Darlington Hyde Park

This traditional hotel near Kensington Gardens is known for its crisp, formal service.

By Alex Robinson, Monday, Oct 5, 2009, 4:09 PM

Darlington Hyde Park

About this Hotel

Price From $142

'Hood In west London just north of Kensington Gardens, Lancaster Gate has broad streets lined with stucco-fronted 19th-century merchants' mansions. Catch the Heathrow Express at Paddington train station, a five-minute walk away.

The Vibe A tidy cream façade tucked behind impeccably painted wrought-iron Victorian railings. This very traditional hotel has a tried-and-true recipe of good housekeeping and crisp, formal service.

Rooms All 40 no-nonsense rooms come equipped with sturdy ash desks; beds with matronly, cherry-red wool blankets; and small, very clean bathrooms with tub showers. Street-facing rooms have views of Sussex Gardens, a broad, tree-lined avenue.

Plus The hotel takes good care of women traveling solo—you can choose to be grouped on the same floor with other solo women, and room numbers are kept strictly private. The reception desk is also staffed 24 hours a day.

Minus Lancaster Gate is a favorite of tourists, so stay elsewhere if you want to live like a local.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted AmEx, MC, Visa.

Details Doubles from $142 (£89), including breakfast.