|Two-bedroomed apartment in Go Native Hyde Park|
There’s been a lot of discussion on this blog recently about the ideal hotel breakfast. Is it better to have it delivered to your room, where you can slurp your Rice Krispies in private, or is the option of an all-you-can-eat buffet, with the opportunity to snaffle some extra rolls for lunch, a more satisfying arrangement?
What if there is no breakfast available? Is going self-catering a chore? I was pondering this issue after being asked to try out a serviced apartment in London with Go Native.
The ethos behind the Go Native group is to provide spacious, high quality apartments whilst introducing its guests to the local neighbourhood. They are keen for business and leisure travellers to get out and about and enjoy their surroundings. The neighbourhood guide in each apartment suggests good pubs, cafes, places of interest and even jogging routes.
We were given a family two-bedroomed apartment in Go Native Hyde Park which is a beautiful Grade II listed building on Sussex Gardens. The location was fantastic – two to three minutes walk from Lancaster Gate underground station and maybe five minutes from Paddington, so plenty of transport options and, if you are flying in to the UK, only 15 minutes on the Heathrow Express. As we shopped on Oxford Street later in the weekend, we were able to keep walking west and were back at the apartment within a few minutes.
The local neighbourhood is very attractive: a stone’s throw from Hyde Park where we spent a few hours enjoying the May Bank Holiday sunshine. The streets surrounding the apartments are a mixture of smart, residential terraces in one direction and the hustle and bustle of shops and eateries around Paddington in the other.
How did we manage breakfast? We had several options, including The Bathurst Deli round the corner or the Bonne Bouche cafe near Paddington. Both of these looked appealing yet, I am embarrassed to admit, because we needed a few extra bits, we found a Sainsbury’s in the bright and airy Paddington station. Laden with pastries and croissants, we were soon back in the apartment, stocking the fridge and popping the kettle on. No need to wake the sleeping teens, breakfast at our own pace, with the papers and the TV in the background, was a pretty good way to start the day.
What we loved about our apartment
- The space: two large bedrooms, a decent-sized bathroom (with a bath) and a great kitchen/lounge area. There was even a huge hallway.
- The decor: each floor of Go Native Hyde Park has a different style. Ours was very funky: lime green sofa, orange chairs, clean white kitchen, chic black and white bathroom. If you have a tendency towards migraines, try the more neutral tones on other floors.
- Three TVs with Freeview.
- Free WiFi
- Bookshelves: a strange assortment of new books, often two or three of each title, with Wayne Rooney snuggled up to Stella Rimington, plus a copy of Dr Dawn’s Health Check, for the hypochondriacs among us. Odd but in a good way.
- Fully equipped kitchen: fridge freezer, oven/microwave, dishwasher. Tea and coffee provided plus fresh milk in the fridge.
- 24 hour reception. Very friendly service, especially when my husband locked us out by fiddling about with the Do Not Disturb door feature.
- The location: we adored being part of the community. It felt very safe and restaurants were good and plentiful. There was also lots to do in the vicinity.
What we didn’t love quite so much about our apartment
- We were on the lower ground floor so our view was mainly of legs as they walked past the window. It wasn’t a huge problem but, if I had a choice, I would ask for an apartment on another floor.
- Lack of mirrors. I’m not vain but there were none in either bedroom. Two hair-dryers were provided but no way of seeing what on earth I was doing with them. There was a large mirror in the hall but not close enough to a socket.
- The apartment could accommodate six people, using a sofa-bed in the lounge, but there was only one bathroom. I wonder, could they have cut down the ample hall space and squeezed in a little ensuite?
Despite a few niggles, the family verdict was that this is a serious contender for any future visits to London. I think Go Native is onto a winner with its business model for relaxed, smart, reasonably priced accommodation within the UK and now in a growing number of European and US cities.
Our Bank Holiday in London was a great success – keep an eye out for the follow-up post to find out what we did in the ‘hood.
We were given two nights free accommodation in a two-bedroomed apartment in Go Native Hyde Park. Prices start from £249.71 including VAT. For other options, prices start from £124.43 for a classic studio.
Go Native Hyde Park
206-214 Sussex Gardens
London W2 3UA
+44 (0)20 7221 2028