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Famous London Hotels - The Dorchester

14/05/2004, By Claire Bernard

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Calling The Dorchester a hotel is like calling Champagne a fizzy drink or caviar a sandwich spread. The Dorchester rejects bland luxury in favour of an unashamed celebration of opulence in décor, a level of service that is nearly telepathic, and food and wine that is gloriously over the top.

Built in l931, the hotel was designed as the perfect grand hotel; ultra-modern in its convenience, traditional in its atmosphere and service. A year after opening, the new hotel was established as a favourite with film stars and society hostesses alike. Over the years, The Dorchester has employed the cream of interior designers.

During unprecedented renovation work completed in 1990, their art was restored to its original glory. And now into 2004, The Dorchester has never looked so good, following a major restoration project in 2003 to all 200 bedrooms, 50 suites, public areas and exterior.

Consistently ranked one of the world's best hotels and host to an endless flow of world-leaders and celebrity guests, The Dorchester remains undoubtedly the most wonderful place to stay in London.

Its ideal central location, overlooking the expanses of Hyde Park and close to the prestigious shops of Knightsbridge and Bond Street, as well as the theatre district makes it superbly suited to a leisure break as well as for those in London on business.

The bedrooms and suites retain their traditional 'Georgian country house' style. All different, with hand-blocked wallpapers and unique fabrics, they combine true cosy comfort with utter luxury.

The beds, covered in Irish linen, have been called the most comfortable in London; the bathtubs the deepest in London. Continually striving to provide the latest amenities in addition to luxurious surroundings, a state-of-the-art entertainment and business system has been installed in each bedroom and suite, with a team of EButlers on call to assist with all IT assistance.

The Oriental

The Dorchester is renowned for its dining scene, boasting four restaurants, each starkly different from the other. Enter into The Oriental Restaurant and you are transported to another world, rich in colour, adorned with antique silks and embroidered hangings. The Cantonese cooking is regarded as the finest in London, with many of the ingredients specially flown in from Hong Kong.

The Grill Room, opened in 1931, celebrates all that is best in British fare.

Classics are prepared in the time-honoured manner and served in the grandest surroundings. Beef from Scotland, crabs from Cornwall, and fruit and vegetables grown from historic seeds at the Grill Room’s own organic garden.

The Promenade is the elegant heart of the Dorchester. Amid marble columns, striking plants and wonderful flowers, the softest sofas or armchairs invite complete relaxation. Food and drinks are served throughout the day, and the Afternoon tea, served in three stages, is a spectacular high point. You can while away the afternoon with the piano music, taking you back to a bygone era of English gentility!

The Krug Room

And The Dorchester Bar is one of the very few truly excellent bars in London. A less formal Italian menu is available throughout the day, along side an extensive wine and cocktail list. At night the Bar becomes a cool, relaxed jazz venue.

Open to hotel guests and members, The Dorchester Spa is renowned mostly for the wide range of luxury therapeutic and relaxing treatments available, including the famous Eve Lom facial. There is also a sauna, steam and whirlpool baths, Charles Worthington’s hair salon, the Barber Shop and a fully equipped gym.

Another trademark of The Dorchester are the private dining and banqueting facilities. There are nine banqueting rooms in total, all differing drastically in design, mood and size; from the expanse of the Ballroom, to the 12-seat Krug Room located down in the master kitchens of the hotel.

For more information on all their facilities, visit their Website.

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