The Blakemore Hotel is located in the Bayswater area of London, which is mostly comprised of hotels and apartments. Many of the buildings are historic, painted beautifully, with large windows and luxury atmosphere. The Blakemore itself is about five minutes from two tube stations that cover all of the major travel lines. It also borders on Hyde Park, so the location is ideal and is its best asset. The hotel is an older building which is tastefully decorated, with a bright and lovely lobby. A bar, restaurant, and conference facilities are all within the building.
Breakfast is included in the nightly rate, which is posted in the lobby as 110 pounds for a double room. But rooms may be reserved for less online. The breakfast is certainly not a "full" one, with only one type of roll, coffee, juice, and cereal provided. Everything else, including yogurt and fruit, costs a good bit extra.
Our room was a typical (small) European room, with the exception of a shower that was almost American size. In the room we found a hairdryer, coffee maker and coffee, and a separate vanity area. There were plenty of fluffy towels provided underneath the large mirror and sink. The decor was a bit dated, but it was clean and comfortable enough for a short stay. A basic television and telephone were also provided.
Computer lovers will be happy to know that an internet cafe is only steps away, where e-mail can be checked for only 99p. Restaurants line Queensway across from Hyde Park, and there are also great local shops on the side streets. There you'll find freshly made sandwiches for a fraction of the price of a restaurant meal.
In summary, staying at the Blakemore is a great way to experience London while sticking to a reasonable budget. The combination of location and amenities makes it a hotel that I recommend.