At the nine-room Rough Luxe, in a Georgian building in the King’s Cross neighborhood, Hotelier Rabih Hage left historical details as they were: some chipped paint here, a bare floorboard there. Some guest-room walls have been stripped back to plaster; a Jonathan Root portrait of Gilbert & George presides over reception; and the restaurant’s sole table is made of reclaimed wood from a Brighton pier. It’s an exercise in urban archaeology, and Hage cites wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic that values impermanence over perfection, as an influence. “I was searching for beauty in imperfection,” he says. For travelers seeking a creative spin on guilt-free luxury, consider booking now.
Room to Book: Room 8 is one of the hotel's larger rooms and comes with an en-suite bathroom, complete with a free-standing copper bathtub.