Thursday, November 11, 2010

European Escapade - Hotel Novotel London Paddington **


So here we are on the fourth day of my London trip with B and me finally arriving at Novotel Hotel. We paid the Limo Cab driver his fare and it was getting noticeably colder even though sunshine was peeping through the gloomy clouds of London. The plan was to meet up with B's colleagues who had just arrived from KL before deciding on our next course of action.



Welcome to Novotel Paddington


First things first and after exchanging hellos we checked in to the hotel and were given a key to a Double Room on the fourth floor.



Novotel London Paddington is gorgeous both inside and outside. A 4-star New Generation hotel furnished with modern interior, the hotel is located in the newer business district of Paddington Central so everything surrounding the area is spanking clean and fresh.

From the outside...

Looking in...Novotel


I was pretty excited to see the inside of our room and my anticipation was rewarded with a beautiful large room! After staying in a tiny room at Cromwell for the last 3 days, it was nice to come to a spacious room with a double bed and a sofa bed as well, which we used to hold all our shopping bags over the next few days! Smiley

Spacious Luxury


Right by the door was a closet equipped with ironing board and iron. I had no use for the iron but it was nice to know one was available should I need to do some ironing. Smiley


Novotel Paddington was the only hotel (out of the three we stayed in UK) that had a minibar or cooler. That was a relief because finally I could buy all the drinks and desserts I wanted and had a place to store them. Otherwise, I'd be further deprived of my something cold when inside the hotel. Despite the chilly weather, I still needed my iced coffee and cold strawberry mousse every once in a while so this was a great addition to the hotel room. tepuktangan

Finally a minibar


TV is important simply because when staying in a foreign hotel, I am always curious to see what the country has to offer in terms of entertainment. Internet was not FREE however so we paid for the 24-HR service. So far, the Internet speed and connection in London had been quite sluggish but sufficient to let me check my emails, reply important messages and of course tweet my friends back home. Smiley



When we switched on the TV, there was a message for B on the screen, which I thought was pretty cool. While he went to the Lobby to settle work matters, I changed into my casual denim jacket and got ready to head out again; no time to rest and enjoy the room just yet!

You have a message

Okay another reason that put Novotel Paddington at the top of my list is the lovely bathroom we enjoyed in our double room. It had a bathtub, a separate shower for B and it was comfortably spacious. Finally, I could enjoy a long leisurely soak on my vacation. And throughout our 3 nights here; I made full use of the bath tub, soaking away my fatigue after a long day of sightseeing and shopping. Smiley


And here is also where I enjoyed my Lush buys. Lush items are really heavy so I had no choice but to use them up as soon as I bought them in order to avoid additional weight to my already bulky luggage. When we first arrived, we had two full suitcases and 2 empty ones but by Day 4, all four bags were filled with stuff! ihikhik

Bathtub soak for me

Shower for B


Decorations are minimal but enough to give the room a clean, modern look. This is the view outside our window - an office building, which I can clearly see inside and laugh at the hardworking workers slaving away at work while I was happily enjoying my vacation!
Smiley


My only complaint about the hotel is that the Tube and Train Station is quite a distance from the hotel. Other than that, the hotel was divine! Anyway half an hour after checking in, we were back downstairs waiting for B's colleagues.

Waiting for the guys

Cold day in Paddington


B and I took some pictures while waiting for his friends and finally the whole group was complete including the two Soccer Kids winners, who were the main reason we were all on this trip. The boys were really shy so no pictures of them just yet.

B and gang

Chatting with Nathan

The agenda that evening - Trafalgar Square! Smiley


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102 comments:

Monica,  November 11, 2010 9:55 AM

:* :* :* :*

Monica,  November 11, 2010 9:59 AM

wow...very spacious room indeed! love it! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Monica,  November 11, 2010 10:01 AM

so did u swim2 in the bathtub? :-D :-D :-P :-P

Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 11, 2010 10:05 AM

8-) 8-)

Monica,  November 11, 2010 10:07 AM

thanks for sharing the pics sweetie.. looking forward to ur next post! ;) :)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 11, 2010 10:10 AM

whoaaa nice hotel!! ;) ;)

Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 11, 2010 10:12 AM

oops! there is 4TH floor in hotel?? i tot dey skipped d num 4?? =-X =-X

Caroline Ng May Ling,  November 11, 2010 10:12 AM

woweee! i love bath tub!! :-P :-P :-P

wintergurl,  November 11, 2010 11:20 AM

How much u pay for the hotel ? the mini bar looks cute

LadyJava,  November 11, 2010 11:55 AM

wah nice lah this hotel and you're right sooo big

LadyJava,  November 11, 2010 11:56 AM

bathtub and shower? now that's mah kind of hotel!

