The Dorchester is in a class of its own. One of the best hotels in all of Europe, this five-star hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair district overlooks Hyde Park, and is the perfect destination for an extra special occasion, or just an ultra luxury retreat. Read on to find out why The Dorchester has earned our vote as 2013’s #1 hotel in the world.
From the minute you step into the hotel, with its splendid marble promenade, and gold-embellished lobby, you’ll be charmed. “The Promenade” extends outwards from reception, full of marble splendor featuring tall marble columns crowned with gold and inlaid marble floors dispersed among palm trees and lamps offering soft illumination. Opulent banquet rooms, mirrored halls, spiral staircases with elongated chandeliers, chic rooms outfitted in stylish chinoiserie, and elegant, sumptuous suites all await you at the Dorchester.
Each floor is decorated in varying color themes, leading to 196 individual rooms and 53 suites. Perhaps the most beautiful of all is the Dorchester Suite, a large apartment-sized suite overlooking Hyde Park. This is honeymoon perfect: the entryway leads to multiple lavishly appointed rooms adorned with plush curtains, designer furniture, original oil paintings, and a luxurious bedroom outfitted in elegant chinoiserie complete with mirrored cabinets and a regal canopy bed draped with opulent curtains. With a bathroom filled with Italian marble, a dining room adorned with fresh flowers, and a mock-fireplace filled with quartz crystal shaped like wood, this suite is sheer perfection.
The Dorchester is filled with dining options. The Promenade, with its rich silk draperies and gold framed mirrors, serves a full English breakfast and is the perfect spot for Afternoon Tea. China Tang is all about Cantonese cuisine, enjoyed in a beautiful setting, while three Michelin star Alain Ducasse offers contemporary French dining. Then there is Chef Henry Brosi’s private chef’s table at the Krug room, the Spatisserie serving light meals in the spa, and The Grill, with seasonal menus showcasing classic British cuisine.
The Grill is decorated in red and green plaid—an homage to the Scottish ancestry of the Dorchester’s original owners—with a huge vase brimming with 200 red roses, placed in the center of the dining room. Here, cooked pigeon carries with it the aromatic scent of oak and pine straight from the oven, and drinks are extra fancy. Take the “Queen’s Jubilee”—a fruity cocktail served in a stemware-teacup hybrid with an equally fancy accompanying tea pot.
Afternoon tea at The Dorchester is grand, to say the least. Awarded “Top Tea Place in London” three times by the British Tea Council, there are several fancy tea services to choose from, including Ice Cream Tea, Champagne Afternoon Tea, and High Tea, all with over 20 varieties of teas available. With a dedicated tea-time chef and a team of 15 pastry chefs, the resulting scones, petit-fours, quiches, chocolates, and pastries are nothing short of spectacular, including treats like white chocolate and praline pyramids, fruity macaroons, pineapple financiers on coconut mousse, fresh berry crumble tarts, and exquisite chocolate creations.
The Dorchester will spoil you and leave you wanting more. Over the years it’s played host to countless royalty, political leaders, and celebrities, and it’s not hard to see why everyone keeps returning for more.
Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1K1QA England
T: + 44 (0) 20 7629 8888