From only looking at the exterior, you might say that The Caesar resembles 1001 other modest and elegant buildings in the British capital. However, the giant bamboo plants at the hotel's entrance give you a clue of what kind of style you will find inside: both surprising and modern. Yet another new example of a successful renovation! Especially when here and there you come across certain elements of decoration from times past, in the form of the mosaics scattered around the place... This hotel is suitable for everyone, but mostly couples of all ages.
Located midway between 4 stations (Bayswater, Paddington, Lancaster and Queensway) and two neighbourhoods (Paddington and Bayswater), the hotel enjoys a prime location only a few minutes' walk away from Hyde Park. In addition, the proximity of underground stations (Central Line, District Line, Circle Line and Bakerloo Line) enables to you reach every corner of the city and all of its tourist attractions in very little time.
The hotel, which has belonged to the Derbys Group for three years, mainly attracts a European clientele, and particularly, Latin tourists. The pleasant owner (a proud Catalan) has even put up signs in English, Castilian and Catalan. Several packages are available: from a single room without breakfast to a half-board option.
Built in the 19th century, the hotel's decor is completely different from other establishments of the same age. If at first the facade seems to come from a classical period, take a closer look. Certain details, such as the ground floor windows, the large bamboo plants at the entrance, and the interior decoration will completely change your mind. The decor has actually been re-done from top to bottom. Just a few charming elements bear witness to the hotel's past: brick walls, old mosaics hung on the walls in the lobby and the meeting rooms... As for the lobby (waxed by Mr. Clean), well, it's hard to believe it wasn't built and designed yesterday. It is a tastefully decorated space with simple but modern sofas and armchairs, as well more giant bamboo plants. The hotel is also home to a sauna and a small fitness room, which is currently being extended! In fact, new equipment should shortly be available for use.
The 140 rooms are divided into three categories: standard, executive, and delux. Most of the rooms overlook the small private garden adjacent to the hotel. In terms of the general decoration, you may have expected a touch more originality. With the exception of the wooden floors, brick walls and bamboo plants, however, the furniture is simple and modern, just like is found in the reception area. There are also details that seem out of place, such as the not-quite-harmonious brown bedspread and the rather classic bathroom. As for amenities, it is a shame that there is no mini-bar. Although everything else is provided: individual air conditioning, flat screen television, telephone, Internet keyboard, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer and bathrobes in the executive rooms. The only inconvenience is the size. The standard rooms are only 14 mē. A size that is perhaps detrimental to the quality...
A heavy "hidden" door in the entrance hall opens out onto a staircase that leads to a dining hall, which is just as sparkly clean as the lobby. Mr. Clean strikes again! Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers a menu with many options, from international dishes to sandwiches or tapas. The main course will cost you about 15 pounds. Also, keep in mind that the bar on the ground floor offers the same menu as the restaurant.
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