Looking for lodging in London is eye opening. London is an expensive city and getting around London is costly. We were arriving from NYC to London for an overnight before the chunnel to Paris and stopping back for a day and a night before returning to NYC. Rough Luxe popped up in NY Times, Travel and Leisure and a search for boutique hotels. The choices in London are overwhelming. We were looking for a temporary home that was convenient to the Eurostar and Rough Luxe stepped up to the plate. The website was funky and inviting, but really you never know until you arrive. Paying for lodging often creates a disingenuous experience, you are paying to be treated with courtesy but really would rather be treated like family. Again, I do not like the premise of hotels but they are a necessary evil. At first I reflexively thought of trying to find a bed and breakfast ,but really do I want warm muffins made from a mix and phony friendliness over tea. I was traveling with two young performing artists, an interior designer and I was put in charge of planning. Rough Luxe delivers way beyond the magic of the website. We were greeted in a welcoming way and felt at home immediately even though we arrived at about midnight. Antonio - a former lawyer recruited from Spain-helped with our luggage and advised that breakfast begins at eight and is served throughout the day-whenever the guests want breakfast. Our suite with a center bathroom surpassed my expectations and was full of surprises as was every nook and cranny of this marvelous establishment. The linens are indeed finely woven linen, the toiletries-mm-I can still smell the lotion, the books beg to brought home and this bit of larceny is encouraged. There is a special award winning lamp in the entry way and there is an Anger Release machine in the office. The staff-Leo and Antonio are the proud, knowledgeable overseers and we were treated like dignitaries-special beverages, passes, information,luggage transport, tips and a full tour of the establishment. The breakfast was delicious, fresh, the honey is from beehives on the roof-pastries, toast, eggs, jam, yogurt, fruit, carrot/orange/ginger libation-fabulous coffee, lattes, espresso-whatever you wish and as much as you wish. I could go on and on but really you should just reserve and go and be amazed. We spent a week in Paris staying with a friend in a luxurious apartment in the 1st-but we all could not wait to get back to our special hideaway a stone's throw from St. Pancras.
All of the rooms are incredible.
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