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Reviewed March 3, 2010

I can only comment on the room i stayed. I have paid 183GBP to book a room one up from the basic whatever you called it. The room was small and triangular, literally 8steps from one corner to another. My room was on the 2nd floor directly overlooking the main entrance of a pub from my window. The hotel is located at the corner of an alley and a street full of pubs and clubs, i can see some rooms can be very noisy at night and it will disturb your sweet dreams if you want an early night. However my room was ok on that Friday night, I could hear the noise but not sleepkiller for me. The hotel decor was authentic English grand style throughout, not bad but not big at all, I can see why the Americans leaving good reviews for the authenticity. Facilities-wise there's nothing to do in the hotel for it is such a small hotel, to me it is more like a posh BnB. The kingsize oak-posts bed was comfy and temperature in room was fine.
We have taken some good photos in their sitting area and it does look very grand on photos, but the real thing is another story. At 183GBP you get 2bottles of cheapo 'all over shampoos', one conditioner and no toothbrush/paste in the toilet no carparking and nothing in room is on compliment, no personal touches at all, I wont go back.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2010

This hotel is very beautiful, and infinitely more fun than a chain or even a standard "trendy" boutique. They obviously put a lot of thought into each room, and the history of the hotel is fascinating. The bathrooms are gorgeous, even if you are looking into an office building as you take a bath in the claw foot tub.

The location is great if you are sick of the touristy West End spots. (I prefer the East End, so the location is perfect for me.)

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank GCF2006
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

The rooms were elegant and cozy, each one unique (our group had three rooms). The old-fashioned bathrooms were great and the beds were very comfortable. The staff was always kind and helpful. It's in a great location, and you wouldn't even know it was there from the street! Very close to three tube stations, several pubs and restaurants, and walking distance from St. Paul's Cathedral. Extremely classy and convenient, would definitely stay there again given the chance.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 28, 2010

We came to the Rookery for our honeymoon and were very pleased with our stay there. We found the staff friendly and helpful. Our room was pretty awesome; everything was tidy and neat, it was spacious, the decor was lovely. The bathroom was FANTASTIC, as the tub was extra long. Having extra long legs myself, this made it pretty much my favorite feature. We loved the conservatory, which allowed us to come in from the snow and sit in front of a warm fire before heading upstairs to our room. The food from their room service was delicious, always arrived promptly, and was reasonably priced (for room service). The bed was comfortable, as were the sheets, pillows, etc. It was a very cozy, comfortable room in general.

The location was also wonderful. It was literally down the street (2 minutes, TOPS) from Farringdon tube station, making the city very accessible. It was also only about a 5 minute walk from St. Paul's Cathedral, which was also pretty great. It seemed like an area where lots of people have happy hour after work, as there were quite a few bars and pubs around, but we never noticed that it got loud (even late at night). Also, being Americans, we found the stinginess with beverages (we had to pay for water at eating places - and every refill of water. At one place we paid 3 pounds for a glass of warm tap water.) to be the only thing we had difficulty adjusting to. So the little grocery next door came in handy as we were able to grab several bottles of water to carry with us all day.

There were only two minor issues that we encountered:
1) The internet did not work in our room any but two of the days we were there, and there was no internet at all (even on their computer) for three days of our stay. Being on our honeymoon, we had not planned on being on our computer much anyway, but we had planned to use it to help us find some good food places and general info on how to get around. All in all, this wasn't really that bad for us (we had travel books - less efficient, but it works) and it was all fine.
2) Our room was hot. Being there in the middle of 20-30 degree weather, we turned the heat off and it was still warm. So I'm not really sure what was going on there, but we couldn't figure it out. We also couldn't really leave our window open, because we were across from some apartments and didn't really want to have them able to see in. Again, though, not a big deal really.

In all, we really LOVED our stay in London. We found the hotel well worth the money, and would definitely recommend it to everyone!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank lilybear02
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Reviewed January 27, 2010

We were very excited about our trip to the Rookery. The website had made it look exactly the sort of place we were looking for: characterful, historic, quirky and exactly the right place for a special break. Clearly, they've got great marketers.

There are some nice little touches around, and the public rooms are pretty, but after all the anticipation we were incredibly disappointed to be ushered into a pokily tiny room. There was an antique bed jammed awkwardly in, and some overly flouncy curtains, but they just looked silly in what was clearly a modern hotel room (beige carpets and walls).

There was nothing complimentary, no tea or coffee making facilities, even (when you're staying three nights, as we were, it's funny how much you miss this hotel basic), and as breakfast isn't included in the room price, we were left to conclude that we'd been conned into forking out £170 a night for the privilege of having an antique bed and an oil painting in our room. There was nothing else to distinguish the room from your average chain hotel - in fact, because the room was stuffy and far too hot all the time, even with air conditioning on full blast (which isn't especially comfortable), we actually had a better night's sleep when we switched to a budget hotel on the last night of our stay. It was a very comfy mattress, but under such a fat duvet in a boiling hot room, sleep was only ever intermittent.

The bath only had a shower attachment - we wouldn't have minded this, but with no screens or shower curtains, the whole room was flooded once one person had taken a shower, which must have been as much of a pain for the chambermaids as us. The promised wifi connection was intermittent at best, and on the last day we were told it just 'wasn't compatible with Macs' - fine, but with work to do while on our stay, it was another inconvenience, and my partner's PC had as much trouble connecting.

The location is fantastic, I've got to admit, and the service was always friendly and spot on, apart from the internet access. But we came prepared to spend extra for a really special break, and just left feeling a bit ripped off. There are so many hotels in London offering much more for far, far less money, and we've now learnt our lesson about choosing a promise of 'style' over value.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Lulamae_Barnes
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