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53 Park Ln (Mayfair)
(44) 020-7629-8888 | www.thedorchester.com
FOODAlain Ducasse - fine dining; China Tang - Art Deco Cantonese fun; The Grill - British cuisine; The Promenade - meals, afternoon tea; Spatisserie - light cuisine; 24-hour Room Service
DRINKThe Bar at the Dorchester - opulent, dark; The Promenade - festive
ROOMSLarge, traditionally furnished rooms, many with direct views of Hyde Park
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)GBP 300
YEAR OPENED1931 (1990 reopened after 2 year refurbishment; "New Flowering" program gave a spruce at the millennium)
# OF ROOMS244
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
GYMYes - very small; no windows; limited new equipment
SPAYes - large and brand new (2009); cool urban Art Deco style; worth a visit!
TUBEGreen Park; Hyde Park Corner; Marble Arch
Old school opulence popular with a distinctly well-heeled clientele. While not stuffy, it is formal, so don’t expect to walk around in scruffy jeans. That said, while you may have to break out your Louboutins and Balenciaga bags when you stay here, you can expect to be served like the princess you’re dressed as in return.
GO HERE WITH
Mother or Father; significant other; friends when looking to treat yourselves
WHY WE LIKE IT
The quintessential “luxurious British hotel” (in a good way!). With its unobtrusive yet attentive service (among many, many other charms), the Dorchester has an appeal that turns guests into repeat customers. The food options are delicious, and it’s in a great location for Knightsbridge and Mayfair shopping.
AMENITY WE LOVE
The Promenade: By day, it serves all meals including a charming afternoon tea (our fave). And by night, this isn’t your typical stuffy, blah hotel bar. There’s a festive scene with classy but fun music that even has people dancing on a weekday night. Be sure to indulge in the chic Art Deco spa, too.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
It may be just a tad large and a tad impersonal for some tastes, but the service quality in no way suffers. (Depending on your preferences, this might actually be a good thing for you.)
GOOD TO KNOW
Three staff members per guest (translation: impeccable service). Learn to cook from the Dorchester’s Executive Chef with master classes in the Krug Room (see website for schedule). Restaurant China Tang is by Sir David Tang (of Shanghai Tang fame) and has a bar to boot. The hotel is part of The Dorchester Collection, which includes properties such as Le Meurice (Paris), Plaza Athénée (Paris), The Beverly Hills Hotel (LA), and the New York Palace (NYC), among others.
Read more about The Dorchester in The Diary
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Photo Credit: The Dorchester