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
We stayed in the Madame DaFloz room and never wanted to leave. From reading reviews, I knew that the area could be a little loud, but we're NYers, so who cares? I brought along ear plugs. Problem solved. That our room was named for a famous Lady of the Night added to the fun, but even if it had been named John Doe, we would've had a great time. Some of the highlights were the giant tub, a shower that I used twice daily (not because I was so filthy, but because it was so luxe), and a toilet that doubled as a throne—I could've set up shop in the bathroom quite happily. Excellent bath products too. (Sorry about swiping some!) We had a giant four-poster bed and a cozy little nook overlooking the gentleman's club in the alley. We stayed in five different hotels on this adventure and Hazlitt's was by far the most fun. I didn't even see another guest until the day we left! The staff are funny and helpful. Housekeeping did a stellar job and wouldn't take tips I left until I added a note with them. I can't recommend Hazlitt's highly enough. I'm saving my pennies to come back soon. Oh, it's expensive, but well worth it.
I returned to Hazlitt's recently and would go back a hundred times more. It always feels like home. From the cozy room to the heavenly footed bathtub, it felt like a secret nook in busy London just for me.
This hotel is perfectly situated for many of London’s theatres and of course, SoHo nightlife. The latter was my reason for booking Hazlitt’s having been invited to a party at a nearby venue.
Walking into this delightful establishment was like arriving at a stately home....stepping back in time, but in a good way!
My welcome was warm and check-in efficient. I’d read one or two disparaging reviews on this site, folk grumbling about the lack of a lift, the staircase at a rakish angle and so on. Well, get real I’d say! This is an old building after all and in any case, a very helpful young man carried my luggage all the way up to my room.
And what a room!! I’d booked a single and my first thought was how spacious it was. The decor and furnishings were lovely. A lot of thought had clearly been invested in creating such a tasteful and beautiful room. It felt so homely and couldn’t have been further from the sterile hotel rooms we are all most likely to encounter. I particularly loved the bathroom with it’s overhead lavatory cistern, claw foot bath and beaten copper shower screen.
Wi-fi was good as was TV reception. The mini-bar was well stocked with quality goodies and the bed was ultra comfortable.
Hazlitt’s is in a busy street with bars and clubs a plenty. I have to say, the late night noise didn’t bother me at all and to be honest, if one is wanting a hotel at the heart of the action then demands for peace & quiet are a contradiction.
Given the location, the quality of the accommodation and the customer service, I’d say Hazlitt’s is very good value for money. I will certainly stay here again for preference.