The first thing to say about this hotel, and the thing that will define your impressions of your stay, is that it is staggeringly beautiful.
This is not one of those 'design hotels' where the attraction is only skin deep, or where the design is at the expense of practicality, or where the opulence just starts to look a bit crass or over the top.
This is a hotel whose every corner has been thoughtfully and tastefully decorated, a converted church which manages to retain the splendour of the original building with the startling finish of a modern boutique hotel. Each room is individually styled and the beds are fantastic, coming with a choice of pillow.
The communal areas, particularly the bar, are like being whisked to the hippest parts of New York, but without the attitude and with the space to relax.
Yes, it is pricey, but if you are in the market for a hotel with a genuinely unique and quality feel, you will not feel like you have been ripped off.
The reason I have given this four rather than five out of five is because of some mistakes, none of which spoilt our experience. The room was not cleaned one day because a night lock on the inside of the door had been triggered as we left the room. It was dealt with and cleaned that evening instead but no one apologised. One of the sinks was blocked. And the first draft of the bill featured breakfasts we hadn't had. They were removed, though again no apology.
As I say, none of those things would stop me wholeheartedly recommending this delightful, friendly hotel in a city which is completely overlooked by many.