Boutique hotels are quite particular to the United Kingdom. In fact, the trend itself started in London during the 1980s. While it is now becoming more of a global phenomenon, London in particular still leads the way in terms of quality of hotels. A boutique hotel is located in unique settings and the accommodation is truly upscale. Often, boutique hotels follow a specific aspirational and/or stylish theme.
The area of Soho, in London’s West End, is the entertainment district of London. It has been going through regeneration since the 1980s, when residents and commercial buildings started to make the area more fashionable and upmarket, something they have succeeded in. Soho is very multicultural and the place to be for people with all types of interests. Certain streets in Soho often have to be closed to vehicles because it is so widely visited. Yet, despite being busy, it never seems to lose its class and style. Therefore, if you are looking for a London boutique hotel, Soho truly is one of the best places to be. Let’s take a look, therefore, at the 3 best London Soho boutique hotels.
Hazlitt’s first opened in 1718. In those days, there were no bathrooms in the rooms, the plumbing was poor and the hotel was lit solely by candles. The hotel opened with a philosophy that guests should spend time in beautiful, civilised surroundings and that they could enjoy an efficient, friendly and hospitable service. While the amenities in the hotel have now been modernised and updated, the philosophy remains the same. The hotel, on Frith Street, is made up of a number of historic Georgian Houses and is close to all of London’s main attractions.
The Nadler Soho
The Nadler Soho is brilliantly located, allowing you to access other parts of London such as Oxford Street with ease. The rooms are incredibly elegant and have all the necessary modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi, LED TV and digital newspapers from all over the world. In each room, you will find a very modern bathroom with a shower, and some rooms also have a bath. Furthermore, the rooms include a hairdryer, small kitchenette, desk and a laptop safe. You can also request a room with speakers in the bathroom, which are linked to the TV system. You will find the Nadler Soho just 850 metres away from the British Museum, 400 metres from Tottenham Court Tube Station and 1.2 miles from the London Eye. Within a five minute walk of the hotel, you will be in the heart of vibrant Soho with its many restaurants and bars for an evening of enjoyment and merriment.
Sanctum Soho Hotel
The Sanctum Soho Hotel is a firm favourite among tourists because it used to be the MI5 research building, and people still hope to find clues of the work the secretive organisation was involved in. The boutique hotel is nothing short of cool, with its bling room handles, dark colours, louche art and deco lamps. Some of the rooms have rotating beds, and the no-questions-asked policy is reminiscent of the ancient history of Soho, when the area was mainly a hive for people in the sex industry. Each of the rooms follows one of four possible colour schemes and they look like powder-puff or deco boudoirs. The hotel has managed to use a theme that could be seen as trashy, and they have turned into something truly classy. There are mirrors all over this hotel, giving people an almost voyeuristic feel. The bar is open 24 hours per day and is open to residents only. It is small, but very funky and it opens up to an outside two level terrace. On the top level, there is a huge Jacuzzi that can be used by residents as well. At reception, you can have your guitar tuned. The hotel also includes a for hire screening room downstairs, as well as a darkened bar restaurant. This is less of a hotel and more of an experience.
The Z Hotel Soho
Finally, there is the Z Hotel. One of the things that makes this hotel stand out is that it is incredibly affordable. At the same time, however, this affordability does not take anything away from the quality of the service. The hotel truly is in the heart of Soho, with a breakfast room and bar that exits onto the famous Old Compton Street. The hotel itself is nothing short of chic. It has a beautiful interior courtyard, where you can sit and look up to the stacked open ‘corridors’ of the hotel. At the bottom, you can sit and relax with a drink and a smoke. The hotel is very cheerful and you may even be able to get free nibbles and wine to further enjoy your evening. The rooms are comfortable and come with free Wi-Fi and a little desk. Other than that, the rooms are not overly luxurious, but they are comfortable. The hotel is also in the process of adding more rooms.