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“Horrible beds” 2 of 5 stars
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Rookery Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   12 Peter's Lane | Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DS, England   |  
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Ranked #84 of 1,065 Hotels in London
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“Horrible beds”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights and our friends booked a room as well. The beds were the most uncomfortable beds I have ever slept in. We told the front reception and the response was " we can't please everyone." That was it. I thought his response was beyond rude. Since we were only there a short stay we decided to tough it out the second night....not good.
We had 2 nights of no sleep and so did our friends. When we checked out we mentioned the beds again and another couple was checking out and said the same thing. Hard as a rock!

There is also a night club near by and all you hear at night is drunk people outside the hotel.

I thought it was a cute, funky hotel, but would not stay there again based on the response we got about the beds. You also have to OK with no showers...claw foot tubs in the bathrooms.

The room service breakfast was just fair...nothing great for the price.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

this place is great. totally unexpected in the slog of a long business trip to be able to have a almost holiday-like experience just because of how the hotel is set up.

the room i stayed in had such a fun bathroom (weird, right?) that it added character to my whole stay in london. the food was great (i recommend the open-face ham sandwiches. perfectly crispy bread, yum. skip the ravioli though.) and the wifi was fast enough to download a few new shows. they were also accommodating enough when my plans changed and managed to keep me in the same room, at a great rate, for an extra night.

definitely will return.

Room Tip: the one i had, up on the top, with the funky toilet, was great. it had a name, but i don't remem...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

Stayed recently for a child free weekend in London with my wife. Came highly recommended from brother in law, and didn't disappoint.

In the heart of historic Smithfield I love the way the rooms are named after some if the more (in)famous characters of clerkenwells past.

The hotel has a very tranquil atmosphere and the rooms are very quiet given the proximity to the railway and the meat market!

The honesty bar is great with a good selection drinks, but it felt a bit like raiding mum and dads drink cabinet as a teenager (not a bad thing though as added to the fun-I checked but they hadn't marked the bottles!).

We didn't have breakfast in the hotel but went to smiths of Smithfield (about two minutes walk away), which is highly recommended. Lumberjack stacks rock.

Loads of local pubs and places to eat nearby, we loved the burgers at the slaughtered lamb and the Sunday roast at the fox and anchor.

All in all a great hotel and so close to the tube makes it great for getting wherever you need to go when you've finished in clerkenwell.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed in a Horace Jones room for a couple of rainy days in July and it was quite enjoyable.

Our room was spacious enough, it had a baldachin bed, two windows, antique furniture and gorgeous bathroom with claw-footed bathtub that we really adored.

Breakfast seemed a bit limited (if my memory serves me right, you have 3 options to choose - healthy variant wich would be a bowl yougourt with cereals and fruit, french type - croissants and jams and a meaty one - fried bacon and ham in half a baguette) but it was compensated by the fact that it was served right to your room.

The location of the hotel is great. We had umbrellas in our room which was great because it was raining every day.

The only flaws were the lack of light in the room, both natural and artificial even given the fact that there were two big windows in the room and one in the bathroom. Not enough light for a make up. And also not enough air, I opened all the three windows but couldn't even understand whether it was cold or warm outside, fresh air simply refused to get in - still a mystery for me.

Some of the reviewers mentioned creaky floors, I can remember hearing the sound sometimes as well as the sound of slamming front door but I also remember that it was not disturbing at all, not the thing you concentrate your attention on, and the hotel was very quiet in general.

It is quite possible that on our next trip to London we'll stay here again.

Room Tip: we liked our Horace Jones room - comfortable bed with a baldachin and gorgeous claw-footed bathtub
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Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

One of the best hotels in London. You could feel the London history in the walls.
It is easy to get there, train tub stations rounde the corner.
Lot of good resturangs close.
The rooms are very nice and comftably.
Very godd breakfast served in your room.

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

That's the question I ask myself. Okay the rooms are antique looking and nicely laid out. Small televison and they charge you for regular movies which I thought was a thing of the past. Internet service was patchy. Also, I found information about what is located nearby to be lacking, though one could ask.
Bathroom was nice with a gorgeous ornate free standing bathtub.... but no standing shower.

I guess if you are in London on business or just breezing in and out of the hotel as a sightseer... I would not suggest that you stay here. If you want to lay around and take it easy, they have a lovely lounge and the rooms are cozy. The hotel area is also pretty nice (with the wonderful St. Johns Restaurant around the corner) and parks nearby.... so perhaps best as a couples retreat or a solo traveller wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of London.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

What a find! There at the very crossroads of artisinal old London in the form of Smithfield Market and it's supporting services, and a plethora of establishments replete with cutting-edge uber-trendy 'up-market' designer chic restaurants, bars, gastro-pubs and night clubs, stands The Rookery Hotel.It has been fashioned to replicate something approaching the 'Dickensian' feel but with today's expected level of comfort, and facilities. Beautifully furnished throughout, no two rooms the same, and room names (not numbers) after people of yesteryear with notable connections to the area whether authors, merchants, or ladies of infamous notoriety etc.

Whilst there is a veritable tsunami of literally 24 hour non-stop merriment on the doorsteps of The Rookery, the soundproofing of the windows was such that whilst you could look and enjoy the goings on in the streets outside, hardly a sound could be heard in the room. For those that have to pay visits to the bathroom during the night, a peek around the curtains gave a wonderful insight into how today's 'swingers and movers' enjoy themselves. The area is very similar to the current "in" area of Manhattan, The Meatpacking District, again associated with the meat industry, and ultra chic eateries, watering holes, clubbing venues and, of course, trendy young things.

Although the hotel does not have a restaurant, it does offer a room service menu but in any event literally a few paces away are some of the best restaurants in town. Breakfast can either be taken in your room or in the ground floor conservatory.

The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful, the hotel very comfortable, the rooms excellent, and the value unbeatable. But do not tell to many people as we want to get in when we return in the near future.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 12 Peter's Lane | Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6DS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Family Hotel in London
#70 Luxury Hotel in London
#74 Romantic Hotel in London
#101 Business Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rookery Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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