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The Dorchester’s design style is classic English country manor. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s rooms are full of romantic floral fabrics, including the scalloped-edged drapes and antique furnishings — think mirrors framed with gold pillars and medium wood furniture. In our room, cream wallpaper sporting subtle brown branches and tan upholstered headboards with tiny maroon leaves and matching chairs add to that refined feel. But you’ll find shades from bold pink to subdued salmon hues in the rooms.
The London hotel opened in 1931, but some of its distinctive design features debuted in the 1950s from well-known 20th-century stage designer Oliver Messel. His work lives on in his eponymous Oliver Messel Suite, which pops with fuchsia shades in the living room and vibrant yellows in the bedroom. In 2008, 22 suites were redesigned by Alexandra Champalimaud, who was behind Hotel Bel-Air’s renovation. Champalimaud gave the suites an updated art deco look as a nod to the luxury hotel’s original era.
The Dorchester has a fascinating history that shaped the London hotel’s design style. Built in 1931 in Mayfair — an area famous as a residence of British nobles — the hotel employed the very finest architects and interior designers over the decades to assure its reputation as one of the world’s most luxurious hotels. The architecture is the clear and classic English residential style, while the interior has a mix of influences from sleek Art Deco to touches of florid Rococo. Lavish features include stunning floral arrangements throughout the lobby, handmade carpets, oak furnishings and crystal chandeliers. In 2002, the hotel underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, which saw the addition of new technologies and modern conveniences, and in recent years the suites have been redesigned to ensure the absolute heights of contemporary comfort. But whatever the newest additions, The Dorchester still maintains the timeless glamour and heritage of its glorious origins.