Need To Know
12. All have drench showers; three have baths too, so if you have a preference, specify this when booking.
11am. Check-in, 3pm. Church Street is happy to be flexible whenever they can be though: just tell reception what your timings are and they'll try to accommodate you.
Double rooms from $146.01 (£92), excluding tax at 20 per cent. ⓘ
Help yourself to a tasty wee tot from the pretty decanter of port and generous stack of shortbread in your room.
At the hotel
WiFi throughout, library of DVDs to borrow. In rooms, iPod dock, flatscreen TV, teapigs tea, coffee and kettle, mini-fridge with free bottled water, hair straighteners, hairdryers, ironing boards and irons.
Our favourite rooms
Each room has similar boudoir-chic decor, with red, black and pewter accents on a palette of warm neutrals. If you can't do without a bath, go for rooms 2, 3, or 12. At the back of the building and heavily beamed, we love Large room 3's scene-stealing roll-top tub, curtained off with theatrical red drapes. For plenty of space and natural light, pick double-aspect Large room 12. Medium rooms 6 and 7 overlook Church Street's half-timbered alms houses, with pretty ogee window seats. Room 2 has a claw-foot tub in the bedroom. Room 1 is closest to the bar, so it can get noisy on some evenings (the hotel holds music nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays).
Don't heft heavy hair-dressing tools all the way here: rooms are kitted out with hairdryers and ceramic straighteners. Reception can provide simplified Stratford street maps, too, as well as cotton totes for any suitcase-bursting impulse buys.
The hotel's restaurant is very popular, so reserve a table when booking rooms to avoid disappointment (you can always cancel it later). Two-night minimum stays apply on Friday–Saturday nights, but you can add on Sunday night for just £50.
This urban escape is not really suited to children – leave the kids at home!