Balancing the rich history of an iconic building with contemporary comforts prioritised by today’s luxury traveler, here’s everything we know so far about Rosewood Hotels and Resorts’ second London property
Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, in partnership with renowned real estate developer Qatari Diar, has announced the latest plans for The Chancery Rosewood, set to open in 2024 in the city’s distinguished Mayfair district.
The brand’s second London property, The Chancery Rosewood’s name graciously pays homage to the building’s storied past and lasting legacy. Originally built by architect Eero Saarinen in 1960, the mid-twentieth century Mayfair landmark previously housed the United States embassy and was the first purpose-built chancery in London.
Featuring 139 thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites, as well as revitalised public spaces and dining venues designed by Tristan Auer and Bar Studio, the new property will offer a synchronised blend of both old and new.
Balancing the rich history of the iconic building with contemporary comforts prioritised by today’s luxury traveler, the hotel will showcase architecture restoration by British architect Sir David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects and interiors by French architect Joseph Dirand.
“We are proud to have The Chancery Rosewood lead the transformation of the revitalized Grosvenor Square, an incredible public interest initiative that is nearly a decade in the making,” said Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.
“The gifted team of architects and designers will breathe a second life into the iconic building, which is poised to become a superlative destination in London, and we thank our partners at Qatari Diar for the chance to be a part of this remarkable project.”
The building’s original features and mid-century design details, including the iconic Grade II façade and diagrid ceiling, will be retained through a meticulous preservation process undertaken by David Chipperfield Architects, with a mission to reinforce and enhance Saarinen’s original vision of a ‘palace on the park.’
This exercise will extend into the interiors, the design of which will be led by the globally renowned Joseph Dirand, a longtime admirer of Saarinen.
Dirand will honour the legacy of the celebrated Saarinen while simultaneously infusing his own signature style of art de vivre, ensuring each individual space is intimate and glamorous.
Taking inspiration from the sophistication of the 1920s and the creativity and glamour of the 1960s, the design scheme will draw from a warm, rich color palette and feature refined, Art Deco-style detailing, walnut paneling and marble and brass accents, altogether channeling the ambiance of a traditional British gentlemen’s club.
Not only stunning, the property will have many sustainable features. Slated to be both the first five-star hotel and first U.K. hotel to ever receive a BREEAM outstanding rating (the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects) the property truly showcases the powers of sustainability.
Additional amenities and facilities consist of a Yabu Pushelberg designed Asaya integrative wellness facility, five retail outlets and a selection of meeting and events spaces including a 750-guest ballroom. The hotel will mark Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ second property in London and sixth in Europe, with more details to be announced as the project progresses.
Scheduled to open 2024. Find out more via rosewoodhotels.com