Need to know
Twenty-four, including one suite.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability; a 2pm check-out can be guaranteed for £40. Earliest check-in, 3pm, also flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $243.60 (£194), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
Rates generally exclude Continental breakfast, which is £15.50.
Your in-room minibar is stuffed with house-made pre-mixed cocktail bottles, a cocktail-shaker set and a selection of locally produced crisps, crackers, nuts, marshmallows and chocolates.
At the hotel
Free WiFi. In rooms: minibar and cocktail-shaker kit, free bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, hot-water bottle with hand-knitted cover, robes and slippers, Ren bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Studio overlooks a quiet mews street and has a palatial carved wooden bed and seriously high ceilings. On the top floor, Lear’s Loft comes complete with a private terrace and alfresco claw-footed bath tub that the exhibitionist in us adores – wicked Uncle Seymour’s influence, perhaps…
Deeply coloured and understatedly elegant pieces to wear and something by Oscar Wilde or DH Lawrence to read.
The orderly architectural collection of friezes, busts and other Grand Tour trinkets are an homage to Sir John Soane’s Museum off Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Keep an eye open for nods to Uncle Seymour’s pet parrot in the decor, too.
The hotel happily accepts children of all ages. There’s a kids’ check-in with in-room balloons, pint-sized robes and books. A cot (free; suitable for under-2s) or an extra bed (also free; suitable for children aged 2–16) can be added to Deluxe Rooms.
Although it’s more of an adult-geared stay, the hotel happily accepts children from the age of one to 12. There’s a special kids’ check-in with in-room balloons, pint-sized robes and books. Travel cots and cribs can be provided for the four years and younger set, and some of the rooms have sofa beds. The hotel also has baby listening monitors to borrow, should you want to nip downstairs for a bite to eat while your tiny Smith is sleeping. Although there’s no dedicated menu, ask nicely and the kitchen can whip up most small-palate favourites.
In-room detection and double-glazed windows conserve electricity, an Eau de Vie filtration system cuts out bottled-water waste and everything that can be is recycled. The hotel aims to stick with locally sourced, organic and seasonal food, too.