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.
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Really amazing hotel. Location, staff, incredible. Understated elegance, comfortable and high quality all at once. My only complaint was my room was on the 2nd floor. Dark and overlooked ongoing construction. Staff said they couldn't change the room b/c it was a "full house". Hotel was incredible but the room felt like bad value for what I paid given I had to keep the shades closed all the time. This issue aside, I'd stay again but be careful on room assignment.
Outstanding service all around. We visited the property with our young daughters and the hotel employees could not have been better at providing impeccable service and care to ensure our every need was met.
Everything about my stay was exceptional! The atmosphere of The Rosewood is perfect. I’ve found my new home when I’m in London! The staff were very pleasant and remembered my name as I walk by. I also enjoyed the spa and workout rooms. The beds were very comfortable and I slept great each night! Thanks for helping make my business trip a success!