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The Dorchester
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   53 Park Lane | Mayfair, London W1K 1QA, England   |  
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Ranked #41 of 1,066 Hotels in London
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“superb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We have not tried the dorchester rooms (YET) but we visited for a meal which i could only say was superb.Staff provide a warm and friendly service although i have to agree with a few comments down some spoke very little english which was slightly hard to speak in general terms ( had to break it down a little) But we wasn't to bothered about this.More importantly the food was a delight ,food cooked to highest quality of foods.
For a treat i would suggest you visit

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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PromenadeDorchester, Director of Food and Beverage at The Dorchester, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear Maggie S,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent visit to The Dorchester and I am delighted at how much you enjoyed your meal here. It will be my pleasure to share your comments with the team and I look forward to welcoming you here for an overnight stay in the not too distant future.
Kind regards, Stephan Lafon, Director of Food and Beverage, The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I came here for my Mum's 50th and had afternoon tea in the Promenade. I have never been to this Hotel but I can definitely say I would come again! We were greeted by the staff who were very friendly and helpful. Our Waiters were lovely and the overall experience was fantastic!
Due to it being my Mum's Birthday, they brought out a cake for her and the pianist played the Birthday song. Was a fab day and my Mum thoroughly enjoyed herself!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PromenadeDorchester, Director of Food and Beverage at The Dorchester, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear AnnabelBurgon,
Many thanks for taking the time to leave a kind review of your recent birthday afternoon tea in The Promenade. I am delighted you chose to celebrate at The Dorchester and how much you and your mother enjoyed the whole experience. I look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit.
Kind regards, Stephane Lafon, Director of Food and Beverage, The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

Never having needed hotels in the great city of London, the Dorchester has long been my ideal grand hotel. A opportunity to sample the inner functions of this renowned institution left me with most of my expectations fulfilled, but also left me with some disappointments as well. Grand public areas and a selection of jolly good eateries are present. The waiters were helpful, if too attentive rather than obsequiously discreet -the latter being preferable, and the room service was efficient, but struggled with English (all-too-predictable in modern London). The room was large and comfortable, but some of the wood and fabric decor had seen better days and the Axminster-esque carpets in the corridors needed renewing. No apparent dress code was enforced downstairs, disappointingly, and some of the foreign clientele enjoyed temporary companions rather too publicly for civilised standards. Anyone expecting a modern-day Earl of Grantham to maintain standards would be disappointed. The Ritz, it seems, keeps civilised sartorial and behavioural formalities better enforced.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the inner courtyard are quieter, but lack the Park Lane view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John S, Manager at The Dorchester, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Dear CR,
Thank you for your comments following your recent stay at The Dorchester . I was pleased to read that you enjoyed many aspects of the hotel and I have taken all your other observations most seriously and will address them. I look forward to welcoming you back to The Dorchester on another occasion.
Kind regards, John Scanlon, Hotel Manager, The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We booked dinner, bed and breakfast for 1 night as a Christmas present. We have always been put off a little by the exterior of the hotel with its Ferraris, Rolls Royce’s etc parked outside as we always felt we would not fit in, how wrong we were. The hotel is excellent and the service is exceptional. We checked in and where taken to our rooms by a lovely young lady who explained that they had put us in a newly refurbished room and she checked if we needed anything else. The rooms was stunning, marble bathroom and a massive queen size bed, the decor id beautiful and topped off with a Bang & Olufsen on the wall. A man turned up 10 minutes later with some water and a fruit platter. We had booked into The Grill restaurant which was very nice, if not a little expensive. The breakfast was good, no requests seemed to challenge the waiter and that’s what you pay for, it's not the stuff you see it's the stuff that don't see behind the scenes. During our stay we were treated like all the other guests and didn't feel inferior in any way. The only little minus point was the view from the room, it was not great but as it was only for 1 night we put up with it. Checkout was smooth and efficient and we came away with a big smile on our faces. Yes it's not cheap, but I would certainly find a bit extra cash to stay with them again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John S, Manager at The Dorchester, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Dear Peartree123,
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a kind comment on your recent stay at The Dorchester. I am delighted to read how much you both enjoyed the whole experience including the rooms, service and dining in The Grill. It will be a pleasure to share your comments with everyone here and I hope to get the opportunity to welcoming you back.
Kind regards, John Scanlon, Hotel Manager, The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Lovely surroundings, with good sandwiches, but the afternoon was spoilt by being overcharged by £37 each! No acknowledgement or apology, which left a surprisingly poor aftertaste. This is the first time this has happened to us. Therefore, by all means go, but do state clearly how you would like your card to be charged prior to handing it over.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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PromenadeDorchester, Director of Food and Beverage at The Dorchester, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear SD,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your recent visit for afternoon tea in the Promenade. As mentioned in my letter, I am sorry to hear that your experience did not live up to your expectations and I would like to discuss this with you further if you could contact me directly at the hotel.
Kind regards, Stephane Lafon, Director of Food and Beverage, The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection
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Prague, Czech Republic
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84 reviews 84 reviews
75 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This grande dame remains a bastion of top quality in London. It is faultless in every way and the prices stay manageable. Amongst the world's great hotels. Service is discreet. Food fantastic even if the decor in The Grill is rather over-the-top Scottish.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John S, Manager at The Dorchester, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear JHMH1959,
I am delighted to read how highly you regard The Dorchester and how much you enjoy the service and food. It will be a pleasure to share your comments with the team here and I look forward to welcoming you on your next visit.
Kind regards, John Scanlon, Hotel Manager, The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection
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South Florida, Florida
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62 reviews 62 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

The service was excellent as you would expect from a 5 star hotel. The prices are not cheap, but its worth it once in a while! We had afternoon tea after a long day of sight seeing and it was worth it! My wife especially enjoyed the experience!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PromenadeDorchester, Director of Food and Beverage at The Dorchester, responded to this review, March 8, 2013
Dear Sampatel111,
I am delighted you and your wife enjoyed afternoon tea in The Promenade after your day sightseeing in London. It will be a pleasure to share your comments with the team and I look forward to welcoming you on your next visit to The Dorchester.
Kind regards, Stephane Lafon, Director of Food and Beverage, The Dorchester, Dorchester Collection
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Address: 53 Park Lane | Mayfair, London W1K 1QA, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#34 Luxury Hotel in London
#35 Romantic Hotel in London
#57 Family Hotel in London
#63 Business Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Dorchester 5*
Number of rooms: 244
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dorchester occupies the most prestigious acre and a half of real estate in the world, in the heart of Mayfair overlooking the glorious green expanse of Hyde Park. The preferred hotel of British society, The Dorchester embodies the highest service values whilst its design and character exude 1930s glamour with a contemporary edge. Prized for its spacious and beautifully designed rooms and suites, The Dorchester’s restaurants and bars - Alain Ducasse, China Tang, The Grill and The Promenade – also attract Londoners and the glitterati alike. The Dorchester Spa was recently transformed to create the most desirable and indulgent pampering destination in London with a uniquely named Spatisserie for tea and cake. ... more   less 
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