Ascot located across from Paddington station
When booking on line it is extremely hard to get a feel for a hotel. I was looking for one that would house a family of four in 1 room on a budget. Easy to do in the US, not so much in London. I did finally find a hotel that would accomodate us for about $95. This was in 2005 during New Years. The location was great across the street from Paddington Station. The room was on the fifth floor and the lift was broken. We noticed that on each floor they had the same print of a guy on a horse in the country. Sometimes a floor would have 2 or 3 of the same print in the hallway. Anyway we finally got up to our room, went to put something in the refrigerator, none there. Just an empty hole. the fixtures on the tub had tape holding them together. However the beds were pretty comfortable. During the night the room became uncomfortably hot, so we opened the windows. We also just put our drinks outside on the ledge as we had no fridge. No problem. All in all it was a pretty good stay. If everything goes smoothly there is not much to remember but when you have little mishaps it is fun to laugh about. And now the name ASCOT always gets a laugh in our family. The same pictures on the walls of every floor.