Table of Contents
- 1 Destination: Shepherd’s Bush in London
- 2 Mode of Transport: Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush Hotel
- 3 Boutique Hotel in London
- 4 Asian-inspired decor
- 5 Dorsett Hotels Group
- 6 Fantastic Amenities
- 7 We felt at home at Dorsett in London
- 8 Old world sophistication
- 9 Afternoon Tea
- 10 Hybrid of British and Chinese garb
- 11 High Style
- 12 Luxurious room and cable channels
- 13 The best sleep we had in a year
Destination: Shepherd’s Bush in London
Mode of Transport: Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush Hotel
My wife joined our daughter in the living room, standing in front of the floor to ceiling windows that were overlooking Shepherd’s Bush Common, in London, England. We had just finished a beautiful but long stretch of travel through Europe, and after some hot days, we arrived in London and I can tell they were relieved to have been able to settle into a beautiful air-conditioned suite in this upscale boutique hotel. Along with a wonderful front desk welcome, this feeling of comfort is something we have grown accustomed when checking into a Dorsett Hotel.
Boutique Hotel in London
I was very aware of the fact that we were nearing the end of a year of full-time travel, and I couldn’t help but start feeling sentimental. I went into the bedroom, turned on the large flatscreen television to take my mind off it. I washed up in the luxurious washroom which was replete with all that one would want during their stay; from toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotions, and soaps from a high-end brand. It wasn’t quite time for a shower, but I couldn’t help but play with it a bit, finding its multiple stream settings.
Feeling a bit exhausted, I threw myself onto the bed. I was still in my traveling clothes, and after feeling the high thread count sheets underneath me, I felt obliged to change. Starting to doze off, I noticed the subtle Asian inspired decor. The sensibilities of the room served as a reminder as to where this journey of ours had all started.
Dorsett Hotels Group
Our first stop, almost a year to the date, was Hong Kong and the first hotel we had checked into was the Dorsett Hotel in Mongkok. So, our stay at the Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush, appropriately, was a wonderful finish to one of the most amazing chapters of our lives.
I heard my wife rustling around the room and announced to us the checklist of amenities the room provided. She was most enthused by the fruit and the nice glass bottled waters that were complimentary. I didn’t hear a peep from my daughter which signaled that she was already on WiFi playing with her iPad.
We felt at home at Dorsett in London
We felt at home. To say this is not a stretch. You see, throughout the year, the Dorsett Hotels have played host to us many times and have made us very comfortable during our travels from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur to London. Once you check into a Dorsett Hotel, there is that underlying thread of being made to feel familiar and familial. The Shepherd’s Bush Location, even though we have never been there before, embraced us like old friends coming home after a long voyage.
As memories of the past year were flooding through my mind, the phone rang. It was a courtesy call from the front desk reminding us that the lounge was open for evening drinks. Never one to pass up a good drink, we made our way down.
Old world sophistication
The lobby is impressive. Built on the site of a former 1920’s movie theater, the Dorsett Shepherds Bush embodies an old world sophistication. Along with a plush lobby bar area, the hotel also offered a brasserie and an upscale Chinese restaurant which keeps with the Asian theme. With this constant reminder of Hong Kong, along with being in London, It was easy to make the historical and cultural connection that the two cities share, one of the most prominent being afternoon (high) tea.
Many make the most of their afternoons at Dorsett Shepherds Bush with afternoon tea. There are the quintessential tea time offerings of savory and sweet delights which are presented beautifully. There are, of course, a superb selection of leaf teas from which to choose. There is also something called Celebration Afternoon Tea, which includes a glass of champagne- a nice touch.
Hybrid of British and Chinese garb
Politics aside, from a trend perspective, I feel that during the 1950’s/60’s, a period when Hong Kong was a British colony, the fashion was incomparable. The wonderful hybrid of British tailored clothing and Chinese traditional garb was as polished as it got. This same taste level extended to just about every other design category. It was/is a classification all its own.
This same impression of high style is embodied by this hotel. In some way, the property turns the clock back to a more glamorous, if not, more romantic era, and yet has all the modern amenities we all currently enjoy and expect in a stay.
Luxurious room and cable channels
Wanting to take advantage of our spacious and luxurious room and the many cable channels made available to us, we had decided to stay in our suite for dinner. The beauty of staying in a neighborhood like Shepherds Bush is that the food offerings are plentiful and diverse. This comes in handy when nobody can agree on one thing.
The best sleep we had in a year
It was arguably the best sleep we had in a year and when morning came we peeled ourselves out of bed and rushed to catch the buffet breakfast, which was always the highlight of many of our mornings when staying at Dorsett properties. The one at Shepherds Bush was admittedly most impressive, as it had both Asian and traditional English offerings, such as my daughter’s favorite of toast and beans.
We knew when we checked out, that it signaled something wonderful was nearing its end. However, we were happy to know that we finished as we began, as a family enjoying their stay at a Dorsett Hotel.
We were hosted by Dorsett Shepherd’s Bush in London, but as always, all opinions my own. Thank you so much Dorsett Hotel Group for being our home during our travels. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.