(All photos courtesy of Rosewood London)
Royal watchers, take note: there's a new place to base yourself between attempted Kate and George Alexander Louis sightings. Now open near Covent Garden, the Rosewood London
is the embodiment of a stately grande dame: the Edwardian-era gem is home to an original wrought-iron carriageway that leads to the only hotel arrival courtyard in town. Talk about luxe.
The story is no different in the 306 tastefully appointed rooms and suites, which were designed by New York City-based Tony Chi. Classic British elegance comes in the form of tufted barrel chairs and lacquered furniture, antiqued mirrors and regal-looking leather wingbacks. The palette is a sophisticated mix of whites, grays, and blacks, but brown wood accents (think campaign-style x-benches, folding chairs, and pedestal tables) add warmth throughout.
Downstairs, the hotel's bar is the work of Swedish designer Martin Brudnizki, who blended herringbone floors, hand-woven rugs, and a rainbow array of seating to give the English gentlemen's club a modern update. Traditionalists, however, will note the warm wooden counter and built-in bookcases, as well as the Tiffany-style lamps and the statement-worthy fireplace and mantel.
However, after a $130 million renovation, the best parts of the 1914 building remain. There's that aforementioned carriageway and central courtyard, with its Italian Renaissance-style stonework, as well as the carefully preserved façade and original mahogany and marble columns in the lobby. But the real showstopper is the impressive black-veined Pavonazzo marble staircase that spans the hotel's seven stories. Looking upwards, the building's cupola is studded with small windows that bathe the staircase in light. Here's to leaving well enough alone.