When visiting a new city, many travellers often want to be right in the heart of the action, but in places as popular as London, this can prove expensive. Luckily, there are several cheap hotels in Paddington. Famous for its namesake bear and proximity to Hyde Park, the area is home to several affordable, boutique properties that’ll allow you to splash out and enjoy the centre of town – in other words, you can have your marmalade sandwiches and eat them, too.
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The Falcon Hotel sits next to Paddington Station | Courtesy of Falcon Hotel / Hotels.com
Next door to Paddington Station, the Falcon Hotel is a B&B that offers charming budget accommodation for those looking to spend their money on exploring. The rooms are simply designed but have a light and airy atmosphere thanks to the pretty sash windows that allow guests to take in the Central London location. There are a variety of room options, including singles, doubles, family rooms and suites, and though some will require you to share bathroom facilities (it’s clearly stated when booking if this is the case), each comes with unlimited free Wi-Fi and a free continental or cooked breakfast each morning.
The Pilgrm has done away with extraneous extras, including reception; instead, it focusses its attention on creating a beautiful but affordable space. Guests check in using their phones, although there’s always someone available to answer questions, should the need arise. With the use of reclaimed furniture from schools, hospitals and military facilities, but with an added contemporary flair, the interiors are cool but not try-hard. In addition to coffee and espresso, the street-level café, Workshop Coffee, offers teas and baked goods, and in the afternoon, you’ll find the Dolcelatte cheese toasties from head chef Sara Lewis impossible to resist. As it faces Paddington Station, you couldn’t get any closer to the heart of the neighbourhood.
Wander through Little Venice from Paddington Station to reach this Regency-style mansion, former school and hospital. The birthplace of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, it’s now home to the four-star Colonnade hotel, where you can hole up among antique furniture and brocade fabrics after a busy day riding the Tube around the capital. Rooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and free newspapers, and breakfast is generous – covering pancakes, pastries and a full English. There’s also a charming restaurant on site serving Persian food.
Just down the road from Paddington in Bayswater, La Suite West is an oasis right in the middle of town. The black timber, marble and Japanese-shutter-style screens used throughout add a sense of discretion and privacy, even to the public areas. Up in the rooms, anglepoise lamps and navy bedding add to the mood, and at golden hour, the slats in the shutters create dreamy light patterns. Book into one of the larger rooms, which have private terraces that look out onto the pretty Victorian street below.
Overlooking Kensington Gardens, the bedrooms at Thistle grant you walkable access to Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the West End. Rooms are modern and functional, but what they lack in imagination, they make up for with unlimited Wi-Fi, irons and hairdryers, as well as wheelchair-accessible rooms. Down in The Brasserie, there’s a varied menu of fresh salads, comforting pub classics and stone-baked pizzas, while the Lounge Bar serves some unusual wines plus a great selection of craft beers and ciders.