Monday, October 6, 2008

boutique hotel

Hazlitt's in Soho Square, London, England is where some writers stay.

A Gaurdian review:

Address: 6 Frith Street, Soho Square, London W1D 3JA.

Phone: 020-7434 1771.

First impressions: As locations go, you can't be more central than this: a stone's throw from Oxford Street. You're in the midst of Soho's bustling streets as soon as you step foot outside the front door, with countless bars, restaurants and theatres nearby. This, combined with its literary history - Hazlitt's is named after the eassayist William Hazlitt, who lived here until 1830, and kept Wordsworth and the author Charles Lamb for company - makes this hotel a magnet for the media set.

What are the rooms like? Since Hazlitt's was built in 1718, the 23 rooms have been modernised - central heating and elegant furniture - but the uneven floorboards and ancient beams mean you never forget the hotel's 18th-century origins. You can hear the bustling city outside, but closing the internal shutters at night does help control the noise levels.

The bed test: You feel cosseted as you sink into cotton sheets and soft pillows. Enjoy your breakfast there, which is brought to you on a tray.

And the bathroom? Small, but all the essentials are there, including bathrobes and a deep bath.

Is there a restaurant? No, but you'll be spoilt for choice in the West End. If the bright lights of Soho don't beckon, hole up in the cosy lounge. This is also home to Hazlitt's bookcase, filled with signed books donated by the hotel's famous guests -JK Rowling and Michael Ondaatje to name just two.

What is there to do nearby? Explore Soho's quirky shops and lively bars and nearby Covent Garden. Visit Chinatown and Berwick Street market.

How much? From £195 + VAT for a double room, per night. Breakfast is optional (£8.95).

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