What We Love
- Located in London's refined St. James, surrounded by royal parks and palaces
- Two fantastic bars on-site: the robustly masculine Dukes Bar and the more feminine PJ Lounge, a champagne bar
- Michelin-starred chef Nigel Mendham’s twist on classic dishes, like brill and beef rib as surf ’n’ turf
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What To Know
- A three-night minimum applies to all Classic Room bookings Monday through Thursday
- Parents with very young children may struggle to keep them entertained here
- Dukes has contemporary amenities, but the vibe is traditional
- Guests get priority in the martini bar, but you still need to book a table in advance
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Dating from 1908, Dukes Hotel retains a quintessentially British air. As peaceful as nearby Piccadilly Circus is frenetic, this is a hotel with relaxation on the brain, from its dark, candlelit reception area to its stress- or jet lag–busting massages. Dukes makes subtle nods to its discerning neighborhood, St. James, which is packed full of aristocratic gentlemen’s clubs. Room keys are brass fobs, and there’s a shoeshine service and a Cognac and Cigar Garden on-site.
Bed and Bath
Bedrooms come with handsome writing desks and large dark wood wardrobes that are straight out of the Chronicles of Narnia. Pretty white cornices and floral wall prints add a homey touch to a design that feels otherwise quite formal. There are contemporary touches, too, such as the starkly modern reading lights and bedside lamps, and the organic Ren toiletries in the bathrooms, which provide ample distraction from the health spa downstairs.
Thirty Six, the on-site restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef Nigel Mendham, is surprisingly affordable, with two courses for less than $80 and a reasonably priced wine list. The sommelier even doubles as a cheese expert. That said, Dukes may be best known for its Bond connection: It was after a few evenings in the hotel’s legendary martini bar that Ian Fleming chose the drink as James Bond’s signature tipple and coined the phrase “shaken, not stirred”. It’s not to be missed. There’s a drawing room and conservatory for afternoon tea, the PJ lounge for champagne, and for after dinner drinks (or a cigar) there’s the Cognac and Cigar Garden, which opens at 8 p.m. For further relaxation check out the on-site health club, with its personal training sessions and lengthy treatment list.
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Stayed here for our Silver Wedding celebrations, after staying in the hotel on previous occasion. It really was a memorable experience. Staff couldn't do enough as always. Lot's of extra little touches throughout. Love the cocktail bar.
Will definitley be back!!
Dukes encapsulates and builds upon the statement quotes from two amazing adverts from the days of mad men first ”You don’t have to be big to be beautiful” Tom Thumb cigars. The Dukes is better for being small ! it is more personal, intermit with the service you receive and the person understanding the staff will show when treating a requests or enquiry . Dukes’s size is not responsible for the intimate , personality of the hotel. That’s definitely a credit to the staff employed at every level they are all fantastic at the first class service they provide. Tying in well with the second add “ We deliver 1 million smiles the day“ Domino’s Pizza. Dukes goes a long way to it !
In today’s world sadly so often this, the personal one-to-one service however with Dukes that is far from the case. The staff are tireless in there endeavours to deliver upon any reasonable request I love it and every single time I have stayed with them I leave feeling lucky to have checked in. I even find myself checking in still now with a place in London. I feel so comfortable and safe there ,I have been known book in at a moments notice when my world has got to much and I needed a oasis of peace and quiet removed from the world and it’s manic pace for time to think and regroup the hotel rooms downstairs 1 to 10 are the most perfect place to do this. Simple and styling but with the most incredible bathroom with the most luxurious bath and shower units of any hotel I have stayed at .
And ask my friends why spends so much more To stay eDukes rather than with one of the cheaper hotels in the area. It simple just like with cabs nothing is cheap is the services secondary Über is cheaper and is the choice of many less discerning customers but not myself because the service that they deliver is secondary to the service that you receive from a black cab.
I will always save and pay a premium for the original.
This was a short stay however I was not disappointed. The reception staff were very professional and friendly, check in was speedy and we were offered a look around the hotel. The room was spacious clean and comfortable. I loved the bathroom, there was a deep bath and large shower cubicle. The bed was really comfy. Will definitely stay again.