Sunday, 19 February 2017
Novotel, Paddington: A Review
As we often do in the school holidays, this half term we spent a couple of days in central London with our good friends, the RocknRollerBaby gang.
Ruth and I are both ex-Londoners. Although we're both happy with our new lives in the countryside, there's nothing we love more than heading back to the big smoke and revisiting all our favourite places every now and again.
On this occasion we lined up lots to do with the kids and, in order to make the most out of two days of adventures, we stayed overnight at the Novotel in Paddington.
The hotel's location was perfect; about 800m from Paddington station, which serviced by both trains and tubes so super easy to get to. Close by were a couple of chain restaurants (we had dinner at Zizzi, which we all loved) and a Sainsbury's Local, which is always useful when you have kids in case you need emergency supplies like nappies or calpol. The hotel was also on a mostly pedestrianised business park, which meant it was lovely and quiet in the evening.
The girls and I met Ruth and the kids in reception to check in. The first thing that impressed me, aside from the lovely staff, was that there were computer games for the children to play with while the grown ups did all the boring stuff. Check in took just a tiny bit longer than usual on this occasion because THIS PARTICULAR NOVOTEL HAS A POOL and, in order to be able to use it, we had to fill in an extra form. But it was no biggie, and we could have filled out ten forms as we had to tear the children away from the fun!
On heading up to our room, we were greeted by a huge plate of macaroons which couldn't have come at a better time as the girls were pretty peckish!
The room itself was lovely and spacious and, quite honestly, the best thought out design for families that I have ever come across in a hotel. The toilet was separate to the bathroom, which had a bath, a separate shower and double doors opening out onto the bedroom which was something I especially liked, as it meant I could keep an eye on the kids while I was in the shower. Between us we had a huge double bed and a sofa bed that converted into two singles.... of course it goes without saying that we all slept in the big bed together ;)
Add a huge TV, an Xbox and some lovely toiletries to the mix and you've got yourself a pretty decent set up, if you ask me!
We decided to spend the afternoon using the hotel's facilities, which firstly meant heading down for a swim! There's also a gym, a sauna and a steam room on site, although the kids just wanted to splash around (and who can blame them!).
After we'd been out for dinner we headed back to our room to settle down and watch a movie in our pyjamas (they had a selection to choose from at reception). I can't tell you how nice it was to have a relaxing evening and a good sleep in the middle of two jam packed days exploring London Town!
And then we woke up the following morning to a wonderful breakfast, which set us all up perfectly for another day in the city. There was so much choice at the breakfast buffet; I had a delicious fry up, and the kids had nutella pancakes, fruit and yoghurt.
I couldn't have been more impressed with the Novotel at Paddington and it's facilities - and we will 100% be visiting again in the future. With rooms starting at just £129, it really is an inexpensive way of extending a trip to London, and it's heaps of fun to boot.
We received a complimentary overnight stay at the Novotel Paddington in exchange for this honest review.
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