Style Note: The Isabella Oliver Cape

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Yesterday was one of those cold and breezy days in London when you really need something warm and snug to wrap up in. And what better way to wrap up than in a cape. It's the perfect alternative to a winter coat. I received this beautiful one as a Christmas Gift from one of my favourite labels Isabella Oliver.

Isabella Oliver Cape

London Fashion Week Diary: BODYAMR

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The BODYAMR show was one that I was particularly looking forward to, and it was well worth the wait. The signature draping that I love still played a huge role in the collection as an abundance of luxe fabrics and beaded embellishment.

BODYAMR show

Giveaway: Win Tickets to the 2010 Vitality Show!

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The lovely team at Vitality are treating three lucky readers to a pair of free tickets! Running from 18th-21st March in London’s Earls Court 2, Vitality is the UK’s largest health, beauty, fitness and wellbeing event for women.

WIN Vitality tickets

Beauty Buzz: Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare

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I recently changed my beauty regime to include the Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, the Instant Boost Skin Tonic and Skin Repair Moisturiser. It's been just six days, and already I've seen a noticeable difference in the clarity of my complexion and the texture of my skin.

Liz Earle Skincare
The Rockwell Hotel

Boutique hotels are my little indulgence, I love to stay for a night or two and make a change from the routine and familiarity of my abode. Yesterday I stayed at The Rockwell, an independently owned hotel with an emphasis on intimate yet understated style. Its location is just a stone's throw away from the capitals' coveted attractions including the Royal Albert Hall the Science Museum, and Harrods department store.

Although considered one of London's luxury hotels, there's nothing overly lavish about it. You won't be welcomed with a glass of rosé or receive a personalised 'enjoy your stay' note placed in your room. Instead, this hotel it prides itself on a more laid back approach, where guests are encouraged to do away with all the fancy stuff and just make yourself at home. Of course the hotel does have the essential personal touches; there's 24 hour room service available and friendly staff willing to assist in any special needs you may have.

The interior has strong contemporary finishes that you'd imagine to be somewhat out of place within the walls of this traditional Victorian town house, but you'll be pleasantly surprised. Alongside the modern furniture and clean lines, you'll also see reclaimed floor tiles to highlight some of its historical aesthetics. And the juxtaposition works well.

The Rockwell Hotel Double Room

I stayed in a double deluxe which was a simple and smart looking room. Perhaps for some, the rooms may be considered a little compact, but in my opinion, the smart layout does well to open the space and make you feel very comfortable. Most rooms feature fresh, bright walls with bold patterned wallpapers, soft caramel and beige tones enhanced with cherry beach furniture. There's no grandeur involved at all, just contemporary, neutral resting space.

I was impressed by the small but perfectly formed restaurant and bar One-Eight-One. The menu boasts modern interpretations of classic British cuisine including sweets like lemon cheesecake and good old apple pie. The restaurant decor is simple and stylish - combining minimum fuss with a chilled atmosphere, in fact, that sums up the hotel perfectly.

One Eight One at The Rockwell

The Rockwell is currently offering a great "2 for 1" weekend package until the 31st May. The offer includes two nights, breakfast and a bottle of wine for £340. For more information and reservations call: 020 7244 2000.

The Rockwell
181-183 Cromwell Road,
London, SW5 0SF
Web: www.therockwell.com

1 Response to "Hot Spot: The Rockwell Hotel"

  1. Lovely hotel review. Thanks for posting it! I love staying at boutique hotels too.

     

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