After enjoying a few days London in 2007 (and returning in 2011 after our time in Stonehenge, Bristol y Bath), we bring you our opinion of the Balmoral House Hotel, an accommodation located very close to the Paddington Station and which we arrived at thanks to the recommendation of our friend, Ruth and by recommendations of the forolondres.com (great forum about the English capital)
We thought about the issue a lot, looking for the cheapest or most economical option, but in the end we opted for a double room with a private bathroom and we couldn’t afford either the expensive low-quality hotels in the center of London or the precarious hostels that didn’t provide us with the facilities. minimum services that we wanted.
Balmoral House Hotel, a pocos metros de Paddington Station
We do not find ourselves faced with a location very well connected, less than 5 minutes walk from Paddington Station which allows us to take the Heathrow Express (15min) or the Heathrow Connect (30min) to travel to the Airport and not waste time on transfers. It is next to Hyde Park and It has 2 metro stations very closePaddington and Lancaster, to go to the nerve center in less than 10 minutes.
Their prices They are varied and depend on the season. For reference, for us the double room with bathroom and breakfast cost us 75 pounds the night (2011 – He’s up to 85 pounds | – Between 75 and 115 pounds depending on the season).
Paying with a visa they charge you 5% more in commission (already from , on Booking.com it has a fixed price without extra commissions)
Has double, triple, multiple roomswith a bathroom in the room or with a shared bathroom, on both sides of the street where it is located in small houses in the purest English style.
On cleaning, on the London forum they say the following “The room is typical English, with carpet, flower curtains and so on, but very clean, as is the bathroom and the towels, and they do have the typical sachets of gel, shampoo, etc. In the room you have a jug to heat water and sachets of tea, coffee, cookies, etc.”
Also, if anyone thinks it’s going to be cold in it, forget it. The heating works all night long.
Another important thing in London, a strong breakfast which includes eggs, mushrooms, bacon, toast, sweet rolls, juice, cereals, etc…
Also note that the owner’s name is Aury and she is of Galician origin, so the language will not be an obstacle there either. What’s more, they say that it is a quiet area and the atmosphere in the hotel is very endearing.
Guided tour of the Balmoral House Hotel, our opinion.
The Balmoral House Hotel has Appetizer on both sides of the street, at 156 and 157. (UPDATE 2011: In 2007 we were on the side of 157 and in 2011 on the side of the main entrance). We enter through the door…
If we raise the stairswe see that there are 3 rooms on each floor, except on the ground floor where there are some more…
The last rooms (where we stayed) are on the fourth floor (UPDATE 2011: We got the second one. Come in with us.
The room It follows the same decoration as the rest of the rooms, it has 2 chairs, a closet, 1 table, a side table, 2 beds (in our case), bathroom, gels, shampoo, soap, coffee maker, sugar, teas, Bible, clean sheets, central heating , …
He bathroom It is perhaps the worst thing about the room, because it is very small, like that of an airplane cabin. In any case it fulfills its function. The water comes out hot (very hot) the first time, the toilet runs without problems and the sink has 2 taps for both waters
UPDATE 2011: The one we had in 2011 was much larger than the previous one, as the pool was outside of it.
The view at night From the area of 157, it is from an intersection that will lead to Paddigton Street, trees with fallen leaves in autumn and a typical place taken from a London street postcard.
The cama It has up to 2 quilts and 2 sheets. We had plenty of them everywhere. Of course, they were perfectly clean and it was a pleasure to get into them.
The mattress is very cozy, so much so that after walking up and down London you fall asleep and sleep soundly.
Breakfast and verdict at the Balmoral House Hotel in London
And the breakfast… !! What to say about breakfast!! That everything they say in the forums is right. !!!Of everything!!! Juice, coffee, tea, milk, 5 types of cereals, jam, butter, honey, eggs, ham, mushrooms, sausages, toast and everything you can think of. It can be reached by going down the stairs if you are in the main building or by entering through the reception at 156 or even, like in the movies, by going down the stairs that lead to the kitchen as if it were a basement from the street outside.
¿Lo we would recommend? We would not be very coherent if after our passage in 2007 we repeated it in 2011 and did not recommend it, therefore the answer is AND although evaluate its price according to the season you go before. Check availability and prices here for the Balmoral House Hotel in London.
It is a quiet place, well located, with good communications, more than acceptable rooms and a great breakfast. Maybe the prices are going up too much (but all of London is like that), but if in doubt it is absolutely recommended in Cotter pins
Paula and Isaac, from London (United Kingdom)