Excellent value for business travellers
Posted Nov 30, 2012
This was my first time at the Orchard Hotel but certainly not my first time in this type of London hotel: converted residential turned into a rabbit warren of rooms. I stayed in two different rooms (my fault because of a mix-up in reservations): #205 (surprisingly on the second floor) faced the street and was a bit two small for its two single beds; #507 (not surprisingly, given how eccentric these places are, was in the basement) was ultra quiet, facing onto a tiny square and both the room and bathroom were large.
Both rooms were clean, with flat screen TV and a good choice of channels. The bathrooms were clean and modern...but aside from a single piece of soap, bare of things you might normally expect, like shampoo.
The rooms were, I believe, representative of the general state of the hotel: refurbished in the first half of 2012 and still looking clean and bright.
The front desk staff were helpful and friendly.
There is a breakfast available for a price but I did not partake. There is no bar or dining room. No summer air-conditioning. WiFi available for 5 pounds a day.
The hotel is an easy walk from Paddington Station (home of the Heathrow Express) and to Edgeware Road, home of a vibrant Lebanese/Arab community. The major food chains are there (Tesco and, closest to the hotel, Waitrose).
Overall: excellent "value for money" for business travellers and others that just want a place to sleep as they do London.