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Here's What The Rosewood London Will Look Like When It Opens in October

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August 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Having closed the doors of the former Chancery Court Hotel last week, Rosewood Hotels is putting the pedal to the metal on its $130 million investment to create Rosewood London. No guests means free range over the 1914, Grade-II listed building on High Holborn, which should come out the other end looking shiny and new - and as envisaged by designer Tony Chi - by mid-October.

Renderings were all we had seen so far, but now we can take you inside for a glimpse of what’s to come, having donned our hard-hat to see both massive construction as it was happening and a completely done-up Premier Suite. If you knew the Chancery Court in its Renaissance days, you will have to erase whatever notions or visuals you had of the hotel from your memory. From what we’ve seen, it will be quite something else later this year.

Classic elements of the building are being restored, including the stunning central marble staircase. Guest floor hallways use dark paint – it looked like charcoal with a hint of purple under the mood lighting – and a mix of deep carpets and hardwood floors to create an English manor type feel. The corner Premier Suite we saw was vast, with again dark hardwood floors in the hallway and glossy black lacquer doors separating the various spaces. Past the powder room to the left was the bedroom, with a king-size bed dressed in white sheets we had to resist the urge to lie down on to test if it felt as good as it looked.

Opposite the bedroom was a separate living room with mixed dinner / work table, and seating area. Extra high ceilings on this floor added to the space, as did the white walls with panel details.

The suite also had a drinks cabinet that would give the one we saw at Café Royal last month a run for its money, so booze hounds that find a walk to the bar far too much effort will surely be happy.

The bathroom was particularly lovely, accessed through a walk-in closet off of the bedroom. We liked the light veined marble against the dark wood of the closet and hallway, and the unusual octagonal vanities. It had a separate rain shower and deep soaker tub, the latter with a built-in TV for in-tub viewing.

Little Tony Chi touches include the glass vase with the antlers on the sides, and the vibrancy of the green plant and the blue toiletry bottle brought a nice pop of color.

The public spaces were in the middle of their makeover, but we’re intrigued to see how the central courtyard will be returned to its true function, both for arrival & departure and outdoor seating. Cars will be able to make their way through the carriageway from High Holborn and exit towards a side street, while the restaurant will overflow onto a new terrace. The setting is certainly beautiful, and it should be a quiet retreat from the busyness of London’s West End.

We’ll be checking back in with Rosewood London over the next few months and of course when it opens, so more details are sure to follow.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

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