The Dorchester

London, England

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    Exquisite English pedigree on Park Lane

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    Exquisite English pedigree on Park Lane

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    Exquisite English pedigree on Park Lane

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    Exquisite English pedigree on Park Lane

Why we choose The Dorchester

Royal service is the rule at The Dorchester, so ask and ye shall receive

  • The only hotel in London with a three Michelin star restaurant
  • Roof suites come with an exclusive team of butlers
  • The dedicated Theatre Desk arranges West End shows for you
  • The refreshed suites are everything you wish your home to be

The Dorchester is quite simply the place to be in London and has been for over 80 years. You can stay here for the cachet provided by the name alone, but we prefer to stay here for the marvelous décor, spa and five restaurants and bars—a kind of international food court for the wealthy.

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We suggest

Stay in a Dorchester or Park Suites, redesigned by acclaimed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, with views of Hyde Park.

What you need to know about the hotel

Britain’s most iconic hotel, The Dorchester is English from top to bottom

  • The Harlequin Suite features the original pink marble bathroom installed especially for Elizabeth Taylor
  • Royston Blythe at The Dorchester gives you access to the team that regularly creates looks for luxury fashion brands
  • The Beau Tea Ful Spa Experience combines two of our weaknesses: indulgent spa treatments and gourmet afternoon tea at The Spatisserie
  • Carol Joy London Hairdressing Salon at The Dorchester Spa offers expert stylists and professional colorists skilled in all aspects of hairdressing

Hollywood’s brightest stars have been frequent guests since the hotel’s opening in 1931. Everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Bob Hope has taken up residence in the Oliver Messel Suite, and Elizabeth Taylor was staying at The Dorchester when she found out she landed Cleopatra. Needless to say, The Dorchester is non-stop glamour, but it’s not identical glamour. The “Nostalgia Suites” (Mayfair and Stanhope Suites) have a classic residential design, for instance, while the ultra-luxe roof suites inject more of a 1930s sophistication.

Food in general is big at The Dorchester; in fact, its kitchens cover the space of eight tennis courts and feature an escalator. The spotlight destination is, of course, three-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, which serves up contemporary French cuisine. If you do only one thing while you’re here (besides sleep), make it a meal at this eatery.

Where is it and what's nearby

The Mayfair hotel puts you in the middle of the action, while carving out a little green space as a respite

  • London is an international shopping destination, so give your plastic a workout at high-end places like Bond Street, Knightsbridge and Sloane Square
  • Neighboring Hyde Park, the city’s largest royal park, is perfect for exercising, horseback riding and a peek at the Serpentine Gallery
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral is an architectural wonder and final resting place for many famous faces, but the lofty Golden Gallery is most amazing

The Dorchester occupies an acre and a half and is located on London’s Park Lane, overlooking the glorious expanse of Hyde Park. It’s within walking distance to a long list of everything you come to London for: upscale shops, to-die-for restaurants, historic sites and museums and art galleries. It’s some of the best real estate in the city because you get all the benefits of urban life and a nature-infused escape in the adjacent park.

How to enjoy London

From the fine art galleries of Mayfair and St James  (bring your wallet, this art is for sale) to the elegant terraces surrounding Regent’s Park, sophisticated London abounds. For an edgier side to the city, head to Soho, for the excellent restaurants

  • Explore Shepherd Market, a tiny backstreet square where London’s glitterati of Royals and A-listers go to club and dine
  • To see London from the highest vantage point, take the express lift (no elevators in these parts) to the newly opened observation platform on The Shard
  • Upmarket shopping can be found on Bond Street, South Molton Street and Savile Row. For one-offs and independents, explore the boutiques of King’s Road. Borough Market is perfect to explore stalls featuring local produce, and don’t forget the antique shops on Portobello Road.

Nowhere best captures the understated glamour, impeccable manners and intriguing idiosyncrasies of the British upper classes than the streets around Mayfair. To get up close and personal, however, you have to join in the traditions. Tea at The Ritz or Claridges is a must. (It’s even listed as a proper meal alongside breakfast, lunch and dinner on their menus). Don’t forget an appointment with your man in Jermyn Street (for exquisitely tailored shirts and suits).

For more quintessentially English experiences venture away from the central hub of Mayfair. South of the river there’s Wimbledon. Outside of the tournament, visit the tennis club. It has a museum and drips wealth. The boutiques and cafes of Wimbledon Village are worth an afternoon too. Finally, don’t forget the Queen. It would be rude not to stop by if you are in town. Buckingham Palace does tours. A tourist honeypot, but you can book exclusive tours of the State Rooms.

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    When to visit London

    April: For a ticket-free sporting experience, join the throng along the banks of the Thames at Putney or Chiswick and watch the annual battle between Oxford and Cambridge Universities: The Boat Race (Pimm’s obligatory).
    May: Chelsea Flower Show
    June/July: To see the world’s greatest tennis players in action, get tickets for Wimbledon during the last week of June and first of July.
    July: Henley Royal Regatta
    August : Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
    September: London Fashion Week

  • We say

    Home to royalty from around the world.

  • A word from the hotel

    Perfectly positioned at the heart of the action, within The Dorchester’s famous kitchens, book a unique dining experience for up to 12 people at our Chef’s Table, where guests dine in style beneath a beautiful Baccarat crystal chandelier.
    Henri Brosi, Executive Chef

  • We say

    Take a seat in The Promenade for afternoon tea and breathe in the atmosphere as the live piano music fills the air.

  • Awards and accolades

    Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester has been awarded 3 Michelin Stars.

  • Awards and accolades

    The Dorchester Spa was named Favourite UK Hotel Spa by Condé Nast Traveller after its reopening in 2009.

  • A word from the hotel

    As soon as you have your travel dates to London, book a table at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, the UK’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant in a hotel, where Jocelyn Herland’s cooking is exceptional.
    John Scanlon, Hotel Manager

  • Awards and accolades

    The Dorchester features in Condé Nast Traveler’s Platinum Circle—it’s been on the Gold List at least five years running.

  • Awards and accolades

    The Dorchester, along with its sister London property, 45 Park Lane have been awarded the highest Five-Star Award by Forbes Travel Guide 2013, and are two of only six hotels in London to receive the recommendation, and only 82 in the world. 

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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with The Dorchester Collection we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Guaranteed one category room upgrade at time of booking
  • Junior suites: upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Credit of 100 units of local currency once per stay (applied to final bill)
  • Daily full breakfast (breakfast menu only), available in any outlet including in-room dining, for up to two people per bedroom (excludes alcohol and caviar)
  • Daily unlimited internet access for unlimited number of devices (no download limit)
  • For Suite bookings (excluding junior suites): DAILY credit of 100 units of local currency per suite

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