Located equidistant between London’s vibrant West End and the City’s financial hub, Rosewood London launched just over a year ago to much acclaim. The 1914 neoclassical masterpiece, designed by H. Percy Monckton, has been given a very contemporary British revamp - think intricate Art Deco tiled floors, gorgeous marble staircases and sleek, elegantly decorated bedrooms and suites.
The hotel’s international team of staff are both informed and discreet, offering an attentive, round-the-clock service. Your dedicated butler is on speed dial and will assist you with any teething problems – ours included not being able to get the coffee machine going, or working out how to switch on the super-high-tech in-suite stereo. The eclectic staff uniform of flat caps and bow-ties, together with each member's ready smile and cheery nature, provide a jolly vibe.
The hotel’s principal dining room, the Mirror Room, is a vast, glass-walled entity offering guests generously sized tables and chairs – some with cool, understated yellow chesterfield sofas. The sommelier’s carefully chosen wine list is a joy and offers some interesting whites from England and the new world.
A compact, carefully devised a la carte menu offers delicate international delights such as foie gras confit and Muscat jelly on a toasted brioche; Iberico ham and tomato rubbed bread; or Jerusalem artichoke soup, black truffle and a hint of nasturtium flower. Main courses include a wholesome polenta, soft boiled egg and subtle white alba truffle, and a rich and succulent rib of British beef, accompanied by parsnip puree, greens and twice-cooked chips. Other items that tempted included soft shell crab tempura and sardines with a potato wrap. Freshly made in the hotel’s kitchen, guests are invited to choose from a dessert trolley bursting with exotic colours and textures including, amongst others, cute mini eclairs, indulgent truffles, a perfect Black Forest gateau, vanilla cheesecake and apple tarte tatin.
Watch this space; the hotel’s new executive chef, Amandine Chaignot, is devising a brand new fine dining menu for the Mirror Room which will launch imminently.
Guests seeking sanctuary can re-energise in the hotel’s lower ground floor Sense Spa where treatments have been devised using biochemistry, aromatherapy and age-old, Far Eastern Ayurvedic techniques, plus better known Swedish and Aroma massages.
The hotel will launch an exciting Slow Food & Living Market in the grand inner courtyard on Sunday 1st March. Artisans and local growers have been carefully selected for their holisitic and organic credentials will offer sustainable food and living items each Sunday going forward.
To browse our review of the hotel’s terrific all-day brasserie and delicatessen, Holborn Dining Room, click here.
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