I booked a two night stay for a friend and I when we were going to see a show at The Barbican. I work just down the road, and know the area well. It's busy and noisy and full off trendy bars and restaurants. All this is utterly left behind as you walk into The Rookery.
The hotel is a row of knocked together town houses. This is very evident as you walk the uneven corridors. I love that these were not corrected during the renovation of the place. You feel like you are in an old country house. The corridors ooze as much charm as the rooms.
The rooms and suites are all named, not numbered. We were in 'Jack Sheppard', who, I believe, was a notorious highwayman. We had a giant wooden bed, heavy wooden furniture and a sunny bathroom, with freestanding roll top bath. Oil paintings hung on the walls, and heavy drapes covered the windows.
The hotel offers room service, but there is no actual bar. There is a well appointed sitting room, with club chairs and sofas. It opens out onto a private walled garden. You can order tea (which comes in pots) or fix yourself a drink (and jot it down on a ledger, along with your room name). This is the only place you really come into contact with other guests.
Our room looked out towards the front of the hotel. At night, there was loads of noise from the street. Once the bars and restaurants close, the clubs open. Once they close, hordes of people spill onto the street looking for cabs etc. It's got be expected, but still a great shame. Rooms facing the back might me slightly better, but I'd take ear plugs just in case.
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