Dorset Square Hotel is a stunning Regency townhouse hotel in leafy Marylebone fitted with designer Kit Kemp’s signature colourful, quirky interiors.
While the design may be familiar, the intimate, discreet hotel is a world apart from Firmdale Hotels’ buzzing, ‘scene’ hotels such as the Soho Hotel and the Haymarket Hotel. It has the feel of an urban bolthole and is ideal for getting away from it all while still being close to the action of central London.
I recently visited Dorset Square Hotel and used HotelTonight’s booking app for the first time. Each morning, HotelTonight features a wide range of discounted hotel rooms in cities around the world, from budget design hotels to renowned luxury properties.
The app is very easy to use and it can be addictive checking what’s new each day when planning a trip away or a staycation. I spotted Dorset Square Hotel on HotelTonight for £189 for that evening and booked right away.
The hotel overlooks the picturesque Dorset Square private garden and has a charming cricket theme running throughout. The entrance is very understated with only a small plaque to reveal its identity as a hotel. On arrival, we were met by friendly staff, contemporary artworks and a pretty flower display.
There is a cosy Drawing Room overlooking the square with lots of interesting artefacts and an honesty bar. On the lower level is The Potting Shed Bar & Restaurant, where guests can enjoy all-day dining and a refined afternoon tea.
Dorset Square Hotel features 38 individually designed rooms set across three floors. Luckily our room was located on its own in between the first and second floor, so it was very quiet and private.
Our Superior Room was quite small, but beautifully designed with padded denim and white paisley patterned walls and hot pink accents. Room features include a large flat screen LCD TV, Tivoli radio, iPod docking station, free wifi, minibar, a spotted pink chair and a writing desk.
The queen-size bed was extremely comfy and covered in sumptuous Frette linen, a beautiful hand-made white quilt and pink and white patterned cushions.
We started our stay in a typically English way with a large pot of tea served with oat biscuits and a chocolate truffle.
The medium-sized bathroom was designed in Firmdale’s sleek signature marble with a Lefroy Brooks sink, a fantastic walk-in shower with pleasantly strong water pressure, heated towel rails, a Tivoli radio, bathrobes and slippers and a full set of Miller Harris Citron Citron products.
Dorset Square Hotel is perfectly located to explore the chic stores, cafes and art galleries of Marylebone. Well-heeled Chiltern Street is the place to shop for luxury British basics at Sunspel and exquisite candles at Cire Trudon, enjoy coffee and matcha chiffon cake at The Monocle Cafe and indulge in a mani-pedi at Leticia Haute Coiffure.
Nearby Marylebone High Street is a little corner of Paris in London with French delights such as agnès b., Kusmi Tea, perfumers Le Labo and La Patisserie des Rêves par Philippe Conticini. We picked up some giant Madeleines from La Patisserie des Rêves to take back to our room as an evening treat.
Tommi’s Burger Joint on Marylebone High Street was packed full, so instead we walked down to Piccadilly for dinner at Brasserie Zédel. The enormous brasserie is buzzing, elegant and ever so French with speedy service and wallet-friendly prices.
We enjoyed the two-course prix fixe menu (just £8.95) of Steak Haché followed by Tarte aux Poires, washed down with a Monaco (a refreshing mix of beer and grenadine).
Our meal was fantastic and I loved the energy and authenticity of the brasserie – perfect for people-watching. Next time,we will leave time for a cocktail in Zédel’s American Bar or a show at The Crazy Coqs Cabaret.
When we returned to the hotel, our room had been turned down with a cotton mat placed next to the bed, a complimentary glass bottle of Evian and a branded Temple Spa Calming Mist to spritz on pillows. In the morning, the The Times was delivered and waiting for us by the door.
There isn’t a dedicated spa at the hotel, however it’s possible to book a relaxing in-room treatment by Soholistic using Temple Spa products.
Dorset Square Hotel is ideal for a stylish London getaway, boasting a tranquil location that’s not far from the city’s bright lights. Keep an eye out for Dorset Square Hotel and other central London Firmdale Hotels on HotelTonight for a competitive deal.
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All photos by Chérie City