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!
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