The room I received was not quite like the photos on the web, but
the podlike design and colour scheme had a futuristic feel, the room
was clean, and they were environmentally conscious enough to mean
what they said: if you were willing to reuse your towels, they were
perfectly ok with leaving rooms unserviced. I found this place
I had a lot of privacy in the room. I put the Do Not
Disturb sign on the door, and was not disturbed for the entire
time I was there.
To me, this made up for the hot water in the shower not working. I
tried my best to work it out, but I only managed to have cold showers
while I was there. Why did I not complain? I think it was partly that
I wanted privacy and didn't want the disruption, but I came to find
the situation humorous. It is notoriously difficult to find
inexpensive accommodation in London, and this place seemed pretty
modern, cool and clean for the price. Taking a cold shower in April
in London was certainly uncomfortable, but once I got through it, I
would feel strangely invigorated. I decided to see it as part of the
There was also the issue with the smell of the bathroom. I had
read something online with someone complaining of a raw sewage type
smell, but what I perceived was something that I think was related to
the design of the podlike bathroom. There wasn't adequate
ventilation, and the smell that resulted was something like what you
get if you keep the lid of a washing machine closed when not in use.
I quite liked the full English breakfast buffet (complimentary),
although I only sampled something resembling the full part a
couple of times - the rest of the time the lighter options were
quite good as well.
The hotel was in Paddington, and near the tube station. I found it
a very good location. In addition, it is very easy to get to/from the
airport by tube or express from/to Paddington station.