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Hotel Highlights

  • Very central location
  • Stylish Kit Kemp design
  • Intimate, relaxed restaurant

Overview

Set on the edge of a quiet, green square London's very central (and very exclusive) Marylebone area, theDorset Square Hotel will bowl you over with it's cricket theme and witty, modern British design. The square was the site of the original Lord’s cricket ground, and designer Kit Kemp reflects this history in the handsome Regency townhouse’s interior, with bats, balls and depitions of the game accented with Kemp's signature bold patterns and coloured textiles throughout.

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

38.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in is 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $348.36 (£210), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates usually exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast, £14.50; full English breakfast, £16.50.

Also

Take afternoon tea in the Potting Shed – the restaurant serves a sumptuous spread of dainty sandwiches, decadent cakes and scones, high-quality teas and glasses of champagne. Make your reservation early: tea gets fully booked quickly.

At the hotel

Library, free WiFi throughout, valet parking (£40 for 24 hours). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, radio, minibar and Miller Harris toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

The smart, grey Marylebone Room caught our eye: the 35sq m space has a generously sized living room with well-stocked bookcases. You can lounge in the king-size bed and survey Marylebone’s Gloucester Road below through the window, and pull out the sofa bed in the living room if you’ve got an extra guest. The comfortable Garden View Luxury Rooms have similarly updated traditional English decor, and plenty of natural light.

Packing tips

Chic sunglasses… and your nicest umbrella. Marylebone’s packed with smart shops and restaurants ideal for exploring on foot, so be prepared for the unpredictable weather.

Also

Two ground-floor rooms are adapted to be fully wheelchair accessible.

Children

Welcome. The hotel can arrange babysitting, and provides a children’s menu, library of children’s books, small bathrobes, highchairs, and cribs or extra beds in parents' rooms for £48 a night.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The Potting Shed, tucked away in the townhouse’s basement, serves updated versions of traditional English dishes, from Potting Shed Fish Pie to grilled West Country lamb cutlets. Despite its subterranean location, it gets plenty of natural light during the day – if you pop in for coffee, make sure to sample one of the exceptionally rich chocolate cookies with your latte.

Hotel Bar

Sip your cocktails downstairs at the Potting Shed: the open-plan restaurant has a well-equipped bar. There’s also a self-service honesty bar in the drawing room.

Last orders

The Potting Shed lays out its breakfast buffet at 7am, and the last drinks are poured at 11pm. Food is served until 10.30pm.

Room service

Have anything from the restaurant’s menu delivered to your room, 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

The restaurant’s an intimate room so you needn’t pull out your gladdest rags, but Mrs Smiths won’t go wrong with a smart pair of heels at dinner.

Top table

Grab a booth under an alcove beyond the bar if you’re seeking seclusion.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Dorset Square – the actual square, not the hotel – was the original home of the prestigious Lord’s Cricket Ground: catch a match at the 'new' (since 1814) location less than a mile away at St John’s Wood. If it’s sunny, head to a green space such as Regents Park. If your wallet’s bulging, make your way to Mount Street, considered by many as the most exclusive shopping street in London. Refuel with oysters at Scott's Restaurant and Bar on Mount Street (+44 (0)20 7495 7309), then browse the Balenciaga shop or try on some red-soled stunners at Christian Louboutin. Leaf through the rare books at Bernard Shapero at 32 George Street, followed by lunch at media hangout, Cecconi's, at 5 Burlington Gardens (+44 (0)20 7434 1500). The Royal Academy of Art at Burlington Place (+44 (0)20 7300 8000; www.royalacademy.org.uk) holds temporary shows throughout the year. Its famous Summer Exhibition showcases around 1,200 works by established and unknown artists, sculptors and architects. There are free lunchtime tours of the Fine Rooms. Hyde Park is also close by – go horse-riding on Rotton Row (+44 (0)20 7723 2813; www.hydeparkstables.com).

Local restaurants

Make a beeline to the Dorchester for some fine dining at a British institution. You can pick from several options: the Promenade for afternoon tea, the Grill for British classics, Alain Ducasse for some fancy French and China Tang for Chinese food and celebrity spotting. (+44 (0)20 7629 8888); www.thedorchester.com.) Hunt down Rhodes W1 behind a huge black door on Great Cumberland Place. The menu exhibits some decidedly delicious French and Italian influences, as well as the traditional London favourite, smoked eel. (+44 (0)20 7616 5930); www.rhodesw1.com.) The Square is Philip Howard’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Expect modern French cuisine, a sleek contemporary setting and sophisticated service. (+44 (0)20 7495 7100); www.squarerestaurant.org.) Umu sources the ingredients for its Kyoto cuisine from Japan, and has a tasting menu and a selection of sushi and sashimi. (+44 (0)20 7499 8881); www.umurestaurant.com.) Sophisticated fine dining and stylish service are on the menu at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley. (+44 (0)20 7235 6000); www.the-berkeley.co.uk.) Patara, right below the apartments at 3 Maddox Street, is a fantastic option for excellent Thai cuisine. (+44 (0)20 7499 6008); www.pataralondon.com.) Hibiscus is a twice Michelin-starred, wood-panelled delight and one of the finest French joints in town. (+44 (0)20 7629 2999); www.hibiscusrestaurant.co.uk.)

