”A perfect blend of the stately, traditional British Manor House with the modern luxuries of the 21st century, at the Rosewood Hotel you’ll feel like royalty from the moment you step through the archway. This ultra-luxury hotel just steps away from attractions such as Covent Garden, the West End theatre and the British Museum, serves as a tranquil oasis from busy London streets, making it the perfect place for travelers who want the best of both worlds.”
By Myranda Bolstad, content writer
Seated in High Holborn, the highest point of the City of London, this exquisite manor-house style hotel is a high point in and of itself, a tranquil oasis in the midst of the bustling city.
It’s location in the eclectic Camden Town district also means there is a range of different delights to suit all kinds of guests’ interests. The hotel is just moments away from can’t miss attractions such as the West End Theatres, and the Royal Opera House, and the British Museum. The hotel’s proximity to Covent Garden also means you’ll have your fill of unique boutiques, cafés, restaurants and craft stalls to visit.
The Rosewood London is the epitome of the word “posh”: it perfectly blends a lavish style with elegance and sophistication. The hotel has kept the original architecture of this Edwardian-era building, lending it a grand atmosphere from the moment you step through the arched entrance into the quiet sanctuary of the courtyard. Inside, the design is much more modern but no less stately. A dramatic rose bronze corridor leads into the hotel’s beautiful public spaces, from the ornate lobby with black and white marble flooring, exquisite oak armoires, a parchment reception desk, and thoughtfully-chosen books and art that adds a quirky charm to the surroundings. Another highlight, an iconic Italian Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase, leads to the upper floors. The ambiance is perhaps best expressed in the stunning Mirror Room, where the floor to ceiling mirrors glitter like jewels and are perfectly complemented by the subduing tones of the darkened columns, demonstrating that the formal can blend beautifully with the extravagant to reach the heights of refinement.
The Rosewood London aims to be the crème de la crème when it comes to five-star hospitality. Guest get to enjoy personalized and professional service, from the valet parking, knowledgeable concierge, the twice-daily housekeeping, and more. Laundry, dry cleaning, suit press, and shoe shine service is available at an additional cost. Butler service is offered at the hotel, and it also features a fully-equipped business center. In-room dining is available at all hours of the day or night. The detail-oriented staff and courteous staff are sure to help you make your stay unforgettable.
Designed by Tony Chi and Associates, the Rosewood London features 262 rooms and 44 suites, all stylishly appointed with the finest materials, such as Italian linens and carefully-selection objets d’art. The rooms and suites maintain the old-world charm even as the décor is contemporary, the furnishings done in muted tones such as cream and chocolate that underscore the calm and sophisticated atmosphere of the hotel. The bathrooms are gorgeously done in marble and feature lovely Czech & Speake toiletries for an ultimate sense of indulgence. Nespresso machines in each accommodation also means you don’t have to leave the room or arrange room service to start your day with an espresso. For the most discerning of guests, we highly recommend any of the eleven signature suites, in which each suite takes luxury that extra step further.
Our favorite accommodation:
The $27.000,- per night, Manor House Wing, complete with private elevator and elegant dining area for up to ten guests is our favorite of this hotel’s many exquisite offerings. The carefully-curated wine selections, fragrant fresh flowers from McQueen florists, and a changing rotation of fresh fruit are personal touches that add to the experience. This suite is so exclusive, it even has its own postal code! It will be difficult to decide what you want to sink into first: the sumptuous furnishings of one of the three living spaces, or the large tub in the gorgeous marble master bathroom. The Master Suite can be fitted with one or two king-sized beds, and there six other rooms that can serve as private bedrooms. Custom furnishings and a thoughtfully-chosen set of books are personal touches add to the feeling of being in a home away from home.
Our second choice:
While not as large or grand as the Manor House Wing, the top floor Garden House Wing, another of the hotels exquisite signature suites, has a lovely charm of its own. With five bedrooms, two living rooms and a den space, it is far from small, and the private garden terrace with comfortable furnishing is a beautiful, private space perfect for a group of friends to visit or a romantic couple’s evening under the stars. The views from this space are quite lovely as well, featuring both Lincoln’s Inn fields as well as the hotel courtyard.
This Belle Époque era hotel makes an excellent, romantic backdrop for your honeymoon. Honeymooners are sure to love “The Perfect Match”, as the Rosewood properties style their honeymoon package. This begins with either a thoughtfully-designed amenity or flowers and champagne on arrival. In-room breakfast is available, or book the Garden House signature suite so you can have an intimate dinner under the starts on the private terrace. For couples who want to enjoy an epicurean adventure, the Rosewood can help arrange an Alfresco afternoon tea in Regent’s park or even a private visit to a gin distillery. If you are looking for some post-wedding pampering, head to the Sense Spa, which includes a couples treatment room so you can unwind side by side. In the evening, you can curl up in a comfortable leather chair by the fire in Scarfes Bar, where you can choose to sample gin, as they have hundreds of kinds on hand to try.
