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Guests about to book a stay at Dukes in London should keep five things in mind:
1. The location and atmosphere are low-key. The hotel is located in a private courtyard at the end of a discreet one-car lane off St. James Square. Guests looking for a buzzy hotel ought to look elsewhere — though this hotel is steps away from Green Park and posh Mayfair.
2. Stop by Dukes Bar. The bar is a must-see, with bartenders in white tuxedo jackets mixing up classic martinis — said to be among the best in the world — tableside from wooden carts. Novelist Ian Fleming was a famous haunt of the bar, and it shows in the James Bond-inspired cocktail list.
3. Recreation facilities are limited. There is no pool, but a small gym offers several cardio machines and a kinesis wall machine. One treatment room and steam rooms are available, as well.
4. Standard rooms are on the small side. Guests who need a bit of space or couples traveling together should book into at least a superior room. The standard Dukes and classic rooms run small, and even the superior room’s bathroom would be a bit cramped for two guests.
5. Book a room with a view of the courtyard. Unless guests are staying in the Penthouse suite, which overlooks Green Park from the fifth floor, they should request a front-facing room that overlooks the quiet private courtyard of the hotel.