Novotel opens Paddington hotel

1 Oct 2008 by Mark Caswell

Hotel group Accor opened its latest Novotel
in London this
week, hailing it as the flagship property for the New Generation brand.

Located behind Paddington Station in
Paddington Central, a mixed-use development, the hotel shares its grounds with
residential towers, several office buildings and a handful of restaurants and
cafes alongside Regent’s Canal.

General manager Nicolas Lazarou said: “This
is the flagship hotel for Novotel so everything you see here will eventually be
in all the New Generation Novotels.”

The hotel offers 206 en-suite rooms
(including three suites which will be completed in three weeks time), Elements
restaurant, with TV dining pods for lone diners, and a flexible menu offering
courses in any size you like. There are also eight meeting rooms on the
mezzanine level upstairs from the lobby and a break out area both inside and
onto a terrace, which will also be completed in three weeks time.

A big bonus for the weary traveller is the
leisure facilities. There’s a spacious gym with cardiovascular machines with
TVs, and an eight-metre swimming pool with sauna and steam room.

Lazarou added: “This is the first Novotel
to offer the In Balance Wellness centre and being so close to Paddington [and
the Heathrow Express link to Heathrow] it’s perfect for both business and
leisure travellers.”

The lobby has two Apple Mac computer
stations for guests to use the internet free of charge for twenty minutes.

Apart from the suites, all rooms are the
same size (around 28sqm) and have 26-inch flatscreen TVs, queen-size beds (with
two pillow options), a sofa bed, wifi access (charged at £14.99 for 24 hours)
and also access to the internet through a keyboard linked wirelessly to the TV.
Bathrooms have separate bath and shower (57 rooms have rain showers only), and
Accor branded toiletries. All rooms also have tea and coffee making facilities,
mini-bar, laptop sized safe and trouser press.

For business travellers, floors nine and
ten have executive rooms, which offer more facilities than the standard rooms.
For a £30 room supplement guests will have free wifi access, free local
telephone calls, bathrobe and slippers, upgraded amenities, an Espresso machine
and a Bose iPod dock.

The three suites, which are around 56sqm,
have two flatscreen televisions, king-size beds, huge bathrooms and as well as
the usual gadgets, they offer a Bose Wave CD player and radio.

To get to the hotel from Paddington Railway
Station, head towards the end of platform 8 (the opposite end from the Hilton)
and follow the signs for Sheldon
Square and Kingdom Street. After around five
minutes, turn left at the bridge and enter Paddington Central. The hotel is
hard to miss as its exterior is a shimmering wall of copper, gold and bronze –
the work of architects Dexter Moren Assosciates who have designed other hotels for
other brands including Marriott, Holiday Inn, Travelodge and Ibis.

For room rates and more information visit

Report by Felicity Cousins

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