What We Love
- Rooms are large by London standards, starting at 335 square feet
- Plenty of original features and a gorgeous Edwardian façade
- Minibars are stocked with British produce and local beers
- Within walking distance of historic theaters, the British Museum, Covent Garden and the River Thames
What To Know
- Popular with business types and the conference crowd
- Spa treatments are on the pricey side, but access to the facilities is free
- WiFi is available for an additional charge
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Blessed with classic good looks and a stellar location in London’s glittering West End, this heritage hotel has an Edwardian façade and plenty of Old World charm. Dating from 1914, when it functioned as the Pearl Assurance HQ, many neoclassical features remain including the original carriageway entrance and tranquil cobblestone courtyard. Inside, interiors echo the Belle Epoque era with a magnificent seven storey Pavonazzo marble staircase, grand pillars, chandeliers and enough red carpet to roll out to the Kodak Theater. Upstairs, things are decidedly more modern; an extensive refurb kicked off in late 2011, transforming the guestrooms into slick bachelor pad–style digs with mod cons galore.
Bed and Bath
Leading off sleek low-lit wooden corridors with chunky apartment-style doors, the guestrooms are giant by London standards, measuring at least 335 square feet. They’re a master class in masculine styling, with stripy monochrome carpets, hefty oak tables, 46-inch LED TVs with Geneva surround sound, posh espresso machines and pale gray armchairs and ottomans. Very much a high-end home away from home. Quirky Shakespeare and Dickens quotes etched onto the tables and minibars (which are stocked with British produce and local beers) lend a sense of place. Bathrooms feature gorgeous hexagonal sinks lined with hand-beaten alpaca silver, steam-free mirrors and toiletries from Czech & Speake.
The Holborn Dining Room has the look of a fancy fine dining restaurant — marble floors, walnut paneling — but it takes a more laid-back approach with the menu. British brasserie dishes are served all day as well as a decadent afternoon tea (alternatively, tuck into sandwiches and scones in the Mirror Room, a convivial salon in the heart of the hotel). The bar echoes a traditional gentlemen’s club with velvet sofas, and a crackling fire, where you can sip a glass of wine from the extensive menu; there are more than 50 drops on offer by the glass. The subterranean spa is centered around a candlelit teak and goldleaf relaxation room that leads to dry-heat saunas, an amethyst crystal steam room and experience showers. Treatments are on the pricey side, but access to the facilities is free for guests.
How to Get There
The Rosewood London is perfect in every way. From the convenient location for site seeing to perfect restaurants and bar. The hotel staff is top notch and go out of the way to make you feel special. Rooms are big and comfortable. The beds and linens are superb.
The bar at the Rosewood London is beautiful and cozy. It’s called Scarfes. They have live music and in my opinion one of the coolest bars in London we experienced. Don’t take my word for it the bar was ranked #55 for Best Bars in The World. You won’t be disappointed.
Gavin at the concierge made our reservations for dinners and was very helpful with places to see along with helpful suggestions.
I just stayed here for work for two nights and I must say I was completely let down. Other then the front desk, the staff that I had interactions with did not make you feel like you were in a 5 star luxury hotel. I made a wrong turn in the hallway one evening and not one of the three staff members that I ran into could understand me or direct me towards a lift. The following night one of the staff members crashed into me while walking through the hallway, do to being on his phone. At check in, I was told breakfast was included with my room/ every time I ordered it, I had to keep explaining that I was told it was included, which was embarrassing. I have zero problem paying for breakfast so this was a frustrating situation. The room service was very poor, very bland and everything came cold. Lastly the WiFi was so slow. I was full of the flu and had to keep leaving my room to go elsewhere so I could actually get work done: this was by far the most disappointing thing. The last thing I wanted to do. Was leave the comfort of this “luxury hotel” to a cafe, sick ... to find WiFi that worked well enough to allow me to make Skype calls and download files. Over all, I was not relaxed. I found my self stressed my entire stay. I would not come here again. Ps. At check out the only compensation I was offered was the food bill to be taken off. Which I was told at check in was already included, I didn’t think this was very fair considering everything that had happened. It’s a real shame, be have the hotel itself is really beautiful and elegant. But the service really let it down .
My husband and I stayed for 7 nights here on a luxury London vacation. We initially didn’t care for our room as the bathroom was too tiny. The staff (his name was Antonio) listened to our concern about the room and we wished for an upgrade. He was so attentive and accommodated us 5 nights in an upgraded room. This hotel is off the hook beautiful. Tea restaurant amazing. SCARFES bar so fun. Close to main subway line. Staff goes out of their way to help you feel comfortable. Superb cleaning staff. Architecturally amazing.
No hotel is perfect, but this was a truly amazing experience thanks to the great staff. Concierges great as well as young men in entrance greeting us. ️
Loved this location as quiet and easy to go out everyday and see it all! Bless this amazing city.