Whilst I love to head to the airport and whisk myself away abroad I also love a good London staycation. It’s really fun to explore the city on the weekends and discover new areas and the best way to do this is to spend the night in that area and use the day to explore what’s around. I was lucky enough to be able to stay at the London luxury boutique hotel – Dukes London – this past weekend in Mayfair on a press trip to see what the hotel had to offer.
Dukes has a lovely atmosphere, with a heritage feel – it’s situated next to Green Park and a very short walk from Green Park station, in the quiet, well-heeled area of St. James in Mayfair. And in fact, it’s very close to Buckingham Palace and I did take a walk there to see it by night – something not everyone does! The hotel itself is a historical building and the St. James area was where King Henry 8th built his palace in the 16th century. Around the corner is a house where Winston Churchill lived for 3 years. The place is full of history.
I checked into the hotel around 3pm and firstly took a little tour around. The nice thing about Dukes is that there is a 24-hour Health Club where you can use the gym or steam room at all hours of the day. I love a good steam room experience, so I like the fact that this is open around the clock so that even if I come in late after dinner, I still have time to hit the steam room to unwind before bed.
Dukes also has a lovely bar where I’ve heard that they make some amazing cocktails. I didn’t get to try one myself unfortunately on this occasion but I’ve been told from other people outside the hotel that the martinis in particular are really good! The bar has a very ‘James Bond’ type of feel – old school London, but in a good way. So it’s a lovely place to hang out and have a drink in either before or after dinner. I will be back for that drink!
Dukes does have an onsite restaurant called GBR (Great British Restaurant) which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (and bottomless brunch). I was able to try the breakfast there and it was really good with options for both vegetarians and meat eaters. Recommended –the beetroot/spinach cold pressed juice and the avocado/poached egg with chili on toast. The grilled kipper is also very nice!
I stayed in the junior suite which was beautiful – open with high ceilings so it felt as though there was plenty of space. I love the little balcony which is just big enough to seat two people to have a drink or a cup of tea. The bathrooms were also lovely and spacious with marble floors and walls and amenities from Floris. I prefer a bath over a shower because I feel with a bath you can really unwind and I also loved that there was a glass of rose scented bath salts next to the bathtub, along with a bath pillow so you could really get that full relaxation. It’s the little things that count.
One unique service that the hotel offers is the Duchess Room Service, tailored towards female guests. The Duchess Room Service includes fresh flowers in the room, magazines to read for leisure and the cherry on the cake – which is a complimentary blow dry with a Dyson stylist. Everyone knows about the Dyson hand driers and the vacuum cleaners but did you know about the amazing hair appliances? The Dyson Hair Dryer I feel became almost as well known as the rest of their sleek devices, along with the newly-launched Air Wrap which is both a blow drier and a styler in one that straightens and curls – basically it does whatever you want it to!
You can get up to 2 blow dries per stay and you simply have to book with the front desk. It’s a lovely service for guests who might like a bit of extra pampering during their stay – who doesn’t? Also, when you travel you often feel bedraggled and tired. A blow dry is certainly a way to make you feel completely put together. And when you look good, you feel good. I tried out the blow dry service from Dyson myself and got to test out the style from the new Air Wrap which I really liked. I had no idea it also dries the hair so you can use it whilst hair is still damp. A multi-tasking beauty tool if I’ve ever seen one!
I would recommend staying at Dukes if you are looking for a London luxury boutique hotel and want to be centrally located. It’s a short walk from Buckingham Palace and also within walking distance to Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street and Regent Street if you want to hit up the shops and restaurants. The hotel also has a charming feel and caters to those who like a bit of quiet or those who want to hit the town as it’s so centrally located. For those visiting from outside of the UK it’s a really lovely British heritage hotel so it’s a nice taste of traditional, but with all the modern amenities.
*This was a press trip and review with Dukes Hotel – all views entirely my own
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