The Dorchester and Claridge’s are two of London’s most distinguished ultra-deluxe hotels, enjoyed by corporate bigwigs, pop stars and the rich and famous. They have a price tag to match their reputation including some of the most expensive suites in the world. But which one offers the better stay? And how do you choose which is right for you, when only the best will do?
The Dorchester has recently undergone a complete makeover and prides itself on its traditionally-furnished rooms and suites overlooking Hyde Park. With its thick curtains, heavy carpets and luxurious marble bathrooms, The Dorchester (or “The Dorch” as it’s often affectionately referred to by locals) offers its guests unparalleled luxury and comfort.
It also has several stunning suites and boasts the one and only Dorchester spa. It’s possibly the best spa in London offering guests mindblowing massages and other indulgent treatments for a truly enjoyable pampering break. Since the Dorchester is located right opposite Hyde Park, it allows guests the perfect opportunity to enjoy a lovely morning jog in an idyllic setting.
Claridge’s is great for those who like bustling bars and restaurants and a more glamorous take on hospitality. The staff will make you feel special and remember guests by name. They are trained to take note of the smallest details about your preferences and choices.
Claridge’s has a reputation for entertaining royalty and not surprisingly also has one of London’s most expensive rooms – the stunning Brook Penthouse. It is a great location for afternoon tea: indeed, Claridge’s boasts a list of some 30 tea varieties to choose from!
Both hotels are full of character. The Dorchester’s rooms are mostly styled with an English “country house” feel to them, whereas Claridge’s rooms are in keeping with the distinctive 1920s Art Deco style which is the hotel’s hallmark.
Alternative 5 star options to these two exquisite hotels are the Lanesborough – where each guest is assigned a personal butler – and the newly-refurbished Langham hotel – just a few steps away from the shopping heaven of Oxford Street.
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