The summer holidays have arrived and there is no better place to take a family holiday than in the capital city. London is filled with a wide range of activities and sights which children of all ages love; you will definitely have a hard time choosing when creating your itinerary. DUKES LONDON is the perfect choice when travelling with little ones – we are proud to be family-friendly and we want to make your break as carefree as possible. As a luxury boutique hotel, we take pleasure in the finer details and provide a range of amenities and services for families. Discover how DUKES LONDON can make your family trip to London with children unforgettable.Continue reading “Make your family trip to London unforgettable with DUKES LONDON this summer”
With Sunday 16th June just around the corner, Father’s Day is fast approaching and DUKES LONDON has the perfect solution if you are looking for the ideal gift to give your dad. On a day that celebrates everything your father means to you, a stay at our hotel will certainly bring a smile to his face and express just how much you care. Situated in the very heart of Mayfair, rooms and suites at DUKES LONDON are quiet and relaxing spaces, with all the amenities you will need for your visit. Your father will be able to unwind and feel at ease in our hotel while we make sure all his needs are met. We really are the perfect choice for a Father’s Day trip to London.Continue reading “Father’s Day is approaching – can we help you treat your dad?”
London is known for its spectacular West End theatre scene and a visit to a show is top of the list for many tourists visiting the capital. The vibrant theatre district is a mixture of large-scale theatres which showcase some of the biggest and best musical spectaculars, through to smaller scale venues which host intimate dramas and hilarious comedies. When visiting London, you will never be short of shows to pick from and may even want to see more than one. We explore some of the longstanding productions which are now classics within the West End circuit, as well as some of the new shows which are set to become firm favourites for theatre goers. Find out the 5 best shows in London’s West End to see this summer.Continue reading “5 of the best shows in London’s West End to see this summer”
The capital city is a diverse place, filled with so much to see and so much to do, there is always something new to explore. That is why, here at DUKES LONDON, we believe there is no better place to take a holiday as a family. The last week in May is half term for many schools up and down the country and getting away for a family stay in London is an ideal break for everyone. From historical sights and royal palaces, to spectacular shows and an amazing selection of places to shop, London has something to entertain all ages and interests. Find out how to make the most out of your family stay in London at DUKES Hotel this May.Continue reading “How to make the most of your family stay in London this May”
Being a five star hotel is something we’re extremely proud of. It’s not something we take lightly or something we make assumptions about. Each and every day we strive towards ensuring we maintain the extremely high standards set out when we were first awarded five stars.
But what are the standards that are expected of a five star hotel?
Interestingly, they tend to vary all around the world; there’s no universal grading system. Here in the UK the rating is determined and provided by The AA, and the criteria to receiving five stars is particularly in-depth.
Looking at our five stars at DUKES London, here we explore some of the notable reasons we’ve been awarded the highest rating for any hotel in the country.
First-class customer service
This isn’t about ‘the customer is always right’. Anyone can do that. First-class customer service is about truly going above and beyond what’s expected of us.
Nothing is too much of an issue. Whether it’s asking for certain pillows from our housekeeping staff through to talking with our concierge to arrange a full evening of entertainment, no question is too troublesome.
And it’s so important that every single guest fully understands this. This point is actually arguably the most important – being able to deliver a first-class level of customer service is one thing, but ensuring our guests understand this is what we do is key.
We invest so, so heavily in our staff. We want people who want to go that extra mile; those people who fully understand that a guest’s experience with us can be spoilt – or made – by the service they receive.
That’s why every single member of staff is dedicated to ensuring DUKES London offers one of the highest – if not the highest – level of customer service found in any hotel.
Fitness and spa facilities. Butler services. 24 hour reception, concierge and room service. And something that’s particularly British – a full afternoon tea offering!
It’s not uncommon to find these amenities in other hotels that have three or four stars. So many of them offer them brilliantly.
But what makes a five star hotel just that is all of these amenities are offered under one roof. That’s so important. When you’re looking for a luxurious break to London, whilst there is so much to see and do in our wonderful city, sometimes all you want is 48 hours of being pampered, without ever needing to step out through the same doors you came in until it’s time to leave.
Suites, suites, suites
We’re particularly proud of our suites at DUKES London, largely because they attract so much praise – and from a hotel rating point of view, they play a critical role in ensuring we maintain our five stars.
With hotels in this rating needing to have a minimum of one suite, it must consist of at least one bedroom, one lounge and one bathroom, and has to be able to be booked by guests at all times (this is an interesting one – whilst four star hotels may have suites, they’re not always considered permanent or continually accessible, something that can often prevent them from receiving a higher rating).
A full service restaurant
Our hotel restaurant is open seven days a week, 365 days a year (as our hotel is – itself a requirement for five star ratings). Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available, and you can book a table as a resident or non-resident.
Without this, we wouldn’t have the rating we have today.
Our guests want unrivalled levels of cuisine. They want a breakfast perfectly suited to their needs for the day, lunch options to see them through the afternoon, and a dinner menu that has something for every taste.
Nigel Mendham does a wonderful job here at DUKES. The reviews, praise and critiques he receives are exceptional and provide a brilliant insight into the fantastic work he and his team of talented culinary masters deliver right throughout the day, week and year.
Being a five star hotel
The AA’s quality standards are in-depth (you can download the full document here if you’re interested!) at currently 43 pages long, and cover nine separate sections of which some have over two dozen subsections.
Being a five star hotel isn’t an easy feat. We completely and utterly understand, appreciate and respect that. Once it’s received, it’s not something you can rest at ease with either. You need to fully embrace it and work towards ensuring your standards never slip, as like we’re sure every five star hotel will say – once you have the rating, your dedication to ensuring every single point you’re judged on never waivers only increases.