I regard The Dorchester as my present 'London home' - sorry Four Seasons Park Lane but Mr Sharp loves The Dorchester too - and Roland (the General Manager), Janice (his PA), Katarina (from Guest Liaison) and John (General Manager of 45 Park Lane) as friends.
The doormen at The Dorchester always welcome me by name and reception & the Hallporters (Concierges) are so friendly and chatty. This time I loved talking to Katarina from Guest Liaison and she took me up to my suite.
I had Edouard with me, a small teddy bear from Hôtel Plaza Athénée, one of the Dorchester Collection's hotels in Paris. I visited them when I last stayed at the Four Seasons George V. HH Sheikha Mozah took a shine to Edouard when they met in Qatar.
The Sultan of Brunei has owned The Dorchester since 1985, New York based Thierry Despont designed The Promenade & The Bar and Alexandra Champalimaud the newly refurbished rooms & suites.
Dwight D Eisenhower lived in the hotel during WW2, Prince Philip had his stag night here and I have stayed in their Oliver Messel suite, where Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton spent their 1964 honeymoon.
I had my 40th birthday party in the hotel's Penthouse & Pavilion and the place is full of happy memories for me.
This time I was given a newly refurbished Deanery Suite with a white Italian marble bathroom with Lalique light fittings, a separate shower and the deepest hotel bath in London. My idea of heaven.
The suite did not have a view of Hyde Park but had a light, airy and modern luxury feel, prints signed by HRH Prince Charles, a Nespresso machine and Bang & Olufsen TVs.
Hot chocolate with 'afternoon tea' cakes had been left for me and I sent my Salvatore Ferragamo shoes from Rio out to be shined to the "Royal Household standard", messaged friends at the Rio Carnival and took a call from my mum.
At 6:30pm I went down to The Bar to meet friends (including my 'IT person') to catch up and discuss the future plans for www.sifrew.com. The bar staff also welcomed me back by name and we had such a perfect evening.
I ended the night with dinner in CUT in 45 Park Lane. I have eaten there several times before, at CUT in Four Seasons Bahrain Bay and Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Beverly Hills, it was another excellent meal with risotto with black truffles and Wagyu steak.
On Monday morning an Etihad Airways limousine was picking me up at 10am. I started the day with breakfast in the room, as the Butler Service offered to do my packing. There cannot be a better way to begin your last day in London.
🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻 (5 out of 5 ‘teddies’) - another perfect stay at The Dorchester, with its brilliant staff (especially Katarina) and my beautiful suite. My tip: stay there for longer than a night and try the food at CUT.