The Blakemore Hotel is located at 30 Leinster Gardens in Bayswater, a few blocks from Hyde Park and Kensington Palace and within walking distance of both the Queensway and Bayswater tube stops. It seems to be marketed to a combination of buisnessmen and tourists, so the decor is neat, trim, and dentist's-office bland. All that's missing are the potted ficus trees....
The lobby and common areas are pleasant, recently remodeled, wood paneled, and have comfy couches to sit in.
The standard twin room is tiny but serviceable. People who aren't used to European hotel rooms, which are often much smaller than ones in the U.S., may find them a bit too small. There is a teeny bathroom with a toilet and shower. Soap and shampoo are found in dispensers on the shower wall. The sink is located in the bedroom (which actually turned out to be convenient for face-washing and tooth-brushing while somebody was in the shower).
The rooms have recently been renovated in shades of peachy pink and green. Each room has a TV, phone, built-in wardrobe, desk, as well as a hair dryer and hot pot for making coffee or tea.
Continental breakfast is complimentary and is served in the basement restaurant. It's not half bad, consisting of orange or grapefruit juice, coffee or tea, cereal, fruit salad, cheese, croissants, rolls, and butter or jam. Everything provided is fresh, and the staff is very attentive when it comes to replacing depleted rolls, coffee, and the like.
If you want to write home, there's a 24-hour Internet cafe located a short distance towards Hyde Park, down Leinster Gardens, where you can email home for 1 pound per 20 minutes.
The Bayswater area is full of reasonably priced restaurants for lunch and dinner, especially on its main street, Queensway.
Rack rates for the Blakemore are 110 pounds per night for a twin room, but we stayed there on a package, which included round-trip airfare and three nights' hotel for $289 per person. This makes the Blakemore an inexpensive and comfortable base for a visit to London.
The Blakesmore's website is www.blakemorehotel.activehotels.com/GOF.