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“Great little hotel in an excellent location!”
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Blades Hotel
Ranked #244 of 1,063 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California, USA
1 review
“Great little hotel in an excellent location!”
Reviewed December 29, 2008

I was traveling to London for the World Travel Market Show and my husband wanted to tag along. Since he and my 5-year-old daughter hadn't seen London, I brought them along so they could sightsee while I worked. The Blades Hotel met all our needs. Very close to the Victoria Tube station, which is a hub for many lines, the Blades is a great neighborhood in Kensington--close to restaurants, transport and shopping. The staff is all lovely: very friendly and accommodating. Kevin, the proprietor, takes good care to help you make the most of your trip. For example, my husband was going to take my daughter up to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Kevin suggested that she might be more interested in seeing the changing of the Horse Guard, which is just as beautiful, but with better access and a clearer vantage point for a small child. He was right. As for the accommodations, the rooms are clean and well appointed. Breakfasts are simple but quality. We will definitely stay here again (Note: While this hotel is highly recommended, note that it is "low frills". So if you're looking for a chocolate on your pillow, stay elsewhere. But if you want a well-located, clean, friendly and comfortable (and well-priced) hotel, the Blades is your place.)

  • Liked — Friendly service
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
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14 reviews
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Reviewed December 11, 2008

If you want a reasonably priced hotel which is clean, friendly and close to a tube station look no further than this one.
It is always a bit of a risk choosing a budget hotel in London but this one will not disappoint as long as you appreciate that you are getting what you pay for. If you want 5 star go and pay over the odds somewhere else but otherwise this is excellent value for money.
From check in to check out the staff could not have been more helpful, the room was clean and a good size and the bathroom, though small, was perfectly adequate.
Breakfast was a jovial experience with Kev telling jokes and imparting his vast knowledge of London to his guests. There was very much a family atmosphere even to the extent that he produced a cake with candles for a litttle girl who was celebrating her 8th birthday and we all sang 'Happy Birthday'. Great fun. There was a good choice of cereals, cheese, cold meat, bread and crumpets to choose from so no need to go hungry.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel both for convenience (it is only a 5 minute walk from Pimlico tube station) and value. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Liked — The very friendly, helpful staff.
  • Disliked — Bathroom a bit small, some noise from traffic.
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled on business
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hohenfels germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed December 6, 2008

We enjoyed a room for 4 nights. There were 3 of us for 1 night and 2 for the other three and we were able to stay in the triple for the price of the double which was great so we didn't have to pack up and move. The bedroom and bathroom were spotless, beds comfortable, view was nice. Breakfast was good with excellent service and converstion from Kevin. Lydia was helpful and sweet during checkin. Location is wonderful, easy walk from Victoria Station and Pimlico Underground. Bus 24 , which runs up through Trafalgar square, stopped half a block away and the area seemed safe at night. Local restaurants including a Pizza Express and a Tapas bar were really tasty. Thanks for a great stay! We'll be back.

Stayed November 2008
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Reviewed August 26, 2008

We stayed 2 nights at Blades after recommendation from this site and others. We had the family room on the main floor and it was perfect for us. The hotel appeared clean and breakfast was great. We mentioned to Kevin that we were going to Paris on the Eurostar the next morning and he offered to hale a cab for us. He told us to come to breakfast at 6:30 and we would need to take a cab at about 7:15 to make our train. Breakfast is not usually served until 7:00, but he said just come down early. He was reallly great, we really enjoyed our stay there at Blades hotel.

  • Liked — c.lean, convenient, Keven
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Thank SharonUt
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Cedar Park, Texas
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Reviewed August 17, 2008

My daughter and I went to London for the first time and was looking for a place that was reasonable and close to the tourist attractions. The Blades Hotel was just what the doctor ordered; not only was the staff great but the other guests were friendly and it was more of a family atmosphere than a hotel atmosphere. We stayed eight days with no regrets.

Kevin and Lydia were the perfect hosts and we were treated as family. This is a Victorian Hotel that is not ultra modern or ultra swank but if you are looking for a nice, clean and safe place to stay this is the place for you. Our intention was not to spend much time in our room and we did not. Public transporation is just a short walk away both the bus and underground. Musems, the Palace and other London Landmarks are within walking distance.

I was not disappointed because I did take into account all the reviews on this site. For us there were no surprises. I am planning to return to London in the not too distant future and I will not hesitate to stay at the Blades again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — I couldn't stay longer.
  • Stayed August 2008
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Thank soplayalready
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fareham
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2008

Recently stayed at Blades for a weekend and on first impressions thought the hotel was adequate.

We had the last room available which was a single room with a double bed and there was enough room for both of us. The room was clean but it really smelt of Garlic! The smell was so strong we kept the window open day and night! The bed was lumpy and could of done with renewing. The room did not have a hairdryer and tea and coffee facilities as advertised and therefore didn't take a hairdryer with me so that was a bit inconvenient! The bathroom was ok with a good power shower which was welcome after a long day in the big smoke!

The breakfast was basic but there was plenty of it and set us up for the day.

The staff were friendly and helpful, the manager was always up for a laugh and making jokes, very amusing!

So basically it catered for our needs as all we wanted was somewhere to sleep at the end of the night. If you want luxury then probably not ideal but otherwise a good base for sightseeing and very reasonsible in price.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The smelly room!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank caroleandpaul
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2008

I was very impressed. The location is fantastic (a 15-minute walk and you're at the Houses of Parliament), and the staff is friendly and welcoming.

The hotel is located in an old house, but it's well kept-up and my room had modern and perfectly adequate fittings (the bathroom, especially, was new and clean). My room was quite tiny, but I believe most are larger (mine was a special one in the mezzanine which was going for cheaper rates just because of its smallness). And tiny or not, I had an en suite bathroom and plenty of those little extras that make for a comfortable stay (coffee-making equipment, sachets of shampoo, a TV, etc.). Oh, and it was perfectly clean. The only thing that wasn't perfect was the bed, which was a bit lumpy, but nothing too bothersome.

What else? Breakfast was also really nice, with good food and plenty of variety, check-in and check-out were a breeze and the staff allowed me to leave my luggage there until the afternoon the day I checked out. Highly recommended!

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
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Thank rosario001
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Property: Blades Hotel
Address: 122 Belgrave Road, London SW1V 2BL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Pimlico , Victoria
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#324 Family Hotel in London
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Hotel Class:3 star — Blades Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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