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Cocktails for two in the hotel bar
Rates from (inc tax)$255.80 If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days. Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21GBP), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.
If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.
Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21GBP), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.
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Cocktails for two in the hotel bar
11am. Earliest check-in is 2pm.
Double rooms from $255.80 (£210), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days. Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP252.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.
Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP252.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.
Rates usually exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast, £14.50; full English breakfast, £16.50.
Take afternoon tea in the Potting Shed – the restaurant serves a sumptuous spread of dainty sandwiches, decadent cakes and scones, high-quality teas and glasses of champagne. Make your reservation early: tea gets fully booked quickly.
Library, free WiFi throughout, valet parking (£40 for 24 hours). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, radio, minibar and Kit Kemp's range of Rik Rak bath products.
The smart, grey Marylebone Room caught our eye: the 35sq m space has a generously sized living room with well-stocked bookcases. You can lounge in the king-size bed and survey Marylebone’s Gloucester Road below through the window, and pull out the sofa bed in the living room if you’ve got an extra guest. The comfortable Garden View Luxury Rooms have similarly updated traditional English decor, and plenty of natural light.
Chic sunglasses… and your nicest umbrella. Marylebone’s packed with smart shops and restaurants ideal for exploring on foot, so be prepared for the unpredictable weather.
Two ground-floor rooms are adapted to be fully wheelchair accessible.
Welcome. The hotel can arrange babysitting, and provides a children’s menu, library of children’s books, small bathrobes, highchairs, and cots or extra beds in parents' rooms for £48 a night.
Grab a booth under an alcove beyond the bar if you’re seeking seclusion.
The restaurant’s an intimate room so you needn’t pull out your gladdest rags, but Mrs Smiths won’t go wrong with a smart pair of heels at dinner.
The Potting Shed, tucked away in the townhouse’s basement, serves updated versions of traditional English dishes, from Potting Shed Fish Pie to grilled West Country lamb cutlets. Despite its subterranean location, it gets plenty of natural light during the day – if you pop in for coffee, make sure to sample one of the exceptionally rich chocolate cookies with your latte.
Sip your cocktails downstairs at the Potting Shed: the open-plan restaurant has a well-equipped bar. There’s also a self-service honesty bar in the drawing room.
The Potting Shed lays out its breakfast buffet at 7am, and the last drinks are poured at 11pm. Food is served until 10.30pm.
Have anything from the restaurant’s menu delivered to your room, 24 hours a day.
The nearest airport is Heathrow, 18 miles away, although Gatwick, Stansted or City airports are just as accessible.
The closest station is Marylebone, about two minutes from the hotel. It’s part of the London Underground network, on the Bakerloo line; it’s also served by Chiltern Railways trains to Birmingham.
Central London traffic can be awful, but if you do choose to arrive by car the hotel offers valet parking. Take the M4 towards central London from Heathrow, or the M23, then M25, then M4 from Gatwick. Black cabs are plentiful and can easily be hailed in the surrounding streets.
Dorset Square – the actual square, not the hotel – was the original home of the prestigious Lord’s Cricket Ground: catch a match at the 'new' (since 1814) location less than a mile away at St John’s Wood. If it’s sunny, head to a green space such as Regents Park. If your wallet’s bulging, make your way to Mount Street, considered by many as the most exclusive shopping street in London. Refuel with oysters at Scott's Restaurant and Bar on Mount Street (+44 (0)20 7495 7309), then browse the Balenciaga shop or try on some red-soled stunners at Christian Louboutin. Leaf through the rare books at Bernard Shapero at 32 George Street, followed by lunch at media hangout, Cecconi's, at 5 Burlington Gardens (+44 (0)20 7434 1500). The Royal Academy of Art at Burlington Place (+44 (0)20 7300 8000; www.royalacademy.org.uk) holds temporary shows throughout the year. Its famous Summer Exhibition showcases around 1,200 works by established and unknown artists, sculptors and architects. There are free lunchtime tours of the Fine Rooms. Hyde Park is also close by – go horse-riding on Rotton Row (+44 (0)20 7723 2813; www.hydeparkstables.com).
Make a beeline to the Dorchester for some fine dining at a British institution. You can pick from several options: the Promenade for afternoon tea, the Grill for British classics, Alain Ducasse for some fancy French and China Tang for Chinese food and celebrity spotting. (+44 (0)20 7629 8888); www.thedorchester.com.) Hunt down Rhodes W1 behind a huge black door on Great Cumberland Place. The menu exhibits some decidedly delicious French and Italian influences, as well as the traditional London favourite, smoked eel. (+44 (0)20 7616 5930); www.rhodesw1.com.) The Square is Philip Howard’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Expect modern French cuisine, a sleek contemporary setting and sophisticated service. (+44 (0)20 7495 7100); www.squarerestaurant.org.) Umu sources the ingredients for its Kyoto cuisine from Japan, and has a tasting menu and a selection of sushi and sashimi. (+44 (0)20 7499 8881); www.umurestaurant.com.) Sophisticated fine dining and stylish service are on the menu at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley. (+44 (0)20 7235 6000); www.the-berkeley.co.uk.) Patara, right below the apartments at 3 Maddox Street, is a fantastic option for excellent Thai cuisine. (+44 (0)20 7499 6008); www.pataralondon.com.) Hibiscus is a twice Michelin-starred, wood-panelled delight and one of the finest French joints in town. (+44 (0)20 7629 2999); www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk.)
Head to the Windsor Castle on Crawford Place to eat some tasty Thai food and admire the shrine to George Best and curious collection of commemorative plates. They’re even on the ceiling (+44 (0)20 7723 4371). Stake out one of the lipstick-red seats at Claridge’s Bar on Brook Street (+44 (0)20 7629 8860; www.claridges.co.uk). This glamorous spot is pure luxury from top-to-toe, with cocktails served in crystal glasses and a dinner-defying array of late-night nibbles, including sushi, sashimi, truffle risotto and even fish 'n' chips.
