Michael Hemy

Rosewood London

  • Where:
  • Why:Luxe birthday treat
  • When:August 2014
  • Who:Myself and my beloved.
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Rosewood London A success. The most beautiful smile in the world.

A success. The most beautiful smile in the world.

Rosewood London 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.

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.

Rosewood London 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.

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.

Rosewood London The Holborn Dining Rooms, brasserie heaven!

The Holborn Dining Rooms, brasserie heaven!

Rosewood London Edwardian grandeur constructed from rare Swedish green marble.

Edwardian grandeur constructed from rare Swedish green marble.

Rosewood London More film set epicness...loved the Kubrickesque mirrored dining room.

More film set epicness...loved the Kubrickesque mirrored dining room.

Rosewood London The plush pink Cartier toned bank vault doors and foyer of the main entrance.

The plush pink Cartier toned bank vault doors and foyer of the main entrance.

Rosewood London Elegantly painted silver birches by Edourdo Hoffman welcoming us in reception.

Elegantly painted silver birches by Edourdo Hoffman welcoming us in reception.

Rosewood London 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).

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).

Rosewood London A royal experience & a bathroom with a view.

A royal experience & a bathroom with a view.

Rosewood London 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.

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.

Rosewood London This is what absolute relaxation looks like.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 42/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxuriousness

  • Vibe

    Stately grandeur with a sci-fi twist.

  • Location

    Centrally located in London, perfect for exploring Soho and the city.

  • Rooms

    262rooms, 44 suites.

  • Music

    Understated.

  • Year Opened

    Opened during Frieze week last year (October 2013).

  • Designed By

    tonychi and associates

  • Health & Wellness

    Spa & gym. Even the pilates balls came in diffused matching primary colours.

  • Restaurant

    The Holborn Dining Room! Every meal was fantastic; traditional English kitchen.

  • Bar

    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.

  • Minibar

    The minibar is a walk-in wardrobe of tasty bespoke spirits and a complimentary bottle of Sloe gin, encased in a prism shaped vial.

  • Children

    Family friendly in a sophisticated way.

  • Price

    The grandeur, service and luxury experience are priceless.

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