Pros

  • Ultra-luxurious hotel set in ornate Edwardian mansion
  • A 10-minute walk to British Museum and shopping on Oxford Street
  • Rooms have smart TVs, luxury linens, and well-stocked minibars
  • Marble bathrooms have designer products and speakers
  • Dining options include casual brasserie and fine dining restaurant
  • Deluxe spa with high-end treatments and crystal steam rooms
  • Modern fitness room with natural light
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Meeting and event spaces on-site
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Cons

  • Some guests complain of poor lighting in rooms
  • Some rooms have unremarkable views
  • No swimming pool
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Bottom Line

The Rosewood London is a five-pearl hotel with 306 rooms and suites set in a majestic Edwardian property on the busy central London thoroughfare of High Holborn. The hotel's interiors, featuring a striking marble staircase, antique furniture, and quirky artwork, are styled immaculately. While room size can vary, decor is chic, marble bathrooms are lavish (some have separate soaking tubs), and amenities -- including Italian linens and Nespresso machines -- are impressive. Dining too is outstanding, including two all-day restaurants, and the spa is certainly deluxe, but there is no swimming pool on-site. The Langham offers luxury lodging with a pool, though rooms are less modern.

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Things You Should Know About Rosewood London

Also Known As

  • Chancery Court Hotel

Address

252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, United Kingdom

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Rosewood London

Scene

Exceptionally chic, five-pearl hotel in an Edwardian mansion awash with marble

Right from the outset, there's no mistaking that the five-pearl Rosewood London is one seriously upscale establishment. The ornate and stately facade of this spectacular Edwardian mansion has a majestic arched entrance topped with neoclassical columns. After passing through two wrought-iron gates, guests are greeted by doormen dressed in flat caps and tweed suits and ushered into a dazzling copper-gilded hall with black-and-white marble flooring. Guests next enter the lobby -- a chic, low-lit space with a hushed vibe and scent of freshly-cut flowers -- and move into hallways finished with Cuban mahogany and no less than seven types of marble. 

But it's the stunning white Pavonazzo marble staircase that really steals the show, spiraling up seven floors to a lofty domed cupola. The effect is undoubtedly glamorous, though humorous artwork by anarchic cartoonist Gerald Scarfe adds fun, modern elements. Clientele tend to be a mixture of well-heeled tourists and business travelers.

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Location

Set on central London's busy High Holborn thoroughfare

This hotel is set on the busy central thoroughfare of High Holborn, which connects the West End with the City of London. While there's little of much interest in the immediate surrounds, the neighborhood is dotted with traditional pubs and restaurants. Holborn Tube station is just a couple minutes' stroll away, while Tottenham Court Road station and the start of Oxford Street are a 10-minute walk away. The British Museum is also under 10 minutes on foot. Lincoln's Inn Fields, a public square with the intriguing Sir John Soane's and Hunterian museums, is just a block from the hotel.

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Rooms

Luxurious, chic rooms with high-tech amenities and marble bathrooms

There are 262 rooms and 44 suites at the Rosewood London, all immaculately finished with both contemporary decor and classical-style furnishings that give them an English country house feel. Rooms are generally spacious (for London), while some of the signature suites are enormous and have separate lounges and/or dining rooms. High-tech amenities include Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and (at least) 46-inch flat-screen TVs. Other luxury touches include Nespresso machines, minibars, Italian linens, and an impressive pillow menu. Lavish bathrooms are finished in marble and have shower/tub combos or walk-in showers and separate tubs, plus designer toiletries, bathrobes, sound speakers, and hairdryers.

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Features

English garden terrace and gentleman's club-style bar, plus a spa and fitness center

Though the hotel lacks a pool, it still has plenty of luxury amenities on-site. Food-wise, the all-day Holborn Dining Room is a bright brasserie-style eatery with red leather banquettes and antique mirrors. The elegant Mirror Room restaurant is popular particularly for their Sunday brunch, though it also serves seasonal dishes for lunch and dinner. The Terrace offers alfresco seating on heated benches surrounded by a lush garden; a selection of cigars and hot alcoholic drinks are available here. Scarfes Bar, which is decorated with leather chairs, book-lined shelves, and work by the aforementioned artist, has the feel of a gentleman's club.

The Sense Spa has bamboo walls and water features, and offers high-end treatments (which are predictably pricey) alongside amethyst crystal steam rooms and sensory showers. The spa also has a treatment menu for children and teens. A windowed fitness room offers cardio machines and free weights. Meeting and event spaces, as well as a business center, are available and Wi-Fi is free throughout. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

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