LadyJava,  November 11, 2010 11:56 AM

loving everything so far about this hotel.. but must be expensive ah..

LadyJava,  November 11, 2010 11:57 AM

so happy you finally got to use your Lush product dearie.. otherwise disappointed lagi kan?

*Michael,  November 11, 2010 2:24 PM

:* :* :*

*Michael,  November 11, 2010 2:24 PM

I love the neatness and modern looking of this hotel :*

*Michael,  November 11, 2010 2:25 PM

Soaking in bathtub for hours, i guess? !!! :-P :-P :-P

Jackie Hooper,  November 11, 2010 10:10 PM

WoooHooo that looks fun!! I have always wanted to visit there. Pam has been and pplans on going back. Maybe we can save so I can go with her next time!!

That hotel looks great and so do you and B!!

Oh I must get by and see Monica too...it's taking me forever to get around to everyone...happy day!! 8-) :-D

Jackie Hooper,  November 11, 2010 10:11 PM

Hey got the right picture added!! :) :-D :-D :-D

Jackie Hooper,  November 11, 2010 10:12 PM

Tweeting for ya'! :-D :-D :-D

MizĂ©,  November 12, 2010 1:12 AM

Hi Marzie,
Came to catchup your latest posts. Life is taking over my online time :)
The hotel looks really nice, clean and comfortable. By the pics it looks like you had a pleasant stay. Ohhh...I would love such an escapade, even alone :)
Hugs my friend xx

Life Ramblings,  November 12, 2010 10:44 PM

wow, how nice to stay in such luxury hotel during your getaway. it's a great hotel and the rates are very expensive too.

Life Ramblings,  November 12, 2010 10:47 PM

the interior does look inviting and cosy. as far as i can remember, i've only stayed once in shanghai's novotel during my working trip a few years ago.

Life Ramblings,  November 12, 2010 10:51 PM

I've no idea why I lack motivation to do anything these days. really no mood. hope my spirits will be uplifted within these few days.

Life Ramblings,  November 12, 2010 10:52 PM

hope you have a wonderful weekend. thanks for dropping by and say hi today.

bluedreamer27,  November 12, 2010 10:56 PM

wow it looks very expensive too LOL :) :) :)

bluedreamer27,  November 12, 2010 10:57 PM

have agreat day and happy blogging Marzie

MaxiVelasco,  November 13, 2010 6:30 AM

Hello Marzie!!! :-D :-D :-D

MaxiVelasco,  November 13, 2010 6:30 AM

That Novotel Hotel is awesome! Might check it out when we will get to visit that pretty city.

MaxiVelasco,  November 13, 2010 6:31 AM

The hotel is pretty inside and out and wow! The room is really nice! And oh my... that's a nice message on the telly. Cool!

Hugs to you Marzie! ;) ;)

elai,  November 13, 2010 10:13 AM

hey marzie! :* :* :* :* :*

elai,  November 13, 2010 10:13 AM

that hotel surely looks luxurious. does it cost much? *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

elai,  November 13, 2010 10:19 AM

i also love the presence of the iron and ironing board there. hhehehe

elai,  November 13, 2010 10:20 AM

i think i couldn't ask for more in that hotel. i love it. hahaha. i wish i could check in there some day. hehehee

Jackie Hooper,  November 13, 2010 7:27 PM

:) :) :) :)

Jackie Hooper,  November 13, 2010 7:28 PM

Wow, I wish I had that bed. It looks so comfy! I hope you ar having a great weekend Marzie!! :) :) :) :)

eastcoastlife,  November 13, 2010 9:08 PM

The hotel looks good. I will put this in my diary. I hope the room doesn't cost too much.

eastcoastlife,  November 13, 2010 9:09 PM

Thanks for your concern over my son's assault, we are waiting for his medical report before taking any action.

