Rosewood London to Open in October; Matthias Roeke Appointed as MD

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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will open Rosewood London in October 2013, overseeing a more than US$130 million (85 million) renovation to transform a 1914 Edwardian, Grade II-listed building on High Holborn.

Rosewood London, housed in the original headquarters of the Pearl Assurance Company, will offer 262 guestrooms and 44 suites.

The accommodations will convey the feel of a stylish London residence, created by renowned, New York-based Tony Chi and Associates, which has also overseen the design of public areas and event spaces.

A rich composition of materials, including lacquer, textured wood veneers and prismatic mirrors, will lend understated glamour to the interiors. Original features of the Edwardian Belle poque building, such as the original carriageway entrance to the arrival courtyard and the grand Pavonazzo marble staircase rising over seven storeys within the property, have been retained.

Guests will experience the only hotel grand courtyard arrival in the capital via the wrought iron-gated carriageway entrance to a central courtyard with stonework reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palazzo. As a listed building, the faade and the interiors dark mahogany and rare marble are being carefully preserved while restored original marble columns in the lobby will be complemented by new stone and mosaic flooring.

The Manor House Suite, located in a private wing of the hotel, will have the flexibility for a configuration of six bedrooms and 6,318 square feet (587 square meters) of living space. The Manor House Suite will be accessed by private elevator and also via its own street entrance; it will even have its own postcode.

The newly created Garden House Suite will feature a garden terrace overlooking the London skyline while the Chancery House Suite will be spread over two floors.

The hotel will feature 11 events spaces including a ballroom which will accommodate up to 435 guests and separate meetings and special events rooms for groups of 10 to 85. Several, including the Chairmans Boardroom and the Soane Boardroom, will showcase original architectural features such as the carefully preserved French walnut and Cuban mahogany-panelled fireplaces. A show kitchen will be featured in one of two private dining rooms.

Recreational facilities will include Sense spa, Rosewoods signature spa brand, and a fitness suite.

The hotels central location on High Holborn will be a perfect choice for travelers coming to the capital on business or pleasure: the city is close by while shopping areas and tourist attractions such as Covent Garden, the Royal Opera House, West End theatres, Hatton Garden, museums and galleries are all just a short walk away.

Rosewood London will be a milestone addition to our portfolio, not only as it is in a major European capital, but because the legacy of the historic building itself is a true representation of our A Sense of Place philosophy, said Radha Arora, president of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. We are delighted to introduce once again a classic and one-of-a-kind hotel to our Rosewood guests.

Rosewood London will play a key role in Rosewood Hotels & Resorts strategic global expansion plan which includes Rosewood Abu Dhabi opening August 2013 and Rosewood Beijing in Autumn 2013.

Matthias Roeke has been named as managing director of Rosewood London. Mr. Roeke has over 20 years hotel management experience, including positions at luxury hotels in his native Germany, Hong Kong, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa.

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