Dorset Square Hotel
- Style Good Lord’s
- Setting Marvellous Marylebone
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 38.
- Rates Double rooms from $344.90 (£210), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates usually exclude breakfast. Continental breakfast, £14.50; full English breakfast, £16.50.
- Facilities Library, free WiFi throughout, valet parking (£40 for 24 hours). In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, radio, minibar and Miller Harris toiletries.
- Check–out 11am. Earliest check-in is 2pm.
Children Welcome. The hotel can arrange babysitting, and provides a children’s menu, library of children’s books, small bathrobes, highchairs, and cots or extra beds in parents' rooms for £48 a night.
- Also Two ground-floor rooms are adapted to be fully wheelchair accessible.
In the know
- 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 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.
Food and drink at Dorset Square Hotel
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.