The company left the London Market back in 2002, when it ceased operating the Lanesborough Hotel at Hyde Park Corner, with the property becoming part of Starwood’s St Regis brand. Now it makes its return to the UK’s capital city with the re-branding of the London Chancery Court Hotel, a grade 2 listed building on High Holborn, as the Rosewood London.
The re-branded hotel is expected to be open for business in October this year, following a USD130 million renovation. The 262-bedroom property will also have 44 suites, but the renovation will be sympathetic to the building’s Edwardian heritage, and will retain its period marble staircase and columns and carriageway entrance.
However, the hotel will be equipped with all of the modern facilities expected of a luxury hotel, including a restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, spa, fitness centre, 11 events spaces and a ballroom with a capacity for 435 guests. A special feature of the property will be the availability of a self-contained, 6-bedroom annex with its own street access and 587 sq metres of living space, which will be known as the Manor House.
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts was founded in 1979 by Caroline Rose Hunt, the daughter of HL Hunt, an oil tycoon. It has been owned by New World Hospitality, a unit of New World China Land, since 2011, and has the Carlyle in New York and Rosewood Mansion in Dallas in its portfolio.