The Dorchester: Iconic Luxury Hotel in London
For over one hundred years, the upscale Mayfair neighborhood of London’s West End has been synonymous with wealth and prestige. Elegant homes, extravagant restaurants, luxury hotels, and upscale boutiques line the streets. In fact, two of the world’s best fashion experiences, Savile Row and Bond Street, are both part of this famous and storied community. The Dorchester has always played an integral role in that storyline. And this particular luxury hotel has witnessed much of Mayfair’s history.
An Iconic Luxury Hotel
The Dorchester sits on Park Lane which separates Hyde Park and Mayfair. In the 19th century, many aristocrats began building their estates on Park Lane. Then, in the early 20th century, already established as a spot for the well-heeled, luxury hotels began construction; The Dorchester being one of the first. Completed in 1931, the hotel quickly became a hot spot for the world’s literary elite and famous artists.
During the London bombings of World War II, many buildings on Park Lane were damaged. But The Dorchester stood strong, earning it the reputation of being one of the safest building in the city. As such, General Eisenhower began staying in the hotel in 1942! Over the years, The Dorchester has undertaken a number of restorations but the decor and hospitality always pays tribute to the original style of the luxury hotel.
Historic Guest Accommodations
In addition to its 250 rooms, The Dorchester has a collection of luxury suites and penthouses. And many of these guest quarters offer a unique history. For example, the Eisenhower Suite served as General Eisenhower’s headquarters during World War II and was where he devised his strategy for Normandy. Theater buffs will enjoy the Oliver Messel Suite, conceived by the world-renowned artist and theatrical stage designer for which it’s named.
But The Dorchester’s Harlequin Penthouse is its most famous luxury accommodation. This spacious penthouse was a favorite of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. In fact, it was in this suite that the actress learned she would star in Cleopatra. And in addition to the stories this penthouse could tell, it also has a number of features that add to the luxury of the space. Most notably, the bathroom of the optional second bedroom is swathed in pink marble, an update done especially for Elizabeth Taylor. The long terrace offers an exquisite view of Hyde Park. And the dining room has ample space for eight at its rich mahogany table.
And while a stay in one of these intriguing suites and penthouses steeps its guests in history, it also assures them luxury services for which The Dorchester is known. The butler service at this luxury hotel is quite impressive. In fact, the butlers hold themselves to the strict Royal Household Standards. The Dorchester’s skilled concierge service will gladly make reservations and recommendations for experiences that are sure to enhance your London vacation. And this five star hotel’s specialized theater desk will assure guests can enjoy the best shows the West End has to offer!
This luxury hotel also endeavors to make their youngest guests feel special during their stay. As such, children can enjoy freshly baked cookies, a welcome gift, plush child-sized robes and slippers, and an assortment of family games. And while the kids are happy, the on-site florist and Asprey pop-up shop will delight the adults!
Guests also have access to this exclusive getaway’s stable of luxury cars. Chauffeur service is available with magnificent automobiles such as the Rolls Royce Phantom, Bentley Mulsanne, Range Rover Vogue, Mercedes Viano, and BMW 7 Series.
The Dorchester has a reputation for magnificent dining. And the most notable restaurant in this five star hotel is Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. The decadent establishment, helmed by celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse, has earned three Michelin stars. Only three other restaurants in London have earned this prestigious distinction. But with Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet elegant seven course tasting menu and wine chosen by expert sommeliers, it is easy to understand how this status was achieved. And while the food at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is not to be missed, the restaurant has a special feature worthy of a London vacation bucket list. The Table Lumière is a round table encircled by 4,500 fiber optic strands which completely ensconce diners within their own private cocoon. It is an amazing way to have a secluded and romantic meal right in the middle of the restaurant.
China Tang at The Dorchester is another dining option at this luxury hotel. Specializing in Cantonese cuisine, the Peking Duck is the restaurant’s signature dish. This sumptuous restaurant also has a fantastic cocktail bar. And with the unique Art Deco design, it is as if you stepped back in time to 1930’s Shanghai.
But a stay at this exclusive getaway would incomplete without a meal at The Grill. This restaurant has been a part of The Dorchester since it opened its doors in 1931. It serves both lunch and dinner but, with its rotating walls and decor of zinc, copper, and glass, the atmosphere changes in entirety from noon to night.
Indulgent Spa Services
The Dorchester Spa has an extensive menu of spa experiences including facials, massage, body treatments, nail services, and pregnancy massage. They even have a specialized menu for men’s services. And, of course, they have a wonderful selection of spa packages. One of the most indulgent is Somewhere In Time. This five hour experience includes a Body Glow, a Glacier Facial, and a manicure and pedicure. Following your spa treatment, be sure to stop by The Spatisserie. This delightful cafe serves a menu of healthy snacks and light meals. It’s the perfect spot to relax after a pampering.
So on your next London vacation, experience a glamour and luxury that is like no other with The Dorchester.