The Blakemore Hotel

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The Blakemore Hotel

, London
3 star

Rooms: 153

30 Leinster Gardens - London - England - W2 3AN - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 02072624591
522 Traveller

Reviews - The Blakemore Hotel

Nice place!
Submitted by: June in 10/07/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Sweden
  • Traveller type: Party Animal
It was very hot in our room and all the korridors, like a sauna! Suprise with the renovations, boring view because of the renovations! The elevators was broken, lucky we lived on the second floor!
Othervise the room was nice, the staff was friendly and helpful!
Submitted by: jay in 22/06/09
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: France
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
WOW i travel alot bit hotel its AWFUL
1. bed bugs were in the bed! i showed the staff dead bugs under the sheets..they said sorry and LEFT ME as it was too late at night do anything! i dont call 9pm LATE!
2. windows cracked...doors dont lock.
3. rooms stinks of MOTH BALLS
4. breakfast...i dont call a toast and tea and jam a breakfast you charge £7.00
5. staff all people who cant english!
6. hotel tacky bathroom tiles broken, wont flush, and bath filthy
What A waste of money and time!
Submitted by: DUKE in 25/03/09
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
This hotel looked amazing as it is set in a fab location, but this is as far as it goes.
We booked this hotel for a valentine's weekend away, only to find that the hotel's policy on admission varied from person to person especially management.
This review comes in three parts- 1 price, 2 room 3 customer service.

Price: The quoted price of this hotel on the website was £75 for 2 people for one night. There was no mention on their website or in the bookings site that they would need a deposit. Also as I have spent evenings due to work in many hotels in the past this one is the least value for money. The price they quote if you don't book in advance can soar to over £250 for one night. If you are looking for value for money and a lovely night, you are better off booking the travel lodge or buying a tent and pitching it in Hyde Park.

Room: I booked for a double room and received a small double squashed into a single room that smelt musty, as if damp had set in. The bed was not comfortable as you'd expect, springs were spiked and meant that there was not a comfortable to be had. The heat in the room was not sufficient for the British weather. The heater was fixed behind the bed head board and hence no heat in the room, the advertised room stated radio and TV however due the lack of reception in the room we could not even watch TV or listen to the radio we had to resort to using a mobile phone to listen to radio. The stated mini bar' was a kettle and 3 tea bags; it worked out better value to just go to the small convenience store 2 min down the road to get a box of tea bags and milk.
The en-suite bathroom was what you would expect in a cheap hotel in the middle of a 3rd world country tiles were broken and the shower pumped sparse amounts of mildly warm water, a lime scaled filled shower hose and a cracked shower plate. After spending nearly £100 on a room for the night I expected more than a shack in the midst of London; although this is what I got, broken tiles on the floor, not only that the tiles begun to actually come off!!- if you are looking for a decent room in London I would never recommend this hotel even for one night.

Customer Service: The customer service begun with a friendly and smart face however as the check in procedure continued the service transpired that they did not even know what the actual hotel policy was/is. My guest arrived early and was not let into the room and was not even told about the following: guest are to pre pay £20 for a deposit on the room which is understandable, however the guests are told to pre pay via credit card, some were offered the option of £20 by cash, this meant that my guest had to wait 2 hours to even enter the room. The staff were accommodating at the end of our stay as they were able to have a luggage facility which enabled us to travel around London,

This Hotel is Poor and not even worth a glance, If you want a decent night's sleep in a comfortable bed and relaxing place to stay I would advise to find an alternative to this grimy and sullied hotel.
Not worth the cost!
Submitted by: Corinne in 03/06/08
  • Age Group:
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
The location is obviously great, the hotel building itself and the lobby look great, but what a surprise when you get to the room! I've had better cheap motels! Ugly...Crack on the ceiling, old curtains and carpet, a randomly attached wooden plank, covered in Formica, on the bedroom wall??!! The smell...a mix of moth balls and musty... To end on a positive note, the staff is competent and friendly.
My room was broken into
Submitted by: Theresa in 07/03/07
  • Age Group: 41 - 50
  • From: Ireland
  • Traveller type: Budget Traveller
Someone helped themselves into my room and slashed open my locked suitcase and stole some of my stuff. Police are involved but it all points to an inside job altough I cannot prove this. Staff were very uncoperative and unhelpfull. Worst hotel experience ever.
Submitted by: kelly in 14/11/06
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
Booked this hotel because of excellent reviews! Never stayed anywhere as awful as this. Reviews said recently refurbished. When? Our room was in desperate need of decorating. Curtains were dirty. Bathroom so small you have to squeeze against the wall & shut the door to get to the bath. Wash basin at the side of the bed. Don't expect 5 star for £75 a night but thought at least it would be clean & comfortable.
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Historical Traveller Reviews of The Blakemore Hotel

Nice place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
Great Location near Kensington Palace. Very clean. And the people were supper friendly and helpfull. Can't wait to go back!

