The Zetter

86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RJ, United Kingdom
The Zetter Hotel & Townhouse
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If you stay at the Zetter, stay at the back

by TripAdvisor Member spbyrne

Nicely designed rooms, poor room maintenance (the usual lack of attention to detail I've come to expect from even some of the best hotels - scuff marks, stains on carpets and furnishings, non-functioning heating and a noisy VCD deck) but good service and breakfast. Shame the owners of the Zetter were too cheap to double glaze the windows and think that their poorly designed shutters will keep out the traffic noise. Ask for rooms at the back, away from Clerkwenwell Road and St John's Square. If you don't like noise and you can't get these rooms, stay at the Covent Garden Hotel instead.

Style comes with a price and The Zetter is cheap!

by TripAdvisor Member TravelerNYNy

I recently visited The Zetter Hotel for two days. The hotel is located at the fashionable district of Clenkerwell which, in fact, is NOT near any of the attractions of London. The tube is conveniently located a few blocks away, although, in the middle of the night, the streets surrounding the area are empty and look a bit creepy. The lobby of the Zetter is nothing special and is small. We were kindly walked to our rooms. The space is very reduced and even the elevator is tiny. Decoration is rather claustrophobic (red carpet in the stairs, black elevator etc.). Our rooms (214 and 314) were very, very small. Even by European standards (and I am European), those rooms were tiny! We could hardly walk around the bed and the closet was minuscule. There is a desk full of things (the minibar is basically set up on it!) and there is hardly space to work. The TV is hanging on the wall and is flat. The screen is no more than 15 inches. Since the TV is powered through a computer it can be rather noisy at night and we had to disconnect the whole thing. The bed was extremely comfortable and clean, all in white. There are at least 8 switches to control the illumination at the room, some of which are useless (unless you want to have --- all night! -red light, for example-). The hot water bag is not a nice detail... (I would not put my feet on a bag that 200 people have used before me). The bathroom was very clean although was lacking in bathroom amenities (no hand soap, for example). Again, it was tiny. Check in and check out was without any remarkable problems.

The best touch? A cappuccino machine at the entrance of the room. Very nice detail indeed!

I would recommend this hotel to people that have been to London before and want a clean hotel without spending a fortune and that understand that the price comes with the inconvenience of location. Compared to other design hotels (Sanderson, Saint Martin's Lane), I think this hotel lacks lots of things and overdoes some others (lighting for example).

Can't say enough good things about the Zetter

by TripAdvisor Member CANUCKINAFRICA

A funky, hip place that is a refreshing change from the usual stodgy London hotels. My room was small but clean and comfortable with a good view. I loved the in-room music selection as well as the modern bathroom and ultra-cool shower (possibly the best I've ever experienced). The restaurant is good but a bit overpriced for what you get -- there are a number of alternatives nearby. Staff will store your luggage for the day. The hotel is a short walk from the nearest tube station. I will definitely stay here again.

The Lovely Zetter

by A TripAdvisor Member

Had a great stay at this hotel. Very near to two clubs Fabric and Turnmills. Very new and modern. Made a change from the normal snobby second rate hotels.
Loved it

Great Stay at a Hip Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member SchoolyG

My wife and I spent 4 nights at the Zetter, including New Years Eve, and loved it. We were in a St. John's Square Superior Room and found it to be plenty large enough and in great shape. Here are a couple standout tidbits we liked.

- AMAZING rain-style shower
- great music selection on the interactive TV system
- red mood lighting, if you want it
- hot water bottle
- discounted rates on weekends which include free internet access (normally 10 pounds a day)
- vending machines have gin and tonics, champagne, rum and cokes, etc
- 5 minutes from Farringdon Underground station
- great clubs nearby
- hip decor, with a 5 story atrium. guests exit their room and can look down into the lounge

One of the best things about that place, was the Texaco station next door where we could get our fill of Nestle's Kit Kat Chunky. Trust me, fellow Americans, you have not tasted chocolate till you try a regular, everyday candybar in Europe. You will never look at our waxy American stuff the same.

A lovely night in a lovely hotel!

by TripAdvisor Member Mikeyc77

I spent a long time trying to find a London hotel to spend a romantic night with my girlfriend. We were booked into a standard room at the K-West but after reading some of the tripadvisor reviews I changed my mind. I also phoned K-West and was less than impressed with the attitude of the receptionist.

My girlfriend came across The Zetter while searching for a restaurant to host her christmas party so I looked at the reviews and took a glance at the website. The place looked perfect so I called to make a booking. The lady I spoke to was very friendly and told me there were only a few remaining rooms, one that looks onto St. John's square and a Deluxe Studio, the best room in the hotel. I went for the studio!

We arrived at the hotel around 2:30pm, check-in was 2pm but the room was still not ready so the staff were very apologetic and we were offered complientary drinks at the bar. I must add, the restaurant, bar and staff are lovely. 15 minutes later, we were handed to key to room 503 and up we went. The room is quite small compared to similarly priced European hotels, as we expected. It is split into two levels with wardrobe, bathroom and front door on the lower level as you walk in and bed on the top level. The far wall is all glass, looking onto the large balcony with nice views over the surrounding city. Very romantic. As advertised, there are thousands of songs which can be played through the TV and piped into the bathroom. A range of films are available, 4 of which are free at weekends. You are also provided with a DVD player and internet. The bed is very comfortable, it is also a 'Freshbed'! I believe this regulates the temperature of your bed, keeping you comfortable all night long.

we ordered dinner and breakfast through roomservice, both reasonably priced and delicious! The service was prompt and polite. I really couldn't fault the staff one bit!

