LONDON'S THE DORCHESTER HAS UNVEILED ITS COMPLETELY RENOVATED ROOFTOP SUITES: THE AUDLEY, TERRACE AND HARLEQUIN. All three have terraces with views of the city. Service-wise, a special amenity is a team of dedicated butlers. The new suites are said to be consistent with the original 1930s design of the hotel (www.thedorchester.com), but outfitted with modern amenities.
The one-bedroom Audley Suite has a sitting room, cocktail bar, study, dressing room and master bath. From its terrace, guests can see across London to Westminster, to the dome of St. Paul's and on to Canary Wharf. The suite is priced at £2,400 per night (approximately $4,900).
The Terrace Suite also is a one-bedroom, offering a fireplace, dining room, living room and bar. Unique features include a bathroom that links directly to the terrace, a master bedroom that extends into a private conservatory and a high-ceilinged, octagonal dressing room. The terrace overlooks Hyde Park and features a Zen-like stone waterfall. The suite is priced at £5,000 per night (approximately $10,300).
The Harlequin Suite (pictured below), the largest of the three, has a master bedroom, dressing room, dining room, living room and bar. Its terrace also overlooks Hyde Park. Fans of Elizabeth Taylor will be delighted to know that this was where she received the news of her record-breaking deal to star in Cleopatra. The suite is priced at £5,420 per night ($11,100), or £6,000 per night with a connecting bedroom ($12,350). The May Fair
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Amarillo, a 1,600-square-foot, one-bedroom corner suite, overlooks Stratton and Berkeley Streets and has personal butler service. Decorated in mauve and yellow, the bedroom features a Harrison and Gil hand-carved headboard, Italian marble bathroom with limestone bath, double basin and illuminated rain shower, while the sitting space showcases Chinese antiques, a Cattelan dining table with seating for up to 10 people and a remote-controlled fireplace. Also at a guest's fingertips are plasma TVs, CD players, complimentary wireless Internet and European and American electric sockets. For more information about the offer, call The May Fair's U.S. sales office at 212-932-1550.
Fantastic as it might sound, there are some conditions. The suite is available only for a consecutive 365-day period. Nothing in the suite can be changed, and a maximum of four guests can stay overnight at any given time. Break any of these rules, and The May Fair reserves the right to cancel the remainder of the booking.