We chose a small boutique hotel in Paddington so as to be close to our departure point for our train to Bath. Like most avid travellers we browsed the net to see what was available.
We have a favourite hotel in London but we really wanted to minimise our movements this time since we had just two nights in London before taking the train.
Indigo Hotel is listed in the Priority Club group and since John is a member we felt it should be of a good standard. The trouble with a lot of boutique hotels is that the rooms and bathroom arrangements are misleading in the brochures and on the websites. Having said that the room was not large but adequate and everything was functional and comfortable. The breakfast we found the next day was excellent and not overpriced.
The advantage also of a small hotel is that when you check in you don’t need to form a queue like we did once at the grand Waldorf Astoria in New York. You are generally greeted well and at Indigo we were not disappointed, with someone instantly informing us we had an upgrade. The porter took our bags without delay and promptly delivered them to our room. I hate it when flying in from Australia and all you want to do is either have a lie down or a shower. You are in no mood to suffer the inconvenience of not knowing when the porter is going to arrive with your baggage.
But on further inspection I realised how silly I was, the artwork was depicting the name plate from the nearby famous St Mary’s hospital. I was not sleeping in a building of esteemed significance. ….Fleming discovered penicillin whilst working at the hospital. I once lived in Praed Street, a suburb of Red Hill in Queensland and knew about the famous address connection with the hospital. Of course we have a suburb named Paddington in Queensland as well. Were the British nostalgic or unimaginative when naming places throughout Australia?
St Mary’s hospital has had two Nobel Prize winners, the other being Rodney Porter for research on the chemical structure of antibodies. There is a long list of honoured researchers connected with this hospital and all this info gleaned from just staying around the corner! In Brisbane our neighbours the Porters are both doctors so they have a famous namesake.
So this post is not so much about where we slept but what we learned staying in this area. Roz I have a postscript – the hotel porter walked our luggage to the station, what service!