If you are strolling past Hyde Park, it is hard to miss the acclaimed Dorchester Hotel standing tall on Park Lane with its iconic yellow awnings and flags (most recently a pride flag) flying proudly in the wind. The Dorchester is just about ready to reveal their renovations to the public on 23 January 2023.
Luca Virgilio, General Manager, said, “Our hotel is firmly rooted in the essence of London and in the hearts of many. With this in mind, the hotel’s fresh interiors will reflect this enduring passion and I can’t wait to share our latest look with you.” No other than the renowned Pierre-Yves Rocohon is the man responsible for the transformation of the hotel entrance, The Promenade, guest rooms and suites and brand new Cake & Flowers boutique. The great Martin Brudnizki Design Studio has also joined the renovations, specifically with the task of redesigning the iconic bar.
Guest Rooms and Suites
Since 1931, guests have been placed at the centre of everything at The Dorchester, and that has not changed with the focus of the remodel vowing to change with the times and cater further comfort for guests. Pierre-Yves Rochon keeps this in mind while redesigning the rooms and suites, adding new spacious signature and junior suites for a more residential and comforting stay, so the guest feels as if they have their own private London residence. The rooms are a masterful combination of style without excess, with light colours inspired by an English garden, creating a traditional English countryside-chic design. Each room has its own colour palette from lemon yellow, heather blue, rosy pink and leafy green.
The famous façade of The Dorchester is getting a facelift, rejuvenating the lobby with a new welcoming glow and lighting design to allow more natural light from the city to shine indoors. Once you arrive, the ornate green granite path will guide you through the manicured garden and underneath the celebrated plane tree, a rarity in the middle of the city, to the grand entrance. Two large artworks will be erected on either side of the open lobby layout, celebrating The Dorchester’s position in the landscape of London since 1931.
Heart of the Hotel
Moving beyond the lobby, rediscover The Promenade, the heart of The Dorchester’s afternoon tea and other dining and entertainment options. A new destination at the end of The Promenade will transfer you into an F. Scott Fitzgerald fairy-tale filled with Champagne, with British landscapes lining the walls, bringing together a gallery of contemporary British art to admire.
The roaring thirties continue in Martin Brudnizki’s bar design, filled with elegance and glamour at the newly named Vesper Bar. The Palladium leaf ceiling wraps you into this snug bar, but if you wish for more comfort, there is an upper area of the bar to provide more privacy. Offering a romantic view of the park, an outdoor terrace is available to swiftly refresh and then dance your way back to the party. Cecil Beaton pieces frame the room, bringing back the Hollywood glamour.
Coming in the Deanery Street corner of the hotel, guests can find a brand new Cake & Flowers boutique. In-house designer florist, Philip Hammond, teamed up with executive pastry chef, Michael Kwan, to fill the beautiful new windows with vibrant colours and treats. This sophisticated new boutique will pull you in from the street, and leave you with floral bouquets, gift hampers, pastries or cakes to enjoy or gift to a lucky friend.
Prepare yourself to discover the elegance and glamour of the new design. The Dorchester remains open and ready to pamper with the very best hospitality and dining experiences. Afternoon Tea will operate service as usual in the Orchid Room, while the French inspired rooftop dining continues throughout the summer. The recently renovated three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse, The Grill at The Dorchester, China Tang, Parcafé and The Dorchester Spa will also continue to delight through the summer.
To discover more, visit: dorchestercollection.com
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