Tucked away down a smart little pedestrian passageway, this cosy well-appointed hotel has bags of character, complemented by a one of the best front-of-house teams we have ever come across.
Arriving early to drop our bags off, we were able to go directly to our room after a warm welcome. (The hotel is small enough for the front of house team to almost know your name before you register.)
We were very fortunate to have booked a junior suite, but in fact be upgraded to the Rook's Nest, the stunning duplex penthouse suite occupying a corner of the top floor and the tower. From here we enjoyed a good night's sleep in the quirky yet opulent Victoriana-inspired suite.
Every request for room service and off-spec items was met promptly and in good humour, with one of the staff members going without his links for an evening as my husband had forgotten to pack his.
There were no tea/coffee items provided in the room, but asking for it from room service turned out to be much quicker than making it yourself.
There is also no restaurant on site, but an innovative room service menu offered freshly cooked 'modern British' food that you would want to eat, eg bacon sandwiches and pies and mash, rather than the over-fussy finds of the larger, particularly chain, hotels. The mini-bar is also appealingly stocked and fairly priced with niche brand chocolate and fine wines.
The hotel is all extremely well-placed for both Clerkenwell's well and less well-known restaurants, with bags of choice within tripping distance. Sensibly probably why the hotel doesn't have its own on-site cafe/restaurant.
The owners and staff of The Rookery Hotel clearly know their stuff (owning Hazlitt's in SoHo) and have created an atmospheric luxurious boutique hotel with all the finishing touches of a great hotel, but in their own style and to their own vision.
Seriously, hats off to you all and a great big thank you.
Our stay was top-drawer quality and we hope to come back.
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