I chose Central Park for its location in Bayswater, and because better hotels nearby were full at the time. The area is pleasant, well-endowed with shops and restaurants, while a lot greener and more laid-back than other tourist venues further East. It is served by the tube's Central and Circle lines, and a large number of bus lines, making it a good base to explore London.
The lobby has a very 1970s feel, with a bar that looks like it was classy in those days. My check-in experience was slow and below par; the staff did not seem engaged or eager to help.
The rooms are tiny, past their prime, blandly decorated, but quite clean. The beds are soft and would need replacement; decent beddings though. Very limited storage space, including hangers but no drawers. A small-screen TV and an old mini-fridge (empty) round up the minimal equipment of the rooms. Bathrooms OK, with good water pressure. The worst is the soundproofing (or lack thereof): I could hear the next room neighbor snoring, and more noises from across the corridor. The WiFi access, operated by Swisscom, is super-fast but charged separately.
The room rate is quite inexpensive by London standards, at about £100 per night (internet reservation): you get what you pay for.
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