David Funk,  November 13, 2010 11:50 PM

Hi Mariuca! :* :* :*

Damn, that hotel is NICE! You and B definitely picked out a winning hotel there. I know when I visit London(hopefully within the next two years), I'll be looking at this hotel because of the pics you posted here! Now only if my company could put us in hotels like that back home, but that's another topic in itself. LOL!

Have a great weekend, sweetie! :* :* :*

foongpc,  November 14, 2010 1:58 AM

Looks like a pretty nice hotel to stay in!!

foongpc,  November 14, 2010 1:59 AM

The internet connection quite sluggish? Worse than Streamyx?

foongpc,  November 14, 2010 2:00 AM

Wah! Got message on the TV screen? That's cool!

foongpc,  November 14, 2010 2:02 AM

Haha! So u enjoyed soaking in the bath tub? I also have bath tub in the hotel I stayed in Bangkok but don't dare enjoy the tub cos scared my travel partner suddenly barges into the bathroom! Haha!!

foongpc,  November 14, 2010 2:03 AM

U know lah the bathroom doors cannot be locked, so he may accidently come in, not so nice lah haha

William K Wallace,  November 14, 2010 6:44 AM

You must really hate walking becuse I think your hotel is just a wee stroll from the tube station...

You will have to go for a stroll along the canal at nearby Little Venice, which really is pretty. 8-)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:29 PM

:* :* :* :* Monica FC1!

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:30 PM

8-) 8-) Caroline FC2!

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:30 PM

Thanks for the EE chop ladies, sorry for the delay in replying.. lemme put up ur badges first... :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:32 PM

Yeah Mon so spacious I was so happy finally had room to breathe lol! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:33 PM

Abaden def la swim2 in the bestub, every night lol! =-X =-X ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:33 PM

You're welcome Monica, my next EE post will have many more pics he he... :) :)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:34 PM

Yay, I think so too Caroline! 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:35 PM

UK not as superstisi mah! Sure got 4th floor ha ha! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:36 PM

Who doesn't right? Muahahah me too la Caroline but me got no bestub at my home.. so sad... *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:42 PM

Hi Wintergurl, thanks for ur comment.. I'm not too sure abt the rates, if I'm not mistaken it's about £150-£170 a night.. :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:43 PM

:* Hi LJ!

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:43 PM

:* :* :* Hi Michael!

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:43 PM

So big and spasi LJ, my kinda hotel YAY! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:44 PM

LOL ur kinda hotel oso LJ? Hi-five! Yeah bestub and shower lagi tu... :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:47 PM

LJ, this one under TV3 so yeah pricey but thank goodness paid for muaahahhahaah! =-X =-X :) :) :) :) :)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:47 PM

I used Lush every day LJ just to menghabiskan my purchase, boleh? LOL love la Lush! :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:48 PM

It is very modern Michael cause it's pretty new kan, so yay! :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:49 PM

LOL u guessed correctly Michael, I was soaking away like nobody's business ha ha ha! :* :* :* :-P :-P

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:50 PM

Hi Jackie, thanks so much and oooooh ur heading to London soon too? I do hope u get to go and I am positive u and Walt will have a blast as well! :* :* :*

Did u get to visit Monica? Say hello to her for me lol! ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:51 PM

I see your picture fine now Jackie, u managed to fix it YAY! :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:51 PM

Thanks for the RT Jackie, I see u have the RT button at ur site too now yay! :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:54 PM

Hi Mize, how are things with u and Miriam sweetie? Take it easy yeah and thanks so much for ur visit. I loved the hotel too Mize ha ha, very comfy and spacious, so I actually had room to move about. Of course, this is in comparison to our first hotel. I hope u get to go on ur escapade soon, bring Miriam along for company! Hugs! :* :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:55 PM

It is a wonderful hotel LR and I'm glad we got to stay here, thanks to B's employer of coz phew! :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ :-$ ;) ;) ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:56 PM

B has been to Shanghai LR, but not me. How was the Novotel there?? Just as great I suppose yeah? :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:57 PM

