Need to know
30, including three deluxe doubles, two junior suites and one suite.
Midday, but flexible where possible.
Double rooms from $245.51 (£189), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast and freshly baked croissants are available to order.
The hotel has a library where you can pick from the several books before curling up by the fireplace. There's also the Wardrobe, once used to store aristocrats' valuable, now a modern meeting space. Fledgling writers on some form of literary pilgrimage often leave a signed copy of their latest manuscript – guests can borrow these (often first-edition) books.
At the hotel
Free WiFi, in-house movies and library. In-room: free WiFi, a minibar, REN bath products and a flatscreen TV.
Our favourite rooms
Most of the bedrooms have freestanding clawfooted baths, Victorian bathroom fittings and antique beds. Baron Willoughby, the junior suite, has a carved-oak bed and big rolltop bath. Jonathan Swift has a luxurious sofa and a 12-inch showerhead. The Duke of Monmouth suite has an outdoor terrace with a retractable roof and enormous water-spouting gold structure on the edge of the bath.
A volume of William Hazlitt's essays on city life; a quill and pot of ink to write your own.
The hotel can arrange in-room massages, beauty treatments and yoga. They’ll also help you sort out flowers and cakes for special occasions.
Extra bed, £30; cots are free. Babysitting on request.