“Mexico meets south London: a funky, friendly bolthole with great rates”
Spread over 3 floors, rooms are cosy but bright gems of colour, from cobalt blue to red pepper. Our Deluxe King was a vivid lime green, offset with a white French Provençal wardrobe and desk. Beds are solid wrought-iron, dressed in crisp white linens and a striped Mexican blanket.
Reclining on the bed, we looked up to a trio of lit alcoves cut into the wall, holding a cross, a doll and a bottle of vintage Havana rum. Along with retro Spanish film posters and Romanian stained glass, it’s these quirky displays that make the Church Street décor unique. Bathrooms are gleaming shells, with multi-coloured ceramic tiles shipped from Guadalajara. Even the sinks are tiled (ours was a sunny yellow and blue), and the floors are terracotta stone.
Generous extras are a welcome surprise. In every room, you'll find complimentary Green & Black chocolates, L'Occitane toiletries, and a small pot of hot sauce 'a la casa'. There are cool books to browse, and linens are top quality.
An organic Continental breakfast includes homemade bread, free-range boiled eggs (delicious with the hotel's hot sauce), orange-blossom honey and Neale's Yard yoghurt. We'd recommend paying extra for the cooked options, too; our veggie breakfast was sublime, with halloumi, homemade baked beans, vast mushrooms and plantain.
Lunch and dinner are also served at Angels & Gypsies, the terrific tapas restaurant. The brothers are passionate about using high-quality seasonal ingredients, creating Spanish classics with an imaginative twist. There wasn't a duff dish amongst our selection: melt-in-the-mouth cod with peas, chorizo in Basque cider, a delicious fresh fennel salad, and patatas pobres with sweet peppers and rosemary.
After our meal, we drank cocktails in the Communion Bar (wonderfully kitsch, with communion wafers and shots of wine). The stained-glass artistry is stunning, bettered only by amazing, home-blended cocktails. After selfless testing for review purposes, we'd recommend the 'Cracked Sky' (Chartrouse Green, black spiced rum, grenadine ginger beer served with pickled ginger and licorice) or the 'Grind & Bubble' (prosecco, Punt E Mes, vanilla & orange flower infused vodka, limoncello and fresh ortanique).
Children are welcome and we stayed with our baby daughter but bear in mind this is a city hotel on a busy street and there are no family facilities.
Children (4-12 years)
There's a Triple Room or families can take the double and single rooms that share a bathroom (ask on enquiry). King rooms can fit a baby cot and some have a bath.
Our monitor reception stretched down to the restaurant so we could 'dine out', but you're best to bring one that can sit on your table; ours was a plug in, so we had to have it behind the bar, with kind staff keeping an eye on it.