Only 2 minutes from Paddington station (though further than their ‘official’ Paddington hotel), the Accor mid-range chain Mercure is well situated. In the area there are lots of restaurants, plus the Great London canal or Hyde Park if you fancy a stroll.
I actually got to chat with their sales director at a curious event, and she told me they think of the hotel as a boutique after its refurbishment in 2016.
I’m not convinced of that, as it still feels very much like a business hotel, albeit one with little bits of weird decor.
We also talked about the strange partnership they have with the indigo hotel which backs onto Mercure. They share a breakfast room, and are happy for you to walk through the other for quicker access, even though they are from competing hotel groups.
On to the room, which was fairly small, but did have a big comfortable bed with roughly a hundred 100 pillows, plus a chair and small desk. A plus point for me was that there were lots of plug sockets and USB power points. Free wifi was very stable and strong, even if you did have to refresh every 24 hours.
The shower was powerful and easy to set the temperature, while the bathroom had a heated mirror to avoid condensation marred shaving.
There was a TV with Freeview, which includes a couple of film channels and news channels among about 50 British options. The fridge in the room wasn’t cold, making it more of a box, but at least there were tea making facilities.
Returning to the curious event, the hotel provides drinks every Tuesday free of charge to the guests: red and white wine plus little snacks. I partook, noting the link between the event and a request to register a review on a certain travel website.
Overall, we didn’t mind the Mercure, but it is quite expensive and there are a lot of hotels in the area. You can’t argue with the location, though, and if you do come here remember to enjoy the Tuesday night drinks.
Address: 8 Talbot Square, London W2 1TS