The Rockwell

Location London

Postcode SW5 0SF

Telephone 020 7244 2000

£££

Why we love it...

Fair prices, convenient for Heathrow

The Place

We must declare an interest: one of the backers of The Rockwell, a new London hotel opened in 2006, is architect Michael Squire, neighbour and sailing cronie of the guide’s publisher. How to write about it without bias?

Some years ago, Squire and his business partners acquired two large, adjoining terraced houses at the impersonal west end of the Cromwell Road, opposite the Cromwell Hospital, near its junction with Earls Court Road, and first thought of making them rooming houses for students. Then, unexpectedly, they got permission for change of use.

Overcoming their worries about the location, and in true entrepreneurial spirit, they spent serious money turning it into a contemporary hotel. The bedrooms, though created out of a variety of spaces, and very comfortable, seemed at first a little too much like conventional city hotel rooms for this guide, which prefers non-standardised, eclectic design. But, staying the night, they grew on us, with their beautiful oak fittings and large beds with fine sheets. Most are far from being boxes. Fairly priced, too. And we found the corridors and connecting parts unusually well lit and congenial. But the essential charm we seek came home when we had drinks in the large and attractively-designed garden followed by dinner in the cosy but coolly decorated little dining room.

Imaginative, carefully prepared food, relaxed but friendly service and again, fair prices. Londoners could do a lot worse than eat out here (see under ‘Location’ for tips on parking).

The Essentials

Price Band £££
Rooms 40; 27 double, 13 single, all with shower only, air conditioning, telephone, voicemail, flat screen satellite TV, free internet broadband, safe, minibar
Food Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Facilities bar, dining room, garden, reception sitting area, conference room, laundry service, 24-hour room service
Children welcome
Disabled no specially adapted rooms but some rooms on ground floor; lift/elevator
Pets not accepted

To Book

Contact Anna Swainston
Call 020 7244 2000
Email enquiries@therockwell.com
Website www.therockwell.com

Good To Know

Address 181-183 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SF, London SW5 0SF
Payment

The Location

Find this place: on Cromwell Road. To park just behind hotel: going W on Cromwell Road turn left into Earls Court Road. Take the fourth left into Kenway Road, which leads to a network of streets behind the hotel with pay parking 8.30 am to 6.30 pm and (usually) free spaces after 6.30. Walk through bollards at the far (north) end of Kenway Road to get back on to Cromwell Road. Turn left; hotel is in about 50 paces. NCP car park in Holiday Inn, a 5 to 10-minute walk - details from reception.

What's nearby: Kensington High Street, Earl's Court, South Kensington, Heathrow (30 minutes on underground)