Local bars

Head to the Windsor Castle on Crawford Place to eat some tasty Thai food and admire the shrine to George Best and curious collection of commemorative plates. They’re even on the ceiling (+44 (0)20 7723 4371). Stake out one of the lipstick-red seats at Claridge’s Bar on Brook Street (+44 (0)20 7629 8860; www.claridges.co.uk). This glamorous spot is pure luxury from top-to-toe, with cocktails served in crystal glasses and a dinner-defying array of late-night nibbles, including sushi, sashimi, truffle risotto and even fish 'n' chips.

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Marvellous Marylebone

Dorset Square Hotel

39-40 Dorset Square, London NW1 6QN, United Kingdom

The clue’s in the name: Dorset Square Hotel sits elegantly on the edge of Dorset Square, a leafy corner of upmarket Marylebone. It’s an unbeatably central part of town, ideal for shopping, dining and sightseeing.

Planes

The nearest airport is Heathrow, 18 miles away, although Gatwick, Stansted or City airports are just as accessible.

Trains

The closest station is Marylebone, about two minutes from the hotel. It’s part of the London Underground network, on the Bakerloo line; it’s also served by Chiltern Railways trains to Birmingham.

Automobiles

Central London traffic can be awful, but if you do choose to arrive by car the hotel offers valet parking. Take the M4 towards central London from Heathrow, or the M23, then M25, then M4 from Gatwick. Black cabs are plentiful and can easily be hailed in the surrounding streets.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Kathy Lette , Witty writer extraordinaire

I am allergic to cricket. I’ve had marriages that have lasted less time than a test match. Cricket is the tantric sex of sport, but all you get is a sticky wicket…. Which is why I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the cricket-themed Dorset Square Hotel. Dorset Square, just off London’s Baker Street, is the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground. This little pa…
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Dorset Square Hotel

Anonymous review by Kathy Lette, Witty writer extraordinaire

I am allergic to cricket. I’ve had marriages that have lasted less time than a test match. Cricket is the tantric sex of sport, but all you get is a sticky wicket…. Which is why I had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the cricket-themed Dorset Square Hotel. Dorset Square, just off London’s Baker Street, is the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground. This little patch of parkland is where the first balls were googlied, diamond ducked, dibbly dobblied and double hat-tricked (you can see what an expert I am.) This means that for most men it’s not just a mere patch of green, but a shrine.

The Dorset Square Hotel is a row of interlaced terrace houses facing onto this hallowed ground. Echoing the cricketing theme, the bedroom door handles are halved leather cricket balls and the walls are lined with cricketing memorabilia, both original and bespoke artistic creations. It’s all very tongue-in-chic… And – against all my cricket-phobic expectations – it is totally charming.

A luxurious, intimate boutique escape in the heart of London by award-winning style guru Kit Kemp. Here she has waved her magic designer wand to create an idiosyncratic tapestry of textures, colours and styles that harmonise the antique and the contemporary. The 38 individually designed bedrooms, many of which look onto the leafy private garden, could be the style equivalent of putting oysters with custard. But, instead, all gels to aesthetic satisfaction.

To kick off the romantic mood, we were welcomed with a glass of champagne at the bar. Which led to two, then three… Before long we were thinker than you drunk we are. The Potting Shed bar and restaurant are open all day and offer a tasty and varied menu, with a skylight opening up onto the pedestrians and buses buzzing by down Baker Street. The breakfast is so delicious, staff should put speed bumps in the dining room to slow down progress to the buffet table.

London hotels have in the past provided me with service with a snarl. Coupled with some third-degree sarcasm, their ethos seems to be that the guest is always wrong. But the young, enthusiastic staff at Dorset Square are smilingly efficient and totally friendly at all times.

The other great thing about the hotel is its location on the edge of Regents Park. To me ‘working out’ is something you do on the back of an envelope. After all, there is growing medical evidence that exercising can make you hot and sweaty. Of course the hardest thing about exercising is trying not to let your wine spill. (The only aspect of cricket I do like is that it’s the one sport that builds in meal breaks.) But if you are a gym junkie, Dorset Square Hotel not only has access to a nearby fitness centre but is also situated right beside London’s most beautiful oasis of flowery tranquility. The only thing I run up are bills, but the park is so lovely, it did tempt me out for a few trots.

