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“Wonderful Afternoon Tea” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Dorchester
Ranked #43 of 1,086 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Nr Cardiff, South Wales
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37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Wonderful Afternoon Tea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2009

As a treat for us we opted for "Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester" What an excellent choice it turned out to be - From the moment we arrived the Staff we polite and friendly – when we stepped out of the taxi our bags were taken off us and we went into the bar for a drink. Here we had cocktails and relaxed. We were then shown to our table, the waiter was delightful and could not do enough for us – he made our afternoon tea very special. We started with a glass of champagne and then he went on to explain all the different teas, sandwiches and pastries we would be having.
The floral displays are wonderful the décor is beautiful, you feel like you’re in another world with the pianist playing through the afternoon. We did not feel hurried or rushed as the ambience in the Dorchester is very calm and unhurried. Whilst this is a real treat and not cheap it is really worth every penny and we all have wonderful memories of our trip to London.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2009

Stayed at the Dorchester for a romantic getaway last year. I had booked champagne and flowers in advance but unfortunately it took 3 phone calls to reception to get this organised which took the surprise element away and left a bad impression. Initially our room overlooked an air conditioning unit which was disappointing for the money we paid, the staff did however move us to a better room on request.
Breakfast was lovely, very luxurious, impeccable service. Overall, a luxurious hotel, great location but not really worth the money or hype.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2009

i went to the Bar in the dorchester after eating in the allan ducaisse restaurant, i was accosted by a security thug/manager at the door who said that the bar was only for residents, I said I was a resident and this security thug continued to shout at me to show my hotel key.even when i hgav ethe key he wouldnt believe me and went ot recepytion to confirm. Im black .on sitting down, i saw three skimply dressed blonde hookers,chatting very cordially with the barmen. i met and chatted with a white couple who said they were not residents,. so i was sure i had been a victim of racism and discrimaination, this experience ruined my evening, and my stay in the hotel and i would think twice about staying or recommeding it.I warn other ethnic minorities about this racist policy.even when i complained to the duty manager there were no apologies from him or upper management , even though i stayed for two more days.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2009

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary by treating ourselves to a London show and a night at the Dorchester, however we had no idea that the management and staff at the Dorchester would make our special occasion even more special.

From the minute we arrived at the hotel we were treated like royalty by everyone. Our room was upgraded to a Suite where a bottle of champagne on ice and a bowl of fruit was awaiting our arrival, followed by a tray of chocolates and flowers.

We had afternoon tea in the Promenade and everything was just perfect - there was plenty to eat and I couldn't believe that a sandwich could be so delicious! Our waiter was very attentive and friendly and again made us feel very special - he even brought out two small tartlets with candles to wish us a Happy Anniversary. Breakfast was the same, perfect in every way.

We have nothing but praise for the staff, who were all so friendly and always smiling. Thank you to all at the Dorchester for making our 40th Anniversary an unforgettable occasion.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2009

Wow Wow... What an experience

It was our 10th Wedding Anniversary & Sons B'day wanted something very very special,


It was a royal welcome for us, people were very nice, I would say personalise service
for everything. had high tea at the promenade its was more than a main meal.

and we had some nibble in the room,It was a mini BBQ in your room,
We stayed at the Belgravia suite simply stunning views of the Hyde park,
Toilets was better than the bed room, everything was so much in to detail.

Service was best we have ever experience in a hotel, simply extraordinary team,
We spotted few celebrities while we are on the promenade including Prince Andrew
we were too shy to photograph him the experience worth lot of money.

We had a memorable stay, highly recommend this place if you are after a treat.

We are already planning our next trip

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank virosh
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Essex
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17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2009

After much research we opted for Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester. An older review on Trip advisor was very helpful, and we hoped all would be still the same. Indeed, I can confirm all the other reviewer said. The price for the full afternoon tea (excluding champagne) is now £33.50, plus 12% service charge, but for a truly unforgettable afternoon we felt it was worth paying.

For any special occasion it will make a perfect treat. The staff are very friendly and hepful, and if you are not used to frequenting 5 star hotels you will not feel at all on edge!

The afternoon tea includes as many sandwiches as you can eat! A nice selection of chicken, cheese, smoked salmon, egg mayonaise was offered. Then a small dessert, followed by warm dainty scones (plain and fruit) with cream and jam. You are served seconds, if requested. (we managed 4 each!) There is a selection of small delicate cakes to finish.

The tea menu is extensive, but not being an expert I took the waiters advise and went for the Dorchester Blend. This was perfect - in fact you will never want a tetley tea bag again!

The ambience in the Dorchester is very calm and unhurried. There are only 2 sittings so you have almost 2 hours before you have to vacate the table. The pianist plays throughout the afternoon and you really feel you are in another world. The decor is lovely, with beautiful floral displays, potted palms etc.

Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Watford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2009

I stayed at the Dorchester for one night only for the purpose of a special occasion. This is a world class hotel located in an exclusive part of central London. The small amount of reserved parking spaces in front of the hotel are only ever full with Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Bentleys etc.
On arrival, the lady at reception was 100% welcoming, polite and professional.
Room was luxurious, spacious and perfect.
On a separate occasion in 2007 I had dinner at the Dorchester and again the service and quality was 100% at all times.
This hotel will not come cheap, but for a special occasion/treat, you should certainly not be disappointed.

  • Stayed November 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sam911
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Property: The Dorchester
Address: 53 Park Lane | Mayfair, London W1K 1QA, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > London > Mayfair
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Spa Hotel in London
#37 Romantic Hotel in London
#42 Luxury Hotel in London
#58 Family Hotel in London
#64 Business Hotel in London
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — The Dorchester 5*
Number of rooms: 244
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Dorchester occupies the most prestigious acre and a half of real estate in the world, in the heart of Mayfair overlooking the glorious green expanse of Hyde Park. The preferred hotel of British society, The Dorchester embodies the highest service values whilst its design and character exude 1930s glamour with a contemporary edge. Prized for its spacious and beautifully designed rooms and suites, The Dorchester’s restaurants and bars - Alain Ducasse, China Tang, The Grill and The Promenade – also attract Londoners and the glitterati alike. The Dorchester Spa was recently transformed to create the most desirable and indulgent pampering destination in London with a uniquely named Spatisserie for tea and cake. ... more   less 
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