The Rosewood Hotel in London
The Rosewood London opened in Holborn in early October 2013 as Rosewood Hotels’ only European outpost. And what a hotel to (re)enter the market with – it is utterly gorgeous on every level.
Housed in an imposing building that has been the Pearl Assurance Company headquarters and, most recently, home to the Chancery Court Hotel, the renovations have resulted in a hotel that will compete with the very best of London’s luxury hotels.
The entrance on High Holborn with its wrought-iron gates leads to a small courtyard that feels like a rather special way to enter a hotel in central London.
The 262 rooms and 44 suites have been designed by Tony Chi and Associates to create a homely, stylish feel with textured woods, light grey fabrics and plenty of space.
In a few months, the Rosewood London will unveil its most startling suite, the Grand Manor House.
With its own street entrance and its own postcode, the suite will feature six bedrooms, a dressing chamber, a library, a dining room and several sitting rooms spread over 6,318 square feet of living space!
The public areas at Rosewood London are stunning – chic, stylish and elegant. A striking corridor connects the Mirror Room restaurant on one side of the courtyard with the hotel’s bar on the other side.
The Mirror Room marks the return of Michelin starred chef Bjorn van der Horst to London in a stunning dining room with mirrors covering the walls and ceilings.
The Mirror Room also offers two private dining rooms, one with its own demonstration kitchen. Our review of The Mirror Room will follow in a couple of weeks.
Designed by Martin Brudnizki (who also designed another one of my favourites, 34 in Mayfair), the bar feels just heavenly – an open fire with dramatic fire place, bookshelves and deep comfortable chairs all creating a warm and cosy atmosphere.
Whether sitting in front of the fire, in the rocking chair or draped over the piano (with live performances on select evenings), the bar is somewhere you could return to night after night and has already jumped on to our list of London’s best cocktail bars.
In February, the Rosewood London will add to its restaurant offering with the Holborn Dining Room, also designed by Martin Brudnizki, and operated by Des McDonald. The Holborn Dining Room will offer an all day British brasserie menu, with its own terrace for alfresco dining, and an adjoining ‘Holborn Delicatessen’.
Book The Rosewood London with Bon Vivant
Rosewood London is part of the Virtuoso network, meaning all bookings made through Bon Vivant will receive an upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, Daily Full English Breakfast, $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, and Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.
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