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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 #85 of 1,065 Hotels in London
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14 hotel reviews
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“Exceptional character”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Expierience:
Stayed on 28th Dec 2013, sadly just for one night. I had made a couple of extra requests which they accomodated for me, plus we were upgraded free! Really friendly staff, and the accomodation was superb. Like something out of a Sherlock Homes movie. We loved the attention to detail including a brief history of the site and information on the people the rooms were named after.
Accomodation:
Really well maintained, very clean, so unlike anything I've stayed in before. Free WiFi. Our suite had 2 TV's and a quality audio player, great for plugging in an IPhone for my own music. Beautiful bath, lots of shiny old fasioned brass, old style loo with chain (we thought that was fun).
Location:
Excellent for exploring the West end, (Covent Garden 4 stops) from the tube line at (300 Meters/yards away) and only 10 minute walk from City of London museum, with Historic Smithfield Market, and the City of London including St Paul's very close by too. The property is very understated from the outside, and was quiet outside the night we stayed with no main traffic through route to cause concern.
Breakfast:
with no eating area there is an option for Breakfast in the room/bed with a selection of bacon roll, fruit, yogurt, and granola, or pastries. We had the latter 2, pricy but very delicious.
Would definately recomend it for a romantic treat.

Room Tip: We had the Dr Theophilus Garecieres Suite. Beautiful.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    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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14 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

The Rookery is located in a beautiful historic building - which has been lovingly restored. However it lacks virtually all the facilities one expects from a hotel. It is really just a 'rooming house'. It should change its name and price point.
There is no car parking: the NCP is quite some way away.
The room we had was on the third floor - with no lift.
There is no proper bar: just an indifferently stocked 'honesty bar' where you serve yourself, - no cocktails, and no nice wine 'by the glass'.
There is nowhere to eat: they offer room service, but our room was quite small with no proper table and chairs. So, if you order breakfast, you may have to eat it in bed.
The decor looks lovely, but it's so uncomfortable: our bed was small double, and creaky, so we kept waking up. Our room was on the top floor and too hot, even though we turned off the radiators, and it was freezing weather outside. The bathroom was large - but there was no shower, the lighting over the mirror was inadequate, and the washbasin was cracked.
There was a wardrobe in the room, but no drawers for clothes.
And, even though you are staying in a business district very close to the City of London, the internet service doesn't work.... we had to keep going down the road to Starbucks to keep in touch with people. Would strongly recommend they get a better provider and more bandwidth.

Room Tip: Make sure you tell them you dont want a room on the third floor. There is no lift!!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Lovely, unique place. Amazing room, nice to be trusted with the honesty bar, staff unobtrusive but helpful when needed, set in a nice bit of London with plenty of choice for food, and a tube stop at the end of the road. Ideal really

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I'm late with this review (I stayed there in July 2012 just prior to the Olympics)

The hotel is wonderful. Unobtrusive yet excellent service; you are left alone which suits me perfectly, but there were staff readily available should you need them (I didn't).

The room was terrific, after dozens of stays in identikit corporate hotel rooms this was so refreshing. Very nicely furnished with a comfy bed. The bathroom was lovely, however if you are used to a quick shower, then factor in a few more minutes to have a bath with a shower attachment.

I ordered breakfast that arrived on time and while pricier than getting it locally, I had jet lag and didn't feel like getting up to get food (there's several good cafes and sandwich ships within 5 seconds of the front door)

The sitting room, terrace and honesty bar were lovely too. Sitting outside on a warm London summer evening was great and if you bump into a fellow guest, then it's nice to have a chat and swap stories.

I'd stay here again!

One comment - for those who have complained about noise after 11pm - this part of London is high-density and lively. That's why it's great. I think all rooms have double-glazing which should make it quiet

Room Tip: Although there may be street noise from the many pubs / clubs nearby, if you are jet lagged you won...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Bend, Oregon, United States
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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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New York, New York, United States
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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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:
#41 Family Hotel in London
#68 Romantic Hotel in London
#71 Luxury Hotel in London
#106 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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