As a woman who has had to travel extensively as part of the job, I’ve come to appreciate any extra thought that goes into understanding the needs of the solo traveller – and the female solo traveller at that. It’s no surprise then that Debrah Dhugga, managing director for Dukes Collection and one of only a handful of female MDs of five star properties, really gets it too.
Unshowily checked in and ushered up to my female traveller-focused 'Duchess' room by a female member of staff, where fresh flowers, a fruit bowl and Floris toiletries make for a welcome segway, away from the streets of bustling Christmas-lit London. I rest up, sleep well (the bed was one of the comfiest I’ve tried), and wake up with renewed purpose.
From Spring 2017, the hotel will also be unveiling an extensive refurbishment, in collaboration with Liberty – whose fabrics are being used in the Duchess rooms. There’s even a VIP programme for pets, should you wish to let your four-legged friend tag along (from £25/night).
Nightly rates in a Dukes room at Dukes, London start from £311 inclusive of VAT and breakfast, with complimentary upgrade to next room category. For more information call 0207 491 4840 or visit dukeshotel.com. Dukes' Christmas afternoon eea starts from £32.50 per person or £42.50 with a glass of Champagne. Available until 31 December.