Housed in a 1914 Edwardian Belle Époque building, Rosewood London evokes a flamboyant charm from a beautiful era. Instead of modernising or minimalising it, designer Tony Chi has kept most of the original structure and interiors, including the grand Pavonazzo marble staircase and Grade II-listed street frontage and dome. It’s hard not to notice the opulente interiors (with the help of a GBP85 million renovation), as the quality of furnishings, amenities and frippery are astounding. But it is the details that impress us the most: quadruple-ish thread-count bedding, Etro throws, lacquered furniture, objets d’art and chirping songbirds in oversized birdcages (that totally caught us off guard, by the way), high-end glassware abound and one-of-a-kind objects scattered throughout the public areas.
There’s even a mini library where you can find a decent selection of Taschen books, which is lovely. The overall look is masculine, held up by phallic marble pillars and dressed with leather-clad stools and chairs, and there’s a fire roaring in its hearth. But the rooms are softer with a very welcoming bar in the hallway, which opens to a huge selection of snacks and drinks, including a handcrafted sloe gin in a diamond-shaped glass bottle with handwritten labels. Again, the details have won us over. The bathroom is another huge plus, with enormous wardrobe space, flattering lighting and fantastic products from Czech & Speake. Breakfast in the stunning Mirror Room is a lavish affair, and for drinks, the stately Scarfes Bar with a handsome fireplace is best for drinks on a cold and drab London nights. It’s a bit like staying at the mansion of a really rich, slightly eccentric and super -indulgent relative that we wish we had.
First published in Esquire Malaysua, February 2016 Issue. Rosewood London Hotel is rated a “Superb” 9.1/10, based on traveller reviews on leading hotel booking website Agoda.com. Travellers can also browse the Agoda app to find app-exclusive deals on selected hotels.