Leanne Kelsall reviews the Matthew Curtis in-room hair styling service at the prestigious Rosewood London.
The ultra-luxury Rosewood London needs little introduction. So when I was offered the chance to try their new in-room hair styling service, I didn’t think twice before saying yes.
The indulgent new service was launched late last year, at the same time as the hotel salon from multi award-winning hairdresser Matthew Curtis.
The independent salon sits on the lower floor of Rosewood adjoining the Sense Spa. Its quirky design is inspired by the Orient Express and the decadence of high living. Guests and non-guests can book in to have their hair coloured, cut or styled by the master himself or by their pick of stylist from the highly talented team.
My in-room experience started with a phone call from my butler. He asks questions about your hair and sends up the best shampoo and conditioner. You can wash your hair in the comfort of your room or suite, or head downstairs and have the salon wash it for you.
Next, your entourage arrives. I say ‘entourage’ because they’re all here for you. Several butlers, along with my hairdresser arrived with a gorgeous leather styling trunk. In-keeping with the salon’s décor, it’s designed around a vintage steamer trunk and equipped with all the essentials a hairdresser needs.
While the butlers took care of the setup, another prepared me a drink, which was a perfectly-chilled glass of champagne. (Talk about VIP.)
I sat down for a relaxed chat with my stylist Shanola. I asked her about the sort of clientele who use the service, which, it transpires, ranges from Dubai princesses needing privacy to hen parties wishing to be pampered.
Shanola worked her magic, turning my lifeless mane into sleek and sophisticated tresses. She explained that one of her most loyal clients won’t let anyone else blow-dry her hair. It doesn’t take long for me to understand why, as she skillfully styles mine into beautiful waves.
And what an experience. There was no rushing around, no awkward chit chat and thankfully and no hair-ridden cups of tea. I started to wonder how I’ll ever go back to having my hair cut at a salon. The service felt fun and relaxed with a sense of exclusivity. A theme that runs throughout Rosewood.
The kooky cocktail menu – named ‘Potions’ – is a delight to flick through. It features iconic caricatures by Gerald Scarfe as the inspiration for each drink.
Our favourite cocktails included ‘Walking with a Waddle’; a more-ish mix of gin infused with vanilla, liquorice and cinnamon, with a sweet cherry cordial. It’s topped with a white meringue disk with a Charlie Chaplin stencil, whom the drink is inspired by. Another favourite was ‘The Nutcracker’; a twist on the popular Espresso Martini (I prefer this version), combining vodka and white vermouth with cold brew coconut coffee.
Breakfast was the perfect end 24 hours of R&R. We enjoyed a laid-back morning in the hotel’s swish Mirror Room. I chose ‘The Healthy’ breakfast which I imagine is popular with trendy east London locals. There’s an Acai bowl, a posh-looking smashed avocado on toast and a detox juice. I prolonged breakfast as long as I could, sipping on a slow-drip artisan coffee and nibbling warm, fluffy madeleines. When it was (regrettably) time to go, I reminded myself that there was one luxury I was leaving with; fabulous new hair.
About Rosewood London
The iconic Rosewood London is in prime-footing for London’s top sights. Centrally located in the heart of Holborn, it’s a former insurance HQ sensitively transformed into a grand 262-room, 44-suite hotel loved by many.
Several Edwardian features have been retained, including the sweeping Pavonazzo staircase and original carriageway entrance to the private courtyard; an oasis for guests from the busy streets.
Sophisticated décor blends perfectly with the heritage features. Marble mosaic flooring and pillars, antique mirrors and stunning art pieces make for grand first impressions, while designer furnishings, ambient lighting and fresh bouquets create a warm and inviting ambiance.
Rosewood London has two restaurants (The Mirror Room and Holborn Dining Room) the lively Scarfes Bar, a private terrace, plus, a gym, salon and spa.
Many of the rooms at Rosewood are dog-friendly. Oh, and don’t be surprised if like us, you spot an A-lister in the lift. This is London’s most luxurious hotel after all.
Rosewood London – Where and How
Rosewood London is located at 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN, United Kingdom To find out more or to make a booking at the Matthew Curtis Hair Salon, visit www.rosewoodhotels.com.
Luxurious Magazine | October 2017