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Dukes Hotel, London 

35 St. James's Place
England SW1A 1NY
Tel: 44 20 7491 4840
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Dukes is tucked away down a cobbled cul-de-sac, a stone's throw from Prince Charles's official London residence, Clarence House, where Princes William and Harry bed down when they're in town. You'll be seduced by this place as soon as you see its pretty doorway and cool, calm interior—it's like entering a grand old library, all hush but without the stuffiness. The Dining Room (serving traditional dishes such as guinea fowl and beet terrine), Drawing Room, and Dukes Bar have understated, classic decor, with Queen Anne chairs, rich wallpaper, luxurious soft furnishings, and oil paintings. Bedrooms come in silvery grays, blues, and greens, and the suites have spacious living rooms with plush sofas and majestic dining tables fit for high-class dinner parties or high-powered business meetings. The rooms were modernized in 2007, so now there's Wi-Fi and iPod speakers alongside the stately decor. The best room, of course, is the Penthouse Suite, with its private balcony overlooking Green Park. Down in Dukes Bar, the signature cocktail is the classic martini, prepared like a sacred ritual table-side with a crystal atomizer.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"Centrally located but tucked away on a quiet side street" near Green Park, this "well-appointed gem has stood the test of time." Staff treat everyone like "favored guests." The dining room serves classic British dishes such as grilled pollock "with creative flair"; clubby Dukes Bar is "justly famous" for its signature martinis. "Comfortably lavish" guest rooms in warm neutrals are "welcoming after a long day of sightseeing."

(90 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.5
  • Design: 88.9
  • Food: 80.6
  • Location: 97.3
  • Rooms: 83.8
  • Service: 91.9

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005

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