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“Location, hospitality - the Blades has it all”
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Blades Hotel
Ranked #257 of 1,089 Hotels in London
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Memphis, TN
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“Location, hospitality - the Blades has it all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2009

Prior to leaving for London I did exhaustive research on hotels in the city. I became more and more apprehensive about where to lodge after reading so many bad reviews of almost every hotel. Price and location didn't seem to matter. We finally booked a room at the Blades Hotel (which did have quite a few good reviews) but in spite of this I think I held my breath all the way from Memphis to London in anticipation of what we might find when we arrived. Thankfully we were pleasantly surprised upon arriving at a quaint, clean, 19th century establishment. The room was spacious enough for my husband and myself (no large storage drawers but did have clothes rack with hangers) , the ensuite shower was full size with plenty of hot water and good water pressure (the sink was tiny but cute and served it's purpose) and we were lucky enough to get a room with french doors opening onto a small balcony (no patio furniture but the view of the street and the night breeze were nice). The daily breakfast was wonderful and included crumpets, toast, cheese, yogart, granola, fruit, cereal, juice, cold turkey and ham, and coffee and tea (I may have forgotten one or two items). Although I love most things English I couldn't have suffered the traditional fry up that some B&B's offer. Best of all was our host, Kevin. He communicated with me prior to our arrival (which helped set my mind at ease) and was a most pleasant,cordial host throughout our stay. One of my fondest memories of our trip are our breakfast conversations with Kevin and the other guests, whether advising us about our sightseeing plans, discussing history or enlightening us with stories of England and the Royal Family. There is no lift but we were able to stay on one of the lower floors. The heating was very adequate. I'm not sure if the hotel is airconditioned. We stayed there in March when we didn't need it. There is no 24 hours reception but we advised Kevin of any needs at breakfast (car hire for the airport, etc.) and our request was handled swiftly. During our stay we encountered three other visitors from the states. One of them had been there one week and had already changed hotels three times and the other two were staying at places that they didn't sound too enamored of and were paying quite a bit more than we were. Having a good place to stay put our fears to rest and allowed us to really enjoy our stay. We are so grateful that we choose The Blades. I only hope that we can return so that we can stay there again and we would certainly recommend it to anyone. From all that we had read and heard about concerning hotels in London we feel like we found a treasure!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2009

On our first morning in London, Kevin, the wonderfully witty manager of the Blades Hotel, marched our group of four plus several of his other guests off past Buckingham Palace for "something we must see". It was only a short walk (the hotel is wonderfully located) and Kevin kept us entertained the whole way. We stopped just down from the palace at the edge of a small group of people. Minutes later, cars started arriving carrying various members of the Royal Family. In short order, THE ENTIRE ROYAL FAMILY (the Queen, Prince Charles, Princes William, Edward and Harry, etc., etc. etc.) showed up to unveil a statue of the Queen Mother. Had any other hotel manager taken the time to walk his guests to this once-in-a-lifetime event? Absolutely not and that's why Kevin and The Blades Hotel in London gets our highest possible recommendation.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2009

My daughter and I have now enjoyed two weekends in London and have used Blades Hotel on each occasion. The hotel is in an excellent location being vey good for transport links to all the tourist attractions/sights. The rooms are clean and the staff are very helpful. Breakfast is provided and very good with a selection of fruit, cereal, choice of breads, cold meat and cheese. The addition of crumpets is a nice touch. We were very well looked after both times and would not hesitate to recommend others to try the hospitality extended to guests at Blades

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2009

Traveling with 3 young children to London can be a daunting task. It's great to know that when you arrive at the Blades Hotel you've found a comfortable home for the week. The Blades has one of London's few family rooms that actually will accommodate a family of 5. You trade off a hallway bathroom (private to the room), but it's more than made up for by the clean and comfortable room that fits a family and all your belongings. The convenience of being 3 minutes from the blue line on the tube and half-a block from the bus stop is tremendous. All of this is topped off by the friendly staff. Our youngest child considered the manager, Kevin - who welcomes you to breakfast each morning, one of the highlights of her trip. Breakfast is served in an intimate dining room, with a nice selection of choices. The guests were from all over Europe which makes for an educational and very international experience. The staff was very kind to the children, helpful for touring tips and went out of their way to help with my internet needs. They even decorated with red/white/blue balloons and signs for the presidential inauguration. I found this hotel on Trip Advisor and agree with the many positive postings that led us to book here. Highly recommend.

  • Liked — breakfast and staff
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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Los Angeles, California, USA
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Aberdeenshire
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Blades Hotel
Address: 122 Belgrave Road, London SW1V 2BL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Pimlico , Victoria
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#104 Best Value Hotel in London
#324 Family Hotel in London
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Hotel Class:3 star — Blades Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 17
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