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Recommended Reviews for Hazlitts Hotels
17 reviews in English
Review from Allyson R.
- 28 friends
Let me start by saying this trip was a gift from my boyfriend for my birthday. Talk about the most wonderful vacation experience ever, & it was largely due to Hazlitt's. You see the pictures & you might wonder to yourself: "Is Hazlitt's really this nice in person?!" The answer is no: IT'S BETTER! It looked like I walked into a magazine when we were escorted to the Baron Willoughby room by the wonderful bellhop. He was professional, informative, polite, & very friendly. If you can imagine this, their service is even better than the decor. How? I don't know, but from our first experience with the bellhop to the desk staff, to the maids everyone was just lovely. When you have a need: more towels, more water for your mini fridge, soap, ANYTHING...they're at your door with the requested service/item before you can even understand how they got from the front desk to your room that quickly! We left Hazlitt's in the middle of our two week vacation to go to Paris for three days...we loved the Hazlitt's so much, we decided to stay with them again when we came back. You can tell why famous people like to stay there: Kate Moss, Glen Hansard (who I met in the lobby...so exciting!), etc...it's small, intimate (almost don't recognize it's there from the street because it's so cute & quaint), & the service is fantastic. The beds were a bit hard, but I'll take a slightly less plush bed for the entire hotel experience knocking my socks off any day! Thank you Hazlitts! We'll be back for sure.
Review from Nicolette M.
- 0 friends
Simi Valley, USA
For our first visit to London we wanted to stay in a hotel with character. We found Hazlitt's listed in one of the Top 10 Guides. It delivered! Each room is unique and with its own character and, it's in the heart of Soho. It was a block away from the Tottenham Underground Station and around the corner from the theater district. The staff was very friendly and helpful and always willing to give suggestions on where to dine.
Given the historic nature of the place, built in 1718, part of the charm is its crooked steps and sloping floors. The hotel is actually three homes combined together. Felt for the valets hauling our 50 pound suitcases up the stairs.
Most of the rooms do not have showers, which provoked a little anxiety for my mother getting in and out of a tub. If this is important to you, you should ask about it when booking.
Nicely appointed common rooms with good internet signal in-room.
Remember that you are in Soho and it will get loud at night, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. If you want a quieter room, ask for a room away from the front of the hotel.
Review from Miriam W.
They gave me a room at 10:00AM, carried my luggage up four flights of stairs and brought me tea service straight away. Every staff member I interacted with at Hazlitt's had a smile for me. And the reliable, free wifi was icing on the cake.
The hotel's location is super central and the honor bar in the library, with the roaring fireplace and comfy sofa, is a lovely touch.
However, my single room was tremendously tiny: me and my luggage could both barely squeeze in. I'm glad I stand only 5'2" because if I were any taller, I'd have to duck to fit in the doorway (Hazlitt's is ancient.) The water pressure in the stand up shower was not strong and made me wish for a bathtub. The room's temperature was generally cold and the wooden throne-like toilet was odd.
In sum, if you're looking for modern digs, Hazlitt's isn't your spot. But if you fancy going back in time and you're not too tall, this hotel's superior service will delight you.
Review from Chris M.
- 16 friends
I'm pretty cheap when it comes to hotels but chose this place in 2011 based on a surfeit of bad reviews on TripAdvisor for places at less than £150/night. London is ridiculously expensive but if you have decided to get a hotel here you might as well have a great experience in exchange for the fortune you leave behind.
Hazlitt's gives you:
* Excellent Soho location - go out late and it's a short walk (or stumble) back
* Style - Each room has a different character and if my experience is representative, they have a great neo-19th Century vibe with old books on bookshelves and a vertical shower with a ~12" (30cm) nozzle. Lobby feels like an old house, too.
* Free, non-fussy wi-fi
* Honesty bar with a decent living-room like space for entertaining quietly; spent probably £120 during our stay, it was so nice
* Friendly, accurate, efficient service
Eventually the cost will be too much--they seem to have raised their prices by 23% in 2012--but for now I don't need to consider any other options when I'm in London.
Review from Annie L.
