When you're paying this much for a room, you'd expect, no demand, a 5/5 score. But I'm not going to give Dorset square that. It falls slightly short.
Like other reviewers here, we have stayed at all the other firmdale hotels and have become accustomed to their style. We love it. Quirky, thoughtful, inspirational and exciting springs to mind. When a new one opens it's so exciting to see what they've come up with this time. You won't be dissappointed, the design and the build quality ( the highest finish ) is just what we've come to expect. The service is wonderfully friendly with a lovely professional balance between formal and informal.
We had lunch in the potting shed basement and delighted in the menu and the quality of the cooking. Like the surroundings, its inventive and exciting. Loved the cups that illuminate in patterns showing words that form cricket related sentences. The bed is sumptuous, with crisp cold heavy sheets that wreak quality. Why can't I ever get my towels at home this soft?
I have three whinges. The room was small. Really small. (And we were upgraded!)
There's no bath.
You have to pay for wifi.
It's ok to need to cram rooms in to make economic sense but you can't charge the same rate in that case. At this price, you need to offer a bigger room, it's just too dear.
No bath, again at this price you expect a bath. You can drop the size of the room and drop the bath but you need to drop the price too, hence no 5 stars.
Then to charge for wifi - that's a real bug bear of mine. In 2012, where the Internet has become so ubiquitous, it seems really outrageous to charge for access, especially at this room rate. What's next? An electric meter? So Kit, I hope you read this and get your policy to the Internet up to date as your decor. It should be part of the fixture and fittings these days. Not cool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dorset Square Hotel is a beautiful Regency townhouse with 38 individually designed bedrooms many of which look onto the leafy private garden square which was originally the site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground. An interesting collection of cricket memorabilia can be seen displayed throughout the hotel. There is a sumptuous ground floor guest drawing room with a fireplace and The Potting Shed bar & restaurant which is open all day long. The hotel's interior has been designed by owner and design director Kit Kemp in her fresh modern English style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dorset Square Hotel London, England