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Blakes Hotel

33 Roland Gardens, London SW7 3PF England
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Certificate of Excellence


Certificate of Excellence
Created by Anouska Hempel, the London hotelier and internationally renowned designer, the hotel offers style, elegance and sensational service to the well-travelled connoisseur. Blakes is established as totally unique and has been the model for the "fashionable small hotel" in London and cities around the world.Respected for protecting the privacy of its clients against the paparazzi, it is the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers, earning its reputation as The "Couture" Hotel.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Free internet
Public wifi
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Car hire
Taxi service
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Wake-up service / alarm clock
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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Quirky Hotels
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Arabic and 10 more


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98Great for walkers
Grade: 98 out of 100
83Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
13Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
South Kensington
With its ivied mews, row upon row of Poppins-esque white washed mansions, and placid garden squares, it's easy to see the charms of South Kensington. And with superb access to Hyde Park, Holland Park and Kensington Gardens, as well as the largely child-friendly and mostly free Museum Quarter (not to mention more major attractions like Royal Albert Hall) such charms are easy to make the most of. As welcoming and cosmopolitan as it is reserved and residential, South Kensington is always a hit with visitors.
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A small quaint boutique hotel in Kensington with rooms in a variety of different styles. Very old with a lot of history. Quite central with shops close by and a train station. Lovely food and a great overnight stop.
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This hotel has turned into a nightmare. I complained first thing Sunday morning to be told they would get back to me, I had to chase the management today only to be told I am a liar and that they have checked the CCTV and there was nothing going. Let me first explain that there were two prostitues that had obviously just been called by two dirty old men staying directly opposite our room, this is totally unacceptable. The management told me how could this be as they knew the guy staying there and that he was staying in the room with his wife to then be told that the room opposite was in fact empty! hmm doesn't sound right to me. We were given false information that the bar was 24hr, this bar is not 24hr and therefore guests go to their rooms to drink, this felt like a loud knocking shop with people up down the stairs hanging around everywhere! We arrived back at this hotel at 12:30am I feel sorry for the residents on the street, outside the hotel is full of drunken people on the street coming out from the bar. I’ve been told that the bar will in fact be one of the hottest bars in town soon exactly what this hotel should be a bar and not a hotel do not stay here! I contacted the management in hope of a refund as our stay was so awful, this I was told was not going to happen and that we could come back at a discounted rate really?! No thank you.
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The Good: Location, staff, bar area The Bad: everything else. Our room was incredibly small, not even enough room on the floor for our 2 carry-on suitcases. everytime we needed to go from the bed to the bathroom we had to move both pieces of luggage out of the way. The furnature was beat to hell and dusty. The door separating the toilet from the rest of the room would not close all the way, lights were flickering and some of the switches flat out didn't work. There must be a few marvelous rooms to give this hotel a 5 star rating, because the room we stayed in was terrible. We brought the issue to the management, who eventually gave us a different room for the last night of our stay, which was bigger but again, nothing special. The photos online to not in any way reflect the quality of the actual rooms. This hotel is not worth the price it costs to stay. It might have been a 5 star location at one point, but it's currently not even close.
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Where do I start... My sister and I booked this hotel for 1 night as a getaway treat on the night of Saturday 26th October and upon arrival were really impressed with the location, exterior of the hotel and the reception area, it looked lovely! ...But then we arrived in our room, which was absolutely terrible, and looked nothing like what is advertised on the Blakes Hotel website or Instagram - they must only post the most expensive rooms because we paid £314 for 1 night for a 'Luxury' room... although it was anything but. The hotel seemed to have a 'grapefruit' theme... I love grapefruit, but our room smelt of rotting fruit and sweat (Room 503), both lampshades were falling off and the lamps themselves fell up to 3 times off of the bedside tables during our stay, the curtains were stained, the bedsheets were stained (yuck!!!), the tissues folded in a ribbon in the bathroom were old and crinkled where they'd been left out for so long and were stained with red/orange splatters of something nasty, the windows and skirting boards were filthy and the paint was peeling off, the heated towel rail in the bathroom was hanging off (quite literally) the wall, dirty hand marks on the wardrobe doors (which also doesn't shut - no matter how hard you try!) the whole room was dusty (which was an issue as my sister has asthma), the air con didn't work, and how a '5*' hotel can't provide necessities like a disposable razor or cotton buds is beyond me! I've attached pictures of our findings and would really recommend going elsewhere if you are booking one of the cheapest (not that £314 per night is cheap) rooms at Blakes Hotel. We did complain to reception and were offered a glass of champagne in the evening or a complimentary breakfast, both of which we declined as we already had made plans to go out for dinner and for breakfast... so I asked for a discount and was told by the Manager 'come and see me when you check out and we will talk about a potential discount'. There was no 'if you're going for dinner, please let us change the bed sheets for you so at least you can sleep without our previous guests' bodily fluids disturbing you.' Anyway... we went out for dinner, came back, slept, and checked out in the morning, as we were checking out, the Manager wasn't around, and the lady at the desk checked the notes against my name and said that there was no way a discount could be offered as the room had already been paid for, but that If we would like to stay again (which we definitely won't be), we could contact the Manager and he would personally deal with us and see if he could provide some sort of discount. The purpose of this rating is to inform others wishing to stay here that it really is not all that the pictures online make it out to be... the other rooms might be lovely, but Room 503 needs a MAJOR refurb and really is not 5*. The only good thing about this whole experience was that the location was good, and, despite the bed stains, the bed was actually very comfy. One other point I would add, is that the heavy doors mean that we were woken up quite early by the room next door to us - but I suppose that's just luck of the draw!
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Response from BlakesHotel, General Manager at Blakes Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello Emma, Thank you very much for the review of your stay with us. I am very sorry your experience of the hotel was not up to the standard we would like to provide all our guests with. I can assure you I have read your review in great detail and have taken steps with my teams to ensure no guest gets a similar experience: from the room cleanliness and maintenance, to the front desk service and availability. I would like to have the opportunity to redeem our beautiful property in your eyes, should you allow us the privilege of inviting you back at Blakes. Please reach out to me directly, Stefano, General Manager (via reservations@blakeshotels.com). Best regards,
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The service at Blakes really sets it apart. Everyone is friendly, professional and committed to a great guest experience. I stayed here for two nights; the bed is a highlight - super comfortable! Generous closet space in a comfortable, well-designed room; I felt very at home here. The location is great, walking distance to a ton of great restaurants and transport options. It’s a cute neighborhood to explore; with easy access to great galleries, museums, shopping and restaurants.
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Response from BlakesHotel, General Manager at Blakes Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the review. We hope to see you again soon at Blakes London!
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$342 - $568 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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United KingdomEnglandLondonEarls Court / South Kensington
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blakes Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Blakes Hotel?
Nearby attractions include South Kensington (0.3 miles), Holy Trinity Brompton Church (0.3 miles), and The Drayton Arms Theatre (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blakes Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Blakes Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Blakes Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Blakes Hotel?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blakes Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Town House, and Macellaio RC South Kensington.
Does Blakes Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Blakes Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Blakes Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Blakes Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blakes Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, and Arabic.
Are there any historical sites close to Blakes Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Churchill War Rooms (2.4 miles), Tower of London (4.7 miles), and Houses of Parliament (2.5 miles).