Short break - Rosewood, Holborn, London
PUBLISHED: 00:00 08 June 2018
©Durston Saylor '13
With its Belle Époque style, great dining and central location The Rosewood in London’s Holborn is a glittering gem
I have this theory. If you don’t like visiting London then you are staying in the wrong hotel!
One of the pleasures of the capital is the variety of hotels and their locations but on my wish list is a place that is central, has bags of character and offers more luxury than you have at home. Then I want a good bar.
When you arrive at the rather grand courtyard entrance of the Rosewood in Holborn, it’s like stepping into a soothing oasis, a cool calm enclave, away from the manic energy of nearby Covent Garden and the West End.
The building itself is a stunner, a 1914 Belle Époque confection featuring marble bricks and pillars surrounding elegant high windows, while internally the design is fittingly elegant.
Our gorgeous suite - one of 44 in the hotel - is close to a fantastic seven storey Grand Pavonazzo marble staircase , which has an estimated value of £40m but I’m ashamed to reveal I never went down it once - well, we were on the fifth floor!
So, if you are to fall in love with London then a suite here is the place to start. It has so many enjoyable things, including a butler and a bar filled with free juices snacks and other goodies. There’s a well stocked wine chiller and everything you might require for your comfort is included, from complimentary toothbrushes to ladies’ sanitary requisites.
It’s a lovely room with a gorgeous living space and a splendid bathroom. It has the wow factor but without being ‘style over content’ which I have experienced in so many places. ‘Why have the wardrobe the size of a shoebox to make space for a massive sculpture of a zebra?’ I have often mused. I am pleased to report the storage is awesome. Was it three or four closets? Anyway, ample enough for my weekend capsule wardrobe.
One of the major attractions of the Rosewood is its restaurants and bars. Another disappointment can be the hotel dining room, the stuffy formality or worse, but not here. The Holborn is a British brasserie that on Friday night is buzzing. Clearly the reputation of chef Calum Franklin travels across the capital. The Holborn Dining Room is famed for its pies (they even have The Pie Room where you can swing by and take away one of the beautifully intricate pastry creations).
We had to have pies! My other half opted for a hearty suet pudding, £20, oozing with braised chuck steak and kidney, just as grandma use to make, while my rhubarb pie dessert, £9, had the look of something you might get at a Victorian banquet.
Starters were fresh: simply cooked asparagus, served with a citrus mayonnaise and a grilled octopus with salty accompaniment of chorizo and aioli. The sweetcorn and chickpea fritters didn’t short change on taste and portion size and we upped the calorie count with a indulgent portion of parmesan and truffle fries.
The wine chosen for us by the sommelier Michael was inspired, partly because I would never have automatically gone for a German tipple. The Dr Wehrheim Wiesser Burgunder 2016 was simply divine.
Above all the dining experience was great fun. There’s also Scarfe’s Bar as well as the courtyard terrace in which to indulge your taste for food and drink and the jewel-like Mirror Room with its glittering decor and chic lighting, where we chose to have breakfast next morning, slightly worse for wear but revived by detox juices, real tea and a table groaning with avocado and poached eggs (me) and full English (him).
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