The excitement has been building for what seems like years waiting for this magnificent property to open the doors and accept their first guests. However, simply entering Rosewood London has a way of impressing you as you pass through an archway that opens into a grand Edwardian courtyard – this little oasis of tranquility is unique among London luxury hotels and makes for a pretty fantastic first impression.
As London’s newest luxury hotel, Rosewood is embarking on the European market in a very big way. Located in Holborn, one of London’s most historic areas, where the City meets the West End, the hotel provides a true sanctuary in the very heart of London. This 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building has been renovated by the best in the business while taking painstaking steps to ensure that the integrity of the building would not be lost. A breathtaking piece of history beautifully restored; beginning with the magnificent Grade II-listed street frontage and dome, which continues to the grand Pavonazzo marble staircase rising up through all seven levels of the hotel beneath the 166-foot cupola.
“Rosewood London will be a milestone addition to our portfolio, not only as it is in a major European capital, but because the legacy of the historic building itself is a true representation of our A Sense of Place® philosophy,” says Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to introduce once again a classic and one-of-a-kind hotel to our Rosewood guests.”
Tony Chi and Associates designed the accommodations, event spaces and public areas; bringing his signature style and the use of lacquer, textured wood veneers and prismatic mirrors. A major plus for this property are the suites offered, as they will be among the finest in London. Rosewood also offers the Manor Club to their suite guests, which is located on the third floor of the property and includes butler service and a number of additional services for the most discerning of guests. Without question, the Grand Manor House Wing is a suite that will set the standard of suites in London: entered via a private elevator and its own street entrance, it is the only hotel suite in the world to have its own postal code. Six bedrooms, a dressing chamber, a library, a dining room and several sitting rooms are lavishly arranged over 6,318 sq. ft. of living space.
“Rosewood London encompasses an element of surprise in its design, which gives this landmark building, steeped in and surrounded by history, the lease of life it deserves. We are honored to be the stewards of an exciting new chapter in its legacy,” says Matthias Roeke, managing director, Rosewood London.
Good things come to those who wait, as this property will only continue to get better over the next several months, including the Sense Spa opening in November and the Holborn Dining Room combined with the adjoining Holborn Delicatessen opening in February 2014. However, for now you can still enjoy Afternoon Tea while taking in the atmosphere of the unique Mirror Room, as we certainly don’t want a hotel of this magnitude opening in London without offering Afternoon Tea. This paired with the excitement of the sleek Lobby Lounge provide a glimpse into how sensational this property is sure to become over the next few months. The Rosewood London provides the rich history that comes with this property, but includes the luxurious amenities and rich finishes to make this a must-visit when in London… if not for the night, you can at least enjoy Afternoon Tea as they strive to take traditional British tea to new heights, with a selection of loose leaf teas accompanied by contemporary creations and time-honored classics. Here’s to a wonderful opening Rosewood!