- 3337 friends
It's a piece of 1900's London in this joint. Each room has a literary theme; I stayed in some critics room. Everywhere in the hotel there are antique books even in the loo, which I thought was a great if not unhygienic touch.
Service was wonderful. I got the ham and English mustard sandwich... Ridiculously pricey for what essentially was a bog standard sandwich. Breakfast was much better as was the coffee.
I was a big fan of the honesty bar (you wrote what you poured yourself into a book log); it was really nice to drink some Irish whiskey and read in the library... Actually I just remembered that they had a few hidden security cameras, huh, I take the honesty thing back, they don't trust you.
So why the 3 stars? I am a fan of showers; call me boring but there is just something wonderful about being clean.
I had no shower. I had a fabulous ornate bath like in the Cadburys flake ad. If I was the Cadburys girl seductively eating my flake and caressing my legs then yeah it could be sexy. But I wasn't.
I was too tall for the bath, and I was filthy from laying grass in London; don't ask. I had to wait for the water to fill and to be the right temperature which was painful when I just wanted a quick shower and to go to bed.
Then of course I misjudged the water to my body mass ratio and forgot that back in the day they didn't have emergency water outlets so I caused a large wave when I got in that spilled out everywhere... It was an utter disaster.
Go here if you like baths and chilling out. Don't go here if you have a tight schedule.
Review from Kimberly D.
- 8 friends
La Crescenta-Montrose, USA
Granted, my review may be slightly skewed since we stayed in their most luxurious suite, but the service was excellent, and the hotel itself spotless and charming. We will definitely be back for another stay.
If you have the opportunity, stay in the Duke of Monmouth suite. The private upstairs patio roof rolls back completely so that you can experience the night air if you wish. The room was perfectly appointed and very comfortable with a giant bathtub and lovely bath oil.
Review from Lionel F.
- 114 friends
I found this through Mr. and Mrs. Smith hotels which is a great way to find nice little boutique spots. Hazlitts is a real unique gem where every room is different, set up in a very classic style, the stairs lean this way and that and you get a feel like you're in a very old small but nice place. I had a lovely little room overlooking Firth street in Soho. A truly lovely experience with super nice staff.
Bonus, Anthony Bourdain's favorite hotel.
Review from Randy C.
Great location if you are visiting the Soho area. Also not a great location if you are looking for some peace and quiet. :)
The honesty bar is awesome. I love being able to sit down there and enjoy a nice drink.
The rooms are well done. Service was good and helpful. Downsides were a bit of a trudge up and and down stairs.
Review from Anna A.
- 26 friends
When living in London you are often expected to recommend hotels. Most of London Hotels are extremely styled up and have no soul to it. My cousin recommended me a fantastic place which not only is charming but also centred in the heart of London - Soho.
The petite hotel is placed of Hannover Square at the beginning of Dean Street. There is a little reception area, which welcomes you warmly. It is a hidden gem where no room is like the other. Each of the rooms are named differently putting faces to their usual anonymous numbers.
It is a Georgian house with cavernous fireplaces fitted in the bed rooms, which make you feel like stepping into the 18th century. But you will be well served with all facilities needed in modern life such as Internet access, air-conditioning and well-equipped bathrooms (the basement rooms bathrooms does not have a door but a curtain).
This hotel is particular popular with writers, artists and visitors who want to escape for a moment the intensity of the city.
One of London's best kept secrets!
Review from Fiona G.
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Review from Qype User (xathan…)
- 7 friends
- Qype User xathan…
Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
A wonderful hotel tucked away just off Soho Square. Very well placed for the theatres in the west end, or for a night out.
The hotel is converted from some very old townhouses and still decorated with old paintings and furniture.
The rooms are luxurious and comfortable and the bathroom in our room was absolutely huge and lovely for a soak in the roll top bath.
The funniest thing is if you come back to your room a little drunk that the old stairs are so all over the place that you end up falling from side to side all the way up the stairs.
One of the best London hotels I've stayed in.
Review from Lisa M.
- 19 friends
Boca Raton, USA
Review from John R.
- 3 friends
Perfectly unassuming and welcoming place that still manages to be very unique, private, and comfortable. Right in the heart of Soho and walking distance from Covent Garden. Each room is named and decorated for a notable author. Book worms will love it here. I'll be back next time in London. Paid ~£200/night in late March.
