Lobby & Check-In
I arrived London eagerly to spend my weekend indulging in good food and watching sports (an early Premier League match in Wembley, and then the Six Nations’ rugby match). I decided to try out Hilton London Hyde Park hotel as my base – normally my choice would be the nearby DoubleTree Hyde Park.
Upon entering the hotel lobby (which wasn’t so obvious to locate), I was warmly greeted by the reception staff. The staff member who checked me in was friendly and pleasant to deal with. The single room which I had originally booked was upgraded to a queen room, thanks to my Hilton Honors Gold status. The lobby area was small, but nicely decorated. There were two stand-up check-in counters and a small sitting area, enough for four lounge chairs. As space is a premium in central London, it is not fair to make comparisons with the majestic lobbies in various Hiltons located around Asia.
Bedroom & Bathroom
My room was on the third floor and access was through a small elevator located next to the check-in desks. As another option, you can also climb three flights of stairs (surprisingly quite wide). As I entered the room, I was hit by a strong scent of flora which I could tell had only been recently sprayed. It was a nice touch. The room overlooked the beautiful and well-known landmark of London – the iconic Hyde Park.
Overall, the room was relatively spacious for a central London location. On either side of the bed, there was a bedside table, equipped with an alarm clock, power outlets and USB charge slots (handy for charging your mobile if you forget an adapter). Directly opposite the bed was the mounted television and under that, a desk/workstation. Again, there were power outlets and USB charge slots. The room also had the standard amenities such as fridge, safe, coffee/tea and kettle. There was a thermostat in the room for adjusting the temperature as well.
The bathroom was a little bit small – you couldn’t shower with the bathroom door open. Again, it contained basic amenities such as body wash, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and a shower cap. The skin care products were all branded as Crabtree and Evelyn. The shower itself was equipped with a fixed rain shower and a handheld shower unit, both of which had good water pressure.
Now, for my night’s sleep. As I’ve said before, beds are personal taste, but for me, the bed was perfect and comfortable in all aspects – the mattress, duvet and pillows. No complaints from me. I slept, for the most part, like a log. The only downside was that the external walls and windows were not soundproof which meant I was awakened twice due to the sirens from ambulance/police vehicles. Luckily, I was able to fall back asleep almost instantly. So, for the light sleepers out there, you may want to ask for a room which is not facing Hyde Park or away from Bayswater Road.
In the morning, I noticed an almost sewage-like smell – not too strong, but noticeable. And it was then I realised why they had sprayed the room with a scent – to mask the unpleasant smell. I wasn’t too bothered because I was checking out later that morning. The hotel also provided a complimentary ‘Sunday Times’ newspaper at the doorstep – another perk of holding a Gold status. There were also two bottles of water in the fridge, again complimentary to Gold members.
The breakfast room portrayed an old Victorian-type design. The lighting was too dim for my liking and there was also no natural lighting. As for the food, the breakfast was the standard buffet style. The hot food spread included sausages, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, hash browns and fried and boiled eggs. There were also a variety of cereals, fruits, breads and pastries. As for beverages, there was a selection of juices and a self-help coffee machine (latte, cappuccino, Americano, flat white). I was craving a hot chocolate, so I asked one of the staff if they’d make one – and they did.
As for location, it is prime. Hyde Park is right at your doorstep – literally. Exit the lobby, cross the road and you’re in Hyde Park. Ideal for a run (my choice), or if you prefer, a stroll in the park. The hotel is actually attached to the same building block as Queensway tube station (Central line) and a less than five minute walk to Bayswater tube station (District and Circle lines). There is also an endless choice of restaurants in the area – some great Chinese, Greek and Indian restaurants are in the vicinity. It is also very near to Paddington station for the Heathrow Express (just one stop from Bayswater tube station).
Would I stay in this hotel again? Absolutely. The hotel was clean and my room was a decent size (despite the fact you’re in central London). The location and friendly staff are other reasons why I’d come back to stay at Hilton London Hyde Park.