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"Awarded Europes Leading Boutique Hotel 2012 at the WTA awards"
The fact that Ian Fleming, author of the Bond books, used to frequent the bar at Duke's Hotel, should give you an idea of the kind of suave sophistication you can expect. Situated in a quiet street just a few minutes walk from Green Park tube and Marlborough House, Duke's is a stylish, traditional English haven, with stunning facilities and some of the friendliest staff around.
Rooms range from a Duke's queen-sized single to the Penthouse Suite, and the attention to detail in each room is exquisite. Rooms are very well appointed, a mixture of vintage wooden furnishings, white linens and marble baths, with colourful accents and quirky art on the walls; however, no two rooms are the same so you will undoubtedly be pleasantly surprised. Standard in-room amenities include an interactive LCD TV, Ren toiletries, complimentary Wi-fi, with additional extras such as bathrobes and slippers if staying in the Classic Room. If you can stretch to the Penthouse Suite you can enjoy added luxuries such as complementary fruit and chocolates on arrival, iPod docks, a 24-hour butler service and Playstation and X-Box games in your room. Service at the hotel is second to none, staff are friendly and attentive and willing to meet any guest's needs. Whether it's monitoring the progress of your lost luggage with your airline, offering a room upgrade to ensure your family will have enough space or simply recommending the area’s attractions, you will be looked after from check in to check out. Breakfast is extra and whilst the choice is very good, there are some cheaper cafes in the area where you can fill up for less.
Hotel facilities also include a health club where you can order beauty treatments and a gym with the latest Technogym equipment and a Personal trainer if required. The hotel also offers a concierge service, is very child friendly and offers delightful extra services such as flowers and champagne delivered to your room if you are celebrating (at an extra charge).
If you pop into Duke's renowned bar, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't order one of the hotel's famous Martinis (although the barmen may appreciate you foregoing the 'shaken not stirred' comments). If this doesn't quite fulfill your James Bond fantasies, you can head to the Cognac and cigar garden for a very manly nightcap. If you prefer something a little more genteel, The Drawing Room serves a range of decadent afternoon teas and The PJ Lounge is an opulent, modern area where you can enjoy a glass of Perrier Jouet champagne. With such fabulous drinking enclaves you may not even need to look further than the hotel; however, guests should be aware that in order to maintain the bars sophisticated legacy, they have implemented a dress code, which means no sportswear is allowed. The hotel's restaurant Thirty Six is also renowned for its inventive modern cuisine and unique cooking methods, which aim to keep technology out of the kitchen; however like many other restaurants in the area it is quite pricy, so if you require cheaper eats, you can visit the Hard Rock Cafe, just 10 minutes down the road, for American diner fare; try the Golden Lion or Red Lion Pubs' traditional gastropub fare, or treat yourself to glamorous French cuisine at L'Oranger.
As well as having some of the most comfortable, opulent rooms in Mayfair, the hotel is very well placed for local attractions. Buckingham Palace is just a short walk away, so you can watch the Changing of the Guard and try to spot Queen Elizabeth II if she happens to be in London. Hyde Park offers tennis courts, perfect picnicking spots and horse rides, which will keep the kids entertained in warmer weather. If the weather is being typically changeable, you may wish to peruse some of the very exclusive shops in the area, including historic department stores Harrods and Harvey Nichols and legendary food hall Fortnum & Masons, where the Queen gets her groceries (via delivery of course). Oxford Circus, Regent Street and Bond Street are also within ten minutes walk of the hotel and offer some of the best shopping in London, from couturiers such as Versace to the cheap and cheerful Primark mega store, there is something to suit every travel budget. The hotel is also well placed for art galleries, with The Serpentine and Royal Academy of Arts about ten minutes walk away and London's Theatreland district offers a great evening's entertainment.
The hotel is very well located for transport, just two minutes walk from Green Park tube station, which services the Jubilee, Victoria and Piccadilly lines. From here you have direct links to Victoria Station (where the Gatwick Express Train terminates); King's Cross St Pancras Station (where the Eurostar terminates); and Heathrow Airport, which can be reached via the Piccadilly line. If you are driving to the hotel, it is situated just off the main A4 road, which can be accessed via the M4 and M25; however, guests should note that the hotel is in the congestion charge zone.
If you thought that the kind of establishment James Bond would look at home in would come cheap, you’d be wrong, but Duke's is worth splashing out on. Offering a rare combination of character, great service and an even better location, you will find that the extra money goes a long way. If you opt for a cheaper room there is the thoughtful option to choose one on the lower or upper floors, but be sure to ask if your room will be above the cigar garden as the non-smoking rooms can sometimes get a whiff of a Romeo Y Julieta drifting up if you have the windows open. This is just a minor complaint in an otherwise outstanding establishment.