Blakes London5.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
I stayed at this hotel for a long weekend. I was in a single room which was small (as expected) but generally well-appointed. The location is great...fantastic neighborhood with nice restaurants in walking distance and two tube stops and bus transportation close by. The staff was generally friendly and I enjoyed my meal at the restaurant. Overall it was a good stay at a great price for a luxury boutique hotel. There were a few things that made my stay less than perfect though. 1. The single room in which I stayed has just a shower which was expected in a small space. However, the shower did not drain properly so the shower pan filled with water. 2. The room has outlets for both a continental plug and a US one. Neither worked. The UK outlets worked intermittently. I did have the hotel send someone up to check the outlets. They came up quickly but as the UK outlet was an intermittent problem, of course with my luck it appeared to work when maintenance was in the room and then went out while I was asleep, leaving me with an uncharged phone when I was ready to leave. As for the continental and US plugs, I would not have expected to have these in the UK, but I do think that if they are in the room they should work. Instead, the maintenance person just shrugged and said that I had to use an adapter. 3. The television was annoying. One remote to power on and adjust the volume. Another remote to change the channel. 4. The bathroom lighting was completely inadequate if you expect to apply makeup and not leave looking like a circus clown. 5. The full length mirror was in the closet which would normally be okay but because of the size of the room, there was not enough room to stand in front of the mirror at enough distance to really assess your reflection in the mirror. 6. When I arrived at the hotel early, I left my bags and was told that I would be contacted when my room was ready and my bags would be in the room when I returned. I never received any notification that my room was ready so I just came back to the hotel at 4:30 (check in was at 3). I still had to wait for my bags to be brought up. Frankly, this would not have been a big deal, but I was annoyed that they told me they would contact me when they did not. None of these issues were major, but they are still things that I would not expect with a hotel of this class. I stayed here because I wanted to try someplace new and I do not regret it. But because there are so many hotels in London that I prefer, I am not particularly likely to stay here again. I would rate it 3.5 stars.
We were checked in by the lovely Shannon who showed us to our room. She really went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and that we were happy. We had a luxury double which was beautifully decorated with luxurious fabrics and a roll top bath. We found all of the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. We found the prices to be very reasonable considering the area of London that it is located in. We would highly recommend this hotel.
I booked here in anticipation of a nice stay for my wife and I visiting our daughter in London. My Luxury room was below grade ( in America we would say the basement...) that could be excused if the fitting were nice but the room smelled a bit and the furniture looked like somebody took it from an old disco or brothel..very very disappointing. Moved hotel for my wife’s arrival. All this for 570 per nigh..that’s sterling. They should be ashamed and i should be embarrassed not just angry
Blake’s hotel has become my absolute favourite hotel in London. From the moment I arrived, I was greeted my the fantastic Mikey who assisted me with my luggage and showed me to the front desk. From there, I instantly felt relaxed and at home. He then introduced me to Shannon, who checked me into my gorgeous suite and she recommended all the best places to visit in London. I can’t thank you all enough at Blake’s for the most amazing stay, I will definitely be back.
Very dark hotel with very poor lighting . Rooms so dark with very poor lighting, no hanging space for clothes, small bathroom and in need of TLC. One good point is the beds were very comfortable. The bar was not open downstairs although states on hotel description that it is open from 7pm. Taking into account the price of this hotel, we feel there are far better hotels to stay .
I hadn’t stayed at Blake’s in years and was surprised to see that Anoushka Hempel’s flagship hotel still feels modern and fresh. I had never eaten in the restaurant and did this time. Lively and great food. I would certainly stay again.
Visited for business earlier this month. While location bit further from City (or to some extent Mayfair), worth the detour. Property has an intimate ring to it, but does separate the entertainment area from guest rooms well. But what sets it apart (especially to other London hotels I have been) is the great staff. Special kudo's to Shannon (reception) and Susana (hospitality / bar). Will be back!
The first thing to say about Blakes is that it is not a 5 star hotel, no matter how it describes itself as one. It just doesn't have that level of luxury. It's a very good four star, but with some very obvious problems (leaving aside the location in the far west). First, the rooms are very small, bordering on the pokey. And dark. I could walk down side of the bed, or open my suitcase, but not both. Second, it is a converted row of houses; which makes it a rabbit warren to navigate. I kept taking the stairs because I couldn't find the lift. The hotel doesn't do signs apparently. Third, you have to lug your case up a steep flight of stairs to get to reception. Fourth, the security is poor. You are given an old-fashioned ward lock key, which may be charming but means I couldn't lock my door from the inside; and it's very easy to forget the fact that you have to lock the door when you leave the room. Fifth, the bathroom fittings come from another era. I hated the high sided 'an accident waiting to happen for the over sixties' bath (which I didn't need as I prefer showers, but nobody asked me which I preferred) and worse one of those small shower curtains on a circular rail, which feels cold and clammy when your body touches it. Worse still, there's no mixer or thermostat. So you run the hot tap for a few minutes and then the cold, to get (eventually) the temperature you want. The hot tap was only hot in the early morning, for the rest of the day it was merely warm. The staff are mostly very good (special mention to Pedro the waiter, excellent service), but when I came down to breakfast at 0745 on the first morning there was nobody to greet me outside the restaurant (except for the ghastly and inappropriate Musak); and nobody inside, except that is for two waiters who were engaged in the most tremendous row at the tops of their voices (one apparently didn't think much of the other's character, integrity, skill or general attitude; the other objected violently to this slander). The embarrassed guests (who were being ignored while the row went on and on; stopped for a brief break; and then restarted, twice) sat waiting, with not even a menu to pretend to read (someone had forgotten to put them out). Eventually, I got bored and put a stop to it, otherwise, they would still be at it. The restaurant manager finally arrived (oblivious to the near murder which I averted), but still no menus, so just I ordered two poached eggs; which arrived on one little square of toast (which for eight quid seems a little mean). Pity there was no salt on the table (just two pepper mills), nor sugar, nor sweeteners: just some upturned glasses that somebody had forgotten to turn over. I found out later there were newspapers available, but of course, as the restaurant was deserted (0745 remember) and there was nobody to show me to a seat, give me a menu, a salt shaker, or a newspaper, I went without. Eventually, I counted six staff on duty in the restaurant (which accounts for the price of the poached eggs) but when one young and frustrated guy went up to the manager's station to get a menu, he was rebuffed by an aggrieved manager. So, five star it isn't. If the supervisors can ever get those waiters under control and themselves to turn up on time, or even before their guests arrive, maybe they will get to the top of four star. Finally, the food is very good, except for the challenge I set the chef at lunch to cook a medium rare burger. Failed. It came back medium, with Pedro's apologies: 'elf&safety' of course.
I recently spent a week at The Blake in London and am considering staying again when I'm back in a month.mThe staff and services won me over. The most exceptional employee who was kind, empathetic, professional and worked hard under some distressing situations is Susana Pereira. Susana was/is fantastic and made my stay so much warmer and comfortable than it could have been. Susana went above and beyond her role at The Blake to accommodate me. I appreciated it extremely. Anyone choosing The Blake as their home away from home in London, Susana is the exception in making you feel welcome and doing jobs way above her pay grade. She is amazing!
The hotel was fantastic in all aspects from the booking process through to check out, we could not fault the hotel at all. It is super romantic and a very easy place to be in. It has uber luxury and style throughout and it is shame to live in London otherwise we would stay there more often.
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75% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 569 reviews