Bulldogs and Budgerigars At Rosewood London
When was the last time you sat inside the lobby of a major city hotel, sans open windows, and heard birdsong? Yeah, we couldn’t remember either, but it’s exactly what happened to us at Rosewood London last week. Our first reaction was one of dismissal, but when it persisted and we went exploring, it turned out to be real (admittedly, that made us feel a little bit better about our own sanity).
Make your way through the rose-bronze entrance gallery, which we still unreservedly love, turn left past the reception desk and by the set of elevators you’ll find a cage with finches and budgerigars. It’s one of many unexpected little things you’ll find around the hotel, now open just shy of two months on High Holborn, an area between the West End and the City that is rather incongruously being relabeled as “Midtown” by, among others, Mayor Boris Johnson.
Equally lifelike from a distance appeared the bulldog we spotted under one of the tables just ahead, but rather than a true canine waiting for its owner to come back, this fellow (and his sibling at the opposite end of the lobby) turned out to be a statue.
Between reception and concierge desks is where you will find this beautiful painting, which together with the bench wouldn’t be out of place in a high-end art gallery.
We’ll have more for you on Rosewood soon, including an update on the upcoming Holborn Dining Room restaurant. Rates at the hotel start at around £300 ($500) for a Deluxe King room.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]