What are the guest rooms like at The Dorchester?

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Guest rooms at The Dorchester look straight out of an English country manor. In the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s Deluxe Queen Room, cream wallpaper has a subtle brown branch pattern, and the pleated lampshade sconces have molded leaves on their gold base. The off-white drapes with pink and red roses are tied back with rose-colored tassels, revealing a set of heavy ivory curtains underneath. In front of the windows are tan upholstered chairs with a rose-colored tree pattern and an ivory square pillow with a rose fringe border and a rose-colored rectangular pillow with cream diamonds. Between the chairs, a medium wood round table holds a small potted plant and magazines, such as Where London, Collect No. 12 Dorchester Collection (the Dorchester Collection’s publication) and Conde Nast Traveller.

The bed matches the rest of the room with its tan fabric headboard and tiny maroon leaves. Behind the headboard, the wall is covered with three mirrored panels that stretch to the ceiling. Medium wood tables flank the bed and have pleated lamps that mimic the sconces. One offers a phone, great thick white notecards with a light gray damask print and a silver pen. On either side of bed are two gold panels with knobs that control the lights in the room.

Open the closet’s gold-knobbed white doors and inside is a safe (it’s not big enough for laptop); a hair dryer in a bag; a large, dark gray Dorchester umbrella (a London essential); white satin hangers and light wood ones; white terry slippers with a light gray “D” embroidered on each foot; a shoe brush and shoehorn; and instructions for laundry services.

Across the room, the medium wood desk faces a mirror with two gold columns on each side. To the left of it are oval black frames rimmed with gold featuring chair drawings. The desk drawer has an outlet adapter, white stationery with the luxury hotel’s name in silver and postcards with close-ups of decorative details at The Dorchester, like a butterfly on a cornflower-blue wall. On top of the desk, you’ll find a phone, a brown leather organizer holding another nice silver Dorchester pen, more notecards and material about the Four-Star spa.

The adjacent white armoire hides all of the tech gadgets that otherwise would be out of place in a countryside retreat: a Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TV, a Bose radio/CD player with a remote control, a Philips keyboard and the mini-bar.

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