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The Dorchester has a lot of great features, but here are our picks for the best things about the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel:
1. The Dorchester Spa. After a 2009 facelift, the Four-Star spa debuted with an art deco look. Book the popular Carol Joy London signature facial, a 60-minute treatment that’s tailored to your skin’s needs (though it will include a steam, collagen mask and massage and nourishing IV Lifting mask). Add in extra time to relax in the beautiful relaxation room, which is covered in navy with silver and gold accents.
2. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Visit this French chef’s outpost in the London hotel for his trademark contemporary French cuisine, like the fillet of beef Rossini with Périgueux sauce and a cookpot of asparagus and morels. Though another reason to go is for the view of Hyde Park from the modern light-wood-and-white-filled dining room.
3. The Promenade. During the day, The Promenade’s tables are full of people partaking in afternoon tea with a live pianist providing the soundtrack. At night, the crowd transitions to cocktails like the Tiramisu (Hennessy Fine de Cognac, Kahlúa and double cream) and live jazz takes over. The grand space’s muted red marble columns capped with gold and potted palms lining the walls, and sage chairs and patterned tufted sofas make it a natural gathering place in the luxury hotel.
4. The bar. The Promenade has its own bar, but we prefer The Bar at The Dorchester. It’s more private with its plum tufted banquettes in front of a forest of red glass spears. The bar focuses on the classics; its signature drink is the Martinez (Old Tom gin, Punt e Mes, maraschino and Boker’s Bitters), which is thought to be the precursor to the martini and Manhattan. Check out its menu that pays homage to the gin and tonic, which uses the bar’s own bespoke bitters.
5. Its location. The Mayfair hotel takes up a quiet corner across the street from Hyde Park. You’ll have great access to the 350-acre park (ask for a park-facing room for a nice vista). In the other direction is the hotel’s sister property 45 Park Lane, where you can dine at buzzed-about CUT at 45 Park Lane by Forbes Travel Guide Tastemaker Wolfgang Puck. You’re not far from shopping, either; Old Bond and New Bond streets are just a 10- to 15-minute walk away.