Review from M L.
- 0 friends
She hid the body under the bed! When William Hazlitt died in 1830, his landlady was so keen to let the room, she hid him there.
This fashionable Soho hotel is named after the writer and is located on Frith Street. It is one of the homes William lived in and the interiors have been retained as he would have known so well.
Each room is named after a famous person - (we are not numbers here, Patrick) - even the huge brass key fobs are so emblazoned - just hope your memory for peoples' names is OK, or it'll be kipping in the corridor.
Inside the rooms, so quaint and period, you feel William might actually knock on the door at any moment, or pop his head round the corner.
This is not to say that the plumbing at the end of the huge bath, the lights and the modern TV don't work - they do, perfectly, along with free Wi-Fi (or a cable from reception for those that suffer Wi-Fi fuzzy nose syndrome - never had that? lucky then).
Not large, the rooms are perfectly OK - you could go mad and spend out on a Deluxe for the 4 poster and enough space to swing a tiger or two, but probably not necessary, as you'll no doubt spend most of your time out and about.
For this is probably one of the best bits about Hazlitts - located right in the middle of vibrant Soho.
The front door looks just like a front door (as opposed to a hotel entrance) adding to the charm of the place - like your own private Soho pad.
Out and and turn right to Soho Square with Oxford Street a few strides beyond. Turn left for the madness of Old Compton Street; Frith Street hits it at the junction by the excellent Caffe Nero. Go straight(ish), and zigzag round the maze-like back streets of Soho - better get your Qype machine running to check out the best places to dive into on your explorations!
Hazlitts is excellent - check underneath the bed. Highly recommended.
Review from Qype User (alex…)
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- Qype User alex…
Stayed there once and loved it. Felt like a private members' club a little. The guy on reception was politeness and professionalism personifed, but really it was all about the room - which was divine. It was like it hadn't been touched since the 18th Century, apart from, of course, the lighting, heating and state of the art tv system. The floor of the room sloped, the bed was HUGE and the bath was deeper than an ocean. Beautiful.
Review from Qype User (kc3…)
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Small, boutique hotel, just off Soho Square. It doesn't get more central than this. It doesn't get much more expensive either, with rooms starting at £175. The price is reflected in the rooms though, with 18th Century four poster beds, silk drapes and brass bathroom fittings. It's tastefully done and doesn't look chintzy. In fact some rooms can feel a bit dark and heavy in the summer but are cosy on a cold winter's night.
Hazlitt's is named after William Hazlitt, the essayist, who lived and died here. The hotel is made up of what were three Georgian townhouses and, as a listed building, isn't allowed a lift. There's no bar or restaurant (it's too small), but who needs that in the heart of Soho? There is a lovely drawing room full of books written and signed by the hotel's literary guests, of which there have been many.
The front desk staff are chatty and knowledgeable. They will do their best to arrange tickets or make reservations. There's a surprisingly unpretentious feel to the place. Room service is available and breakfasts are delicious, with freshly baked croissants. Do spare a thought (and a tip) for the chambermaids, who have to polish all that brass!
Review from rachael s.
- 37 friends
San Francisco, USA
this place is amazing. it's like a trip back to the 1700's, but with air conditioning. rooms come equipped with first edition books, lovely paintings and all sorts of fantastic details. the location could not be better either, great people watching right out the windows.
About This BusinessProvided by business
At Hazlitt's our philosophy is simple. We have set out to create the kind of accommodation we ourselves would love to find in the heart of one of the World's great cities. Civilised surroundings; old fashioned hospitality; friendly efficient service; a location away from the roar of traffic, but within a very short walk of the most important attractions. The hotel occupies a group of historic Georgian houses in Frith Street, off Soho Square. In 1718 there were no modern conveniences, but we have updated the plumbing, installed bathrooms and replaced most of the candles with electricity.
Established in 1986
Our rooms are traditionally furnished, with panelled walls and mellow old furniture, pictures and rugs. A comfortable room in elegant surroundings: no wonder Hazlitt's is such a favourite with stage, film and media people from all over the world. Our croissants are baked fresh every morning and a delicious breakfast is served to you in your room or in the Library.