I booked this hotel for my boyfriend's 30th birthday as I thought it would be a bit different from the typical hotel and the rooms on the Fox and Anchor's website looked stunning.
We arrived just after the check-in time and the room that I had booked was not ready as the previous guests had checked out late. This was a little annoying but a member of staff showed us an alternative room in case we didn't want to wait and we decided to go for that one instead. The room (St Barts) was stunning - large, comfortable bed, lovely contemporary but cosy decor and a lovely bathroom with roll top bath, rain shower and heated flooring. The room had a flat screen tv, BOSE sound system, safe, mini bar and a decent sized wardrobe.
We were getting ready to go out for dinner when we realised there was no water - not the hotel's fault as Thames Water had turned it off which apparently they had also done the weekend before- and a member of staff kindly arranged for a room at the next door Malmaison to be made available so we could shower there.
The hotel is close to Smithfield Market and unfortunately the noise of lorries delivering and picking up meat throughout the night is audible from the room and it did make falling asleep a little difficult. I was also woken up by a lorry's horn at about 4am. Not the hotel's fault but unfortunately this is a problem for the rooms located at the front of the hotel, maybe the rooms at the rear would be quieter.
The next morning we had breakfast in the pub which was great.
When we checked out the manager apologised for the problems with the lack of water (which was sorted out very quickly) and didn't charge us for breakfast by way of an apology which was generous given this wasn't the hotel's fault and they had done all they could to sort the problem out for us.
In summary, the rooms and gorgeous and a decent size, the staff are very helpful and friendly and the hotel offers something a bit different from your usual hotel. The downside to this is that some of the service you get with a hotel was missing, eg used glasses weren't replaced, the room wasn't ready when it should have been, and no bottle opener in the room for the bottles in the mini bar which meant we had to prise the lids off with a key.
These were minor gripes though and I would definitely go back without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled deep in the lively & exciting Smithfield area, the former original London gin-joint has been lovingly restored to its former glory and a whole lot more as well. The Fox & Anchor originates from the late Victorian era and has been serving the traders of Smithfield market for years. Grand mahogany doors, etched glass and heavy brass, we serve great British food alongside our favourite cask ales & craft beers. With 6 traditional rooms all with their own unique differences, the eclectic range of rooms are a hidden gem in the city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fox & Anchor Hotel London
- Fox And Anchor
- Fox & Anchor London, England