Café Gitane is the hotel's restaurant, located at the entrance to the hotel. This French/Moroccan eatery is a popular meeting place with young, good-looking, trendy locals and is usually busy every night of the week, especially at the weekend. The décor of the high-ceilinged, rough around the edges room gives a nod towards the Far East with sillk Chinese paintings and Indian idols, while other features include the faded green walls with hints of tiling, the stained glass arched windows and the bar at the centre. This latter serves as a coffee bar in the mornings when guests can enjoy a full breakfast served by waiters and waitresses in black and white striped t-shirts and berets. At lunch and dinner diners can choose from a comprehensive list of dishes which include salads, sandwiches and specialities such as the cous cous or hachis parmentier. We found both the service and food to be of a good standard however the space can become quite noisy as the night goes on.
On the other side of the hotel is the Rhino Bar, another neighbourhood favourite which used to be the Jane Street Theatre and was where Hedwig and the Angry Inch was debuted. Open from 5pm, the décor, all hand-picked by MacPherson, is wonderfully eccentric and eclectic and features a mish mash of furniture, paintings and objects such as the rotating disco ball and stuffed ram high above the fireplace. With its oriental rugs, tall green plants and faded velvet Chesterfields, the spacious bar could well be the drawing room of an aristocratic estate, untouched for decades. It is undoubtedly one of the most original bars in the city and one of our favourites too. Upstairs is another space with a ship's quarters theme and which is a little more intimate and discrete.