Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at Rosewood London in the early evening after a full day spent exploring the Cotswolds. Despite feeling fatigued, the energy and the buzz in the lobby were contagious, and I felt re-energized. The incredibly friendly reception staff greeted my friend and me warmly, checked us in quickly, pointed us in the right direction, and we were in our room in just a matter of minutes.
Guest Quarters: My friend and I were booked in an executive room, which afforded us both an adequate amount of space. The door opened to a small hallway with the spacious marble bathroom to the right and the bedroom straight ahead. The bathroom boasted a soaking tub and overhead shower.
Two twin beds sat across from the TV and credenza, separated by a nightstand and both flanked by a nightstand and a desk/vanity, offering plenty of space and outlets. Crisp whites, like the bedspreads, and pops of color, such as the red accents near the corner table, accented the dark and light grays of the décor. What stood out the most in the room was the efficient use of space. There was ample seating as well as more than enough storage, plus two people, our luggage and all the needed in-room amenities, and it still felt like there was space to spare.
Other in-room amenities included complimentary WiFi, a Nespresso machine, Italian linens, a pillow selection, evening turndown, a Geneva sound system and D.R. Harris toiletries.
Services/Amenities: My one-night stay was far too short. Luckily, it included a delicious dinner at Holborn Dining Room (highly recommended) but not time to enjoy Mirror Room (where breakfast is served), Holborn Delicatessen, Scarfes Bar, GQ Bar Pop-Up, The Lobby or afternoon tea.
The central location of Rosewood London cannot be beat. The Fitness Suite boasts state-ofthe- art equipment and on-site personal trainers. Sense, A Rosewood Spa is also on property. A variety of function rooms combine the architectural details of the building with modern amenities. Artwork and installations are on view at the property, and families will enjoy the Rose Buds for Children kids’ program. Pets are also welcome.
◆ As soon as I pulled into the hotel’s tucked-away, private entrance, I was immediately drawn by the vibe, a feeling that continued when I entered the lobby.
◆ In conversations with the hotel prior to my arrival, I noted my traveling companion and I had plans to see Les Misérables. Upon entering my guestroom, I was greeted by a delicious chocolate cake adorned with the musical’s logo and a book about the performance — a nice touch!
◆ As my visit coincided with the start of Wimbledon, the outdoor shrubbery was whimsically decorated with tennis balls.
252 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EN
tel 44 20 7781 8888
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