“A captivating, quirky little hotel hidden in the streets of Soho with authentic 18th-century furnishings”
Of course, there were no dimmer lights or power showers when Jonathan Swift dropped by to see his protégé poetess Mary Barker but, like him, you’ll still have to walk along the delightfully wonky floors to her room. Every room is overflowing with plush furnishings and rugs, antique but comfortable beds, and richly painted walls hung with original artworks. And when you need a blast of the present, the bustling streets of London’s shopping and theatre districts are just outside the discreet front door.
- A real 18th-century ambiance - the rooms have been lovingly restored with antique furniture and art
- Each house is accessed via a separate staircase, adding to the feeling that you're staying in your very own 1700s London home
- Delicious breakfasts delivered to your room every morning
- Hard-to-beat Soho location, with no shortage of restaurants, shops and London attractions on your doorstep
- The stairs are steep (only one of the 4 houses has a lift) and some of the floors slant
- Not all bathrooms have showers; some come with bathtubs only
- Rooms facing onto Frith Street may experience some noise filtering in from buzzy Soho, though it's muffled by double-glazing
- Club and Superior Rooms feel small - we'd recommend splashing out on a Deluxe Room or a suite
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Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast (+ restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
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.
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Dvd player
- Extra beds
- Safe box
- Satellite tv
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.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Hazlitt's is ideal for shopaholics - the department stores and high street brands of Oxford Street and the luxury labels of Regent Street and Bond Street are all nearby
- First-timers to London will appreciate the proximity to major sights such as Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, all easily accessible by Tube or foot
- Theatre-goers will be spoilt for choice at the playhouses of Piccadilly and Shaftsbury Avenue
- Night-hawks should head to the bars of Soho and Covent Garden
- Culture-vultures will enjoy the British Museum, the National Gallery and the Royal Opera House
- Those in search of fresh air can take a stroll around one of London's royal parks. Hyde Park, Regent's Park and St James' Park are all within a 20-minute walk or an easy Tube ride
- Literary lovers won’t even have to leave the hotel: the cosy reading room is filled with signed tomes by the illustrious authors who have stayed here, from Michael Ondaatje to J.K. Rowling
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
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.
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking