Dukes Hotel

35 St. James's Pl., London, SW1A 1NY, England

At this small, exclusive hotel in a discreet cul-de-sac, ample natural light brightens contemporary-style rooms. Guest rooms are decorated in bright, clean shades with elegant silk throws and polished wood furniture. The bar is a delight—don't even think about staying here without dropping in for a cocktail—and the cigar and cognac garden is a pleasingly retro addition. Chef Nigel Mendham's Thirty Six restaurant makes delicious meals out of classical English flavors; appealingly enough, he also eschews modern kitchen gadgetry as much as possible, in favor of traditional techniques. However, the hotel's real trump card is the location—just a hop and a skip from Piccadilly and Green Park, yet tucked away enough that it feels peaceful.

PROS

  • low-key ambience
  • peaceful setting in a central location
  • excellent restaurant

CONS

  • maybe a bit too quiet for some
  • price is still rather high for what's available

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Quiet
Central
Clubby Atmosphere

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7941–4840 | 800-381–4702-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

78 rooms, 12 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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