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Before you book a stay at The Dorchester, here are some things you should know about the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. The décor is English countryside chic. Rooms have a country-manor feel, with floral bedspreads, curtains and patterned wallpaper in shades like cream and pink. If you prefer a more modern aesthetic, upgrade to one of the Roof Suites.
2. The Roof Suites offer the best views. Speaking of the Roof Suites, they offer the best vistas in the hotel because they all come with large outdoor balconies. Our favorite is the Terrace Suite. Its window-walled bathroom connects to the terrace. Soak in the two-person black moonstone Kohler Chromatherapy Riverbath tub and look out over Hyde Park. And when you need privacy, you can make the windows opaque.
3. The hotel is across the street from Hyde Park. The Dorchester occupies a quiet corner, since it’s across the street from the park. It’s great for families, who can make use of the 350-acre green space.
4. You can relax at the spa without an appointment. Even if you can’t get an appointment at the Four-Star spa, hotel guests can unwind in its relaxation room. The sleek lounge is bathed in navy — from the flowing drapes along the wall to the carpet and sofas. Photos of ballet dancers hang on the walls. Water, tea, nuts and fruit are available for snacking.
5. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is one of the city’s top restaurants. For a special dining experience, reserve the Table Lumière. About 4,500 strands of fiber optic lights hang from the ceiling and surround the six-person table (though if you are going to go that route, consider the hotel’s Krug Room, a private chef’s table that seats 12 and pairs tasting menus with champagne). The table settings are equally exquisite — Hermès china, Puiforcat silverware and Saint-Louis crystal.