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Dukes Hotel in London, England

Tucked into a tiny alleyway off St. James' Place, Dukes Hotel is quintessential Britain – it dates from 1908, but the interior is modern and the atmosphere is convivial. Impressive oil paintings and dark antique furniture preside alongside brightly upholstered settees, and beds are renowned for being incredibly comfortable. You’ll want to down one of the martinis at Dukes Bar, said to be the inspiration behind James Bond's request for "shaken, not stirred."

Ask the doorman to direct you to the secret entrance of Green Park. Wander amid magical greenery and unpack a picnic basket of quiche and summery greens. Return for Gin and Tonic Afternoon Tea in the parlour, an affair that deliciously fuses two British traditions. Top off the evening meal with a Cuban cigar and glass of cognac in the secluded garden lounge.

Location of Dukes Hotel

Dukes Hotel
35 St James's Place
London, England

Nearest Airport: LHR

Amenities for Dukes Hotel

  • General Information
  • 89 Guest Rooms
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Bar & Lounge
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Spa Services
  • Garden
  • Cigar Lounge
  • Lounge
  • Health Club
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • In-Room Safes
  • Flat-Screen Televisions
  • Activities
  • Excursions
  • City Tours
  • Family
  • Rollaway Beds
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Shopping
  • Train Station
  • Zoo
  • Art Galleries
  • Restaurants
  • Nightlife
  • Antique Shopping
  • Parks
  • Theatres
  • Public Transportation
  • Monuments
  • Interests
  • City
  • Culture & Arts
  • Educational
  • Summer Getaways

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 20 hours ago

On a work colleague's recommendation, decided to try an alternate hotel on my regular work trips to London - particularly with my wife's work trip overlapping with mine this time, wanted a more differentiated experience than usual City corporate stay. Our time at Duke's started well enough - though was a bit taken aback when no porter offered to help take our luggage up to our room. The elevator was tiny and the room small even by London standards - fine we let it be. The martini at the bar was excellent (and is the main reason why this review is 2 rather than 1 star). That's about it for neutral/positives ... the second night, a/c didn't work. We called the front desk - she said they were having issues with many a/c's and would we mind having a fan instead - ok, fine, chalk it down to the "romanticism" of a Victorian era building, sure - we will use a fan. 30 mins pass ... call again - "oh nobody has been up to your room yet" .. no ... "we will send someone up right away". Another 15 mins, another call .. mind you, it is now quite late at night (past 11) and we both have to be up quite early for work. Another 10 mins and now I go down to the front desk in my pajamas - "we will send it right up" ... no am staying till i get the fan .. "fine" ... 15 mins ... am standing there in the middle of the lounge in my pajamas with guests walking around and hotel staff just plain ignoring me. I try engaging another staff member (the first one is studiously punching away at the computer for last 15 mins) - just ignores me and walks away. Repeat experience with another. Exasperated I accost a fourth and ask "are you just going to walk away?" .. nope, I don't deserve a reply. It's a bit comic, no? Maybe I should add another star to the review. Ok so I finally get the fan ... I take it and start walking up the stairs - no offer to help me carry it up to the room - should be used to it by now, no? Next night (tonight) a/c still not working (when entering hotel overheard another guest complaining "you said you will send someone up 3 hours ago" ... ahhh it's not us, it's them!) .... Wife calls down thrice asking for someone to come and check (since all the a/c's were supposed to be fixed by now) ... nobody is here, and I don't feel like being the entertainer to staff a second night - will start having a reputation around here. C'est la vie I guess. My work, my travel agent, my co-workers, my wife's work, her travel agent, her co-workers will all enjoy having a good laugh with us about this .. at whose expense?

Hiji B

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

I really can't praise the staff at Dukes highly enough for my wonderful stay there. When I arrived Andra greeted me and gave me a lovely tour of the hotel. Ruel and Ian were so helpful and kind with restaurants and other reservations. The entire staff was genuinely kind and friendly and always wanted to make sure I was comfortable. Breakfast at GBR, the in house restaurant was a treat every day. The famous martinis in the bar are well worth their famous reputation. Afternoon tea in the drawing room was elegant and delicious. I experienced the best hot stone massage I've ever had in the spa. I stayed in the junior suite which was rather large for London with a separate sitting area and a nice balcony. The room was very comfortable and well appointed. The house keeping staff was attentive yet discreet. Every day around noon a fresh bowl of fruit with tea biscuits was delivered to my room. A lovely extra included in the room price. I also ordered room service a few times which was delicious, delivered very promptly and always served on an elegant try with flowers. The area around Dukes is also quiet as it is tucked into a small side street in Saint James. But the hotel's location is also within convenient walking distance of museums, restaurants, bookshops, theaters. etc. If you want the best London has to offer then Dukes is a must! I will visit as often as I can.

MelissaConsidineBeck - Woodstock, Connecticut

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

The whole ambiance, quality and perfection of Dukes Hotel is an experience to savor and recommend. Everything can either be advised upon or collaborated with by the staff, (who are impeccable), to make the guests' stay as seamless as possible.

Andrew F

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

Stayed again for business at the Dukes Hotel on St. James's Place; upgraded to a fabulous junior suite on the third deck with a spacious view out the front of the hotel. Quiet room had wonderful and firm king bed, ample closet; antique clothing chests and side table, stuffed sofa, and carpeted tastefully throughout. Bathroom was faced with stone tile and had tub/shower combination with rainfall shower head and spacious counterspace. Decor included antiquarian prints, floor curtains, and continental wall colourings. Staff - in particular Michael at the front desk - was absolutely superb. Internet connection was fixed on the spot; business sign-scan-and-copy done within seconds; taxis summoned on time. Housekeeping was to the highest standard. Did not eat breakfast in the restaurant. Friendliness and attention to detail are hallmarks. Why stay anywhere else in London?

OnTravel4Ever - Vienna, Austria

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

I have stayed at this hotel twice and I can just confirm that in my opinion it is London’s most overrated hotel. It is a tourist hangout place because they all have heard or read about the bar being in a spy movie. It may seem charming from the outside but in reality it is nothing but a sad old hotel that is in dire need for renovation. The rooms are small, dull, simple and old. The bathrooms are a nightmare. Old and mouldy with terrible plumbing. The only positive thing that I can think of is maybe the location but then again there are many other hotels in this area. Yes, it may be a bit cheaper than other hotels in the area but I would certainly recommend to pay a bit more and stay somewhere decent. I certainly regret giving them a second chance.

Phenompilot - Munich, Germany

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