We booked two rooms for one (Saturday) night. I chose the Hilton at Paddington, partly on price and the benefits I have from being a Diamond HHonors member and partly because it was ideally situated for our weekend plans; arrive into Kings Cross, tour of hidden tunnels under London Euston, visit to the Churchill War Rooms, Heathrow Connect train to Heathrow T3 for a flight. I’d also had poor experiences in the Hilton Metropole.
The hotel is actually part of Paddington train Station – I think it was formerly the Great Western Railway hotel. Opposite is Paddington London Underground station – although you may also find yourself arriving at another Paddington Underground (other end of the train station), depending on which line you use/direction you arrive from.
We arrived from Kings Cross into the Paddington Underground at the other end of the main line station. There weren’t any signs to the Hilton, but we found it with a bit of help from smartphones. There’s actually an entrance direct from Paddington station. The front entrance looks like this:
It’s quite a grand old London hotel but has obviously been completely refurbished.
Check in (around 2:20pm) was quick and our upgraded rooms were ready. It looks like the rooms are different shapes to suit the existing building. Mine had an entrance hall, with bathroom entrance on one side, wardrobe/safe/tea-making facilities on the other and a lounge bedroom at the end.
The bed was king size with plenty of pillows:
The lounge area was comfortable. The TV only seemed to have a few terrestrial English channels and then a mixture of foreign-language channels. I guess there’s only so many they can provide and have to keep everyone happy.
The view from the window was all railway station:
The wi-fi wasn’t amazing but it was okay.
The Executive Lounge is on the ground floor. The entrance desk was unmanned most of the time – your room card provides access.
We made it back from our tour about 19:45 just in time for the end of the happy hour 18:00-20:30 drinks and food. The snack food options were pretty good and much better than the Hilton Metropole and Hilton Gatwick. The drink options were pretty poor; no sparkling wine, only Stella Artois as a beer, only Jack Daniels as a whisky plus a vodka and a gin. The bathrooms were clean and modern. We didn’t use the lounge for breakfast, but popped in around 13:00 the next day and there were finger sandwiches available.
We left the lounge and walked around the corner to Mughal’s Indian Restaurant. On our return, around 23:30, we visited the hotel bar (146 Paddington) for a drink – the bar had several tables of customers. We were asked if we were guests – I later read that the bar closes at 23:00. Two large beers and a large Amaretto was £23.10. Just before midnight, the manager informed us that the bar was closing and could we finish our drinks in the lobby. Only a few guests moved to the lobby and the rest I imagine left. I find it unusual that a hotel bar closes so early on a Saturday – particularly for guests.
Breakfast in the Brasserie restaurant. There was a wide selection of continental and full English breakfast options. Orange juice was in a large heavy jug that was hard to pick up. The ceilings felt very low, almost claustrophobic, so I don’t think I’d dine there for lunch or dinner.
As we didn’t need to leave until 2pm, I called and asked for a late checkout on just one of our rooms – they were more than happy to arrange that.
Overall I enjoyed my stay and would certainly consider staying again.
Hilton London Paddington
146 Praed Street, London, W2 1EE, United Kingdom