I have admired The Rookery's handsome façade in passing many times and longed to discover what lay within. I satisfied this curiosity with a recent stay and wasn't disappointed. It is a charming, quaint and very individual boutique hotel brimming with character. Our room, Bridget Burke was a delight, richly decorated with antiques, period trimmings and Olde World portraits, a complete antithesis to the generic style of so many modern hotels. It was a little dark as others have mentioned but for me the charm of the place greatly outweighed this. The room was also a very reasonable size for London. The bathroom was more compact but still beautifully styled and with high quality fittings. The communal parts are also wonderful, rather like a smart townhouse bolthole of an ageing English aristocrat. There is an honesty bar and you can take drinks in one of the cosy lounges or in the small garden. Staff are exceptionally friendly and the whole experience is personal and warm, there is even a hotel cat, shy and a bit overweight. Breakfast can be taken in bed or in one of the lounges, there is no restaurant as such. There is no lift so this place wouldn't suit everybody but anyone seeking a little quirk and a change from corporate chains will likely fall in love with it. The sister hotel Hazlitts which I have stayed at in the past is also fabulous, probably even more kooky with its wonky corridors and bygone air. The location of The Rookery is great, Farringdon and Clerkenwell are lovely neighbourhoods, more edgy and raffish than the West End/Knightsbridge etc, yet still very close to all the action as Farringdon tube is literally a minutes walk away. Recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Rookery Hotel London
- The Rookery Hotel London, England