In just a matter of days the Dorset Square Hotel will open in London's Marylebone neighborhood. This is the property which first launched Firmdale Hotels in 1985, and Tim and Kit Kemp, Firmdale’s owners, reacquired it in 2011. After a major overhaul, the boutique hotel will soon showcase its bold, design-driven interiors to the public.
The BBC Travel Passport blog explains how the 38 guest rooms are “stamped firmly with owner Kit Kemp’s bold design sense… furnished with unique fabrics and textiles and decorated with one-off pieces of furniture and art.” Many of the rooms overlook the private garden square that was originally the site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground. The Globe and Mail describes the kid-friendly amenities: “Little guests are treated to in-room DVDs and popcorn, kid-size robes and toiletries, and bedtime books.”
Guests can dine on modern British fare at the Potting Shed Bar and Restaurant, the all-day brasserie, and take tea in the Drawing Room. A member of Design Hotels, the Dorset Square Hotel joins seven other properties in the Firmdale collection, including the Haymarket and The Soho Hotel in London, and the Crosby Street Hotel in New York. For more information, visit www.firmdalehotels.com/london/dorset-square-hotel.