I recommend it !!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Well worth it !!. We had no problems what so ever. We made the reservation online (with a great rate) and they honored the rate with no question. The staff was friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to help us with a specific request we had. We actually stayed here twice on this vacation and both times were enjoyable. The rooms are typical for a 2+ star European room. Small, comfortable, A bit stuffy in the afternoon (But a fan from the concierge took care of that) and clean. You can get an upgraded room with AC, etc... but it costs more. Its close to the Tube and bus stops and there are plenty of places to eat nearby. For you first time travelers to Europe, this is a great place to stay. Open your mind up and ENJOY !!

Generally fine but...

from A TripAdvisor Member
Generally fine, but a very unhelpful & unpleasant response when there was a theft from their luggage room.


from A TripAdvisor Member
I think some travelers have unreasonable expectations when they travel. I've stayed the Blakemore several times over the years and think it's a fine choice if you are traveling on a budget. Bayswater is a great neighborhood. There are several tube stops very close by, shopping and dining on Queensway. It's also just off Hyde Park (I enjoy a morning stroll myself). The fact is, this hotel has rates starting at 60GBP which is very cheap for London. You should not expect a Ritz Carlton at that price. It's clean, well located, the rooms are small but charming, you get a private bath, and the staff is pleasant.

Loved it!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Blakemore on a school trip to London, and it was grand! Just a few short blocks from the Tube and friendly service all around. Try not to lose your room key though; there's a hefty fine for that. The beds are comfy, and the bathrooms are just big enough. Of course, if you're a tourist, you won't want to spend much time in your room, and I must say, the Blakemore makes the most use out of a small space! I hope you enjoy your stay in London!

I would return again!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Blakemore Hotel, in January 2004, and with 16 other people, it was a class trip to London and I found the Blakemore to be a very nice hotel. The rooms were every nice and clean. The staff was good and even though the breakfast wasn't what we expected we made the best of it. We had no problems. I even stayed an extra 6 days there and the staff was very good to me in reference to changing rooms and attending to my needs. I would stay again here because it's close to many things and its a nice part. I would recommend anyone to stay here. Plus your there to visit London not to stay in a hotel the whole day. Enjoy your trip.

Never again

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I had stayed at the Blakemore Hotel 10 years ago and truly enjoyed our stay. We returned in November 2003 and we were quite upset with the poor service we received. When we asked for the manager, he was even more obnoxious than his staff. The hotel has become quite run down which is a shame as it was very well kept 10 years ago. It is sad that it has changed for the worse. There are many hotels in the same area which will appreciate your business and take better care of their properties.

Cute hotel in the center of London

from A TripAdvisor Member
As a student, i went to the Blakemore on a classtrip with 52 other students. The location of the Blakemore is wonderful; the tube station is right around the corner and Hyde Park is within walking distance. However, the hotel itself was not exactly up to par. On many occasions, the showers did not work, the doorknob and window were broken, and the elevator was out of commission. At times, the management staff was rather rude, and did not want to help the other students or myself. But, if you are a student in highschool or college and you are looking for a cheap place to stay (especially if you dont plan on staying in your room often) then the Blakemore is a great place to stay in London.


from A TripAdvisor Member
the rooms were basic in decor and furnishings, also fairly small, so not a good choice if you are staying for more than a few days. however, the location of the hotel is ideal for visiting London, as the tube station was only a few minutes away taking you around the city and hyde park is literally 2mins walking distance from the front door. the staff are extremely friendly and the decor of the rest of the hotel is of a very high standard. we found the price was very reasonable and thoroughly enjoyed our visit, all in all about 4 stars from us!

Decent place to stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Blakemore offered a clean yet tiny room in a perfect neighborhood for visiting downtown London. The tube was right next door (5 minute walk) and the staff was friendly.

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  • Address: 30 Leinster Gardens - London - England - W2 3AN - United Kingdom
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