I'm a little daunted at the mo too LR, weekend havoc I guess.. hope u get ur mojo back soon, hugs! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:58 PM

It has been a crazy weekend so far for us LR, I do hope urs is better... *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:58 PM

Hi BD, happy we got to stay here of course! 8-) 8-) 8-)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:59 PM

Thanks BD, for the visit... ur still busy with stuff is it? Happy Sunday! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 2:59 PM

Hello Maxi! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:00 PM

Please do Maxi or you can also consider our first hotel in Cromwell, that one is much smaller but pretty too and not as pricey! :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:00 PM

Thanks for checking out my post Maxi, glad u enjoyed the pics and I do share the same sentiments, very pretty hotel, love it! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:01 PM

Hey Elai! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:02 PM

Hi Elai, I think it's about £150-£170 a night, not too sure cause this one was booked by B's office yay! :* :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:03 PM

He he u too Elai? I actually took it out just to see but never used muahahaha.... :-D :-D :-D

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:03 PM

Maybe u will Elai, hope u get to visit UK one day soon too, woot! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:05 PM

:) :) :) :) Hi Jackie!

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:05 PM

LOL it sure was comfy Jackie, I just love the feel of cool smooth soft sheets in hotel rooms!

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:06 PM

Hi ECL! A little pricey but if you can afford it, you should def consider this hotel! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:07 PM

Yeah of course I am concerned, still wondering what happened with Jaymes and his school...I will wait for ur post on the follow-up then, meanwhile take care yeah? Hugs! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:07 PM

It's a superb hotel to stay in Foong! :* :* :*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:08 PM

LMAO @ Screamyx as comparison Foong! But yeah I gotta say worse than Screamyx cause very slow to send out my tweets and to get to my Gmail! :-P :-P :-P

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:08 PM

LOL cool right? I just had to snap a pic ha ha! ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:09 PM

Ha ha tak kan la ur travel mate will suddenly barge into the bathroom if he knows ur inside muahahahahha! I wan to see pics of ur 5-star hotel fuyooooo! *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW* *DONT_KNOW*

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:10 PM

This one oso no lock he he! =-X =-X ;) ;)

Mariuca,  November 14, 2010 3:11 PM

LMAO William Wallace!!!!! By the way, it's nice to see u back here.. and yeah I do hate to walk cause here where I'm at, we don't really walk to get to anywhere, it's always driving... and yes the distance to the station here was quite far, of course this is in comparison to our first hotel in Cromwell, which only took 2 minutes to get to the Tube! :* :* :* :* :*

Haaziq Zahar,  November 14, 2010 4:26 PM

:* :* :*

Haaziq Zahar,  November 14, 2010 4:28 PM

I actually have been to Novotel before in Paris. The hotel is quite nice with modern feeling around it. Not bad ;)

Haaziq Zahar,  November 14, 2010 4:28 PM

Enjoy your weekend Marzie! I hope everything is sorted out on your accident :(

Jackie Hooper,  November 14, 2010 7:39 PM

Hi marzie! Just dropping through before Walter gets here! I hope you have a great day!! :) :) :) :)

Jackie Hooper,  November 14, 2010 7:39 PM

:* :* :* :*

Monica,  November 15, 2010 1:06 AM

u mean u couldnt breathe in the previous room?
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Monica,  November 15, 2010 1:06 AM

yay.. waiting for ur next EE post! ;)
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Monica,  November 15, 2010 1:07 AM

wahhh swim2 in the bestub every nite? so nice la hahhaaha!!
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Mariuca,  November 15, 2010 1:13 AM

Eh of coz could breathe, I meant this one got more room to breathe, more spacious! Seriously a huge difference from the first hotel YAY!

Mariuca,  November 15, 2010 1:14 AM

Ha ha yeah no matter how late we came back sure must swim2 once a day in the bestub muahahahahahah! Some more got hot water …. heavenly!

Mariuca,  November 15, 2010 1:18 AM

Im slowly editing my pics here…wah so many… but I will post them all, don care! :D

Ayie,  November 25, 2010 6:54 AM

so much space and theamenities are complete! that's a very nice place.

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