LONDON—Rosewood London, the capital’s newest luxury hotel, opened Oct. 25, marking the presence of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand in Europe.
An extensive renovation transformed the 1914 Edwardian Belle Epoque building into a hotel, but the historic details of the building—including the original Grade II-listed street frontage and dome and the grand Pavonazzo marble staircase, and the 166-foot cupola—were preserved. Guests enter via a carriageway into the courtyard giving a sense of arrival more akin to a private manor house than a hotel.
Rosewood London features 262 guestrooms and 44 suites. The hotel’s public areas are filled with artwork and books, and the restaurants offer both classic and contemporary British dishes. The accommodations, event spaces and public areas have been designed by Tony Chi and Associates. Chi combined materials such as lacquer, textured wood veneers, and prismatic mirrors to achieve the final result.
Suites at the hotel offer special accommodation. The Grand Manor House Wing is accessed via a private elevator and its own street entrance, and it is the only hotel suite in the world to have its own postcode. Six bedrooms, a dressing chamber, library, dining room and several sitting rooms are arranged over 6,318 square feet of living space. The Garden House features a garden terrace overlooking the London skyline. All guests residing in suites receive access to the hotel’s Manor Club—a comfortable, private retreat that offers a personal butler and concierge service as well as a menu of cocktails and light dishes.
Hotel recreational facilities include a Sense spa and a fitness suite featuring the latest equipment from Technogym.
“Rosewood London encompasses an element of surprise in its design which gives this landmark building, steeped in and surrounded by history, the lease of life it deserves. We are honoured to be the stewards of an exciting new chapter in its legacy,” says Matthias Roeke, managing director, Rosewood London.