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This week, we’ve mainly been wishing we were interior designers, and had the house to prove it. In the meantime, we must make do with sourcing tips from trusted talent like Anouska Hempel and co, and bedding down in temples to grand design, such as Blakes HotelLondon’s first (and finest?) boutique hotel…

Style Orient excess
Setting Secluded SW7

Why this week? Blakes Hotel sparkles from a recent refurbishment, and to celebrate its mini makeover, it’s offering a special deal for stays in the following room types: the Parisian Single, Luxury Double, Director’s Double, and Luxury Suite. For as little as £159, you’ll get a night’s stay, Continental breakfast, a welcome gift and 20 per cent off of your bill when you dine in the hotel’s restaurant.

Our favourite bits? The Corfu Suite, which you enter from the garden; the Cardinal Suite (all in luscious reds); the Empress Josephine Suite with tented bed and a rich colour scheme of ebony and gold. We also heart the seductively lit, boudoir-chic restaurant, which offers Modern European dining with Eastern influences: try pan-fried oysters with sesame seeds and sweet soy, wok-fried salt-and-pepper soft-shell crabs, Dover sole or beef teriyaki. There’s also some serious caviar-devotee temptation in the form of Beluga or Oscietra dishes. The hotel’s South Kensington postcode takes some beating, too.

Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘Blakes – the very name conjures up a whole era of modern London decadence. The first time I visited Anouska Hempel’s South Ken boutique hotel, it was to interview a famous film director who had decided to take a suite, with his glamorous girlfriend, for the filming of his new movie. The shoot ended up dragging on, unsurprisingly, for more than six months. I remember thinking what an indulgent gesture this was, but how he couldn’t have bettered his choice. From the moment you walk up the steps into reception (the subtle oriental decor sets the tone for the whole hotel), Blakes whispers seductively: prepare to be seriously spoiled…’

Read the full anonymous review of Blakes Hotel in London

You say ‘My advice is do not leave the room – each one is too exquisite. We were treated to breakfast in bed – just bliss, all the more reason to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Is there a more romantic hotel in London? I don’t think so.’

(Emily, BlackSmith, stayed on 2 Aug 2008)

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