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Dorchester Hotel
Dorchester Hotel
Dorchester Hotel is located in Central London
Dorchester Hotel
Hotel facts and statistics
Location London, United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′26″N 0°09′09″W / 51.50722°N 0.1525°W / 51.50722; -0.1525Coordinates: 51°30′26″N 0°09′09″W / 51.50722°N 0.1525°W / 51.50722; -0.1525
Opening date 1931
Developer Sir Malcolm McAlpine & Sir Frances Towle
Architect Sir Owen Williams
No. of rooms 250
Number of suites 49
Website Official Site
General Manager is Mr Roland Fasal

The Dorchester is a luxury hotel on Park Lane in Mayfair, London, overlooking Hyde Park.

The Dorchester Hotel opened on 18 April 1931. It was created by Sir Malcolm McAlpine and Sir Frances Towle. In 1929, they bought the old Dorchester House, a large 19th century building, and quickly had it demolished. Sir Owen Williams was commissioned to design the new hotel. In the new edifice, the use of reinforced concrete allowed the creation of large internal spaces without support pillars. The construction, which was carried out by Sir Robert McAlpine,[1] was completed in 1931.

In World War II, its modern construction gave the hotel a reputation of being a very safe building. Cabinet Ministers such as Lord Halifax and Duff Cooper stayed there during this time. General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in 1942 after staying at Claridge's and stayed on the first floor (now the Eisenhower Suite). Winston Churchill had a wall built to add privacy to his balcony and it still exists today. Diners at the Dorchester from cultural circles during this period included Cyril Connolly, T. S. Eliot, Harold Nicolson and Edith Sitwell.

In 1988, the hotel closed for two years for a major refit. The hotel was completely updated and the Promenade, Grill Room and the Oliver Messel Suite were meticulously restored, to reopen in 1990.

The Dorchester is managed and owned by the Dorchester Collection; a collection of seven luxury hotels in the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Italy. It was organized in 1996 to manage the hotel interests of the Brunei Investment Agency.

High profile celebrities that have stayed at the Dorchester over the years have included[citation needed] : Britney Spears, Julie Andrews, Kim Basinger, Warren Beatty, Yul Brynner, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Mariah Carey, Tom Cruise, Judy Garland, Johnny Depp, Dame Edna Everage, Russell Crowe, Charlton Heston, Nicole Kidman, Joan Collins, James Mason, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Sellers and Kenneth Horne (who died in the hotel). Other famous entertainers who have been guests include: Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Cecil Beaton, Noel Coward, Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Duke Ellington, Prince (musician) Somerset Maugham and Lady GaGa.

References in popular culture

The Dorchester is mentioned in an episode of hotel comedy series Fawlty Towers when a guest asks about the new chef Terry (played by Brian Hall). Sybil answers: 'Dorchester', which leads the guest to expectingly think he worked at The Dorchester. Sybil then gives the precision 'No, in Dorchester.

The hotel was also featured in ITV's X Factor, in October 2006, as the location for Sharon Osbourne's bootcamp stages of the competition.

In Mr Jolly Lives Next Door, the unnamed characters played by Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson spend an evening at the hotel with Nicholas Parsons.

The hotel room featured in the conclusion of 2001: A Space Odyssey was modelled after The Dorchester.[2]

Swedish new wave band The Sounds' fourth track on their 2009 album Crossing the Rubicon is named after the hotel.


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