Hotel Overview:Blakes Hotel London is situated near to shopping areas at South Kensington and Chelsea and also is close to the Earls Court Exhibition centre (0.7 miles). Its just 0.4 miles to the Kings Road where you will find a huge selection of shops, bars and restaurants in an area known for leading the way in fashion. The hotels location is on the border of central London, just on the western side. Transport links are good with nearby stations (Gloucester Road) having services to Heathrow Airport via the Piccadilly line, and a short walk away is the A4 dual carriageway which is the main road link into and out of London. A short stroll to the south finds the busy Fulham Road. This is a long road that leads to Knightsbridge and is full of shops and amenities along its full length. Just to the North the main road is the Old Brompton Road, a busy road that goes to South Kensington and the tube station. Roland Gardens itself is a relatively quiet side street and residential in nature, as are the surrounding side roads. Its an upmarket area and housing is in the higher bands. The hotel has been constructed from two former Victorian mansions.
Hotel in Detail:An intimate hotel that would be classed as boutique and hip and which was created by British designer Anauska Hempel. The Blakes hotel is the choice for many of the worlds famous names who appreciate the privacy afforded to hotel guests while maintaining a high level of personal service. The hotel is designed to bring a fusion between the East and West in its decor and feel and includes antiques from Japan and India. has been described as modern decadence and both stylish and seductive with a hint of the 80's thrown in.
All Bedrooms have Marble bathrooms and amenities include top brand CD and DVD player, safe, satellite TV, WiFi, movie library and a well stocked bar. They are also all air-conditioned. Iron and ironing board on request.
Each room has its own individual identity and feel and is individually decorated and furnished, though certain traits are shared as below.
These room have French double beds in a studio type layout and eclectic style. Colour scheme features blacks and whites.
Here the beds are European King sized antique swan beds. The bathrooms are finished in grey marble.
European King sized beds which are either French gilded antique swan or a four poster.
European King sized four poster beds. Extra high ceilings with antique prints on the walls. Luxury suites have their own balcony with French windows. Decorated with antique prints.
The Library suites, Cardinal suites and White French Provencal suites with gossamer nets and mother of pearl furniture.
Large four poster bed. Here the emphasis is on the use of whites. Egyptian themed. Courtyard where you can enjoy a drink.
European King sized four poster bed. This is the biggest suite. Features a Victorian drawing room and fireplace. 007 has black walls.
Hidden cupboards behind fake bookshelves, silk wall hangings and a double-height four-poster bed.
Room service is 24 hours. Lift to all floors. Daily maid service and turndown service.
Dining Options:The onsite Restaurant serves dishes devised by Anouska Hempel and combines eastern and western cuisine (Thai And Mediterranean). Breakfast served 7am till late. Last orders 22.45. Located in the basement. You might want to try their acclaimed blackened cod with a miso and ginger sauce.
Next to the restaurant are the hotels bar and the Chinese Room (available for private parties).
Additional services include massage and beauty treatment facilities along with a Butler service. You can also make use of the courtyard and roof garden to relax and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat. WiFi high speed internet access can picked up throughout the hotel. 24 hour reception.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.3 miles, 0.4 km) would be the 5 star Bentley London (Waldorf Astoria Collection), where rates start from £186 and which has an 86% guest satisfaction rating.
Parking:Public parking is possible in close proximity to the hotel and costs £50 per day.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Bedroom Numbers:48 / 6 floors
Check-in: 14.00 (2pm)
Check-out: 12.00 noon
History:Opened in 1978 by Anouska Hempel and her husband Sir Mark Weinberg who sold the hotel in 2004 to a Malaysian buyer. Bought once again by Anouska Hempel/Sir Mark Weinberg in 2006. In 2007 hotel sold to GuestInvest who planned to sell the rooms individually to buyers at prices from £1 million pounds up. The hotel would have operated as normal except that a share of room profits would go to there respective owners. However Guestinvest went into administration in 2008. The Blakes Hotel was saved from administration itself in October 2010 when it was bought for £20 million pounds by Apostrophe owner Meir Abutbul and hotelier Navid Mirtorabi.
In October 2010 Anouska Hempel announced a 2 year plan for renovations which will include a new gymnasium and extended restaurant.
Trivia: Generally accepted as having been the first official boutique hotel in the world.