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Rosewood London Dazzles Us On Opening Night

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  Site Where: 252 High Holborn, London, United Kingdom, WC1 7EN
October 16, 2013 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

Two months have flown by since we stopped by Rosewood London in August to get a first impression of what was to come for the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building on High Holborn, and here we are: the hotel is now officially open (on time! It can be done after all).

Having spent an evening exploring the public spaces, from arrival in the dramatically-lit courtyard and the stunning rose-bronze entrance gallery to the book-filled, library-feel Bar and elegant Mirror Room, we are seriously impressed with how that $130 million was spent. It’s a tasteful, luxurious, and, most of all, interesting mix of design, furniture, fabrics, colors, and art that really worked for us. Read on for more.

Gas lanterns line the hotel façade, with the flickering light playing both against the architecture of the building and the shift towards autumn proper, signaled by the precipitous drop in temperature over the last week here in the UK. They certainly draw attention to the hotel at night; we saw a number of pedestrians peering down the carriageway to see what was going on.

Luckily we got past the security guards guarding the entrance and walked underneath the arch into the courtyard, which will be the arrival route for any guests, with a future exit to a side street on the left. On the left is also the terrace that will be connected to the Holborn Dining Room, the hotel’s restaurant that is due to open February next year.

The lobby, with the entrance gallery behind

To the right is the main hotel entrance, through the truly gorgeous rose-bronze and glass gallery with black-and-white mosaic floor. There is plenty of seating in the lobby, with separate reception and concierge desks divided by a beautiful painting with bench in front of it, museum-style.

The Mirror Room

The Mirror Room is dominated by its ceiling of – indeed – mirrored glass and spherical light fixtures, and is the location for all-day dining and afternoon tea. We liked the black lacquered tables with intricate Chinese-inspired (we think) drawings.

The Bar

Some of the rare, and in some cases, extinct, marble found in the hotel is on full display in The Bar, accessed by making an immediate right in the entrance gallery. We liked the library feel of the place, with a mix of comfy furniture, the giant fireplace, the long bar, and plenty of books. There is a long list of cocktails, and a menu of “curries and casseroles”.

There is so much more to talk about from inside Rosewood London, including the full range of accommodation that will gradually be introduced, all the way to the potentially 6,500 square feet Grand Manor House Wing, which can boast its own postcode – not something we think we’ve heard before. We’ll have more for you on all of that soon.

From now until the end of March next year, rooms start from £370 (just shy of $600), including WiFi, breakfast for two, use of the minibar, laundry, in-room films, and a welcome amenity. Move up to a suite, starting from £995 ($1,590) and you’ll be picked up from the airport as well.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter, Photo of The Bar: Rosewood Hotels]

Archived Comments:


All good and well to judge a book by its cover. Nothing was mentioned about service.

Re: Service?

Indeed, we did not talk about service since we didn't stay the night or had the opportunity to interact with staff in a 'normal' day-to-day environment. We will when we have a chance to do so.