Hotel Review: The Dorchester Hotel, London


The world is aflutter with excitement as it gets ready to celebrate the union of Prince William and Kate Middleton. But at The Dorchester Hotel, where Prince Phillip held his stag night, celebrations started last week when the famous London institution kicked of celebrations to mark 80 years of being in existence.

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The grand dame of London hotels toasted to its long life and decades of hosting royalty celebrities and dignitataries by unveiling the unique Dorchester London Cocktailand will later this year plant 80 grand trees to mark its octogenarian status. We at Luxury Travel Beat wanted to see what the fuss was all about, so we checked in at the iconic hotel only two days before the Royal Wedding of the decade. We were not disappointed.

The first thing one notices upon entering the hotel is the absence of noise, despite the hotels location on London’s bustling Park lane. This cocooned-in feeling is intensified in the Mayfair suite, where we stayed, and whose magnificent views of London’s Hyde Park combined with its antique country-house interior decor made me feel as if I had been transported to the English country side.

But it is the “extras” that keep the guests coming back time and time again. The hotel’s Art-deco style spa, which reopened in 2009 after a 3.2 million refurbishment, attracts a diverse clientele, 70 percent of whom are not actually staying at the hotel. They come here to experience treatments such as the 6½ hour Full Preen massage in nine treatment rooms including two double suites, a manicure and pedicure suite, a fitness studio, and a Relaxation room.

Diners also have a wide range of cuisine to choose from the hotel’s 5 restaurants. Luxury Travel Beat were keen to sample The Grill, which we had heard does the best roast in town. Although I’m not sure the Loin of Finnebrogue venison I had was the best in town – London does, after all offer stiff competition when it comes to cuisine – it almost melted in my mouth with each bite, and with the accompanying butternut squash puree and haggis sauce made for a very satisfactory dinner. 

Stay here if:

  • You would like to experience a quintessentially British institution. The Dorchester is serious about its Afternoon Tea, which is served five times daily and has earned the establishment an Award of Excellence from the UK Tea Council
  • You long back to the 1930s and 40s era of glamour and elegance. The Dorchester’s structure, interior, furnishings and even spa treatments have been modelled after this era, even as they continue to upgrade their facilities and offers to keep abreast with contemporary developments.
  • You enjoy having a wide range of dining choices. The Dorchester has not one, not two, not even three, but five in-house restaurants, including the three michelin-starred Alain Ducasse restaurant, and China Tang, which is incredibly popular among London’s jet-set crowd.

The Dorchester: Park Lane, London W1 (020 7629 8888; www.thedorchester.com). Doubles from £265

Photos courtesy of The Dorchester Hotel.

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