Rosewood London Review and 2017 Virtuoso Benefits

Rosewood London Hotel Review

 

This Rosewood London Hotel Review is part of a round the world trip report including first class and business class flights, luxury hotel stays in London and Asia, and restaurant reviews. TravelSort Clients enjoy special perks:

Rosewood London 2017 Virtuoso Benefits

 

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full English Breakfast to be taken in any of our food and beverage outlets or in room dining
  • $85 GBP Food & Beverage or Spa services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

For the prior posts in this trip report, please see:

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I was excited for our stay at the Rosewood London, particularly having seen it win Virtuoso's 2014 Hotel of the Year award at this year's Virtuoso Week. TravelSort clients may book Rosewood London with these Virtuoso benefits:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full English Breakfast
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Of note, the Rosewood London is housed in a 1914 neoclassical building that formerly was the Pearl Assurance Building. Take a peek at the elegant marble staircase, using types of marble that are no longer to be found anywhere in the world.

Rosewood London Review: Marble Staircase from the Pearl Assurance Building

 

Rosewood London Lobby and Check-In

You enter the Rosewood London through an elegant archway on High Holborn, just a few steps from the Holborn Tube Station (Piccadilly Line). The archway is flanked on the left side by the hotel’s more casual dining room Holborn Dining Room, and on the right by its bustling English pub, Scarfes Bar, both of them popular with locals as well as hotel guests.

Through the archway lies a serene interior courtyard, with the entrance to the Rosewood London on the right. The lobby offers comfortable seating and a calming, residential feel that is reflected throughout the hotel.

We arrived about 4pm, but as we’d requested twin beds and the prior guest had decided to extend his stay, our original room wasn’t ready. Instead, Jessie at the front desk graciously offered to upgrade us to a Premier Suite, with an extra bed for my son—which we appreciated. We left our bags, and decided to head out to catch a glimpse of the Elgin Marbles at The British Museum before it closed for the day.

Rosewood London Hotel Review - Archway 

Rosewood London Review - Entrance to the Hotel Lobby, Off a Peaceful Interior Courtyard

Rosewood London Lobby and Reception


Rosewood London Premier Suite

When we returned, we collected the keys to our Suite. One thing you notice about the Rosewood London is how much attention to detail has been paid—this even extends to artwork such as small sculptures outside each door. 

On our right, in the entrance foyer, was the private bar with a Nespresso machine and tea assortment, while on the left was a half bathroom.

Nespresso Machine, Rosewood London

 

Inside, we were treated to a very spacious living room, with clean lines, lovely white hydrangea flowers in a vase  on a glass coffee table, as well as elegant calla lilies softly illuminated in the corner.

Rosewood London hotel Review

 

Some delicious treats awaited us on the table: a decadent chocolate tart with caramel macaron, and two different kinds of cookies with milk—an exciting bedtime treat for the munchkin 🙂

 Rosewood London Hotel Review - Treats

Chocolate Tart Welcome Amenity, Rosewood London

 

On his bed, there were some additional lovely kids’ amenities, courtesy of the Rosebuds for kids program: a plush teddy bear, welcome note, and even a water bottle, which came in very handy during our travels for refilling water after airport security. 

Rosewood London Review: Kids' Welcome Amenities


The master bedroom had an ultra comfortable King bed that I slept very soundly in. Although our suite was street side, I heard no noise, a testament to the great soundproofing.

Rosewood London Hotel Review - Premier Suite Bedroom

 

The marble bath included an enormous walk-in shower, as well as a soaking tub that my son really enjoyed the next morning, with a bubble bath, using the upscale Czech & Speake bath amenities, and his own little bathrobe waiting for him.

Marble Bathroom, Rosewood London

Czech & Speake Bath Products, Rosewood London

Rosewood London Hotel Review - Marble Bathroom

Rosewood London Review - Kids Bathrobe and Slippers

 

House Car: Jaguar

The Rosewood London's house car is a Jaguar, and it's available first come first served for service in the immediate neighborhood. It's been years since I've ridden in a Jaguar, and while I've heard maintaining them can be a nightmare, it's one of the smoothest rides to be had anywhere.

Rosewood London House Car: Jaguar

Rosewood London Jaguar House Car Service


Inside, the Jaguar features WiFi, refreshing towels Aman Resorts-style, and Voss water:

Voss Water and Refreshing Towels, Rosewood London Jaguar


The Verdict

It's no wonder Rosewood London won the Virtuoso 2014 Hotel of the Year award: it offers a beautiful and elegant residential base in the heart of London, and we loved our stay here. Service was uniformly professional and warm, at the front desk, when asking the Concierge for directions, and at the Holborn Dining Room. Our only regret was that we were there just one night.

 

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Disclosure: My family and I were guests and enjoyed a complimentary stay at the Rosewood London, however the views expressed in this post are my own.

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