Introducing the Unrivaled Luxury of Dorchester Collection
by, 04-05-2013 at 10:25 AM (4005 Views)
Iconic Hotels. Iconic Places.
It’s a weighty tagline, but one the properties of Dorchester Collection wear with pride, honor and most important – veracity.
The nine hotels are not only renowned for luxury and individuality but also provide warm, personalized service and comfort that aim to exceed expectations of even the most discriminating guests.
“People choose to stay at Dorchester Collection hotels because they’re in the best locations, they have spectacular heritage yet continually remain cutting-edge. We work with the best designers, the top chefs and have a culture of genuine service,” said Christopher Cowdray, Chief Executive Officer.
The Dorchester Collection hotels are intricately-woven into the fabric of the world-class destinations they call home – cities like Paris, London and Milan that are on every luxury traveler’s must-visit list. For example, when somebody says “meet me at The Beverly Hills Hotel”, no address or directions are needed; it’s simply known.
“The hotels have their individual character, and resonate with the locations they’re in,” Cowdray said. “Our new tagline – Iconic Hotels. Iconic Places. – really describes these incredible landmarks. Most of our hotels have a long history of hosting high-profile events in their cities.”
Luxury Link is privileged to showcase the entire Dorchester Collection, and offer our savvy travelers hand-curated vacation experiences designed to be unforgettable from the moment you step into the lobby.
Constantly striving to remain at the forefront of luxury hospitality, many of the Dorchester Collection properties have unveiled or will debut exciting new initiatives in 2013. Below is our “virtual tour” of these nine iconic hotels in iconic places.
Hotel Bel-Air – Los Angeles, California
Reopened in 2011 after an extensive renovation and two-year closure, Hotel Bel-Air has been stepping out in style ever since. The hotel that once served as Marilyn Monroe’s home has long been Hollywood’s hideaway, and its celebrity appeal extends to the kitchen: Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air debuted with the reopening and has been called “a quintessentially Californian restaurant” by the Los Angeles Times. Menu items feature the region’s finest produce and specialty ingredients.
The 58 guestrooms and 45 suites sprawled over 12 acres of gardens display a similar attention to detail, mixing Spanish colonial style smooth finishes and graceful shapes of French Deco. Many feature a wood-burning fireplace and private garden patio.
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows – Beverly Hills, California
The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows has a style all its own, not to mention a celebrated history that predates the city which name it bears – “The Pink Palace” opened in 1912, two years before Beverly Hills was incorporated. As part of the hotel’s centennial celebration last year, refined menu offerings at the legendary Polo Lounge were unveiled. The new dishes have received highly positive reviews from both guests and local Beverly Hills residents, some of whom are known to dine at the Polo Lounge daily.
As you would expect in such a famous zip code, The Beverly Hills Hotel has hosted a countless celebrities over its 100 years, but every guest is given the red-carpet treatment. Whether you choose to stay in one of the 208 bright, inviting guest rooms or 23 secluded bungalows, every Luxury Link traveler will enjoy daily breakfast in the Polo Lounge and complimentary car service to experience the best of Beverly Hills.
The Dorchester – London
The hotel from which the Collection derives its name, The Dorchester delivers a classic British guest experience like none other from its ideal location in London’s Mayfair neighborhood. Central to this are spa offerings unparalleled among hotels in the cosmopolitan British capital. The newly-unveiled “Selected Spa Signatures from Dorchester Collection” brings the most indulgent treatments from around the globe all under one roof.
Rivaling its spa and wellness offerings are the menus from the hotel’s supremely fashionable restaurants including China Tang and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, one of only four three-star Michelin restaurants in the entire UK. Meanwhile, in September 2012 The Dorchester was graced with 22 new suites by acclaimed interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud, each featuring an eclectic array of furnishing, inspired by the British fondness for filling homes with travel mementos.
