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From a theater concierge desk to a popular afternoon tea, there are a number of amenities that made The Dorchester win its coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award. Here are our top picks for its best amenities:
1. The Dorchester Spa. The Four-Star spa is a chic spot to unwind. Its entrance is all white and a pearl chandelier hangs above. The manicure area is separated by walls of clear shelves lined with a rainbow of Essie polish, and the intimate navy relaxation room invites you to relax amid the chaise lounges. Book the Carol Joy London signature facial, a customized 60-minute treatment that relaxes and nourishes.
2. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. If you want an excellent meal, just head to the London hotel’s first-floor restaurant from Ducasse. He whips up contemporary French cuisine, like a cookpot of asparagus and morels or the fillet of beef Rossini with Périgueux sauce.
3. The Promenade. The grand Promenade, lined with muted red marble columns and potted palms interspersed between them, is the hotel’s hot spot. The large space is busy with locals and visitors sipping afternoon tea, then it transforms into a late-night venue for a champagne cocktail, like the Dorchester Flower (Stolichnaya vodka, crème de violette and fresh passion fruit).
4. The in-room technology. The guest rooms are outfitted with Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TVs, a Bose radio/CD player, a Philips keyboard and a combination fax, scanner and copier. If you need help navigating all of the gadgets, there’s an e-butler who is on call.
5. The bar. Snag one of The Bar at The Dorchester’s plum tufted banquettes for classic cocktails. Peruse the gin and tonic menu, which offers various concoctions using the bar’s own bespoke bitters.