Following an extensive multi-million-pound refurbishment, the 5-star Dukes London reopens with renovated rooms, public areas, and a new Deluxe Room category.
Nestled in a cobbled courtyard in the heart of the historic Mayfair where King Henry VIII built his palace in the 16th century, the Dukes Hotel London is quintessentially British. It’s a 5-minute walk from Buckingham Palace and has been the retreat of famous writers, musicians, politicians and royalty.
Last September, major renovations were started on the property, giving its 90 rooms and public areas a total facelift. The 5-star hotel unveils its new features just in time for the Royal Wedding, with an additional 22 Deluxe Rooms that were individually designed by DesignLSM, a UK-based design and creative consultancy which specialises in hospitality design.
“A real labour of love”
Commenting on the refurbishment, Sally Peters, associate of LSM Design, said: “The bedroom refurbishment project with Dukes has been a real labour of love, it was a huge undertaking to give each of the 90 rooms the consideration it deserved, to find fabrics that are beautiful yet resilient and to bring enough change to the rooms to be impactful whilst respecting the much-loved history and guest anticipation of the Dukes experience.”
The rooms in the Deluxe category are decorated in fresh greys and whites. Its furnishings are designed with bursts of colours and a modern twist to the classical tone of Mayfair. According to DesignLSM, attention to detail is evident throughout the hotel, including matching bedspreads and armchairs in a variety of colours – not to mention the handmade Hypnos mattresses, to ensure guests get a good night’s sleep. The luxurious feel continues into the bathrooms with white marble and timeless fittings.
“Dukes has a very restful atmosphere and we feel we have struck a perfect balance between cool, neutral and vibrant accent. I love the colour palette and the rich textured fabrics. The bespoke artwork maximises the impact of the upholstery tones pulling the whole design together. The rooms are a visual and sensory treat, each one having its own individuality,” Peters added.
The opening of the Deluxe category marks the completion of its refurbishment. Among the biggest changes include a new look for the lobby, renovated bathrooms, the new St James’ Suite for events, the Great British Restaurant, and the hotel’s all-day dining experience, headed up by Executive Chef Nigel Mendham.
Debrah Dhugga, managing director of Dukes Collection, has said of the refurbishment: “Our aim is to enhance and enrich what our guests know and love about the Dukes experience, whilst maintaining our award-winning five-star service and attention to detail that the hotel is so well-known for.”