I am allergic to cricket. I’ve had marriages that have lasted less time than a test match. Cricket is the tantric sex of sport, but all you get is a sticky wicket…. Which is why I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the cricket-themed Dorset Square Hotel. Dorset Square, just off London’s Baker Street, is the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground. This little patch of parkland is where the first balls were googlied, diamond ducked, dibbly dobblied and double hat-tricked (you can see what an expert I am.) This means that for most men it’s not just a mere patch of green, but a shrine.
The Dorset Square Hotel is a row of interlaced terrace houses facing onto this hallowed ground. Echoing the cricketing theme, the bedroom door handles are halved leather cricket balls and the walls are lined with cricketing memorabilia, both original and bespoke artistic creations. It’s all very tongue-in-chic… And – against all my cricket-phobic expectations – it is totally charming.
A luxurious, intimate boutique escape in the heart of London by award-winning style guru Kit Kemp. Here she has waved her magic designer wand to create an idiosyncratic tapestry of textures, colours and styles that harmonise the antique and the contemporary. The 38 individually designed bedrooms, many of which look onto the leafy private garden, could be the style equivalent of putting oysters with custard. But, instead, all gels to aesthetic satisfaction.
To kick off the romantic mood, we were welcomed with a glass of champagne at the bar. Which led to two, then three… Before long we were thinker than you drunk we are. The Potting Shed bar and restaurant are open all day and offer a tasty and varied menu, with a skylight opening up onto the pedestrians and buses buzzing by down Baker Street. The breakfast is so delicious, staff should put speed bumps in the dining room to slow down progress to the buffet table.
London hotels have in the past provided me with service with a snarl. Coupled with some third-degree sarcasm, their ethos seems to be that the guest is always wrong. But the young, enthusiastic staff at Dorset Square are smilingly efficient and totally friendly at all times.
The other great thing about the hotel is its location on the edge of Regents Park. To me ‘working out’ is something you do on the back of an envelope. After all, there is growing medical evidence that exercising can make you hot and sweaty. Of course the hardest thing about exercising is trying not to let your wine spill. (The only aspect of cricket I do like is that it’s the one sport that builds in meal breaks.) But if you are a gym junkie, Dorset Square Hotel not only has access to a nearby fitness centre but is also situated right beside London’s most beautiful oasis of flowery tranquility. The only thing I run up are bills, but the park is so lovely, it did tempt me out for a few trots.
The only snag for space lovers is that some of the rooms are not that big. Our deluxe was fine but if you’re an American Footballer say, don’t expect to get in a standard room without covering yourself in lubricant. Then again, if you’re here for a Mr & Mrs Smith break – the closer the better, right? And it’s incredibly inexpensive for London, especially with its granite and glass bathrooms and heated towel rails.
If you are planning to head DSH for romance, the only other trouble is that there are so many fabulous distractions. On our first outing, we popped around the corner to the Sherlock Holmes Museum for a little light detecting. This was followed by a stroll down Marylebone High Street, pausing for the scrumptious modern tapas at Providores, the award-laden New Zealand-run restaurant. Next stop, the Wallace Collection. This astounding museum with its world-famous range of decorative arts is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain. It was bequeathed to the nation and is completely free. You can’t pass by without popping in to see some Titians, Rembrandts and best of all, The Laughing Cavalier by Hals.
Then it was onto Selfridges, a shrine for retail lovers, I spent a few hours here worshipping. Believe me anyone who says money doesn’t buy happiness, just doesn’t know where to shop. Oxford Street is full of fabulous bargains but my favourite destination is St Christopher’s Place, a cobbled courtyard away from the traffic fumes, lined with quaint designer boutiques. If you’re in the mood to pluck your highbrows, it’s only a short stroll through Mayfair to Piccadilly for more art at the Royal Academy. Or to Hyde Park to watch the cavalry prancing about in full regalia. We even took a saunter through Regents Park on our second day to the more kooky environs of Camden. The punks, performers and modern-day pirates of Camden Lock give new meaning to walking on the wild side.
After a frenzied day in the bustling city, sinking into an acreage of soft bedding, I heard a satisfied sigh escape my lips. I felt as thought I’d just reached the next level of Ashtanga yoga meditation, and all without having to knit my own aura. The Dorset Square Hotel is a true sanctuary in the heart of a busy metropolis. I’m still not converted to cricket but the hotel not only bowled me over, it offered many innings and fabulous outings.
The incredibly friendly and professional staff. The food was excellent as was the ambiance of the restaurant for breakfast, afternoon drinks and dinner. Attention to detail (the hotel/restaurant staff all knew that my wife was on a gluten-free diet). Our room was excellent (we had view over Dorset Square itself). We can't wait to stay and eat here again. Great location. Regent's Park and Hyde Park all within easy walking distance. Tube station right next door so easy to get to anywhere in London.
Large rooms (not an issue for us).
The hotel, service, very quiet, and location in the middle of town.
A gym or pool.
Quiet room in central London. Very friendly staff, good facilities in the room with nice lotions and potions in the bathroom. Good bar and restaurant, near buses and tube station also within walking distance of Oxford street and Regent's park.
Wild party nights in the bar.
So quiet or central London, really friendly staff and great design - best breakfast ever!
A bath, but shower excellent.
Loved the cleanliness, care taken to refresh towels daily, comfortable bed, lovely room decor and view, gracious and helpful staff (early flight arrival and they allowed us to enter early-very appreciative of that), yum blackberry cocktail!, a well done inclusive breakfast w stay. Thank you so much Dorset Square and Smith!