HOTEL NAME: The Rosebery

CITY, COUNTRY: Clerkenwell, London, England

BEST FOR: City slickers looking for a high-tech crash pad in London or visitors who want the freedom to explore London without the restrictions of hotel curfews and expensive restaurant bills.

AVERAGE PRICE PER/NIGHT: Rooms start from £144, depending on season.

ATMOSPHERE: With a keycard activated entrance and lift (watch out for the hanging bellhop paintings inside) and views of London’s business districts from the top floor apartments, the Rosebery feels like a modern wonderland.

DESIGN: Slick and chic would be one way to describe the design here. The suites, which are reasonably-sized, are a symphony of calm in neutrals and steel greys while the soft furnishings come in yellow and orange neon brights.

ROOM AMENITIES: Bedrooms are separated off from the living space by a half wall, and every detail is thought through – ice trays in the freezer, tassimo coffee machines, huge flat screen TVs, internet consoles and iPod docks. There’s even a wall mounted touch screen pad that lets you control the temperature and lighting, and search for nearby restaurants and entertainment.

WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER? Exmouth Market is right around the corner from The Rosebery, so you’re only a five-minute walk away from food heaven. Visit Caravan for the best coffee in town – with beans roasted on site in their own roastery – or release your inner carnivore at The Quality Chophouse. If you want to put your suite’s kitchen to good use, pick up some ingredients from the excellent Gazzano’s deli and cook up a feast.

IS THERE A BAR? Most certainly, and what a bar it is. Created in collaboration with the über cool .it All About Design brand next door, every piece of arty, avant-garde furniture and artwork is for sale here, although, the huge and rather terrifying 3D painting that dominates one wall of the bar is off limits.

SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS? Absolutely. The suites are compact and self-contained with secure locks and all mod-cons.

WITHIN A FIVE-MINUTE WALK, YOU CAN FIND: A wealth of alternative London museums and attractions like the Charles Dickens museum, The British Museum, Sir John Soanes museum and Coram’s Field park and farm.

EASIEST FORM OF TRANSPORT TO AND FROM HOTEL: The underground. It’s a short walk from both Farringdon (Hammersmith and City line) and Chancery Lane (Central line) stations. Guests can also use the onsite zipcar to whizz to nearby destinations.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Super cool and well-designed. It’s like a home away from home, only more high-tech and with a better bed and view of the city.

ADDRESS 20 Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4SX

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Review by Emma Sleight@EmmaCSleight

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