Dorchester Group

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020 7629 4848

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The Dorchester Group owns and/or manages the Dorchester Collection, an exclusive group of deluxe five-star hotels in the UK, France, Italy and the USA.

It is named after London's historic Dorchester hotel, the first property in the group to be acquired by Sultan Muda Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzadin Waddaulah (ruler of the oil-rich state of Brunei on Borneo) in 1985.

In 1991, the Sultan transferred ownership of the Dorchester and the Beverley Hills hotel in Los Angeles (which he acquired in 1987) to the Brunei Investment Agency, the investment arm of the country's ministry of finance.  The Dorchester Group was set up in 1996 (initially as the Audley Group) to manage the two hotels under one company.
 
In 2006 - when it adopted the Dorchester Collection brand name -  the group announced plans to diversify into third-party management of luxury city and resort hotels and won its first management contract, for Le Richemond in Geneva in 2011.

Most of the properties in the collection are iconic and historic landmark hotels; the exceptions are Coworth Park (which opened in Ascot, Berkshire, in 2010) and the contemporary boutique 45 Park Lane, which opened its doors on the site of London's former Playboy Club in  2011.

Multi-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse operates restaurants at the Dorchester hotel in London and the Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée hotels in Paris while US celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has restaurants at both the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles and at 45 Park Lane in London.

Key People:

Chief executive officer Christopher Cowdray

Regional director UK and general manager, the Dorchester hotel Roland Fasel

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Operating Data:

Total number of hotels 10 deluxe five-star hotels in the UK, Europe and the USA

Total number of employees 3,700

Seven hotels are owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, two are leased (Coworth Park and 45 Park Lane) and one (Le Richemond) is managed on behalf of a third party.

The collection includes a number of Michelin-starred restaurants including the three-Michelin-star Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée , the two-Michelin-star Restaurant Le Meurice Alain Ducasse. Hotel Eden (which reopens in late 2016 after extensive refurbishments) was acquired with the one-Michelin-star La Terrazza dell’Eden.

Celebrity US chef Wolfgang Puck has a restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air and opened his first European outlet, CUT, at 45 Park Lane.

UK 
The Dorchester, Park Lane, London (five red AA stars)
45 Park Lane, London (five red AA stars)
Coworth Park, Ascot, Berkshire
Europe
Le Meurice, Paris 
Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Le Richemond, Geneva
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
Hotel Eden, Rome
United States
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills 
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles

Financial Snapshot:

Full Year Ended 31 December 2014

Revenue £300.2m (2013: £325.7m)
Operating profit £14.2m (2013: £32.5m)
Pre-tax profit £15.6m (2013: £27.2m)
Profit for the year £14.4m (2013: £16.1m)

Address:

Sixth Floor East, Lansdowne House
Berkeley Square
London,

UK