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Hazlitt's Hotel occupies a group of historic Georgian houses in Frith Street, just off Soho Square. It was built in 1718 and although upgraded to modern standards in the 1980s, it still retains an authentic charm to its interiors. The rooms are tastefully decorated, with antique beds and furniture (though of course, with modern mattresses and support). Also, like the Rookery, it has no restaurant, but an excellent and reasonably priced breakfast is served to your room. Hazlitt's Hotel is named after the radical essayist William Hazlitt, who originally lived at number 6 Frith Street, one of the three houses which were conjoined to make the hotel in 1986 (the same blueprint has also been applied to 'The Rookery', their sister operation). Recently a fourth building was added to create more space in the reception area, and eight extra rooms.
Built in the Belle Epoche style in 1906 and opened by former Savoy manager, Cesar Ritz, The Ritz Hotel was the first steel framed building constructed in London.
Perhaps less well known than the others, The Berkeley Hotel was acquired by the Savoy Group in 1901. Originally the hotel stood on the corner of Piccadilly and Berkeley Street, but moved to a purpose built site in Knightsbridge in 1972. Although this was at the expense of being located in a grand, architecturally significant building, it was compensated by the ability to offer services which older buildings are unable to.
Opened in 1931, The Dorchester Hotel was amongst the first to use reinforced concrete to create large internal spaces without the need for supporting columns. During the Second World War numerous cabinet ministers stayed there, due to its reputation for the strength and safety of the building, including Lord Halifax and Winston Churchill. In 1942 Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower, also stayed at the hotel giving his name to one of the suites.