Dorchester Hotel, London

A world-famous hotel in a world-famous location; yes, that’s an apt way to sum up the magnificent Dorchester Hotel. It’s an important landmark on Park Lane in the heart of London’s prestigious Mayfair area overlooking the Hyde Park.

It was built on the site of a large 19th century building known then as Dorchester House. Since it was opened in 1931 the Dorchester has become the preferred temporary abode of the world’s rich and famous, and sometimes even Heads of States.

The Dorchester is a great place to stay whether guests come to this vibrant city for business or pleasure, or a bit of both. The stunning view of the Promenade greets guests as they enter through the foyer. It’s the opulent setting for informal dining and also the hotel’s famous afternoon teas offering an incredibly wide variety of 25 different flavors. For those with a preference for self-indulgence there is a wonderful oval bar at the end of the room.

The hotel’s 250 guestrooms and suites are all epitome of elegance and luxury and they provide wonderful views either over the Hyde Park or the Mayfair.There are several rooms and suites of different categories and all are pretty pricey and lavishly furnished in the art-deco style of the 1930s.

An executive deluxe double would cost £755 per night and – if you are loaded – you can get the most expensive Harlequin Suite for £7,750 a night with double occupancy.

A team of butlers will be around to take care of you. It was in this suite that Elizabeth Taylor got the news of her multi-billion dollar deal for playing the role of Cleopatra in the 1963 Hollywood classic.

The Dorchester’s award-winning restaurants and bars are absolutely superb. Besides the hotel’s guests, they also attract the city of London’s exclusive glitterati. Go to the Grill, if you prefer traditional British food. Alain Ducasse is the right place for fine contemporary French cuisine. Nothing can beat the Chinese Tang for delicious Chinese specialties. The Dorchester’s chic bars will ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your evenings.

Get pampered at the Dorchester Spa which has been thoroughly overhauled recently. Its sumptuous art-deco style and the state of the art contemporary facilities make this place an invigorating retreat amidst traditional elegance.

When the Second World War broke out,  the Dorchester was considered to be a fairly new, well-constructed and safe building. Dwight Eisenhower, then the chief of Allied Forces in Europe, stayed on the first floor and is now known as the Eisenhower Suite. Winston Churchill also moved in this hotel and had a wall built in the balcony for his privacy.

Hordes of celebrities from the glamour world also stayed here such as Britney Spears, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warren Beatty, Michael Jackson and the Beatles. They all obviously had deep pockets!

The Dorchester is an amazing hotel to squander your money. Still you won’t repent it because the memory of spending a a wonderful holiday here will always linger in your memory.

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