The Blakemore Hyde Park Hotel, London
My last night in London was more than I expected it to be, and all I needed after a long week of work and being sick of my stomach. It was a highlight of my trip, that’s why in this month’s review I tell you all about my remarkable stay at the Blakemore Hyde Park Hotel.
Located in the Bayswater area, between lovely Notting Hill and the famous Oxford Street, the Blakemore Hyde Park is a 4 star deluxe hotel where the owners want to make sure you get the home feel, and receive the personal attention you deserve. I love details, and this one specifically made all the different on my stay.
Deciding on where to stay in London might be difficult, all depends on what you want to do and visit, and how much you want to spend. However, the neighborhood also plays an important role on your decision, and I couldn’t recommend more staying around Hyde Park.
The Blakemore Hyde Park, is located in a sensational neighborhood, only a few steps to the park it is named after, it is also near 2 different underground stations: Paddington and Bayswater, in a stunning building in a calm street. It is very easy to reach the center and attractions like the Buckingham Palace, nearby there are stores and cinema as well.
If you are looking for a quiet night and like taking a morning walk, then you just found your place. I woke up early and decided to take a walk around Hyde Park, and on my way back founded a pretty street near the hotel, which I even mentioned it on My London Findings post. I was enchanted by the neighborhood and would have loved to stay longer.
We stayed in an Executive Junior Suite located on the ground floor, quiet, as I needed it to be after a long week in London. As soon as I opened the door the first thing I noticed after the bed and amazing smell, was a plate of fruits; how thoughtful – I don’t even need to mention that I ate all the strawberries.
The bathroom is something, white clean and with a great look and feel. The shower is heaven!
In the room you find a closet, a desk and a chair, a couch and a TV, a drink fridge where you can use to store anything you might want to, and above it, you have all you need for a warm cup of tea.
Do I need to mention the bed? Wow, amazing, not only for being comfortable, but also for its size. Honestly? All hotel bed should be like this one; I have experienced only few like this.
My room had a window but with no view, I didn’t really mind, as all I wanted was a dark and quiet room to sleep all night without waking up only once. It worked.
In 2012 the hotel was entirely renovated. It has a pleasant restaurant on the terrace and on nice weather you can sit outside, a bar, a small fitness centre, a special room for breakfast and 3 meeting rooms.
Their restaurant is on the terrace facing the street. I didn’t get to sit outside as the weather wasn’t ideal, but since it’s transparent because of the glass, you can see the street from the inside. There you can have the afternoon tea, as well as, dinner, I had both, and it will be hard to forget the experience; it was amazing.
The Afternoon Tea
Before we sat down to have our afternoon tea, W and I were very stressed out by the fact that our flight back to Germany the following day was cancelled. It was definitely a good idea to sit down and relax for a bit, and forget the flight problem.
The afternoon tea was composed by: sandwiches, perfect macarons and amazing fluffy scones, chocolate brownies, tea of course – as always, I picked the fruit tea – and for a perfect end, champagne with strawberry.
I have a thing for macarons and scones, which means I am very picky, especially with macarons – I hate when they are dry – but these ones were heaven, real French macarons. It was my first afternoon tea experience, and I hope that from now on, every time I’m in London I will do it again. I just hope it will always be as good as here, or I can just return.
All the eating and delicious food didn’t stop at the afternoon tea, it went on until dinner. I often say that you know when the food is good, when you are full and it still tastes amazing and you can’t stop eating it. So that’s what happened to both myself and W; not long after the afternoon tea, we went back to the restaurant for dinner.
For drinks, I ordered a Chardonnay, and W a beer. Before our starters arrived, we ate homemade bread with olive oil.
We both ordered the Chef’s soup kettle as a starter, which is made with rustic fresh grilled bread. Amazing, somehow it reminded me of a soup I used to have when I was a child.
As for main course, I ordered THE duck of my life. I still can’t explain what was that all about, I just know it was amazing, so amazing that I stopped talking and focused on enjoying every piece of it. Paired with it, a wonderful glass of Cabernet Sauvignon -I need to ask the name of the wine again, it was remarkable.
W ordered the Blakemore Sirloin Steak. I stole a little piece and I tell you: it was incredible. He said: “the best steak I ever had”. I was surprised; he never said that before, never ever.
Dessert? Unfortunately we did not order dessert, for 2 reasons: 1. we were full, really! 2. We were VERY late for our meeting with 007 at the cinema, so no time to enjoy the chocolate temptation that they had that day. I can only regret!
Interesting fact about this restaurant that I only discovered the following day: the Head Chef, Andrea Secchi, used to work with the acclaimed Marcus Wareing at the 2 Michelin starred restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. No wonder he makes magic in the kitchen.
You can check the restaurant menu here.
From the time we arrived to leave our luggage in the morning – check-in time was only possible at 3pm – until we said goodbye, the staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. They worry about your plans for the day, if you need a taxi, if everything if fine with the food, if you need anything to drink; it is a lot of pampering, very easy to get used to!
A little bit of honesty
- A spa would make this place even more amazing!
- It was so good and comfy at the hotel that I didn’t feel like going out, but I had to explore London you see.
- The amazing food
- The location
- The bed!
Blakemore Hyde Park offer exclusive benefits for guests that book on their website; the benefits include complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability), late check-out at 12pm and a much lower rate than anywhere else online.’
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*Disclosure: I was kindly offered a one night stay, afternoon tea and dinner at the Blakemore Hyde Park. All opinions are my own, as always.