“A captivating, quirky little hotel hidden in the streets of Soho with authentic 18th-century furnishings”
The distinctive charm of Hazlitt’s is the picture-perfect restoration of its past. This means small Club Rooms and slightly larger Superior Rooms with 18th-century canopied or four-poster beds, antique writing desks, and bathrooms with free-standing claw-footed baths (most also have oversized rainfall showerheads) and Victorian brass fittings. Every room has a different name and décor: Lady Frances Hewitt (J.K. Rowling's favourite) is painted a pretty pink with a glassed-in bookshelf; Joel Johnson is a deep blue with a marble bust in the fireplace. In Prussian Resident (the Spoonerish name is typical of the hotel's sense of humour) you'll find elegant mahogany lamps, gilt-framed mirrors, a ceiling-height carved oak bedhead, and a large marble bust gazing at you as you slip into the tub.
Deluxe Rooms have a sitting area and an ante-chamber off the bathroom, which has a shower cubicle. On our first visit to the hotel we stayed in Jonathan Swift, with its red brocade chaise longue, marble fireplace and massive oak headboard dated 1740. Windows were double-glazed to muffle the sounds of Soho; with the silk curtains drawn and the chandelier dimmed, we could easily imagine we were back in gentler Georgian times. Until, of course, we put on our fluffy white bathrobes, turned up the central heating and curled up to watch a DVD on the flat-screen television.
There are 3 suites: ground-floor Baron Willoughby, which has a carved oak bed and a sitting room with a fireplace, Teresa Cornelys, named after a famous courtesan, with a private staircase leading to the boudoir and a period 'bathing machine', and the 2-storey Duke of Monmouth, where we stayed when we revisited in 2011. We loved its bath, filled with water from the beak of an enormous eagle, and its private terrace with a sliding glass roof for inclement London days.
A quiet tap on our door meant that breakfast (not included in the room price) had arrived. Waking to a pot of Earl Grey tea and a cafetière of fresh coffee with warm bread, hot chocolate croissants and muesli with yoghurt certainly beats scrambling to get to a common breakfast room before the orange juice runs out. Just choose what you want from the breakfast menu - fruit crunch, a bacon sandwich, a bakery basket or cereals, accompanied by juice and a hot drink - and what time you want it served (up to 10am) and you can lie in bed until it arrives. Blissful for any non-morning types. If you're celebrating or recuperating, you can add Bucks Fizz or a Bloody Mary to your order.
Hazlitt’s doesn't have a restaurant but room service is available round the clock, with a menu of dishes like smoked salmon, spinach and ricotta ravioli and pork sausage and red onion casserole, as well as baguettes, soup and traditional pies. But undoubtedly, you’ll be sampling the surfeit of Soho restaurants nearby. Directly across the road is the charming French bistro Arbutus, 2 doors down is the cheap and cheerful Gourmet Burger, and a street over is the romantic Andrew Edmunds. And that’s for those folks who don’t like to walk more than 5 minutes to dine.
Children are welcome, and baby cots and extra beds are available on request (the Baron Willoughby suite has a sofabed), but please note rough-and-tumble behaviour on the antique furnishings isn't encouraged.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking