What We Love
- Museum-worthy collection of period furniture and antiques
- Killer location on Soho's Frith Street
- Cozy honesty bar with an impressive selection of wines
- Just 30 rooms, all different and charming in their own way
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What To Know
- Some of the street-facing rooms can be a little noisy, but this is Soho
- Strong literary connections: Several authors have left copies of their books (many of them first editions) in the library
- The history of the building and former residents is displayed in the rooms — it’s fascinating
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Named for the late, great English essayist William Hazlitt, this characterful boutique occupies three 18th-century townhouses on Soho’s lively Frith Street. The homey interiors are stuffed with period features and curios, including bookshelves containing works from the hotel’s literary guests, overstuffed sofas, a huge fireplace, enormous Georgian sash windows dressed with heavy curtains, a glitzy chandelier and a wonderful ginger house cat.
Bed & Bath
The 30 guestrooms are all different and charming in their own way; some come with four-poster beds and bathrooms with rolltop bathtubs (in some cases just showers), REN toiletries and thronelike carved wooden toilets called thunderboxes. Mod cons are discreetly tucked away (the TV is hidden behind wood-paneled doors). There are jacquard blinds, beautifully upholstered curtains, hurricane lamps and daybeds. For the best room in the house, check into the Duke of Monmouth Suite, which has a working fireplace, a rooftop garden terrace and a huge marble bathtub.
There’s no restaurant, but the hotel offers 24-hour room service, and Soho’s finest restaurants are on the doorstep. For a cozy evening in, the honesty bar is a teeny terra-cotta-colored room with book-lined walls, well-worn rugs, a jacquard sofa and a small but impeccable selection of wines. Next door in the “Wardrobe” you can hole up with a good book and pretend you live in a palatial Georgian mansion — or just use it as a meeting space.
In the Area
Soho’s culinary hot spots are on the doorstep, from the hip Italian trattoria Bocca di Lupo to the English-Russian fusion restaurant Bob Bob Ricard, where the booths are equipped with champagne buzzers. For potent pisco sours head to Ceviche. On the entertainment front, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club is across the street, and the West End’s theaters are around the corner.
How to Get There
Where to start... 1. Over $400 for an old crooked room
2. No elevator and we were 3 or even 4 floors up 3. No window shades so everybody can see in the bathroom when you shower 4. No appliance plugs in bathroom, tub dirty, sink faucets to close to edge,... 5 crooked rooms where glassware falls of table 6. Super small bed. this hotel should max price their rooms at 150 or 200$ Super disappointed. Very friendly staff and vibrant (too vibrant at 3am) area
This is perfection in a hotel to me. We were allocated the top floor room overlooking the front of the building (Firth Street) in the Joel Johnson room complete with clawfoot bathtub. A sumptuously decorated room with a four poster bed, fireplace with a stone bust in it and all the amenities you could want from a boutique hotel. Tea tray with hot water kettle and a fully stocked fridge and snacks. Ren brand full-size toiletries. Walking distance from my favorite coffee shop, The Milk Bar and favorite Soho fish and chips and salad pub... The Dog and the Duck!
We arrived at the hotel at 8am, straight off the Calendonian Sleeper overnight train from Edinburgh, and dropped our luggage off with Milos at the front desk of Hazlitt's. Milos arranged for our luggage to be brought up to our room once it was ready. We stayed two nights at Hazlitt's would have loved to stay another week there. The bathtub was delicious one evening after walking many miles around London.
Milos, Tony and Patrick all tended superbly to our needs whilst residing at Hazlitt's. Sir Godfrey was more than hospitable in welcoming into his domain. I hope you enjoy Hazlitt's as much as we did.
And much more fun than the essayist from whom it takes its name - though the hotel shares his passion for detail. There’s an opulent feel to the rooms - interlined brocade curtains and a lined wardrobe (who knew). The water may not be free (except from the tap) but does come in large, glass bottles and is ice cold. It’s on the same street as Ronnie Scott’s, so very central. The rooms have names (rather than numbers) that reflect Soho’s literary history, and another reminder that this hotel is not part of an anonymous chain - just one of three: the Rookery and Batty Langley. I’ve stayed in both. All are great but W1 is very convenient. I spent a peaceful night with the Earl of St Albans - I’m not sure which one as I didn’t have time to read the history - but much better, I’m sure than spending the night with Jonathan Swift (next door).
Fantastic little hotel right in the heart of Soho. So many bars and restaurants plus the theatres all within 10 minutes walk. Brilliant location if you like it vibrant.
The house itself is old, the sanitation is old (if not quite as old as the house), the stairs are small and crooked, the floors uneven and the furniture antique. There are little nooks and crannies and small rooms all over the place. You get the feeling you have gone back in time.
It is a bit loud at the front of the house at nights due to the bar straight across the street, but this is Soho - that's the whole point of staying here.
The reception service is very good; ring the door bell night or day and they let you in. More like a butler service than a hotel reception. In fact the whole hotel is more like a home than a hotel, which I found fantastic.
Will be back the next time I need a place to stay in Soho.
An amazing hotel where every room is different. It ooze's opulence and has to be one of the best places I have ever been for a romantic weekend.
Local to some of the most famous places in London, Having Ronnie Scott's Jazz bar almost opposite, it is rare that you wont see someone of notoriety wandering around.