Fodor's Expert Review The Rockwell

181 Cromwell Rd., London, SW5 0SF, England See on Map

An attractive hotel that offers great value for money, the Rockwell charms with its combination of personal service and pretty rooms far from the identikit decors of similarly priced accommodation. Understated without being plain, the elegant hotel comes with the benefits of a location close to South Kensington and the Museums.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Cromwell Road is a busy thoroughfare leading into the West End and the hotel’s position on the edge of it means plenty of traffic from morning till night.


Muted white walls let the framed pictures, smart furniture and subtle injections of color pop in the attractive rooms. Flat screen TVs are available in every room.

If you’re looking for that quaint English touch, choose a Garden Room. Each one opens out onto its own private terrace overlooking the pretty verdant garden.


Clean, contemporary bathrooms with just a morsel of individual personality come with walk-in showers.


A stylish lounge area provides guests with a check-in desk and a place to sit with its collection of relaxing sofas.


An all-day brunch menu is served in the restaurant, featuring anything from light bites to more substantial meals, however, prices are relatively high if you’re on a budget.


Far more intimate than the restaurant, the cozy cocktail bar is a surprise bonus at the Rockwell. Leading out to the garden, the compact space is a good option for drinks if you don’t fancy straying too far.


Getting Around

Close to South Kensington and the Museums and not too far from Knightsbridge and its excellent shopping, guests can happily wander this safe neighbourhood and stumble on plenty of entertainment. Earls Court Underground Station is closest for the Tube, with the Piccadilly and District Lines providing good connections to central and west London. A short cab ride will take you to Sloane Square, Kings Road, and Notting Hill.


Take a different direction to the very English hotel and head to Orjowan (4-minute walk) for excellent Lebanese food. Alternatively, sample the tapas and amazing regional wines at the romantic Cambio De Tercio (12-minute walk) on Old Brompton Road.


The historic Troubadour (10-minute walk) is a long-running live music café and bar that won’t disappoint with its eclectic line-up of entertainment. The Evans & Peel Detective Agency (8-minute walk) is a fun speakeasy that works its novelty well. Wear a long mac, act shady and drink hard liquor to fit in with the noir style.


Housed in a listed building, the Rockwell is as charming on the inside as it is on the out. If the grand boutique hotels of West London are out of your price range then the Rockwell should be your next option. Rooms are stylish and elegant; the bar is a sweet little drinking den and the location is close enough to the museums that it doesn’t matter that Earls Court doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as South Kensington or Knightsbridge.


38 rooms, 2 suites
Breakfast Yes
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar Yes
Cafe No
Room Service Yes


Phones: 020-7244–2000

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