Food and Drinks:
Chefs engaged by the Rosewood properties are committed to creating the finest cuisine using locally-sourced produce and the freshest ingredients. At the Rosewood London, the Holborn Dining Room serves traditional British dishes in a vibrantly decorated dining salon. Reclaimed oak is combined with antique mirrors and red leather banquettes accented with tweed, giving the Art Deco-style space a quirky charm. If gin is your tipple, you may be overwhelmed by all the choices: as the bar features upwards of 500 different gins, though your sommelier can certainly help you narrow down your selection.
For an intimate meal or traditional afternoon tea, the Mirror Room presents an exquisite option. Sharing plates, seasonal salads, and comfort food favorites are served throughout the day and can be complemented by the selection of champagnes and fine wines offer. The setting is stunning, featuring floor to ceiling mirrors and lounge-style seating. The hotel’s Art Afternoon Tea, served in the Mirror Room, was voted Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea in the United Kingdom in 2017, so you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to choose a delicious loose-leaf tea to be accompanied by scrumptious scones, fingers sandwiches, and art-inspired pastries.
Also charming is The Pie Room, a one-stop destination for this iconic dish, which is also served in the Holborn Dining Room. You can also dine privately in this delightful setting; it can be booked for up to ten guests each evening and will feature a specially tailored three-course meal designed by Executive Head Chef Calum Franklin.
You can also relax in the Scarfes Bar, furnished to resemble a gentlemen’s club fit for the Lord of the manor. Patrons can curl up in one of the plush velvet armchairs with one of the 1000 books handpicked by a Portobello antiques dealer, taking in the warmth of the roaring fire and the cozy atmosphere. Live music is featured every night of the week, and the cocktail menu offers a creative selection from which you will delight in choosing.
While a pool is not one of the amenities offered, between the delightful Edwardian courtyard, the serene spa, and magnificent dining options, you won’t miss it for a moment.
Guests at the Rosewood London can easily keep up their fitness routines during their stay, as the spacious and naturally-lit Fitness Suite features state of the art equipment, including treadmills, bikes, cross trainer, stepper and elliptical machine. There are also resistance machines, kettlebells, and free weights for strength training. Other accessories provided include yoga mats, medicine balls, foam rollers, Bosu & Wobble boards. Personal trainers are also onsite, for those wanting to take their workout to the next level.
The elegant Sense Spa provides a perfect place to be pampered. The soft lighting, wooden walkways over water, bamboo walls and pebble stones leading to the treatment rooms create a tranquil ambiance from the moment you step into the spa. The relaxing lounge is beautifully decorated in teak and shimmering gold leaf. You can easily restore and rejuvenate in the dry heat saunas and amethyst crystal steam rooms that are part of the spa’s offerings. There are a range of treatment options and packages available using Sodashi, Maison Caulières, and Face Place products, from skin care to massage and even treatments based on historical healing remedies fitting for this tradition manor-style hotel. The Sense spa also includes a salon where you can experience five-star hair treatments with celebrity stylist Matthew Curtis.
For art lovers, the Rosewood London offers features world’s most renowned artists including Chilean artist Eduardo Hoffman, Simon Bingle and Peter Osborne. Throughout the hotel, you can find both modern and traditional art pieces. The Scarfes Bar is named for British caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, and his humorous and interesting paintings are showcased in this cozy setting.
Kids, pets, and accessibility (Restrictions):
Children and pets are welcome at the Rosewood London. Young guests are greeted with a personalized welcome letter, and there are a number of services and amenities tailored for children out of the hotel. For example the Rose Buds activity Programme, a children’s activities program that is inspired by the Montessouri philosophy and focusses on child-led sensory and practical experiences. Music, art, wildlife and food are all integrated. We recommend speaking to the concierge about the activities your child may enjoy participating in. Cribs and linens are available, as are wireless baby monitors, in-room baby proofing, bottle warmers, and more. There is even a special treatment menu at the Sense Spa for younger guests.
Pets are also treated to the same stellar service as their owners, from comfortable beds to welcome treats.
There are seven rooms that have been adapted to suit guests with disabilities, and one adapted Deluxe suite.
Activities and attractions:
In the bustling metropolis that is London, England, there is no end of activities from which to choose. The nearby West End Theatres has a plethora of shows to suit any aficionado, or you can take in the ballet or opera at the Royal Opera House; both are less than a mile from the hotel. For those who enjoy shopping, there are plenty of shops near the hotel to enjoy, including the Dover Street Market, opened by Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo and featuring exclusive and ever-changing lines from sought-after designers. If you want to venture a little further, you can easily book a private chauffeur to tour you around the sights of London, such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament. For a more unique experience, consider booking a private champagne-tasting in the London Eye, where you can sample five Pommery Champagnes while over-looking the city in one of the world’s tallest Ferris Wheels.
In the low season, you can expect to book your room at the starting price of around $438 USD per night. During the high months, rooms start at approximately $1101 USD per night. This can depend on the exchange rate for the Great British Pound.
”For a high-class stay steeped in British tradition, look no further than this exquisite gem of a hotel. Informed by the grand style of the time-honored manor home, this heritage hotel offers a range of memorable experiences with the perfect touches of luxury that will delight guests who choose to stay here.”