Fodor's Expert Review
Spanning three Georgian townhouses and named after former resident William Hazlitt, the gorgeous boutique hotel, Hazlitt’s, is a literary traveller’s dream. History and elegance are the charm here, with antique furnishings, quirky artefacts and leather-bound books contributing to the dashing country house drawing room style. Located in the heart of Soho, the hotel’s playful side (the proprietors label themselves ‘the old gits’) draws on the nostalgia of a neighborhood historically bound to a rogue’s gallery of dandies and bohemian thinkers.
You Should Know What the hotel lacks in modern amenities it makes up for with its attention to detail within the grand decor. It's all about the look.
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Oak four-poster beds, big oil paintings, richly colored walls and heavy velvet drapes lend the individually decorated rooms a regal sense of style. Each has its own character and while sizes alter, the interior pizazz remains a constant.
Tip Soho can get noisy on weekend nights but double-glazed windows keep out most noise from street side rooms. If you want to be sure of an undisturbed night's sleep then opt for a room with an alley view.
Claw foot tubs are the perfect setting to spend some time soaking with a good book for company – preferably something literary and full of big ideas. The Georgian interior style continues to wow in the beautiful bathrooms.
With no lobby to speak of, the drawing room steps up to welcome guests into the Hazlitt’s realm of old world glamor. A quiet and thoughtful kind of place, this is another good spot for curling up with a good book.
Hazlitt’s has no restaurant but provides room service from a small menu. A cooked or continental breakfast is served to your room.
Every space at Hazlitt’s seems like it was designed with an eccentric 19th century household in mind. The honesty bar, otherwise known as The Wardrobe, is the perfect spot to drift back in time after a day spent navigating the temptations of modern day Soho.
Tread the cobbles and follow in the footsteps of the scallywags, dandies and flaneurs of Soho of old. In other words, explore on foot and Soho should provide you with plenty to see and do in the form of galleries, theaters, boutiques and bars. If you want to leave one of our favorite London neighborhoods, hail a black cab from any street corner or use any one of Piccadilly Circus, Tottenham Court Road or Covent Garden Underground Stations to make your move.
That the hotel has no restaurant is not a problem given that Soho has one of the highest density of eateries in the city. For a glamorous meal complete with tables that come with ‘push for Champagne’ buttons, eat at European/Russian restaurant Bob Bob Ricard. Alternatively, tone it down with excellent Sri Lankan cuisine at Hoppers.
The wide array of writers and artists who have drunk at the French house makes it the perfect accompaniment to a stay at Hazlitt’s. Drink red wine or pastis at the bar and listen to the stories spun by the pub’s worldly regulars. For cocktails, Milk and Honey guarantees a chic night out with award-winning drinks.