The only snag for space lovers is that some of the rooms are not that big. Our deluxe was fine but if you’re an American Footballer say, don’t expect to get in a standard room without covering yourself in lubricant. Then again, if you’re here for a Mr & Mrs Smith break – the closer the better, right? And it’s incredibly inexpensive for London, especially with its granite and glass bathrooms and heated towel rails.

If you are planning to head DSH for romance, the only other trouble is that there are so many fabulous distractions. On our first outing, we popped around the corner to the Sherlock Holmes Museum for a little light detecting. This was followed by a stroll down Marylebone High Street, pausing for the scrumptious modern tapas at Providores, the award-laden New Zealand-run restaurant. Next stop, the Wallace Collection. This astounding museum with its world-famous range of decorative arts is home to one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain. It was bequeathed to the nation and is completely free. You can’t pass by without popping in to see some Titians, Rembrandts and best of all, The Laughing Cavalier by Hals.

Then it was onto Selfridges, a shrine for retail lovers, I spent a few hours here worshipping. Believe me anyone who says money doesn’t buy happiness, just doesn’t know where to shop. Oxford Street is full of fabulous bargains but my favourite destination is St Christopher’s Place, a cobbled courtyard away from the traffic fumes, lined with quaint designer boutiques. If you’re in the mood to pluck your highbrows, it’s only a short stroll through Mayfair to Piccadilly for more art at the Royal Academy. Or to Hyde Park to watch the cavalry prancing about in full regalia. We even took a saunter through Regents Park on our second day to the more kooky environs of Camden. The punks, performers and modern-day pirates of Camden Lock give new meaning to walking on the wild side.

After a frenzied day in the bustling city, sinking into an acreage of soft bedding, I heard a satisfied sigh escape my lips. I felt as thought I’d just reached the next level of Ashtanga yoga meditation, and all without having to knit my own aura. The Dorset Square Hotel is a true sanctuary in the heart of a busy metropolis. I’m still not converted to cricket but the hotel not only bowled me over, it offered many innings and fabulous outings.
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Dorset Square Hotel from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The cricket theme is fun. Staff are friendly and helpful. We had the Marylebone suite which had a sitting area as well as a bed shower (no bath). It was roomy enough with great decor, although quite dark. There's an excellent sausage sandwhich for breakfast and good prix-fixe supper menu.

Don’t expect

The minibar seemed very expensive. There weren't enough power sockets in the room.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything was great. The décor is quirky and very comfortable - often the two don't go together! The staff are all friendly and very helpful. It's spotlessly clean. The Potting Shed restaurant served great breakfasts and dinners. We're looking for an excuse to go back!

 

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a beautifully decorated hotel. You feel so at home in the rooms – there's nothing bland or corporate here and it makes you feel comfortable and relaxed straight away. Staff were lovely and helpful! The Potting Shed bar is super cute and I had a nice afternoon tea there and then cocktails – I recommend the Tigers Eye!

Don’t expect

None of the Firmade hotels have tee or coffee in the rooms and that would make them just perfect!

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Despite the central London location, this hotel was surprisingly peaceful and felt like a true escape, yet you are still only a stone's throw from the hubbub of Marylebone Road and the tourist attractions that come with it. Staff were attentive and polite and the facilities in the hotel were excellent.

Don’t expect

I was only visiting for one night, so would be unfair of me to pick holes as I couldn't find any.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I really cannot fault anything about the fabulous staff on reception and the lovely chap who took our bags up to our room and showed us around. From start to finish, our stay was lovely. We rarely manage to get away on our own (we have three small children) so I was champing at the bit to get to Dorset Square. We were upgraded without asking to a Luxury room; there's fabulous decor and the wallpaper on the stairs was fabulous – old biology drawings of tubers, roots, etc. The room was pretty small with a pretty small shower room, but had a great shower and lovely toiletries. A lovely lady came to turn our beds down and put some sleep-aiding essential-oil spray on our pillows: gorgeous. The bed was so divinely comfortable I need to know where it was from as sleep at home is definitely not the same. We didn't have supper at the hotel as we were meeting friends somewhere else but we had a courtesy cocktail (this was our Mr & Mrs Smith extra) that we drank in the light, airy, stylish bar/restaurant. Breakfast was immense and we didn't eat for the rest of the day – lovely granola, yoghurt, fresh fruit and pastries with fruit juice.The eggs benedict, which I didn't need but had because I could, was really delicious. The added bonus was that we found a parking meter opposite the hotel that was free on Saturday and Sunday, which saved us about £25. Altogether, a brilliant night. Many thanks; if I had enough money I would treat the grandparents for looking after our children! We will be back, I'm sure.

Don’t expect

Absolutely nothing.

Rating: 10/10 stars