When I visited London for the first time in Spring 2001, it was my first time traveling abroad alone. My dad actually found the Ashley online and made the reservation for me...and I was not disappointed. It was nothing luxurious, of course, but the room was clean, had a working TV and telephone, and the staff was friendly. And starting at only £40, it's very affordable--especially if you're not keen on staying in a hostel.
As a young woman traveling alone, I never felt nervous or unsafe either in the hotel or on the neighborhood. I saw several evening plays while I was in London and was often returning home late at night. I never had a problem.
When I return to London, I will stay at the Ashley again.
Unique Quality: The Ashley is very close to Paddington Station, making it easy to get to from airport on the Heathrow Express and easy to get out into London on the Tube.
Also, the hotel is located on quiet Norfolk Square in two lovely Victorian apartment buildings. If you want a peaceful stay in an historic building, you can't go wrong with the Ashley.
Directions: Located just a couple of short blocks from Paddington Station--make sure you have your bearings before you start walking, though, or you'll wind up going in circles for a while like I did.
Great Hotel / B&B ....
Room a little small, but that is common in
Europe. Everything was clean and well kept
up in the room and hotel. The staff was very
attentive and helpful ....
Great breakfast in the morning - included.
We will return and recommend it to others.
Unique Quality: .
The Ashley Hotel is located in the tree-lined tranquillity of
Norfolk Square with its well-tended lawns and flower beds.
Here, as a guest, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll before
frequenting one of the many cafes and restaurants that
are located in the immediate area ....
Directions: 15-17 Norfolk Square,
Hyde Park, London, W2 1RU
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I haven't stayed there myself but the location is pretty much ideal for whatever you could want to do. It's bang in the heart of London just down the road from Paddington station (alot of major UK connections), and the West End is close by (stay away from Oxford street, instead head for soho in the streets behind it!)
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Address: 15 - 17 Norfolk Square, Paddington, London, W2 1RU, United Kingdom