Of all the quirky hotels in London, I have to admit that the reason that Hazlitt’s – a boutique Georgian hotel in the heart of Soho -caught my eye because of one of the permanent inhabitants. One with four paws and a tail…
Note: Please excuse the ‘snap’ quality of these images – I’d left my camera at home as we were having a relaxing staycation, but couldn’t get over just how lovely the hotel was, so ended up blogging it anyway… will I ever learn!?
Established in 1718, “At Hazlitt’s our philosophy is simple…
We have set out to create the kind of accommodation we ourselves would love to find in the heart of one of the world’s great cities. Civilised surroundings; old fashioned hospitality; friendly efficient service; a location away from the roar of traffic, but within a very short walk of the most important attractions.”
It’s the kind of place that you expect a Victorian author to wander out, pipe in hand and whiskey already poured into a sparkling tumbler.
It’s a step back in time – yet you have all of the mischeif of Soho on your doorstep. Saxaphone heavy blues notes tumble out of clubs, there is every concievable kind of restaurant within walking distance (we fancied and very much enjoyed an American BBQ feast, before picking up freshly baked pastries for breakfast the next day) and you literally have all of London within walking distance or a taxi.
Hazlitt’s is a townhouse hotel located at 6 Frith Street, Soho, London. The building is Georgian and dates back to 1718, four storeys, with typical long Georgian-bay windows painted in beige. Owned by Peter McKay and Douglas Blain, it is named after the essayist William Hazlitt who died in the house in 1830; he has a blue plaque on the wall to the left of the front door. Due to its heritage, the hotel is popular with writers, but also artists, ledges, actors and models. It was awarded the César Award for London Hotel of the Year by The Good Hotel Guide in 2002.
The hotel has 30 rooms – 3 singles, 24 doubles, 2 junior suites and 1 suite. The rooms are furnished with four poster beds, antiques and old paintings and the bathrooms contain claw-footed baths. The hotel contains over 2,000 paintings and prints. The rooftop of the hotel has been used for photoshoots.
This hotel is mostly discovered via word of mouth – I spotted it on the Mr & Mrs Smith website nestled among other quirky hotels in London, firing up my curiousity.
Snuggle up with a book in the Library; have tea – or something stronger from the honesty bar – in the Wardrobe, or simply spend all day wallowing in your Victorian-inspired roll-top bath tub: whatever it takes to find your own literary inspiration.
I mean, just linger in those period features & details.
It was the perfect London staycation spot. Hidden in plain sight, this dream Soho townhouse pairs old-world style with modern comforts
Owner Peter McKay states, the Hazlitt’s creators are “meticulous about using antiques and traditional craftsmanship…and are ardent believers in drawing on authenticity to create the ambience for which Hazlitt’s has become known.” At Hazlitt’s, tradition is timeless.
All the bedrooms are named after individuals – friends of Hazlitt’s, people who lived in the buildings or surrounding neighborhood throughout its century-spanning history. These same characters also inspired the color palette and design of each room. Madame Dafloz was described as “young and lovely.” Today, the room bearing her name exudes femininity and charm. Mrs. Teresa Cornelys, however, a noted lover of Casanova, is quintessentially boudoir.
For royal extravagance, make a temporary home at the Duke of Monmouth Suite. The eldest illegitimate son of King Charles II was executed following a rebellion aimed at stealing the throne. Today, the rich colors and textures of his duplex suite at Hazlitt’s will inspire a regal tenure. From the multi-room suite step out to a private rooftop terrace with its impressive retracting glass roof.
Oh, and that beautiful rolltop bath…
It’s just lovely. Named after the famed English essayist, William Hazlitt, who lived and died here in 1830, the hotel is steeped in literary tradition. Peruse the hotel library to find autographed books by some of modern literature’s most beloved authors. As it is an honor to be featured in the Hazlitt’s library, writers are inspired to gift individually dedicated volumes to the collection. Compare the signatures of Ted Hughes and Bill Bryson as you enjoy a drink from the library’s honesty bar. As a guest at Hazlitt’s you help yourself to the cocktails, note them in the ledger, and pay at checkout. Here, your stay is very, very civilized.
But, be warned – this hotel occupies three historic Georgian houses in Frith Street, leading down from Soho Square. In 1718 there were no elevators – and there still arent!
Oh, and that elusive furry inhabitant? Sir Godfrey is an amiable but busy chap – I slipped down to pay for our room, and was graced with a pat. If you ask, the team there will probably have a vague idea of where he is chilling out (often at the front desk where the treats are kept natch) but he is a typical cat who has his own agenda…
Have you got a favourite local place to stay?