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The best rooms to stay in at The Dorchester are the Roof Suites. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s specialty suites all draw inspiration from the 1930s, offer large terraces with nice views and have interesting histories. The largest of the three is the 2,242-square-foot Harlequin. The suite has a dressing room, an eight-person dining room and a bar, but the living room is particularly notable. It isn’t because of its more modern-looking décor — walls upholstered in cream silk, gold leather chaise lounges, two pairs of French doors with gold silk drapes — but because of what happened there. Frequent guest Elizabeth Taylor found out that she was going to star in Cleopatra in that living room. The 1,467-square-foot Terrace Suite brings the outdoors in and vice versa. The bedroom extends into a private conservatory, and the window-walled bathroom connects to the terrace. As you soak in the black moonstone Kohler Chromatherapy Riverbath tub, look out over Hyde Park. For privacy, you can make the windows opaque. The smallest of the Roof Suites trio is the 875-square-foot Audley, which has its own sitting room, study, dressing room and cocktail bar. The suite highlight is the bedroom. Designer Christian Liaigre (who created the minimalist furniture in New York’s Mercer Hotel) updated the four-poster bed, and it complements the pleated silk walls.
While the Oliver Messel Suite isn’t a Roof Suite, it makes the cut as one of the luxury hotel’s best rooms because of its designer. Created by its namesake, a groundbreaking 20th-century stage designer, the suite has bright floral motifs, with fuchsia shades in the living room and yellows in the bedroom. It also has its own terrace with skyline views from the seventh floor of the London hotel. Fans of the 1,320-square-foot suite included actress Marlene Dietrich, playwright Noël Coward and entertainer Bob Hope.