Hiltons of London: Doubletree by Hilton Hyde Park

The Doubletree by Hilton Hyde Park is a nice hotel in central London.  I stayed for 7 days and enjoyed both the hotel and the location.  It is across the street of the north side of Hyde Park, and just 2 blocks west of my previously reviewed hotel, the Hilton Hyde Park.

HiltonsatHydePark

I was upgraded to a room with a King bed on the top floor.  The view was lovely; my hotel room faced west, and on a clear day I could see the Shard and the London Eye in the horizon.  The right side of my view was Hyde Park. I enjoyed seeing the parade of happy dogs entering the park each day.

Doubletree Hyde Park View from Floor 7
Doubletree Hyde Park evening view
As usual with London hotels by Hilton, the room and bathroom were small, but the bed was very comfortable and the furniture was sufficient. Best of all, the hotel was generally quiet and the Internet connection was strong. Housekeeping did a good job, and I appreciate the empty refrigerator, and receiving 2 complimentary bottles of water each day.   The only real downside of the room was that the air conditioning unit rattles quite a bit as you turn it higher. Maintenance told us “that’s just how they are.” In my video of the room below, if you have volume turned up, you can hear the noise from the A/C.

As usual, Gold and Diamond Hhonors members receive a complimentary breakfast. The buffet was average.  The best part of the breakfast experience was the restaurant host; Aniaz offered great service, and he went the extra mile to prepare my food and drinks just the way I wanted.

DoubletreeHydeParkBreakfastBuffet
British bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, tomatoes, mushrooms, and beans
The restaurants nearby were mostly low-end with bad reviews on Google. The best choice was a pub one block west called The Champion. They have an excellent quinoa burger and other nice vegetarian and healthy items.  The service is friendly as well.

DoubletreeHydeParkMenuBecause of the limited external options, I ordered from the hotel’s restaurant, Urban Meadow Cafe, several times, sometimes in the restaurant and sometimes via room service.  I definitely have mixed reviews about my experience. About 30% of the time, they got my order wrong, the food was burnt, and/or service was poor. However, room service was generally very friendly, and on one occasion, I had an excellent server in the restaurant named Juli.

Some of their menu items were not as described. For example, I ordered the hummus and grilled veggies sandwich. There was no indication that it would come as an open-face sandwich. They should have called it “chunky hummus on a piece of toast that is impossible to eat without making a big mess.”

“Hummus and Veggie Sandwich”
Because it rained during most of my stay, walking a workout replaced a walk through Hyde Park sometimes. The hotel gym was well-equipped,  including leg and arm machines, and a nice set of dumbbells.  There wasn’t a view, but the room had all the right amenities, including cold drinking water.

DoubletreeHydeParkGym

Overall, the Doubletree by Hilton Hyde Park was nice, especially for the easy access to Hyde Park.  I would stay here again for a short-term visit.

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