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Short stay: Garden House, Rosewood London, Holborn, London, UK

Situated close to Covent Garden in the Holborn area of the West End, and just a few minutes’ walk from Holborn Underground station on the Central and Piccadilly lines, the Rosewood London occupies a restored Edwardian mansion, complete with Belle Époque charm, the entrance to which can be found via a carriageway and central courtyard. I arrived on a Sunday afternoon when there was also an organic market just winding up outside. Rosewood London market sign The welcome I received a warm welcome and was introduced to my butler, Alex, who showed me to my room on the 7th floor, pointing out the grand Pavonazzo marble staircase on the way. He gave me a tour of the room, asked if I wanted an unpacking service, offered a complimentary newspaper and wake-up call, and explained that he was on call should I need anything at any time. Rosewood London staircase The room I stayed in a signature suite called Garden House – there are 9 suites, each with a different theme. This one has its own garden terrace, hence the name. The accommodation consists of a living room, den, library, WC and pantry to the left, and to the right, a bathroom (with bath, shower and twin basins), bedroom and closet. Rosewood London Garden House The bedroom itself isn’t vast but nor do you need it to be when you have so much room elsewhere in the suite… Rosewood London bedroom …including the separate closet and dressing table. Rosewood London closet The living room is tastefully furnished with a large mirrored wall and enough seating for 7 people. Rosewood London living area It turned out that this mirrored wall was also the TV. Rosewood London living area plus TV Within this room was a selection of magazines (CN Traveller, Harper’s Bazaar, The Rake) and books (gardening publications and a selection of PG Wodehouse titles). Rosewood London reading material Moving along, the den consists of a sofa and table, along with books on bartending and fixing drinks Rosewood London den Also to be found here was complimentary whiskey, cognac, gin, sloe gin, Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire and a selection of chocolates. Rosewood London drinks In the library are more books with a gardening theme (National Trust guides to bee-keeping, wild food and growing home veg and fruit), plus seating for about half a dozen people, and a large round table that was a good height from which to work, as well as a TV. Rosewood London library Beyond the library is a pantry, complete with Nespresso machine, oven and sink, and even a ffresh lemon and lime on a cutting board so you can fix your own drinks. Rosewood London pantry An outdoor terrace looking over the hotel courtyard and to the city beyond is also accessible from the library. Rosewood London terrace Rosewood London courtyard view There is more than one point of access to the suite – useful if you ordered room service but didn’t wish to be disturbed. The bathroom The bathroom came with twin basins, a separate bath and shower, and a choice of gowns (fluffy or linen). Rosewood London basins Czech & Speake toiletries were provided. Rosewood London toiletries The facilities I was on business so sadly didn’t really get to use the hotel facilities. I did get to visit the Holborn Dining Room for breakfast, though – and that is a beautiful setting to start the day. Rosewood London breakfast Other nice touches It was as though everything had been thought of – heated toilet seats, adaptors and ethernet cable, board games, umbrella, lime and lemon in the pantry… even a back scratcher in the bathroom. Cost Rooms start from £380 per night including breakfast; for a Grand Premier Suite, rates start from around £1,400 per night. The best bit For London, this is a very generous amount of space – probably the biggest hotel room in the capital I have stayed in – and the secluded outdoor space is an extra treat… in total, it covers 173 square metres, including the outside terrace. The final verdict The hotel enjoys a very central location, occupies a beautiful building and, despite being quite large with 262 rooms and 44 suites, offers exceptional attention to detail. Rosewood London lifts Disclosure: My stay was courtesy of the Rosewood London.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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