Traditional elegance in London
Dating from the Edwardian era, the elegant Duke’s Hotel evokes an era of ladies and gentleman assembling for candlelit dining and an air of gentility very rare in this modern era. Although luxe in every way, it is an underplayed and subtle emphasis on comfort, not glitz, an emphasis that has brought guests who return through the years.
Renovated in 2007, Duke’s Hotel guest can now have modern technological conveniences along with their port. And speaking of port, the world-famous Duke’s Bar has been a cozy gathering place since the turn of the century. Especially renowned at the bar are the excellent martinis, best sipped while ensconced in the deep softness of the blue velvet armchairs.
The dining room at Duke’s Hotel concentrates on British favorites and has an extensive wine collection that features some remarkable reds.
The renovation has made the guest rooms at Duke’s especially comfortable. They feature rich fabrics and carpets, designer lighting, individually controlled air conditioning, wireless broadband access, satellite channels with flatscreen TV. Guests are also treated to complimentary newspaper, bottled water and shoe shines.
Location: 35 St James Place, London, United Kingdom SW1A 1NY; 90 rooms; 16 miles from Heathrow.
Luxury style: Tradition reigns here, but it is of the most comfortable sort. The straightforward care for guests’ well being has led to several prestigious awards for service, an indicator of true luxury.
What we’ve heard: Duke’s Mayfair location is ideal for shoppers, in the midst swaths of fashionable shops. A long day of sightseeing and shopping can end in the legendary Duke’s Bar, a landmark in its own right.