- Style Period drama
- Setting Clerkenwell’s gastronomic heart
The Rookery hotel has more character in its bathrooms than some hotels have in their entirety; its charms include artful Georgian styling and a location in restaurant-rich EC2.
Need to know
- Rooms 33, including three suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $226.28 (£138), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- Facilities Free WiFi and a stash of DVDs for guests to borrow. In rooms: flatscreen TV and minibar (superior rooms and higher come with a DVD player and iPod dock).
- Check–out 11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Children Little Smiths are welcome; cots (free) for babies and extra beds (free for 15-year olds; £30 for older teens) are provided.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Mary Lane (a Superior Double) is set in the eaves, and has a low, beamed ceiling and a ruby-red complexion. Mary was a local servant girl who made good by marrying a diamond merchant; there’s even a portrait of her hanging by the glossy oak bed. Rook’s Nest has all the theatrics of a Poirot set: an ornately carved bed with black cherubs at its foot and a gilded faux bamboo frame; an Edwardian bathing machine on a raised plinth in one corner; a ceiling that moves at the touch of a button to reveal the spire above. There's no lift, so some rooms (such as the penthouse Rook's Nest) aren't ideal if you have trouble climbing stairs.
- Packing tips Remember geek specs and digital-print attire to blend in with the area’s glut of architects and graphic designers, and cat treats for Lady Grey (the resident feline).
Food and drink at The Rookery
- Hotel restaurant There’s no restaurant, but you won’t feel the lack, given the wealth of dining options on your doorstep, and the hotel has a stash of takeaway menus. Breakfast is brought to guests’ rooms and spans pastries, cereal, granola, porridge and bacon sandwiches.
- Dress code Avoid anachronisms with a Georgian flourish or two: backdate your outfit with a corset, cravat, ruffles or a waistcoat.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 7am until 10am.
- Room service Staff can rustle up items from a small but discerning menu. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, in-room offerings have a traditional British bent: ham and mustard baguettes, cheese and chutney, and pie and mash.
- Hotel bar There’s a spirit-stocked honesty bar tucked away in a cosy corner of the Conservatory.