Rockwell

181 Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom, SW5 0SF

Price from: £80

Rockwell - Garden Room © Design Hotels

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#71 of 80
expert-rated hotels in London
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Location:
3.8
3.8
Bedrooms:
4
4.0
Eating/drinking:
3.8
3.8
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Culture vultures, Singles, Sightseeing

Expert review of Rockwell

Well-priced, nicely designed townhouse conversion not far from the South Kensington museums.

I like the competitive prices and good design of this handsomely converted pair of townhouses. The calm and rather elegant public spaces, including a nicely worked patio out back, are a winning contrast with busy, grubby Cromwell Road in front.

Location: 

The Rockwell is at the Earl’s Court end of busy Cromwell Road, which keeps the prices reasonable, but you’re still only 10 minutes’ walk from the Natural History Museum, V&A and Science Museum in South Kensington. Earl’s Court, the nearest Underground station, is five minutes’ walk.

Bedrooms: 

I find the room décor at the Rockwell a little bland, and it certainly won’t upset anyone. The facilities are solid without being inspiring: free broadband, flatscreen TV and air con. Rooms vary in size, as with any townhouse conversion, but the doubles I saw were good for the price. Triple glazing means traffic noise shouldn’t be a problem on the front, but rear rooms look down into the smartly designed patio garden, with its potted olive trees and pretty lights at night. For a treat, the lower ground floor Garden Rooms each have a little terrace with table and chairs beneath the glass bridge that connects the hotel and garden. For single travellers on a budget, I recommend the tiny top-floor one-bed rooms - they’ve skylights instead of windows and are decorated by theatre playbills to enhance the slightly bohemian feel.

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Public areas: 

More remarkable than the rooms. The neat way these two townhouses have been joined means the ground floor has a lot of well-designed, handsome public space - comfy lounge and eating areas, as well as the back garden with its potted trees and patio lights. Surprisingly chic after the kerfuffle outside.

Eating and drinking: 

The restaurant and bar were very quiet when I last visited. Located at the back of the hotel (French windows give on to the patio garden), the room is decorated in rich colours. Food runs from crowd-pleasers like fish and chips to more ambitious dishes such as herb-crusted sea bass with a julienne of vegetables - enjoyable, but perhaps overpriced at £17. I’d head west into Notting Hill or east to Marylebone or Soho to find good restaurants.

Service: 

Crisply efficient but friendly.

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Who stays there: 

The Rockwell’s a relaxed place for business custom during the week, but a bit out of the way. Good for sightseers wanting to avoid paying a premium for a central hotel.

Price advice: 

Continental breakfast is £9.50 or a full English (£12.50) extra.

Pros: 
Chic public spaces
Patio garden
Cons: 
Unexciting room decor
Busy road outside

More information on Rockwell:

Price from:
£80
Type:
Hotel
Address:
181 Cromwell Road, London, United Kingdom, SW5 0SF
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Room Service
Neighbourhood:
Earl's Court

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