A First Look at The Dorchester’s Major Renovation
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Moving beyond the lobby into The Promenade, Rochon’s vision is equally as decadent. The space is adorned with a striking mirrored ceiling, gold-lacquered Corinthian columns and plenty of lush green plants. In one corner of the room lies the gleaming Champagne Bar topped with silver buckets of the finest vintages.
This isn’t the only place where guests can relax with a tipple. The Dorchester enlisted acclaimed designer Martin Brudnizki to work his magic on the hotel’s legendary cocktail bar. Inspired by the roaring thirties, the moodily-lit, gold-hued interior features a Palladium leaf ceiling, frosted Art Deco shell lamps and cozy emerald-green sofas. The bar is also set to be decorated with a series of photographs and drawings from Cecil Beaton, in a nod to the hotel’s glamorous past.
The Dorchester turned to Rochon once again for the renovation of the hotel’s accommodation. Reminiscent of a beautiful English country garden, the celebrated designer has breathed new life into the property’s 182 bedrooms and 65 suites creating tranquil interiors in shades of pale leaf green, heather blue and rose fog pink.
Perhaps most exciting of all is the brand new Cake & Flowers boutique, also designed by Rochon. With its own entrance on the Deanery Street corner of the hotel, the interiors fittingly bring to mind a delicately frosted gateau. Here, the shelves are filled with sweet treats from executive pastry chef Michael Kwan and elegant floral bouquets from The Dorchester’s in-house designer florist, Philip Hammond.
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Source: Elite Traveler