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We 'Slummed It' For A Peek Inside The Rough Luxe Hotel

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  Site Where: 1 Birkenhead Street, London, United Kingdom, WC1H 8BA
December 10, 2010 at 1:25 PM | by | ()

There are lots of new hotels opening in London, but we shan't forget the golden oldies as there are still plenty around. So, the other night we 'slummed' it at the Rough Luxe Hotel, definitely one of most unique hotels in London.

The concept of the hotel is as its website describes “half rough, half luxury”. It’s certainly not in the best location although with all of the development in the area, and the new hotels opening close by including the eagerly awaited St Pancras and the Great Northern Hotel, we have a feeling that will change.

When we swung by there was a sign stating “No Vacancies, only pre-booked reservations” which is displayed regardless of any vacant rooms. But they keep it up as a measure to stop passing trade and requests for rooms by the hour. Inside we were surprised by the "roughness" of it all, even though we were half expecting it.

What Was Rough: The wallpaper was hanging off, the staircases were wooden and bare and the doors looked like they could do with a good paint. In fact it kind of reminded us of a building being renovation, we were just missing the hard hats.

We took a peak in room 10 on the top floor. The room was on the small side and there was definitely no luxury inside. No TV, no mini bar, no light bulb in the lamp and you certainly won’t find any Ipods or docking stations. But probably the weirdest thing was lack of ensuite bathrooms, which are shared between two rooms.

What Was Luxe": But like the website says the "rough" is only the half of it and the other half we are happy to say is indeed "luxury". The beds fell into this category, the bathroom and shower, the baskets of products, fluffy towels and the breakfast room were all up to luxury standards.

One things for sure about the Rough Luxe Hotel is that we haven’t seen anything like it before. So if you're looking for a unique experience on your next stay in London, just try it. However, be sure to bring a good book or your iPad as being alone with no TV and no telephone could get quite lonely.

Rooms rates start at £177 for a double room with shared bathroom. However we’d suggest splashing out and paying for en-suite room, with rates from £240.

[Disclosure: JulesLdn was a guest of the hotel while on assignment for LondONtheInside]

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