Dorchester

Dorchester
Dorchester

The Dorchester Hotels brand, or the Dorchester Collection, as it is officially known, is renowned the world over. A favorite brand among celebrities and dignitaries, it is synonymous with luxury and very high standards of service. Each of the nine hotels that are owned and operated by the Dorchester Collection is a 5 star gem, and suffice it to say that guests enjoy some of the most exclusive accommodations on the planet.

The nine different hotels of the Dorchester Collection are situated in Europe and the United States. Seven properties are located in Europe, while the other two call California home. The company itself is based in London and owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, which is a branch of the Brunei Ministry of Finance.

The Dorchester London

The Dorchester London
The Dorchester London

The Dorchester Collection has done a good job acquiring renowned hotels in renowned destinations, and one such example is the Dorchester London. Often referred to simply as “the Dorchester,” this hotel overlooks Hyde Park from its privileged spot in London’s Mayfair area. This is just part of the allure, however. A hotel with a rich history, the Dorchester London was opened in 1931 and has hosted a number of famous guests, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Beatles, and Elizabeth Taylor. Winston Churchill stayed there during World War II, as did other cabinet ministers, and this is just the start when it comes to famous past guests and interesting historical stories that are attached to the Dorchester. As for other reasons why this London hotel is so enticing, the guest units and dining choices are divine, and the spa is top-notch as well. Add it all up, and this is arguably the luxury hotel of choice in the British capital.

The Dorchester Group

The Dorchester Group
The Dorchester Group

None of the other hotels in the Dorchester Collection actually has Dorchester in its name. Instead, they are known as Le Richemond, Le Meurice, the Hotel Plaza Athenee, the Hotel Principe di Savoia, Coworth Park, 45 Park Lane, The Beverly Hills Hotel, and the Hotel Bel-Air. You can find Le Richemond overlooking Lake Geneva in Switzerland (pictured), while both Le Meurice and the Hotel Plaza Athenee are among the Paris luxury hotels. The Hotel Principe di Savoia calls Milan home, and Coworth Park is near the English village of Ascot. Serving as a London complement to the Dorchester Hotel is the 45 Park Lane property. Both of the California hotels are in the wealthiest part of Los Angeles. As their names imply, the Beverly Hills Hotel is found in the Beverly Hills neighborhood and the Hotel Bel-Air in the Bel-Air neighborhood.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Beverly Hills Hotel

A worthy candidate for special attention among the Dorchester hotels, the Beverly Hills Hotel is famous among Hollywood’s jets et. Founded in 1912, this delightful retreat is found along Sunset Boulevard in the heart of Beverly Hills. You might recognize its exterior from the cover of the Eagles 1976 album, Hotel California, and The Beverly Hills Hotel is also where you will find the famous Polo Lounge, which was for years the Los Angeles power dining spot of preference for years on end, and it played an important role in the history of the Watergate scandal. It has also had roles in several movies, including The Harder They Fall, American Gigolo, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, to name a few. The hotel has 23 separate bungalows in the gardens north of the main building, which has 208 guestrooms. The guest units have a variety of amenities, including garden patios, balconies, and fireplaces, and the bungalows also include private plunge pools and grand pianos.

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