Good Hotel Guide Review
You can imagine nodding off in an armchair over the latest issue of Samuel Johnson’s Idler, or William Hazlitt’s polemics in the Tatler, when you step into this time-warp hotel and close the door on trendy Soho. It was here, on a Georgian terrace in the 1820s, that essayist Hazlitt penned his final diatribes, and antiques and furnishings keep faith with a bygone age. Bedrooms have a carved oak or four-poster bed, Victorian bathroom fittings. A suite has a sitting room with working fireplace, a garden with sliding glass roof. All have air conditioning, a minibar, modern plumbing, Land & Water toiletries (no chamber pot, Denmark wash or wig powder). The staff are ‘welcoming and friendly’. Public rooms are ‘cosy, with fireplaces, immaculately presented’. Venture out to a local coffee house, or sit tight with a drink from the library honesty bar, comestibles from a 24-hour room-service menu. At breakfast, send for cereal and croissants, a Buck’s Fizz and one of those new-fangled bread-and-meat confections so lately made popular by the Earl of Sandwich. (See also London sister ventures The Rookery and Batty Langley’s.)
6 Frith Street
020 7434 1771
30. 2 on ground floor.
lift, library, private lounge/meeting room, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed, under-13s free, extra bed £45.
Amex, MC, Visa.
room-only doubles from £279. Breakfast £12, limited room-service menu, dishes from £7.