My friend and I stayed at the Dukes Hotel in January this year as a treat to ourselves, and what a treat it was!
The reception staff were perfectly polite and attentive, extremely helpful and personable. They even upgraded us to a bigger room as it was so quiet. I loved the genuine warmth that they greeted an old regular guest, the guest knew them all personally and it was like a returning friend.
Good firm and comfortable bed, great night's undisturbed sleep.
Elegant room with free wifi throughout the hotel.
Didnt eat dinner there but returned to the bar for a martini at the end of the evening. Dont try to drink more than one though, they are big and strong, but heavenly, with olives in a bowl on the side if requested. (Priced at about £17 per martini!) I could dream of Daniel Craig sauntering in and sharing it with us! Martinis are definitely the drink of the house (every guest was drinking one!) that they are served from a special trolley brought to your table, with frozen glasses and a frozen bottle of a pre-made martini. There wasnt any fancy cocktail shaking to be had, but I dont know what I was expecting. But the glasses are definitely large! Giggle-worthy!
Breakfast was included in our rate, and the huge full English with choice of how well done you would like your poached,/scrambled/boiled egg, set us both up for th whole day! Fresh fruit juices were delicious. my friend asked for apple, which took a few minutes to arrive, as it was freshly squeezed in the kitchen. Very personable waitor.
We didnt spend anytime in the drawing room or any of the other public rooms, but they were all elegantly and quirkily decorated.
Amazing location, would recommend having a coffee in Franco's restaurant down the road as well. Fantastic art on the walls, (look for the Gordon Mitchell nude behind the reception) and fab food on the plate!
Loved it, will stay again.
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February 14, 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on our lovely boutique hotel, I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed every aspect of your visit from the martinis in the cocktail bar to our delicious, freshly prepared breakfast.
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I am pleased to hear that in such a brief visit, you were able to experience our special atmosphere provided by our dedicated staff. Perhaps during your next visit you could join us in Thirty Six, our award winning Restaurant for a beautiful tasting menu followed by another Vesper Martini prepared in the Cocktail Bar!
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