Rough Luxe

1 Birkenhead St., London, W1CH 8BA, England

Bloomsbury's most avant-garde guesthouse won't be for everyone, but this 19th-century building has been renovated with an appealing mix of shabby chic and modern comfort. Bits of battered walls with remnants of the old, torn wallpaper are deliberately left in place next to elegant beds, claw-foot tubs, designer lighting, and original artwork (they've even been known to keep an artist-in-residence); there are even old-style analog TVs in the bedrooms. Truthfully, it doesn't always work; some rooms are so small that even fully opening your suitcase can be a challenge. But the whole effect is so extraordinary that the hotel regularly features in designer magazines.

PROS

  • made for art and design lovers
  • free Wi-Fi
  • very close to St. Pancras station

CONS

  • design is not for everyone
  • many rooms are tiny
  • no restaurant or bar

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Trendy
Sceney
Central
Design

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7837–5338

HOTEL DETAILS

10 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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