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Dorchester Collection Unveils More Plans for 2011
with News from Several Properties

Highlights include the Opening of 45 Park Lane in London and the
Newly Renovated Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles

August 2011 (London) - Following the launch of the highly successful Coworth Park in September 2010, Dorchester Collection is unveiling two new properties this year:

45 Park Lane in London, opening September 1, 2011, has a contemporary design with art deco influences and will be the first new five-star hotel to open in Mayfair for over a decade. The much anticipated Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles is re-opening in October 2011, after an extensive two year refurbishment. Wolfgang Puck, a world-renowned master chef, will be overseeing the dining operations at both hotels, opening CUT at 45 Park Lane, his first ever restaurant in Europe, and Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air.

There are a number of additional announcements from Dorchester Collection, as well as news from individual properties, which include:
  • Le Richemond in Geneva joined Dorchester Collection's growing portfolio of luxury hotels on August 1, 2011. Set on the banks of Lake Geneva, the prestigious 109-room hotel is Dorchester Collection's first third-party management agreement. To further position itself as one of the leading luxury hotels in Geneva and in line with the standards of Dorchester Collection, Le Richemond will undergo a refurbishment of its public areas including the restaurant and bar, as well as its suites to be completed in 2013.
  • The Dorchester celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2011. Inspired by the landmark plane tree which has graced the entrance to Mayfair's most famous address for 80 years, The Dorchester is celebrating by planting 80 "Future Great Trees" in London with a unique collaboration with international charity, Trees for Cities. This autumn also sees the renovation of the four rooms making up the Ballroom Suite at The Dorchester in London, led by international interior architectural design studio, Alex Kravetz Designs Ltd.
  • The annual Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize is taking place in New York throughout 2011. The Prize was originally launched in London in 2010 and is now taking place in North America this year to help up-and-coming designers make the next step to global success and recognition. This year, the winning designer will receive US $40,000 from Dorchester Collection, as well as the opportunity to display their collection during Paris Fashion Week in 2012 at the group's Hôtel Plaza Athénée. An impressive list of high caliber judges on the panel includes: Giovanna Battaglia; Derek Blasberg; Thom Browne; Francisco Costa; Shala Monroque, Lauren Santo Domingo; Elizabeth Saltzman; as well as Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, designers at Marchesa fashion brand. This year's shortlisted designers are:
  • The final winner will be announced in Fall 2011 and the prize will take place in Paris at Hôtel Plaza Athénée in 2012.
    The recently renovated Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan is introducing the "Truffle Tasting Package," a unique epicurean experience for lovers of luxury, haute-cuisine and adventure; available throughout October to November 2011. Opening the doors to an exclusive culinary world, the package includes truffle hunting in the beautiful woodlands of Roddi, with an experienced guide and dogs, the chance to visit the best truffle shops in Alba, as well as a four course lunch featuring black truffle at the hotel's acclaimed Acanto restaurant.
  • The sale of The New York Palace to Northwood Investors, a highly-regarded, private investment company, was completed mid-July 2011. Ed Mady, previously General Manager of The New York Palace, has been appointed as General Manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel where he will manage the 210-room hotel, which includes the two new Presidential Bungalows that debuted in July 2011. He has also been appointed as West Coast Regional Director USA, overseeing both The Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air, led by General Manager Tim Lee.
  • In Paris, both Hôtel Plaza Athénée and Le Meurice have been awarded the distinction of "Palace" hotel, by the Tourism Secretary of State, M. Fédéric Lefebvre. Dorchester Collection's Parisian hotels were two of only four in Paris and eight selected in France. To qualify, the hotels had to meet a very precise list of criteria and services, and both Le Meurice and Hôtel Plaza Athénée impressed the jury with their exceptional location, architecture, quality of their facilities and outstanding levels of personal service.
Dorchester Collection
Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world's foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company's mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.

The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group):

The Dorchester
, London
The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills
Le Meurice, Paris
Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan
Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles (re-opening in October 2011)
Coworth Park, Ascot, UK
45 Park Lane, London (opening in September 2011)
Le Richemond, Geneva

Shin-Jung Hong
Hawkins International PR
 (212) 255-6541

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Also See: Dorchester Collection's Culinary Partners, Chefs, Restaurateurs and Food & Beverage Management Teams Plan for the Future of Hospitality Business at Recent Conference / July 2011

Dorchester Collection Appoints Edward A. Mady General Manager of The Beverly Hills Hotel and West Coast Regional Director, USA; Current GM of The New York Palace to Oversee West Coast Operations of the Luxury Hotel Collection / July 2011

The Dorchester Collection Selected to Manage 109-room Le Richemond in Geneva, Switzerland with the Group's First Third-Party Management Agreement / July 2011

The Dorchester Collection to Open 45 Park Lane in London, England / May 2011

The Dorchester Collection Names New Staff Appointments Through its Collection Including Christophe Saintagne as Head Chef for Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in Paris and Sally Pedder as Manager for The Dorchester Spa / December 2010

The Dorchester Collection Opens the 70-room Coworth Park Located in Ascot, UK; Hotel Has Several Unique Eco-Initiatives / September 2010

Dorchester Collection Appoints Marie-Laure Akdag as Hotel Manager at the 45 Park Lane, London / June 2010

Dorchester Collection Appoints Zoe Jenkins as General Manager at New Country House Hotel, Coworth Park near Ascot, UK / November 2009

Michelin-Starred Chef John Campbell Named as Food and Beverage Director for Dorchester Collection's New Country House Estate and Spa, Coworth Park, UK / July 2009

The Dorchester Collection Building Coworth Park a New 69 room Country House Hotel near Ascot, Surrey / January 2009

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