$205 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Jan 1, 2015 Check-out: Jan 2, 2015

The Rookery Hotel

4 stars
12 Peter's Lane, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6DS
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
10 reviews
Amazing hotel

18th century hotel but updated to modern standards. Full of antiques and it was just gorgeous.... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Nov 26, 2009
A Find!

A delightful change of pace from impersonal hotels with cookie-cutter decor, this has the cozy feel... See full review

  • design professor
  • Sep 8, 2009
The Rookery is located in the fashionable area of Clerkenwell, between the West End and London's central business district, known as The City. It is like Soho in the east, with bustling street life and a plethora of fascinating places to eat and drink.

Quietly located a short distance from the Barbican, St Paul's, Holborn and The Tate Modern, the only remaining early houses in St Peter's Lane have been repaired and extended to create the delightful small hotel.

Inside, the Rookery is all period charm. Polished wood panelling, stone flagged floors, open fires and genuine antique furniture give the place a warm, homely atmosphere - more private club than hotel.

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The Rookery Hotel Rooms

JUNIOR - SUITE
Junior Suite offers one king bed. Luxurious ground floor junior suite: the bedroom has a large four poster carved oak bed, with separate lounge area. Taking pride of place in the centre of the room is an unusual, large flame mahogany Carlton house desk. The bathroom has an extraordinary double ended cast iron bath with a copper top and a dinner plate sized shower head. The room is air conditioned and has complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television, Blu-ray player, mini bar, safe and Aveda toiletries.
PENTHOUSE - SUITE
Penthouse Suite offers one king bed. The Rooks Nest is a two-story penthouse suite with views over St Paul's and the Old Bailey from its 40ft spire. The bedroom is dominated by a marvelously ornate bed flanked at each corner by a gilded blackamoor. A huge Victorian bathing machine sits on a raised plinth behind lace curtains in one corner of the room. A dog-leg staircase leads you upstairs to an extraordinary sitting room under the spire. The room is fully air-conditioned with complimentary wi-fi internet access, flat screen LCD television and DVD player both upstairs and downstairs. The sitting room also has a stereo system, dining table, antique lawyers desk, mini-bar and safe.
CLUB - DOUBLE
comfortable double room offers one king bed, room is furnished with pictures and antiques. The beds are either 17th Century carved oak or Georgian 4 posters, windows are hung with heavy silk curtains. The bathrooms have restored period plumbing fixtures and fittings, with either a free standing bath or shower. All rooms are air-conditioned and have complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television, mini bar, safe, antique desk and Aveda toiletries.
SUPERIOR - DOUBLE
Superior double room offers one double bed. Room are larger. The beds are either 17th Century carved oak or Georgian 4 posters. The bathrooms have restored fittings, many with roll-top baths, overhead showers and high level cisterns. All rooms are air-conditioned and have complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen television, DVD player, i-pod docking station, mini bar, safe, antique desk and Aveda toiletries

Amenities

  • WiFi
General
Concierge
Services
Business center
In-Room Safe
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi

Nearby points of interest

  • Farringdon: 0.1 mi
  • Museum of the Order of St John: 0.1 mi
  • St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Museum of London Docklands: 0.3 mi
  • Old Bailey: 0.3 mi
  • Museum of London: 0.3 mi
  • Trinity College of Music: 0.3 mi
  • Fleet Street: 0.4 mi
  • Barbican Art Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama: 0.4 mi
  • St. Pauls Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Clockmakers' Museum: 0.5 mi
  • British Postal Museum and Archive: 0.5 mi
  • City University London: 0.5 mi
  • Clerkenwell: 0.6 mi
  • Farringdon: 0.1 mi
  • Museum of the Order of St John: 0.1 mi
  • St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum: 0.2 mi
  • Museum of London Docklands: 0.3 mi
  • Old Bailey: 0.3 mi
  • Museum of London: 0.3 mi
  • Trinity College of Music: 0.3 mi
  • Fleet Street: 0.4 mi
  • Barbican Art Gallery: 0.4 mi
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama: 0.4 mi
  • St. Pauls Cathedral: 0.5 mi
  • Clockmakers' Museum: 0.5 mi
  • British Postal Museum and Archive: 0.5 mi
  • City University London: 0.5 mi
  • Clerkenwell: 0.6 mi
  • Temple church: 0.6 mi
  • London Astoria: 0.6 mi
  • Twinings Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Sadler's Wells Theatre: 0.7 mi
  • Charles Dickens Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Sir John Soane's Museum: 0.7 mi
  • Millennium Bridge: 0.7 mi
  • Bank of England: 0.7 mi
  • Barbican: 0.7 mi
  • Royal Exchange: 0.8 mi
  • Liverpool Street Station: 0.9 mi
  • Tate Modern: 0.9 mi
  • Aldwych Theatre: 0.9 mi
  • Tower 42: 0.9 mi
  • Islington Museum: 0.9 mi
  • Somerset House: 0.9 mi
  • Lyceum Theatre: 0.9 mi
  • the Strand: 0.9 mi
  • London Theatre: 0.9 mi
  • Cartoon Museum: 1 mi
  • Transport Museum: 1 mi
  • Russell Square: 1 mi
  • Broadgate Tower: 1 mi
  • Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret: 1 mi
  • Courtauld Gallery: 1 mi
  • London Transport Museum: 1 mi
  • Clink Prison Museum: 1 mi
  • The Brunswick : 1 mi
  • Royal Fusiliers Museum: 1 mi
  • the Gherkin: 1 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
The Rookery's two elegant meeting and events rooms are furnished throughout with fine old paintings and prints and mellow antiques. The requirements of the 21st Century are met by state-of-the-art facilities as well as helpful friendly service.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by Orbitz

