It is rare you get the chance to stay in a building designed as part of the vision of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of Britain’s greatest engineers. A magnificent Art Deco affair, The Hilton in Paddington first opened as a hotel in 1854 – a palatial terminus for railway travellers, it is without a doubt one of the most imposing grand Victorian hotels in the capital.
Home to more than 350 rooms and nearly thirty suites, this is a large hotel with a grand entrance and foyer that really makes you feel like “you’ve arrived” as you check in. However, beyond the opulence, bustle and the grandeur of the ground floor lies a very personal hotel experience, with friendly, knowledgeable staff and extremely comfortable facilities.
The bedrooms are large and well-appointed, with a pleasant mix of state of the art 21st Century gadgets like an iPod dock and internet connections, and timeless stalwarts of any luxury hotel; tasteful décor, soft furnishings – and a large, very comfortable bed.
The spacious en suite bathroom had both a shower and separate bath (also with shower) as well as plenty of room to swing a cat (should you so wish) whilst enjoying the high-spec marble finishes around the room.
In the very heart of London with brilliant transport connections by rail, Underground, bus and cab – this is a fantastic spot from which to explore the delights of one of the best cities in the world.
If you stay in an executive room, you’ll also get access to the very pleasant executive lounge where you can unwind with a drink and some nibbles in the evening, before sloping off to bed – or perhaps wind down after a workout in the hotel’s well-equipped gym.
Whether you’re in London for business or pleasure, this hotel is a good choice.
Eating and drinking
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Brasserie is the main dining room at the hotel, offering a comfortable and (as you would expect at this hotel) aesthetically pleasing place to eat. The evening menu offers an Anglo-Asian mix of cuisine including dishes like Malai monkfish Tikka and Cornish Rainbow trout.
The hotel also offers light bites and drinks in the lounge, as well as drinks and cocktails in the informal contemporary designed Steam Bar, which is situated on the ground floor.
Address:146 Praed Street, London W2 1EE
Radio Times Travel rating: 8/10
“In the very heart of London with brilliant transport connections by rail, Underground, bus and cab – this is a fantastic spot from which to explore the delights of one of the best cities in the world”
Radio Times Travel stayed as a guest of the hotel in 2014. For more details about this hotel and to find the latest room prices, please visit the official website.