Central Park Hotel
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Central Park Hotel is a fantastic place to stay if you're visiting London for a few days. While most hotels in the centre of the city can cost a fortune, Central Park Hotel is surprisingly affordable. It can be found in Queensway, which is not too far from many of London’s main attractions, such as Hyde Park, Oxford Street and the West End. Central Park Hotel is part of a small chain of hotels in the capital, with other branches in the neighbourhood.
As soon as you step into the hotel, you’ll enter the reception. This resembles an office building, with its modern desks and shiny floor. The reception is operated by a team of helpful staff, who will ensure check-in and check-out is a complete breeze. Despite arriving on a busy Sunday afternoon, I didn’t have to wait around for ages to get my key card, and I was in my room within minutes. The reception is open 24 hours of the day, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands, regardless of the time you arrive at the hotel.
Central Park Hotel has 299 rooms, spread out over 7 floors. I opted for a standard double room, but the hotel also offers single rooms, twin rooms, superior double rooms, and triple rooms. Just make sure that you book one with a window!
The standard double room is a fairly decent size and has large floor-to-ceiling windows that let in a lot of light – ideal if you’re going to be reading or working in there. The room comes with a double bed, desk, wardrobe, mini fridge, armchair, small table and flat-screen TV, as well as tea-making facilities. There’s also an ensuite bathroom, which is rather on the small side. But the walk-in shower is brilliant. I could've easily spent hours in there.
The bed is super comfortable and the wardrobe has lots of space for hanging things – but you’ll have to ask for more hangers.
Situated in Queensway, Central Park Hotel is a short bus ride from Oxford Street – or about 20 minutes walk if you prefer to go by foot. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the area, and you’ll also find an ice rink in the vicinity. The colourful Notting Hill and stunning Kensington Gardens are nearby. The hotel is a stone’s throw from Paddington Station, which connects to Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express and Elizabeth Line.
Food and Drink
If you fancy eating at the hotel, breakfast is available in the basement. The room is laid out like a cafeteria, with long tables – so don’t be surprised if you have to sit with strangers at peak times. Fortunately, I ended up eating when the hotel was relatively quiet, so I had a whole table to myself. As you’d expect from a hotel breakfast, Central Park Hotel has a buffet service, with different stations set up around the room. Choose from cereal, pastries, bread, yoghurt, eggs (scrambled or fried), and more. You can also help yourself to orange juice, coffee, and a variety of tea. Staff are happy to cater for special diets and vegetarians.
I went for a small cooked breakfast (scrambled eggs and hash browns), a bowl of muesli, a mini pastry, and a mug of fruit tea. Delicious!
Later on in the day, you can make use of the bar and lounge, which is found on the ground floor. I didn’t get to spend any time there during my stay as I was pushed for time, but I’ll make sure to take advantage of it in the future.
There’s no denying that Central Park Hotel is for the budget traveller. While almost £100 for one night’s stay may seem steep for some, it’s a decent price compared to other London hotels, especially one with such a central location. It’s also ideal for city breaks – you can get to places like the Natural History Museum, Madame Tussaud’s, Big Ben and Camden Market in less than an hour. Anyone who is staying at the hotel for business purposes will appreciate the free WiFi – it was super speedy during my video call. The only main downside to the hotel is that it can get quite noisy, and the walls are thin. But that doesn't take away from the perks. Stay at Central Park Hotel on your next visit to London for convenience, comfort and charm in the middle of a busy city.
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