Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Gem in the Heart of London

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Gem in the Heart of London

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Byline: By Sarah Knapton

Finding somewhere to stay in London can be a bewildering task, with hundreds of hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels vying for your attention.

But Dukes Hotel, situated just a few minutes from Piccadilly, is a hidden gem, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the capital while still conveniently central.

In fact you could be forgiven for missing the Edwardian townhouse, nestled at the end of an unassuming alleyway ( a far cry from glitzy Ritz which is just round the corner.

Dukes is the perfect city hideaway to experience the very best in quiet, understated elegance. It is hardly surprising it was voted London Luxury Hotel of the Year in 2004 by the Good Hotel Guide.

The hotel rubs shoulders with the most exclusive private clubs, world famous milliners, wine merchants and tobacconists.

In keeping with the location, the 89 bedrooms at Dukes are decorated in a classic and comfortable, quintessentially English style.

The original Edwardian gas lamps are still lit by hand every evening and the hotel boasts that "every whim and need of the guest is anticipated and provided for".

The attention to detail is outstanding and perfectly in keeping with the period of the building, while the friendliness of the staff makes the stay all the more enjoyable. Every room is luxurious and no two are the same. Each is decorated individually with rich wallpapers and heavy pelmets, four-poster beds and marble bathrooms.

The penthouse suite has spectacular views west over Green Park to Buckingham Palace and south over St James' Park and the Houses of Parliament.

If you're feeling energetic, a state-of-the-art health club complete with personal trainers has also recently opened.

And for taking it easy, the hotel also boasts the world famous Dukes Bar where head barman Tony Micelotta is said to mix the best dry Martini in London. …

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