The Dorset Square Hotel has opened, with thirty-eight individually appointed bedrooms tucked inside an historic Regency townhouse. Many guest rooms overlook the property’s private garden—the site of Thomas Lord’s first cricket ground.
What many don’t realize is that the Dorset Square Hotel joins the ranks of other exceptional boutique London hotels: the Charlotte, Covent Garden, Haymarket, Knightsbridge, Number Sixteen and Soho Hotels. In New York, people are beguiled by the Crosby Street Hotel, the only non-London property owned by the Firmdale Group.
Run by Kit and Tim Kemp, this mini-empire of sophisticated boutique hotels operates with refreshing subtlety. There’s nothing corporate about Firmdale: few guests know that their hotel of choice comprises a larger group. Though distinctive in size, location and design scheme, each hotel boasts décor rarely seen, well, anywhere. I’ve admired Firmdale for more than a decade—since staying at the Number Sixteen Hotel, where I noted stunning interior design, impeccable service, and whimsical features that include honesty bars where guests are trusted to make their own cocktails.
Assuming Firmdale outsourced interior design projects, I asked my PR contact to comment on the vision behind Firmdale’s splendid interiors when we met for breakfast last summer. Staring at me quizzically, she responded, “It’s just Kit and Tim.” The husband-and-wife duo don’t merely own the Group: they devotedly devise each property from start to finish.
Book your room now or pop over for a meal at the Potting Shed, an English-style brasserie that serves locally sourced and seasonal produce at breakfast, lunch and dinner.