Hotel Vicinity:Nearest: Tube Station: Earls Court 0.2 miles (0.4 km), Railway Station: West Brompton 0.5 miles (0.8 km), Motorway: M4 Junction 1 3.7 miles (6 km). The Rockwell Hotel is actually located on the Cromwell Road, a major road and also called the A4 dual carriageway which brings traffic into central London from the west. This also links directly with Heathrow airport meaning a road access to the airport is around 20 minutes. The road is also used by many bus routes and London taxis are always passing. The nearest major shopping area is Kensington High Street 0.4 miles to the north although there are many shops and stores even closer such as on Earls Court Road which is just 200 yards away. The Earls Court development complex is less than half a mile to the west. In many ways the hotels location marks the start of central London although the very centre would be Piccadilly Circus some 2.7 miles to the east. Being slightly outside of the most central parts means the hotel provides somewhat cheaper location than otherwise but still giving good access into the major tourist areas. There are no less than 10 tube stations within 1 mile. Local places of interest include the Dr Who Tardis (0.2 miles), Linley Sambourne House (0.44 miles), Leighton house museum (0.6 miles), Kensington Palace (0.7 miles) and Holland Park (0.7 miles).
Hotel in Detail:The Rockwell is an independently owned Victorian townhouse (actually two former 4 storey Victorian townhouses joined together) boutique hotel. This is a small hotel furnished and decorated in a very modern style to create a feeling of relaxation and homeliness. With a large oak front door and white painted facade. Some areas still have a period feel thanks too wrought-iron banisters and the Victorian mosaic floor found in the reception. One feature of the hotel is its rear south facing gardens, always well kept. The garden has tall bamboo shoots many other plants and guests can enjoy a drink or just relax here.
Bedrooms have both a traditional and contemporary feel and each is individually designed and vary is size and shape with extra high ceilings. Furnishings include oak cupboards. In-room amenities include a flat screen television with pay movies, guest controlled air-conditioning, crafted desk, extra high windows, high speed internet access, direct dial telephone with voicemail, safe and minibar. Beds have pocket sprung mattresses with fine Egyptian cotton, feather pillows and merino wool blankets. Guest rooms are en-suite with power shower, toiletries and robes are supplied. Fittings by Phillipe Stark and Hans Grohe.
Mezzanine suites (4) are split over two levels.
Garden Rooms have large bathrooms and their own patio with garden furniture.
Room service is 24 hours.
Dining Options:Both the restaurant and bar feature French windows looking out on the hotels landscaped garden.
One-Eight-One Restaurant: Named after the hotels address. The restaurant has views of the hotels own landscaped rear gardens through French windows. An intimate ambience in keeping with the hotels feel with sculpted timber light fittings and palm inspired wallpaper. Terrace area allows for summer dining. Serves a contemporary twist on traditional British cuisine. Large wine list to accompany your meal.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Last orders 14.30 and 22.30
The Rockwell Bar: Modern in style, simply furnished and with a relaxed feel. Range of drinks include wines and cocktails.
Lounge: With its fireplace and walnut bookshelves a welcoming area for guests to relax.
There is one function/meeting room available for hire with business amenities.
The Rockwell Hotel provides a Laundry service and the 24 hour reception can supply discount vouchers for local gym membership.
Trivia: James Earl Ray, the killer of Martin Luther King, stayed here in May 1968 while on the run from the FBI. The Rockwell Hotel was called the Heathfield House at that time.
Bedroom Numbers: 40
Check-in: 14.00 (2 pm)
Parking:There is no parking onsite.
Internet:Complimentary wireless internet access throughout.
Compared to other London hotels: This hotel has been rated 84% by past guests. The London average is 80% and the average for 4 star hotels is 82%. Therefore this hotel is above average for its sector (star rating) and for London as a whole.
Milesfaster ranking: 318th from 866 London hotels, and 130th of 328 four star rated hotels.
Another to Consider: A similar hotel nearby (0.1 miles, 0.2 km) would be the 4 star Park City Grand Plaza Kensington Hotel, where rates start from £162 and which has an 88% guest satisfaction rating.
Can we suggest something with a higher guest score? We suggest the 5 Star Milestone Hotel and Apartments seems like a possible option. The Milestone Hotel and Apartments is only 0.5 miles (0.9 km) away. The Milestone Hotel and Apartments has a perfect unblemished customer rating 99%, a truly stunning achievement.
Local hotels analysed:The fifty closest hotels from here (181 Cromwell Road, SW5 postcode) that we have data for cover a 0.5 miles (0.8 km) radius. The 50 consist of 1 five star hotel (rated 89%), 27 four star hotels (average rating 81%), 18 three star hotels (average rating 74%) and 4 two star hotels (average rating 73%). Of these hotels the highest rated are Hotel Xenia (4 star) and also The Nadler Kensington (4 star) (both joint top with 90%).
Base Rates: See how the area stacks up for low rates using base rates. We use published base rates but note these do not reflect special offers or short term discounts so remain a rough guide. We have calculated the average base rate for all the 50 nearby hotels at £102 per night. The low end of the scale shows rates from £44 at Lord Kensington Hotel (3 Star, 71%) to a high of £255 at The Bentley London (5 Star, 89%). Rate averages for each star rating: Five Star average: £255, Four Star average: £116, Three Star average: £82 and Two Star average: £65.
We rank hotels based on their guest rating but balanced for their influencing factors and we rank Rockwell Hotel 15th of 50 nearby hotels and 11th for the 27 four star hotels in the area. Compared to the nearest alternative hotels this hotel is 19th of 50 (4th of 27 four star hotels.) for base rates. Balancing the hotels rates and user rating we rank the hotel 9th of 47 when judging the balance of price point to user rating (Montana Hotel was top).
Daily Telegraph Newspaper 2015: Top 10 boutique hotels in London