I’ve stayed in many hotels around London over the years, but always for a one-night staycation; then I would go back to my home in south London. It wasn’t until I moved out of the city and came back as a tourist that I began to truly appreciate London hotels. Things that are important to me when choosing a hotel in London: the location; the dining offer; the price. I found everything I was looking for (and more) at Roseate House.
Roseate Hotels is a collection of hotels and resorts spread across the UK and India. I discovered this hotel group only recently, but after a wonderful stay with them in London, I am now planning to stay at their hotels in India next time I will visit the country.
Based on my personal experience, I can highly recommend Roseate House London. It is a luxury boutique hotel with 48 rooms and suites across three connecting Grade-II townhouses. Built in 1842, the townhouses have been recently restored to bring back the charm and allure of the Victorian architecture.
I spent two nights at Roseate House London last June. On the day of my arrival to London, my flight from Florence was cancelled; I still made it, but I arrived at the hotel much later than I had planned. The warm welcome I received at 2am from the concierge working on the night shift was all I needed to erase the memory of a very stressful and tiring day and to finally relax!
Overall, I didn’t find any issues with the hotel: everything from the room to the food was great. What made my stay truly memorable was the top customer service at the hotel. Everyone I Interacted with in the hotel was very helpful, friendly and attentive.
And that’s what really makes the difference between a nice stay and a great stay!
Even though Roseate House London is very close to the hub of Paddington station, the hotel is very quiet and away from the hustle and bustle. It is located in Westbourne Terrace, a beautiful street lined with townhouses and trees in West London. Kensington Palace and Gardens, the Italian Gardens and the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park are all very close so don’t miss the opportunity to have a wander in the iconic London park!
If you plan to explore London, Roseate House provides the ideal base. It’s well connected to London landmarks and shopping areas through buses and Underground. Lancaster Gate station (Central line) and Paddington station (national railway, Heathrow Express and several Underground lines) are just five minutes away.
For me, staying at Roseate House was really convenient. I needed to get in and out of the hotel and into central and east London frequently to attend different meetings and events. I could jump on the central line and be anywhere I needed to be in just 20 minutes: a true luxury in a big city like London.
All the rooms and suites at Roseate House London are elegantly decorated in mid-19th-century style with original oil paintings and fitted with hand-crafted Bellestrata beds and period furniture.
The rooms are equipped with complimentary high-speed wi-fi broadband, tea/coffee machines, complimentary bottles of water, and a fully stocked minibar.
I stayed in a Junior Suite one the first floor of the hotel. It featured a double bedroom with four poster bed and 100% Irish cotton linen; a work desk; an adjoining sitting room with a sofa.
It also had one limestone bathroom with bathtub and two sinks (and lovely Penhaligon’s toiletries) and a separate toilet room.
Outdoor space is hard to come by in London, so I was particularly fond of my private terrace overlooking Westbourne Terrace.
The Hyde Bar
I was travelling solo and with a packed schedule, so I didn’t get to spend much time in my room, but I did spend quite a bit of time at the Hyde Bar. To make the most of my time in London, I invited friends to join me for breakfast, mid-morning coffee and afternoon tea. They all loved the intimate and elegant setting of the Hyde Bar as much as I did.
This is the Roseate House’s main dining spot which functions as a breakfast room; restaurant for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner; and bar for anything in between from early morning to late evening.
Hidden at the back of the building there is a lovely courtyard (or “secret garden”) which is the ideal alfresco spot for a drink or dinner (the hotel can organise private dining events for you).
The Hyde Bar is open to everyone (hotel guests and outside visitors). It is particularly popular for its Afternoon Tea.
I love the English tradition of Afternoon Tea and so I have tried my fair share of them over the years. The afternoon tea at Roseate House London is one of the best I’ve ever had and I doubt you will find one as good at this price in central London.
The drinks menu offers an assortment of some of the world’s most exclusive teas supplied by the Rare Tea Company. If you prefer a glass of bubbly with tour afternoon tea, Alfred Gratien champagne Brut or rosé is included in the Champagne menu.
Food wise, you will be served a selection of classic tea treats: finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, homemade jam and lemon curd, and a selection of cakes and macarons.
Rates at Roseate House London start from £153 per night (excluding breakfast) or £221 per night (including breakfast) for a Classic Double. Rates for a Roseate Junior Suite start from £230 per night (excluding breakfast) or £317 per night (including breakfast).
Afternoon Tea costs £24.99 per person or £30 per person with a glass of bubbles.
Disclaimer: I was a guest of the hotel. All opinions are my own.