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margola Nov 19th, 2004 05:09 PM

London:Central Park Hotel or the Caesar Hotel??
Am travelling to London in the next few weeks and wonder if anyone has any knowledge of/experience with either of these hotels. (Both are located in the "Bayswater" area)

Cleanliness? Safe neighbourhood? or any other pertinent info.

Thanks in advance.

taggie Nov 19th, 2004 05:43 PM

I don't have anything specific to say about either of these hotels - have you checked on However generally I do not like the Bayswater area - having stayed there one night I have avoided it ever since.
It's convenient enough to things but just a little more rundown-feeling than the areas I prefer. But I'm sure some will disagree with me.

janis Nov 19th, 2004 11:25 PM

I tend to agree w/ taggie. Bayswater/Paddington is not near any sites to speak of (except Hyde Park/Kens Gardens of course). Its main claim to fame is an abundance of inexpensive B&Bs and small hotels. But for the same money you can usually find just as good of rooms in more convenient locations (Victoria, Russell Square, South Kens, etc).

There are a few nice hotels right on Bayswater Road near the Lancaster Gate tube station -- but they are not cheap and for the money I'd still rather stay elsewhere.

m_kingdom2 Nov 20th, 2004 10:01 AM

Firstly, I wouldn't say it's that bad if you are paying a very low price. However, it'd be better if you'd advise your budget as I'd like to be able to suggest some alternatives.

As an area, it has high property prices, it's not dumpy, it's not my style, but it's not rough! It's more central than Victoria where so many of your choose to stay!

margola Nov 20th, 2004 11:54 AM

m kingdom2,

thanks for response.

my budget is roughly 50-55 pounds daily

am concerned about area & locale...would really appreciate any
suggested alternatives in that range.
first vist...want to be close to city
attractions & trasnportation.
thanks for any help you might offer. times is of the essence.


m_kingdom2 Nov 20th, 2004 11:57 AM

Please note that I'm not making specific recommendations for the properties, but you will be fine staying in that area. Your budget is very, very low, so Bayswater will be an excellent compromise situation.

WillTravel Nov 20th, 2004 01:55 PM

Not to be repetitive (but I will be), Priceline might get you a 4* hotel for that price. See and

isabel Nov 20th, 2004 04:42 PM

I stayed across the street from the Central Park Hotel a couple of years ago. So I don't know anything about the hotel itself but I liked the area. Five minute walk from two diffrent tube stations on convenient lines. Queensway is a busy street a couple of blocks away and it has lots of inexpensive places to eat. Whitley's shopping area is there (Marks and Spencer, etc). Kensington Garden is half a block from the hotel. I've opted to stay in the same area for my visit to London (March) because I do like that area. The Central Park was kind of ugly modern from the outside but looked nice enough.

flanneruk Nov 21st, 2004 10:32 AM

Britain's major national newspapers rarely discuss run of the mill London hotels: they assume all their readers live in London anyway.

But today's The Sunday Times - the most-read quality paper - carries a horrid mini-review of The Caesar, together with the claim that most coverage of it on Trip Advisor is equally negative.

Kayb95 Nov 21st, 2004 03:08 PM

I read a trip report last year on the AOL London board from a traveler who stayed at the Central Park Hotel (booked thru a British Airways package deal) and she was very disappointed in the hotel.

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