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There are five words we’d use to describe the style of the luxurious Dukes in London:
1. Edwardian. The hotel comprises two red-brick Edwardian townhouses joined together, with ivy climbing up the outside walls, stone-framed bay windows and a black wrought-iron vestibule leading the way to the hotel’s archway entrance, flanked by real cast-iron gas-burning lamps.
2. Classic. The hotel showcases its more than 100-year-old sense of history with gilt-framed artworks of villas and paintings of historical figures and dogs gracing the walls. White crown molding, a single wood-paneled elevator per townhouse and a large wooden key rack behind reception, featuring triangular pediment and Corinthian columns, imbue the lobby with a classic air.
3. Modern. The hotel touts a “modern classic” design style, updating its traditional fittings with modern checkered and salmon pink wingback armchairs in the lobby, and even a champagne lounge with a lime green and fuchsia pink color scheme.
4. Luxurious. Floris candles burn throughout the day, combining with grand bouquets of fresh white roses to infuse the public areas with a heady scent of hyacinth and bluebell. Guests stream daily into the hotel bar, known to be a haunt of James Bond novelist Ian Fleming and with the best martinis in the city prepared tableside.
5. Discreet. The hotel is housed in its own private courtyard down a discreet lane off St. James Square, just wide enough for one taxi. Rooms are quiet, no matter whether guests stay on the first floor or the fifth floor, the highest in the hotel.