Since opening in 1930, The Dorchester has firmly established itself as a luxury institution, excelling through consistency in service and product, both at the highest standard . In its continuous pursuit of perfection, The Dorchester has always been at the forefront of innovation, ensuring the utmost in comfort through technology, the most comfortable beds, a new dish or the latest beauty treatment. But probably its biggest achievement is that the most discerning guests call The Dorchester a home away from home. My recent stay was no exception!
The location of The Dorchester on the prestigious Park Lane, overlooking Hyde Park and bordering Mayfair, is among the best in London. It certainly lends a feel of aristocracy and a sense of pride to be a guest of the hotel.
On this occasion, I had the privilege of experiencing the most recently renovated suite of the hotel, The Mayfair Suite. While the room felt very fresh, the aesthetics were in sync with the hotel – classic elegance with a contemporary twist, featuring the finest quality of furnishings – specially commissioned fabrics and perfectly kept antique furniture. Decorated with light colored wood and bright florals palette, the suite overlooks the beautiful neighborhood after which they are named.
There is an incredible attention to detail ensuring the utmost in comfort – mood lighting, high-speed wi-fi, state of the art Bang&Olufsen over-sized LED interactive TV, a touch pad phone that centralizes all controls (DND, air-conditioning, curtains and services etc. You will love the full Italian white marble bathrooms with separate glass enclosed rain shower, a deep-soak bathtub and custom made amenities by Aromatherapy Associates. Other amenities for the suite guests include butler service, fresh flowers, daily fruits and much more.
The Dorchester has long had a reputation for its cuisine boasting no less than five restaurants: the all day dining The Grill, the three Michelin starred Alain Ducasse, The Spatisserie at the Spa, The Promenade, and the Chinese China Tang. There are three bars, two of which are in the last two restaurants.
Known for its signature Old Tom Gin cocktail, The Bar at The Dorchester is a perfect spot for an evening tipple. There is a range of delicious concoctions available, made with meticulous attention to detail by Giuliano Morandin, the legendary bar manager.
As a member of The Tea Guild, The Dorchester features a unique take on the classic British Afternoon Tea. A staple of life at The Dorchester, afternoon tea has been a highlight of the hotel since 1931. Served in The Promenade, you can enjoy beautiful sandwiches, scones and sweet pastries while you indulge in the finest tea, in a decadent luxurious setting – the tables are set with elegant silver cutlery and crockery, with Corinthian columns made of marble, glittering chandeliers, French tapestries and an abundance of fresh flowers and plants decorations. (the hotel has its own in-house florist)
The hotel is renowned for its seasonal calendar of inspired afternoon teas – during my stay it offered a children’s Afternoon Tea inspired by the magical fairytale Sleeping Beauty. In collaboration with English National Ballet, as part of the Afternoon Tea experience, The Dorchester hosted a delightful performance from the school’s young dancers. Today’s children will grow up to be patrons of The Dorchester!
During my stay, I tried The Grill, the all day dining of the hotel. I was impressed how popular The Grill is with locals, at any time of the day. I had a delicious breakfast and an exquisite steak for a dinner – the restaurant being famed for its grill . Similarly to the rest of the hotel, service is at the highest standards – personalized, warm, efficient, genuine and intuitive. Designed by Bruno Moinard, The Grill features a striking, hand-blown Murano glass chandelier and contrasting natural materials including zinc, copper and marble, set against butterscotch leather and oak parquet flooring. Pivoting wall panels create a separate ambiance from day to night, creating an inviting atmosphere morning to night.
For those on the run, The Dorchester has created its very own artisanal Parcafé. Parcafé serves Alchemy coffee , alongside Harney & Sons teas, fresh juices and sandwiches. Alchemy is a South London roaster founded in 2008. Working directly with farmers in Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Columbia, Brazil and Ethiopia, they foster ethical business practices.
The Spa at The Dorchester is a sanctuary of wellness designed in a very chic Art Deco style dominated by glimmering white, with a spectacular pearl chandelier and a divine fresh flower set up in the lobby area. Service is simply flawless, at times the staff seemingly invisible. The absolute highlight of the Spa is the opulent relaxation room, more like a lavish salon with dark blue plush fabric swathed walls, velvet covered chaise-longs and a plethora of magazines.
Luxury beauty treatments are offered by La Prairie, Aromatherapy Associates, Valmont, while luxuriously relaxing and rejuvenating signature facials are by Carol Joy London. Carol Joy London Hair Salon offers expert stylists services with professional colourists skilled in all aspects of hairdressing. The Dorchester Barber Shop offers gentlemen with the finest traditional grooming services for over 30 years.
‘The Spatisserie’ is an intimate space for light lunches, and afternoon tea with bite-size cakes, biscuits, pastries, savory nibbles, and champagne and spa cocktails – all reflecting the ethos that ‘a little of what you love is good for you’.
Watch here a video preview of the newly renovated Mayfair Suite at The Dorchester, London
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