The only problem we found was that the bath plug did not seal properly so we could not run a bath without the water running out. However, as a result, we were not charged for any of the mini-bar.

We left the hotel feeling refreshed, relaxed and very happy! We will be returning to The Zetter.

A Ninja Stole My Wife

by TripAdvisor Member sobakasu

Stayed three nights in October in a 4th Floor St John's Square Room.

The Gatwick connection to Farringdon via Thames Link trains is excellent. The hotel is then a 5-minute walk once you exit the tube station.

Arriving around 10am, I was able to check in early and start enjoying the room and hotel. First off, the bed: King size, firm and equipped with super soft and cosy bedlinen and 4 crisp, luxurious pillows.

A generous amount of natural light was supplied by the large windows overlooking the square (two of which could easily be opened). Artifical lighting could be altered to create different atmospheres - including a soft rosy glow effect.

The working space was on the minimal side - the desk arranged for this purpose having to compete with drinks, snacks and various papers.

Storage was also slightly inconvenient and I could have used more space.

As has been said before, the shower is heavenly. The cocktails also: particularly recommend: "Last Night a Ninja Stole my Wife".

Service-wise, I felt that the front desk was competent and friendly but perhaps lacking experience.

Overall, I would rate my stay as extremely positive and would not hesitate to stay here again.

Hip but cosy

by TripAdvisor Member radziere

I stayed here with my boyfriend one Friday and we loved it. Let's start with the bar. It was small but relaxed and not at all busy for 8pm on a Friday night considering the area. The room, again was small but perfectly formed with a fantastic selection of free music to listen to and the beds there are amazing. The staff are attentive and friendly. We needed painkillers for our heads in the morning and room service were happy to oblige us by running to the local petrol station (which incidentally is 5 mins walk and equipped with most essentials). We had breakfast in the morning and I recommend the full english (for him) and the scrambled eggs (for her). It wasn't that cheap at £15 for the full works but it was extremely filling. When the guy calculated the wrong amount for breakfast and we queried it, he happily, and without fuss, removed the offending amount and even knocked a bit extra off (he charged us for a small pot of tea instead of a large). There are some excellent bars in the vicinity and some of the best clubs in London. This is a great value hotel in an excellent location. Enjoy your stay.

Gorgeous Hotel, would definitely go back

by TripAdvisor Member Rampling

My boyfriend and I stayed here at the end of November for our first anniversary. I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be very romantic as a few of the pictures on the internet look quite stark, but it was very cosy and you could change the lighting which was very cool.
We stayed in a standard room the first night and a suite the second night. The beds in both rooms were the most comfortable we've ever slept in. I think it's a shame that they only had tea and coffee in the suite. The standard room had an excellent shower, but no bath. The suite had a bath, but the shower wasn't great. Also in the suite you could pipe music or the T.V into the bathroom. There was a huge balcony/terrace, but unfortunately it was too cold to sit out on it.
The staff were really friendly and helpful.

We would love to go back!

Pretty in Pink

by TripAdvisor Member MoroMark

We had a short but fabulous time in this gem of a hotel. I booked a 2 night w/e stay on their great website for my wife's birthday and they didn't disappoint. From the Staff's great attitude (endlessly helpful, all smiles, no over-formalities)to the quirky but really well judged decor the place was a winner. Our Top floor room had a big patio, with great views. Highlight: Cooked breakfast in bed listening to Neil Young (one of their thousands of free music tracks on the fancy TV system). The local area is also great at weekends (though you might not think so at first reckoning), a short walk to St Pauls, and on over the amazing Millenium bridge to the Tate Modern on Saturday and then Columbia Road flower market and Spitalfields (another great market with lots going around it) on Sunday.
Cannot wait for another excuse to go!

Oh and their rooms have groovy porno-pink coloured lighting, good for getting in the mood if you need to, (hence pretty in pink title)

Forum Posts

Please help me choose between two hotels!

by starchild76

Hi All,

It is my boyfriend's birthday in a couple of weeks and I am going to book a meal and hotel in London. At the moment I have reserved a table at Pasha in South Kensington and am thinking of booking the K West Hotel in Shepherd's bush - I have found a rate of £80 for this hotel. Only thing is, the restaurant is obviously not that close to the hotel - although with the tubes and so on I'm sure this won't be a major problem. I don't know what the area is like for drinking and cool bars etc afterwards, although the K West itself seems to have a cool bar.

But I don't know whether to book the above or go to the Zetter in Clerkenwell. Has anyone been to either, or could recommend any bars in either to help me choose? I would really appreciate some help!


Re: Please help me choose between two hotels!

by vichatherly

Pasha in South Kensington is very cool.

I used to go there for after work parties..great exotic lai back place..should be fun.

Shepherds bush is okay as well..25 mins tube journey.

Farrindon, (nearest tube to Zetter).. 30 mins on tube

Better range of pubs in Sheperds Bush as Clerkenwell is more in the financial part of the City. Bars tend to shut early and are moreexpensive.

Hope this helps


Re: Re: Please help me choose between two hotels!

by starchild76

Thanks for the reply. I have decided to go for Pasha and K West.

Now all I've got to do is find the best deal! Has anyone ever booked through

Re: Please help me choose between two hotels!

by paulinuk2u for more hotels good prices

Re: Re: Please help me choose between two hotels!

by bagpie

I beg to differ about Clerkenwell - farringdon/ old street has some of the best and latest open bars in London! I dont know much about Sheperds Bush but good bars in Farringdon - Dust, Match Bar, Clerkenwell House and Old St - Home, Medicine Bar, Great Eastern etc etc. Its one of the trendiest areas in london you know!


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Address: 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RJ, United Kingdom