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Bask in the shabby-chic vibe at Rough Luxe.

by Holly on September 1, 2011

Rough Luxe lives up to its name in every way – a little gem tucked away in a slightly edgy part of London.  Back in 2008 this unpromising, Grade II listed building in the heart of King’s Cross was transformed by acclaimed designer Rabih Hage.  Working to the adage that perfection doesn’t equal beauty, Hage set about creating this haven of “anti-luxury”.

As they say, God is in the details – and it’s clear that this philosophy prevails at Rough Luxe.  Your room may be a little on the, ahem, small side – but it’ll be busting with personality.  Walls with cracked, peeling paintwork or mismatched wallpaper are the backdrop for beautifully sourced artworks; an assortment of antique desks, wardrobes and chairs sit alongside some sleek new fixtures and fittings; and the finest linens make sure your sleep will be anything but shabby.  It feels like an impoverished aristocrat’s city bolt hole – albeit an impoverished aristocrat with impeccable taste.

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As you enter, you’re immediately struck by the fact that this is a cool boutique hotel – not in a Shoreditch fixed-gear-bike-and-non-prescription-glasses-way, but in an effortless, not trying too hard way.  The owner and manager, Leo and Antonio, are very welcoming hosts.  Their stellar service extends beyond the realms of most London hotels – without an onsite bar, lovely Leo even opens his liquor cabinet to guests as an honesty bar.

There’s no in-house restaurant at Rough Luxe, so it may not be the best London hotel for gourmands – but as Leo puts it, they’d be no competition for the plethora of wonderful eateries the locale has to offer, so why try?

They do however serve up a mighty fine breakfast.  Served between 7am and a decadent lie-in worthy midday, in the quirky dining room or on the terrace if fine weather prevails, it’s a sumptuous affair with homemade jams, organic yogurts and croissants from famed bistro Ottolenghi.

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Inside scoop… The hotel has its own Tate membership, so if you’ve an afternoon to kill be sure to borrow it and check out the galleries – if you’re stuck for a companion, the friendly owner Leo may even join you!

The freebies… Free WiFi, continental breakfast, handmade toiletries and bottled water.  A few free parking spaces.

Don’t go home without… Asking the hotel’s accommodating manager, Antonio, for his local tips – looking for the best espresso in town?  Or a last-minute restaurant booking?  Whatever it is, Antonio’s your man!

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If we’ve piqued your interest for hotels off the well-trodden track, check out our blog on great London hotels in slightly edgy areas

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Photo credits: Rough Luxe Hotel

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