The Dorchester Hotel
There is little doubt that The Dorchester, situated off Park Lane in London is an icon amongst hotels. Located right in the vibrant heart of the city, the hotel boasts a premium location overlooking Hyde Park. It is known for its popularity with a host of VIP and celebrity guests, and over the years this world-famous hotel has played host to world leaders, royalty and the crème de la crème of high society. The rooms and suites are furnished with antique furniture and no expense is spared, offering guests a taste of lavish glamour which is unrivalled elsewhere in the city.
The decadent interiors of the hotel create an atmosphere of timeless grandeur and classic luxury. The Dorchester Hotel offers an all-encompassing guest experience, with many facilities on offer to enjoy during the course of your stay. There is the chance to unwind in the luxurious spa, to dine in one of the gourmet restaurants or to experience the legendary afternoon tea, which has been served at The Promenade since 1931.
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is the only UK hotel restaurant to hold an impressive 3 Michelin Stars, giving guests the chance to enjoy unparalleled fine contemporary French cuisine whilst staying at the hotel. There are also further restaurants to choose from; the iconic China Tang which serves authentic Cantonese food and the modern European cuisine offered at The Grill. Afternoon Tea at The Dorchester is something of an institution in London, offering the finest pastries and cakes in the refined setting of The Promenade.
It is little wonder that The Dorchester is so revered. Throughout decades, the striking surroundings of the hotel have proven to be a magnet to writers and artists renowned for their talent, amongst them former poet laureate of England, Cecil Day-Lewis (father of the great actor Daniel Day-Lewis) and novelist Somerset Maugham. The hotel still enjoys strong ties to the literary scene, and the prestigious “Foyles Literary Luncheons”, are still hosted there today.
In the 1930’s The Dorchester became a haven for creative geniuses, who found inspiration in the classically elegant surroundings. The hotel was the residence of choice for a host of political and military figures during the Second World War, who found comfort in the building’s stoical reputation during this time of adversity.
The iconic hotel even played host to Queen Elizabeth II when she celebrated her engagement to the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.
A plethora of A-list actors, models and rock stars consider The Dorchester to be their hotel of choice when they are in London. Indeed, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton frequently stayed at the hotel throughout their time together. The hotel was purchased by the Sultan of Brunei in 1985 and now belongs to the Dorchester Collection, meaning it is the jewel in the crown of the famous hotel group.
In the 1950s, theatrical designer Oliver Messel redesigned the hotel and the Oliver Messel Suite apartment is named after him, modelled after a Georgian country house style. In the late 1980’s the hotel was renovated by Bob Lush of the Richmond Design Group at a cost of £75 million, ensuring that the hotel has kept its luxurious and timeless glamour throughout.
• Upgrade to a Park Suite for an even more luxurious stay.
• On Sundays relax with delicious dim sum at China Tang.
• Ask the concierge for the best theatre tickets.
• Sip champagne alongside Spa treatments at ‘The Spatisserie’.
• Guests can order bouquets from in-house designer florist Phil Hammond.
• Ask the doorman about the use of house cars.