The Dorchester Collection of hotels is synonymous with palatial. Established in 2006, the hotels exude opulence as a formidable luxury brand. Since the purchase of the original hotel and collection namesake in 1986, The Dorchester has been used as the flagship and representation of the standard. Each of the ten hotels was handpicked charting a path of dominance in the industry for owners including founder Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei.
Expectations for additions are in the works according to CEO of The Dorchester Collection, Christopher Cowdray. With hotels in London including The Dorchester, Coworth Park and the property at 45 Park Lane, the collection solidified its presence in the United Kingdom. Each hotel is an example of the five stars rating of The Dorchester Collection moniker.
The Beverly Hills Hotel was the first property in the United States purchased in 1995, which continued the path of the posh brand. With the acquisition of the magnificent New York Palace Hotel, the collection strategically laid markers in America. However, with a change in vision to a more boutique theme, the New York Palace Hotel was recently sold. There is still the swanky Hotel Bel-Air located in Los Angeles making the presence of the collection palpable.
The growth of The Dorchester Collection led it to the countries of France, Italy and Switzerland. The Le Meurice and The Plaza Athenee both acquired in 1997 continued the trajectory of its planned dominance in hospitality as the upscale choice of royalty, celebrities and moguls. Both French properties go beyond the status of hotel when they secured a distinction as palaces. Again, The Dorchester Collection continues to raise the bar in the hospitality industry.
In 2003, Italy’s Hotel Principe di Savoia located in Milan was purchased extending the reach of the collection in Europe. This was followed by a move into Rome in 2013 with an investment in the Hotel Eden. The gain of these properties saw the benefits of restaurants such as Acanto at Hotel Principe di Savoia and La Terrazza at Hotel Eden.
The Dorchester Collection took possession of the Le Richemond in Geneva. This property is only being managed and not owned as the other nine hotels are, according to the official Twitter profile. However, the same rigors to the level of detail regarding the standards for a five-star hotel still apply.
In addition, there are upscale spas and restaurants in each property, which ensure a classy experience for every guest. The well-appointed rooms with extravagant amenities and sumptuous meals are in keeping with the image and reputation of The Dorchester Collection.