to know your budget and perhaps where you’ve stayed that didn’t meet expectations.
We’ve stayed at Hilton Paddington because we have their awards program and I’ve also stayed at The Royal Park. I can answer any questions you have about those properties, but more information would be helpful in determining they would fit your needs.
This is a pretty good thread, considering it's in the Netherlands forum. ;-)
Paddington isn't the most charming area and it's not close to many major sights. But London is so spread out that there's no really "central" location. And three tube lines run through Paddington so it's easy to get elsewhere. I spent almost a week at the Delmere Hotel, a Best Western property on Sussex Gardens a few blocks from the station. It was clean and comfortable enough, though the room was tiny and a week was a long time there. My plans included a day trip to Oxford, using Paddington, plus the Heathrow Express before my flight home, so being near the station was convenient.
But I agree with others, there are many neighborhoods with good transportation and ambience. I wouldn't choose the Paddington area just for the Express, unless you have a morning flight that requires a swift exit from London.