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Guest Reviews (10)

Ratings and reviews for The Rookery Hotel

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
10 out of 10
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4.8
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4.2
Location:
3.9
Value:
3.3

80% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
collet
Business
City of London, UK
Nov 3, 2011

So close yet so far

The Rookery, you might as well call it The Crook-ery. First I will start with the good, our room was spectacular! Old English heaven, bathroom was amazing I want that in my dream house. Ok so the food....there was not proper room service, a beacon sandwich is what your offered, that so tacky. Oh my lord the mini bar, is not just in the bar, anything in the room that is not furniture or nailed down is pretty much mini bar, so you cant expect complimentary anything. it cost us a dodgy £35 for small water, small wine and 4 small pots of nuts. It was our anniversary and they mega failed. So disappointing. Not to mention the concierge to describe he had ginger-blonde hair glasses and i'm pretty sure was gay. If you meet him beware, the rudest man on the planet. When we left I didn't want to say goodbye, simply because of how rude he was. I have no time for that. But as we left he kept saying good bye, good bye, good bye, good bye, good bye, good bye. Do you see how rude that is? so depressing. never again :-(

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
2
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Not Applicable

you have to go to the waldorf hilton its amazing!!! :-D

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Chicago Traveler773
Business
Chicago, IL, USA
Jun 14, 2013

Don't stay if you want a shower - Not a good business hotel

First off - the staff is absolutely amazing and friendly. I gave it an extra star for that! The problem is if you are traveling for business, as I was, it is not a good hotel. There is no gym, only a few of the bathrooms actually have a shower (they seemed surprised when I asked for this!). For the prices they charge, a shower should be in all rooms. Going back to the staff - very accommodating. When I asked for a room w/ a shower, they first said that wasn't an option, but then found a room. However, in the new room the tub of the shower didn't actually drain, so it wasn't the greatest experience. Very old English feel - not really my taste. The Rookery Hotel does have a good location though in the sense of it is near 2 tube stops and not a horrible walk to various tourist attractions. Summary - Rookery Hotel has great/friendly staff, no gym, and spotty showers.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
repeatrepeat
Business
Hartford, CT
Jul 27, 2012

Good location, cute hotel

The room was smaller than it appeared online, but the hotel was cute. The location is very nice--in a very cute, walkable neighborhood a block away from Farringdon station.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
123456543qwerty
Business
Oregon
Jan 18, 2013

Pleasant and a great area

I enjoyed everything about the hotel. It's a small hotel so if you want a gym and a restaurant then look elsewhere. On the other hand you are surrounded by restaurants so it should be more of an opportunity than a problem. My only problem was that I had too little time to enjoy the hotel and the area before it was time to go home

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Hix Chophouse

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
1st time london
Business
pennsylvania,usa
May 22, 2013

out of the bustle

excellent botique hotel with enough services & extremely friendly & HELPFUL STAFF. The area is interesting with very good food & pub choices. My wife really liked it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

several upscale restruants within 2 blocks & good economical pizza/italian bistro across the street.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York, NY
Oct 11, 2009

Great boutique hotel

Exceptional service, charming rooms and a friendly cat.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Bleeding Heart is a terrific French restaurant just a few blocks away.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Los Angeles
May 24, 2011

Fantastic Ambience and Service

Everything about this hotel is elegant and charming. From the extremely courteous reception staff to the spacious and beautifully adorned rooms, the entire experience was delightful. We stayed in the Dr Theopolus Garencieres suite which had a tub unlike any I've ever seen; but, it seems that every room has it's own distinct personality and I doubt there's a stinker in the bunch. Wether they were delivering tea to the room or providing directions, the service staff were always very pleasant and accommodating. It felt like we had a team of butlers on call. The surrounding area came alive Saturday night with after-hour nightclubs and restaurants, but during the day it felt more like a neighborhood than a city. Clerkenwell, itself, has an interesting past worth investigating. For touring other parts of London, a tube stop is just a short block from the hotel which was great until the weekend. It appears that London is sprucing up for the Olympics and Farringdon station was closed for improvements the Saturday and Sunday we were there. There was no obvious indication about how long the improvements would take, but there are other tubes within walking distance so it was a minor inconvenience during our otherwise fantastic stay. The Rookery isn't a bargain monetarily, but if you're looking for a unique experience in a refined atmosphere, it's a great deal!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: In Hotel

The 24-hour Honesty Bar was a welcoming feature!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Sacramento, CA
Aug 23, 2009

A Great Hotel

A great hotel, good location but limit your stay to weekdays due to the noisy drinking crowds that gather on Friday & Sat nights in the area around this hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New Jersey, USA
Nov 26, 2009

Amazing hotel

18th century hotel but updated to modern standards. Full of antiques and it was just gorgeous. Staff was great, very friendly. The lounges were comfortable and beautiful. Loved this hotel except for the fact there was no shower, only bathtubs with those handheld shower things. We got water all over the floor trying to take a shower. Still I loved the hotel and would recommend it. Very near Farringdon Station tube. Didn't eat there due to time constraints.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
design professor
Business
New York
Sep 8, 2009

A Find!

A delightful change of pace from impersonal hotels with cookie-cutter decor, this has the cozy feel of a private club (old-fashioned tub, velvet draperies, antique furniture), with the conveniences of modern living (thick towels, good water pressure, lovely continental breakfast served in the room). It's well worth going a bit off the beaten track to stay here.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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