Thursday, July 31, 2014

HOTEL CHECK LONDON, The Dorchester

Luxury in London. A quick look at at some of our wonderful choices of where to stay in the endlessly entertaining city, by Product Director Neil Bedford. Starting with the legendary Dorchester...


The Dorchester

One of the world’s most iconic hotels and quite simply the place to be in London. The Dorchester is a beautiful hotel that enfolds you in classic luxury, exuding traditional glamour.


Rooms

Of the Dorchester’s classically styled rooms the majority have been refurbished over the last year and been given an lighter feel while not taking away from their classic styling.

Dorchester suite bedroom
The suites have seen a veritable who’s who of famous figures from the world of politics and entertainment over the years. I stayed in a refurbished 125 sq metre Dorchester Suite on the first floor. The vast sitting room has distinct areas for comfortable seating and elegant dining, while the luxurious marble ensuite bathroom and 4-poster bed felt very exclusive. In both the bedroom and living room was an oversized Bang & Olufsen LCD screen with integrated entertainment system. From every room I enjoyed views over Hyde Park and the alcove corner window a particularly nice feature.

Dorchester Suite lounge 
Dorchester suite bathroom

Dining

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is the only UK hotel restaurant with three Michelin-stars, putting its creative French cuisine firmly in London’s culinary spotlight. The restaurant is booked out months in advance so please advise us on booking if you would like to dine here…and you really should.

Enjoy the finest pastries with your afternoon tea at The Promenade where you can choose from a number of options if you don’t want to stick with the classic selection. The ‘Ice Cream Afternoon Tea’ is particularly popular with families this summer!

Perfect for a hot summer

Enjoy British classics at The Grill (to reopen autumn 2014) or visit the hotspot that is China Tang for the finest Cantonese cuisine.


One of the places to dine these days

The Spa

The Dorchester Spa was reopened in 2009 and leaves most other London hotel spas trailing in it’s wake. Exuding 1930s Art Deco glamour, combined with a contemporary edge, unique aspects include an indulgent Spatisserie where you can enjoy a spa day with afternoon tea. The spa features nine spacious treatment rooms including two double suites, a manicure-pedicure suite, a sleek relaxation room, male and female aromatic steam rooms and experience showers. I can safely say that the treatment I enjoyed was one of the best I have experienced and you can see why it has won so many awards for the quality of the treatments not just the ambience.


The Fitness Studio is equipped with TechnoGym resistance equipment and cardio vascular equipment with integrated televisions as well as a full set of free weights, Swiss Balls, a Bosu Ball and various Medicine Balls.



Newly refurbished  traditional luxury

Spacious suites

Brightness and the jewels of time

The Dorchester location

5 mins from Hyde Park Corner tube. Strategically located in London's exclusive Mayfair on Park Lane (between Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner), The Dorchester is within easy access to London's most exclusive shopping areas, including New Bond Street, Old Bond Street and Knightsbridge. Oxford Street and Piccadilly are also close by while peak and quiet are easily found in Hyde Park which the hotel overlooks.

Nearby

  • Oxford Street/Bond Street (10mins) - All the favourite High Street shops as well as Selfridges department store.
  • Buckingham Palace (15mins) - Visit the working headquarters of the Monarchy, and the place where The Queen carries out her official duties (only open late July – end September).
  • Knightsbridge (15mins) – Walk through Hype Park to the exclusive area of Knightsbridge with iconic department stores like Harrod’s and Harvey Nichols competing for your attention.
  • Hyde Park (over the road) - There's something for everyone in Hyde Park, from swimming and boating in the Serpentine to concerts and exhibitions.
  • The streets of Mayfair (on your doorstep) – London’s most bespoke galleries, theatres, boutiques, bars, cafes, restaurants…
  • Soho (15mins) - Countless drinking holes, excellent restaurants, unique boutiques and varied nightlife

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