Travelers to London are spoiled for choice when it comes to world-class accommodations. Forbes Travel Guide Five-Stars The Savoy and The Lanesborough, and Four-Star winners such as The Langham, London and Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London are but a few of the lavish options found in England’s famed metropolis.
But even with the chic competition, should you choose to stay at Four-Star Rosewood London, you’re guaranteed an extravagant experience with all the pleasures and comforts of home, right in the heart of the British capital. Here are five other things you can expect:
As soon as you arrive at the hotel, you’ll be met with warmth from the staff and experience perks that truly make you feel at home. The Rose Buds for Children program treats your family to a number of special amenities, according to its needs.
Each child receives a hand-written letter upon arrival, while Montessori-school-inspired activities (the integration of music, art, wildlife and food), spa treatments designed especially for young guests, child-sized bathrobes and slippers, wireless baby monitors, baby cribs with linens, in-room baby-proofing and more are also available to make your family’s stay as comfortable as possible.
At check-in, you will likely get a visit from Pearl, the hotel’s silky golden retriever. Also, be on the lookout for six beautiful birds that sing from large, decorative cages on the marble staircase. Three finches (including one rare Gouldian) live between the first and second floors and three bright blue budgies reside between the second and third floors.
Four-legged friends also have a memorable stay at this elegant London hotel. In fact, they will be greeted with as many amenities as human guests are provided. Dogs are presented with a plush bed, welcome treats, food and water bowls while you’re given information on pooch-friendly restaurants, bars and parks. Cats get a supple bed plus a litter box, treats and bowls.
In addition to 262 rooms, Rosewood London offers 44 luxurious suites (including nine signature suites) inspired by the traditions of a British manor polished with the modern touch of designers at Tony Chi and Associates. The rooms incorporate streamlined lines and shapes, sleek textures and classic shades like slate, stone and walnut.
For the ultimate luxury, book one of the private wings: the Garden House Wing, which features its own terrace, and the Manor House Wing, which comes with its own entrance and a private elevator to seven spacious second-floor bedrooms. Fun fact: the Manor House is the only suite in the world to possess its own postal code.
All suites are outfitted with custom-made furniture and amenities like Rivolta Carmignani linens, a pillow selection with personalized pillowcases, Toto toilets, a curated vino collection in a temperature-controlled wine refrigerator and a complimentary Fortnum and Mason minibar.
If you reserve these exclusive suites, you also receive 24-hour butler service, complimentary use of Rosewood London’s house car and transfers to and from London airports or the Eurostar train terminal.
Escape from the commotion of the city with a visit to Sense, A Rosewood Spa, a zen-themed wellness retreat located within the London hotel. Bamboo walls and wooden walkways over rippling water lead to seven different treatment rooms (and one couple’s suite), plus facilities like dry heat saunas, amethyst crystal steam rooms, spacious sensory showers and a gold leaf relaxation lounge.
The spa menu, which includes a variety of multi-sensory scrubs, massages, facial and wraps, utilizes the finest products from brands like Sodashi, Maison Caulières and Face Place. Prenatal and couples treatments are also featured, as well as express services for those on the go.
Preface your spa day with a trip to the Fitness Suite, which is filled with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities like fruit, water, towels, headphones, newspapers and magazines.
Celebrity stylist Matthew Curtis oversees the hotel’s salon, which does cuts, styling, blowouts, coloring and men’s grooming with in-suite services available upon request.
Rosewood London houses several fantastic dining options, beginning with Holborn Dining Room, an upscale brasserie decked out in red leather upholstery, tweed fabric, antique mirrors and reclaimed oak.
Chef Calum Franklin creates British cuisine with a modern twist, so a traditional full English breakfast is served alongside options like mango coconut quinoa porridge and lunch and dinner dishes include fish and chips, beetroot and gin-cured salmon, and a variety of savory handmade pies (curried mutton, chicken tarragon, steamed steak and kidney pudding)— plus a special beef Wellington only available on Wednesdays.
The connected Holborn Delicatessen serves coffee, tea and a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches before transforming into a wine, cheese and chocolate shop each day from 4 to 7 p.m.
For a more elegant and intimate outing, opt for a meal at Mirror Room, which is open from morning until evening and serves health-focused à la carte items and sharable plates by chef Amandine Chaignot. The jewel box of a space features floor-to-ceiling mirrors, warm hues, low lighting and velveteen pillows.
Go there for an extraordinary art-themed afternoon tea. Sip on the highest grade of loose-leaf brews while enjoying an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones and pastries inspired by artists such as Mark Rothko, Banksy and Damien Hirst.
If it’s gin you want, there’s no better place to stay than Rosewood London, home to the city’s largest collection. Holborn Dining Room’s gin bar features more than 400 variations of the spirit and 30 branded tonics, making for a staggering 14,035 possible gin and tonic pairings.
Don’t know where to begin? Opt for a tasting and receive four different gin servings with tonics from each category of the menu (floral, herbal, citrus and spicy).
Settle in for a nightcap (or several) at the adjacent Scarfes Bar, a warm and welcoming library/drawing room featuring armchairs, Tiffany lamps, flickering candles, shelves of antique books and a centerpiece fireplace.
Bar manager Martin Siska’s new menu is a work of art in itself, highlighted by cocktails inspired by iconic British caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, whose vibrant paintings also adorn the bar’s walls.
Stay at the Rosewood this summer and you can also experience the alfresco GQ pop-up bar linked to the Holborn Dining Room’s terrace. Open until September, the space carries dedicated cocktail and wine lists as well as special bites like a towering wagyu burger and bacon en croute with pickled vegetables.