The Rosewood London has got the balance just right between luxury and style. This 5-star hotel in Holborn is achingly cool and yet also caters to wealthy tourists who wish to stay in this conveniently located area. I visited for a weekend staycation earlier in the month and was stunned by the beautiful bedrooms, faultless service and unmissable food & drink offering.
One minute you are standing outside manic Holborn station wondering which way your Google Maps is telling you to go and moments later you are standing in a historic courtyard, looking up in amazement at the architecture and excitedly wondering what’s inside. This is the Rosewood London experience… full of sparkling intrigue and wondrous sophistication.
After a swift check-in we wandered up to our first floor suite, which I estimated at around triple my Peckham flat size. On the way, we passed the singing birds who sit in the light of the Edwardian windows on each floor landing.
In total, the Rosewood London has 262 rooms and 44 suites. Our signature suite, named Noble House was one of the largest I have come across in London, a true urban sanctuary. The design was beautiful, with a sophisticated bedroom, relaxed living area, cosy snug den and guest powder room. The suite overlooked the central courtyard and had plenty of natural light streaming in through the large windows.
The indulgent king-size bed was blissfully soft with plentiful pillows and a extra blanket for warmth. In the bathroom, things became rather more regal, with Italian marble throughout and hand-beaten Alpaca silver accents. The huge deep bathtub had a high-tech tv screen as an extra extravagance and the walk-in shower was bigger than my entire bathroom at home! Toiletries were by a Jermyn Street brand called Czech & Speake toiletries – they smelt delicious and worked wonders on my hair.
There was plenty of space to relax and unwind in our amazing suite. We enjoyed the self-service bar and living room, complete with a selection of inspiring books.
When the sun began to go down, we wandered downstairs to the sophisticated Scarfe’s Bar for cocktails. The latest menu features a range of creative drinks inspired by Gerald Scarfe’s iconic caricatures. I recommend trying the ‘The Iron Lady’, a strong short drink with whisky, porcini and spiced malbec.
Dinnertime is a real treat at the Holborn Dining Rooms where chef Calum Franklin serves up the finest British cuisine. Specialities include inventive gin & tonics from the extensive gin bar, finely made pies (including the delicious Mutton curry pie) and classic puddings (don’t miss the lemon tart).
We also loved the Monkshill Farm Scotch Egg which has won the ‘Best Scotch Egg in Britain’ prize more than once and the beautifully made Rabbit and Bacon en croute. It was lovely, and rare, to visit a London hotel restaurant which truly celebrates our country’s cuisine.
Breakfast doesn’t get much better than in-suite dining at the Rosewood. After a leisurely lie-in we awoke to the smell of freshly made waffles, fresh healthy juices, exotic fruit salad and indulgent eggs benedict. While gorging on the fabulous feast we read the papers and turned on the radio to Classic FM. The best way to start a Sunday, or any day in fact.
The Rosewood London is one of my favourite hotels I have visited in London. Managing to create the perfect balance between luxury and style, with the finest facilities on site, I can’t think of a visitor who wouldn’t enjoy staying in this exceptional accommodation.
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