45 Park Lane – London
Every room at Dorchester Collection’s other prestigious London address, 45 Park Lane, boasts sweeping views over Hyde Park. The perfect contemporary complement to The Dorchester – adjacent to its sister property – the hotel boasts Wolfgang Puck’s modern American steak restaurant CUT, his first eatery in Europe. In addition, Bar 45 has quickly created buzz across London as a destination for sophisticated cocktails.
Art is very much a central theme at 45 Park Lane, thanks in large part to the vision of architect and designer Thierry Despont who believes that every aspect of a living environment is a reflection of the personality of those that inhabit it. That translates to guestrooms and suites designed to feel like private residences – bursting with natural light – where art by ten of Britain’s leading contemporary artists adorn the walls.
Coworth Park – Ascot, England
The third Dorchester Collection hotel in England is also the only one outside of an urban setting. Occupying 240 verdant acres just 45 minutes from central London and 20 minutes from Heathrow, Coworth Park maintains the Georgian charm of the original manor house on which it was built, yet with a contemporary twist. With an on-site equestrian center (including polo fields), kids’ club and eco-luxury spa – recently named the country’s second-favorite hotel spa by UK readers of Conde Nast Traveller – the property strives to be an elegant, full-service country retreat for couples and families alike.
No two rooms at Coworth Park are alike – with some featuring bespoke hand-wrought four-poster traditional beds while others are draped in soft natural fabrics - yet all enjoy sweeping views of the Berkshire countryside. Scheduled for 2013 are a series of Kitchen Masterclasses and expert speaker events for guests to sharpen their skills and dinner party conversation.
Le Meurice – Paris
Paris is the city for fine art lovers, and Le Meurice indulges their passion in exceptional surroundings. In fact, Salvador Dali used to reside in this palace hotel just opposite Tuileries Garden and mere blocks from the Louvre, and its signature restaurant bears his name.
One of the city's finest luxury hotels since 1835, Le Meurice boasts a litany of awards and accolades, most recently rated as the No. 3 hotel in France by the discriminating readers of Conde Nast Traveler in 2012. While the 160 guestrooms are beautifully adorned in Rococo stylings, Le Meurice’s Philippe Starck-designed public areas and lobby sways towards the modern with playful touches. For example, travelers are invited to write messages on a giant frosted mirror, totally redefining the concept of a guestbook!
Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris – Paris
Joining Le Meurice among the rarefied group to receive “Palace Hotel” distinction from the French government, Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris celebrates its centennial in 2013. Events are planned throughout the year at this landmark property in an envious location between the Champs-Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, punctuated by an April 20 gathering commemorating its opening date; 100 brightly-colored balloons will be released and guests are invited to share in a gigantic “anniversary” cake.
Whenever you visit Hôtel Plaza Athénée, expect unrivaled service as you experience guestrooms and suites evocative of elegant Parisian apartments. Located in one of the world’s gastronomic capitals, the hotel matches the high standards of its surroundings with Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, a three-star Michelin restaurant.
Hotel Principe di Savoia – Milan
Stylish. Trend-setting. Expressive. All of these adjectives describe the Italian fashion and business capital of Milan to a tee. They also fit Hotel Principe di Savoia flawlessly. The only Dorchester Collection property in Italy plays a key role hosting events during Milan Fashion Week and throughout the year, and has one of the most buzzing, upscale scenes in the city at Principe Bar.
Hotel Principe di Savoia offers its guests an uncompromising level of personal attention and the too-often-lost tradition of service. For those looking to explore more of northern Italy, you’re well-situated not far from the beautiful Lake Como region, where stars like George Clooney have built vacation homes.
Le Richemond – Geneva
The newest hotel in the Dorchester Collection joined the exclusive portfolio in 2011. Boasting a spectacular garden setting and unrivaled location on the shores of Lake Geneva, Le Richemond allows you to explore this truly international city in impeccable style. The signature Armeleder Suite – named after the family that opened the hotel in 1875 – offers the only wrap around views of the city, sparkling lake and Le Jet d’Eau against the striking backdrop of Mont Blanc.
With a new general manager hired last year to steward Le Richemond into its next phase, the sky’s the limit for this gem at the base of the Swiss Alps!