In the northwest of London you’ll find the sleepy neighbourhood of Maida Vale. Close to Abbey Road Studios and Lord’s Cricket Ground, it’s a perfectly picturesque part of London to stay in thanks to its Victorian houses and proximity to the canal and Little Venice. From laid-back apartments to luxury boutiques, these are the best hotels to book in Maida Vale.
Europa House Apartments
The decor at Europa House Apartments is crisp and modern | Courtesy of Europa House Apartments / Hotels.com
Overlooking Little Venice from a Regency-style townhouse, the luxurious apartments that make up Europa House sit in large private gardens. The living areas are spacious, with large sash windows that let in lots of natural light, and kitchens come with thoughtful touches such as Hemsley + Hemsley cookbooks. Decor throughout is crisp and modern, there’s a concierge on hand for anything extra you might need, and yoga mats and music docking stations are available.
A former school and hospital (the birthplace of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, no less), this Regency mansion in Little Venice is now home to the four-star Colonnade Hotel. Antique furniture and brocade fabrics give the rooms a traditional grandeur, while comforts such as free Wi-Fi and satellite TV keep them feeling modern. It’s just a 15-minute walk from Paddington station, so it’s particularly convenient for those visiting from the West Country or South Wales but, more importantly, breakfast is a generous spread of pancakes and pastries, with the option of a full English.
Easy, stylish and functional, the Novotel London Paddington is ideal for business travellers or those looking for an affordable option in a central location. There’s a swimming pool (heated, of course), and if you’re staying with kids, you can book one of the 24 purpose-built family rooms. Though it lacks some of the personality found in boutique hotels, the rooms are spacious, the modern bathrooms feature large power showers, and the proximity to London Zoo and the city’s various royal parks also make it ideally located for exploring.
Right on the corner of Kilburn High Road, there’s plenty to do around the London Marriott in Maida Vale. A leisurely stroll in any direction will land you somewhere interesting – Lord’s Cricket Ground, Regent’s Park or Abbey Road Studios, to name a few. Though it’s a chain, don’t be discouraged, as this one has a surprising amount of heart, not to mention an in-house Carluccio’s, a Bannatyne Health Club and a pool. The rooms are modern and decorated, unexpectedly, in a calming blend of monochrome, millennial pink and dove grey. Sixties-style furniture and carefully positioned works of art add to the edginess.
If you’re in need of some serious home comforts, book into Space Apart Hotel. It’s just down the road from Maida Vale, set among the Georgian townhouses near Paddington, and apartments sleep up to four. Each of the serviced apartments comes with a fully fitted kitchen (including cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, the works) plus DVD players, reclining beds and air conditioning and, though small, they are well designed to feel comfy rather than cluttered. Decor is contemporary, but for a touch more character choose a premium room, some of which are up in the eaves.