Trip Report: Rosewood London

Rosewood London

How does a hotel manage to be brand new, yet timeless? Quintessentially British, but neither stiff nor stuffy? Romantic, yet not frilly? Modern, yet comfortable? In many ways my stay at Rosewood London defied the usual London hotel stereotypes.

Check in was a breeze as I was escorted directly to my Premier Suite upon arrival. A quick tour of the space and I was officially a resident. It felt like I had my own flat in London. The space had everything that I needed – a Nespresso machine, two Sub-zero refrigerator drawers full stocked with cold drinks, heated marble floors in the bathroom, a selection of the latest magazines in the living room, thick wool blackout curtains throughout.

This attention to detail; this guest centered approach, is what I love about Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Someone had thought about what I would want in a London hotel room, and they delivered. The design wasn’t about the designer or the hotel owner; it was a reflection of the needs of travelers. Such attention to the guest experience should be ubiquitous in luxury hotels, yet it is exceedingly rare. Kudos to Rosewood London!

Dinner on my first evening in London was a cheese toasty in Scarfes Bar. I had gone down for pre-dinner drink and the atmosphere and live jazz music was so wonderful, that I was unwilling to go elsewhere. The sandwich was delicious, warm and cheesy, cut in triangles and served with a side of spicy tomato chutney at the bartender’s suggestion. This is a fun and vibrant bar and a great place to stop in for a drink in the evening, especially when one is suffering from jet lag and in need of some pep.

I have been asked about the location. To me it is absolutely a non-issue. You are a short cab ride away from any tourist attraction or shopping area, and mere steps from the Holborn Underground Station. The expansive spaces and brand new furnishings are a huge value and well worth any potential extra distance, especially for seasoned travelers or those in town on business. The only true location challenge is that the hotel is so new that many cab drivers have never heard of it. Just tell them that it is the former Chancery Court. Works like a charm!

Contact me via email or at 508-485-3061 for special offers available only to guests of Rosewood Elite travel advisors. Additionally, as a Virtuoso guest my clients will receive the following complimentary amenities for 2014:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Full English Breakfast
  • $100 USD Food & Beverage credit, to be utilized during stay
    • (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability

London makes a great long weekend from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Boston. Or stay longer and enjoy the experience of feeling like you have your very own flat in London! You can’t VIP yourself, so get in touch.


Trip Report: England from London to Cornwall

Big Ben

When was the last time you visited London? When I ask my clients I usually receive one of two responses. One, not since I went with my family when I was a kid. Two, not since I went on my college backpacking trip across Europe.

It’s a wonderful cosmopolitan city that truly offers something for every age and travel interest. Plus, one of the great things for those of you living on the East Coast is that London is close enough to visit for a long weekend.

The truth is, I had not visited London since 1997! Therefore, I elected to travel in England for a total of ten nights while doing a several traditional visitor type activities. Quite the trip!




  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Fashion Walking Tour
  • Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley
  • Shopping: Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Alexander McQueen
  • The Shard
  • Lanhydrock House
  • Eden Project
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Caerhays
  • Hampton Court Palace

Stay tuned for updates! I will be writing up my experiences and offering more details about each of these items.

In the meantime, please get in touch with comments or questions about London and Cornwall.


Luxury Travel Deals: Rosewood London

Premier SuiteAre you looking for the perfect hotel for your next stay in London? I have access to an exclusive offer at the newly opened Rosewood London, the hotel is described on their website as follows:

When guests arrive in Rosewood London’s magnificent inner courtyard, they are entering the gentle embrace of what might be the city’s best hospitality. Informed by British tradition as well as contemporary expectations, Rosewood London aims to push the boundaries of five-star luxury service.

Imbued with warmth and personality, and always aware of each detail, service at Rosewood London is focused on making guests’ stays as smooth and enjoyable as possible, whether they are traveling for business or leisure.

Guests at Rosewood London enjoy 24-hour in-room dining, a knowledgeable concierge service, butler service, a fully equipped business centre, complimentary wired, wireless and cable high-speed Internet access, valet parking, twice-daily housekeeping service and much more.

This wonderful Virtuoso exclusive offer gives my client’s the following complimentary inclusions (emphasis mine):

  • 10% off Best Available Rate (BAR)
  • Welcome amenity
  • $100 food and beverage credit
  • Full English breakfast for two daily
  • Guaranteed upgrade at time of reservation (for stays until March 31, 2014)
  • Upgrade upon arrival (for stays arriving from April 1, 2014, subject to availability)

For more information, or if you are ready to book, give me a call at 508-485-3061 or get in touch via email.

Terms and Conditions

Valid until December 31, 2014. Value Added Tax and service fee are included. Rates may vary by arrival date. Not combinable with other offers or applicable to group bookings. Cancellation policy is 6:00PM day prior to arrival. Reservations guaranteed with credit card. Deposit not required.