As with all London hotels, booking early ( via booking sites ), is essential to get a good rate. The Blades is one of the better establishments I have used, the room was not massive, they rarely are, but more than adequate. I was in room six, I had requested a quiet room, six is on the back and was quiet, much appreciated. The room had a double and a single bed ,I would recommend it to anyone looking for this combination. The only drawback is that it was sunny and hot, and due to the hotel's siting, the back gets all the sun so the room can get hot, no aircon. Leave window open and draw curtains to limit the effects. You can't have it all, I prefer the quiet and to compromise on the sun drawback.
Chris, who booked me in and looked after me is very competent and helpful, nothing too much trouble. The only major drawback for me is the lack of a cooked breakfast, which I prefer when I stay in London as it sets me up for the day. Having said that, the buffet continental breakfast was excellent, you could not really fault the selection or quantity for the price, and if you wanted extra tea / coffee, anything, sorted very quickly. Serving staff very friendly and helpful.
The shower water was cold about 5 in the afternoon, which was odd, but as I was hot and needed to cool off, it was not actually a problem for me, must have been some temporary glitch as plenty in the morning! The bed was very good, nice furnishings, room clean and well presented, shower / toilet small, as they all are in London unless you are paying hundreds, was very clean and fulfilled what you need it to do!
Always read and remember the reviews! I did not and got off the underground at Victoria rather than stay on for Pimlico so had to leg it a good distance when Pimlico is no more than 5 minutes away.
Eating tip: There is a Pizza Express round on Moreton Street, turn right on exiting Hotel and it's on the right, excellent service, see my review of this establishment on Trip Advisor.
Drinking Tip: decent pub with good range of beers close to station, can't recall the name.
Overall, as I said this is one of the better hotels at this price range, I will no doubt use it again, I have no hesitation in recommending it to other travellers, you will not be disappointed with your stay.
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