by: Michael Hemy
Luxe birthday treat
Myself and my beloved.
A success. The most beautiful smile in the world.
Warm, rich mahogany wood tones. Flowers by McQueen, Isa’s first birthday gift before arriving at the hotel. Our spirit animal and room guardian, the night owl.
Asian cherry blossom meets Nordic acrobatics. The mix of contemporary art and traditional heritage is present throughout and more often than not well balanced, thanks in part to the meticulous curation.
The Holborn Dining Rooms, brasserie heaven!
Edwardian grandeur constructed from rare Swedish green marble.
More film set epicness...loved the Kubrickesque mirrored dining room.
The plush pink Cartier toned bank vault doors and foyer of the main entrance.
Elegantly painted silver birches by Edourdo Hoffman welcoming us in reception.
Mirrors and mirrored facades are a theme in the hotel and help to balance the warm, dimly lit interiors (and make for a slightly more flattering contributor's photos).
A royal experience & a bathroom with a view.
Cocktails from Scarfes Bar were next level. This sassy little dream boat is called a Bunga Bunga…an earthy and delicately smoky blend of Tequilla and Mezcal, laced with black Hawiian salt. Perfection.
This is what absolute relaxation looks like.
Highs + Lows
Ruthlessly indulgent: watching films from a marble bathtub.
The sheer scale and feeling that you are a guest in a Baron’s castle rather than at a hotel in Holborn.
The endless culinary challenge of wanting to try everything on the menu.
The huge white abyss of the cozy bed that engulfed us and made it almost impossible to find an exit from.
I would say we had our cake and definitely ate it. A pool would have been the cherries on the icing.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Stately grandeur with a sci-fi twist.
Centrally located in London, perfect for exploring Soho and the city.
262rooms, 44 suites.
- Year Opened
Opened during Frieze week last year (October 2013).
- Designed By
tonychi and associates
Spa & gym. Even the pilates balls came in diffused matching primary colours.
The Holborn Dining Room! Every meal was fantastic; traditional English kitchen.
Scarfes Bar was exemplary. Delicious cocktails, old world interiors, fascinating characters. Again, both an elegant and contemporary design aesthetic in keeping with the hotel's autumnal palette.
The minibar is a walk-in wardrobe of tasty bespoke spirits and a complimentary bottle of Sloe gin, encased in a prism shaped vial.
Family friendly in a sophisticated way.
The grandeur, service and luxury experience are priceless.