Built back in 1931, the first thing you’ll notice on arrival at The Dorchester (whose high profile past guests include Marlene Dietrich, General Dwight Eisenhower and Tom Cruise) is the glamorous parking area: there’s always a supercar or two parked outside this plush property.
Push through the revolving doors and prepare to be indulged. An army of staff sweep across marble floors – the hotel is grand without being intimidating – ready to whisk guests off to thrillingly huge accommodation.
Bedrooms are impeccable: there are 196 rooms in total plus no fewer than 50 suites and four rooftop suites. Despite being individually designed – no two rooms are alike – all are English to the core so expect plenty of floral fabrics. But while the rooms may look traditional, they boast impressive 21st century technology – think Bang & Olufson wide screen TVs and the like. Having problems getting your head around all the gadgetry? Panic not. Simply phone for assistance. There are three staff assigned to each room – now that’s the kind of ratio Haute Time approves of.
Bathrooms meanwhile are made from Italian marble. It would be easy to while away an afternoon in the bath tub, but resist. Instead make for The Promenade to enjoy a buzzy afternoon tea featuring fresh and interesting sandwiches, rivers of refreshing teas and extravagant cakes against the backdrop of a pianist.
Indeed it’s all so pretty and relaxing that it’s tempting not to venture out of the grounds. However you’re only a credit card’s throw from Mayfair while Hyde Park is basically your garden. Here you can try your hand at horse riding or opt for a gentle jog. If all that exercise leaves you tired, visit The Dorchester’s sumptuous spa for an rejuvenating massage before booking a table for dinner at one of The Dorchester’s dining venues.
Haute cuisine options abound: feast on fine French fare at Alain Ducasse or chow down on Cantonese delicacies at David Tang’s China Tang. For post dinner drinks, look no further than the stylish bar which boasts a jaw dropping Liberace mirrored piano.
Bottom line? From the rooms to the restaurants, The Dorch – as the hotel is affectionately known – doesn’t disappoint.