The Dorchester

Park La., London, W1K 1QA, England

Few hotels this opulent manage to be as personable as the Dorchester, which opened in 1939 and boasts a prime Park Lane location with unparalleled glamour; gold leaf and marble adorn the public spaces, and guest quarters are awash in English country house meets art deco style. Guest rooms have Irish linen sheets on canopied beds, acres of brocades and velvets, and Italian marble and etched-glass bathrooms with exclusive toiletries created by Floris. Three elegant-to-the-point-of-fussy restaurants include one three–Michelin star spot helmed by Alain Ducasse. Afternoon Tea in the lobby is a classic, while the award-winning spa is popular with jet-set Londoners and in-house guests.

PROS

  • historic luxury in 1930s building
  • lovely views of Hyde Park
  • top-notch star-spotting
  • excellent spa
  • Michelin-starred dining from Alain Ducasse

CONS

  • traditional look is not to all tastes
  • prices are sky-high
  • some rooms are disappointingly small

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Romantic, Service
Sophisticated
Central
Grande Dame

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 020-7629–8888

HOTEL DETAILS

195 rooms, 55 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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