Being one of the largest metropolises in the world, London has an array of hotel options to offer any kind of traveller. However, there are only a few hotels that stand tall and mighty in comparison to the rest. Rosewood London is not only one of them, but the crop of the best.
Located on Holborn High, not far away from London’s buzzing shopping heart, the hotel offers an experience unlike any other in the city. The website describes this perfectly upon arrival: “Guests arrive at Rosewood London through an archway that opens into a grand Edwardian courtyard, in a little oasis of tranquillity unique among London luxury hotels. It is the perfect start to a memorable stay in a timeless heritage hotel, set just steps from Covent Garden.”
The hotel is truly exceptional. Every detail is taken into account. The staff are eager to help and are probably the sharpest dressed hotel staff you will ever see. Once you enter the vicinity, the utmost of attentiveness is offered throughout you stay. This includes butlers, 24 hours services, amazing room services, friendly reception and round-the-clock upkeep of the facilities.
Plainly put, the rooms are to die for. Spacious, luxurious and tranquil – the rooms are a far stretch from the other hotels in London. The marble bathrooms are fitted with TV screens and every detail is taken into account, from space for luggage to the provision of two sinks for rooms catering to couples. The mini-bar is not mini. It has everything from beer, to English sweets to free organic vodka and gin.
The setting is that of British modern luxury. The seamless decor is streamlined to equip everything in the room without compromising the overall look of the suites.The lighting is carefully studied to fit all corners of the rooms and the panelling is custom-made for each unit. The aura of the interior design is grand, yet inviting. When the Rosewood London describes itself as “ultra-luxury” – it is definitely not kidding around. For short-term travellers to London, this is the closest to an English heritage setting one can get without leaving central London.
Other than the hotel’s exceptional facilities, the entrance is hugged by two of the best culinary venues in the area. Scarfes Bar offers a rustic English lounge setting with some of the best mix cocktails (and impeccable service) this side of Tottenham Court Road. As the website describes: “Gerald Scarfe, renowned British artist and caricaturist has lent his name and artistic vision to Scarfes Bar where his completed artwork has now been revealed. Gerald’s collection of amusing and conversation-provoking paintings, highlighting his best work, adorn the marble walls turning Scarfes Bar into a living canvas, described by Gerald as ‘my personal art gallery, where you can see my life on walls.’ Gerald’s collection of original and one-off paintings, now a permanent feature in the bar, add a unique twist and depict well-known historical and famous faces recounting the colourful history of the United Kingdom in Gerald’s witty and satirical way.”
While Holborn Dining Room, previously known as the East Banking Hall of Pearl Assurance, keeps the tradition of the hotel by offering delicious British dishes with a modern twist in what seems like an American style diner. Designed by Martin Brudnizki, the restaurant is divided into eight sections: Bar Snacks, Cold Counter, Hot Counter, Grill, English Kitchen, Sides, Sandwiches and Afters. It makes for a great starting point for a night out on the town!
Rosewood London is truly an experience in and of itself. It is one of those few high calibre hotels that gets accommodation from A to Z without being too pompous. A stay here will ensure a great trip! Highly recommended!