No Boys Allowed: Women-only Duchess Rooms at Dukes London

by  Liz Webber | Mar 18, 2011
Dukes London
Dukes London / Photo courtesy of the property

Though much of London’s St. James’s neighborhood can feel a bit testosterone-heavy with its glut of no-girls-allowed gentlemen’s clubs, Dukes London shows the ladies some love with its female-only Duchess Rooms.

Upon arrival, female travelers receive a personal welcome card from General Manager Debrah Dhugga (who, as one of just a handful of female GM’s of a five-star hotel in London, knows a thing or two about old boys’ clubs). A female room attendant leads guests to their rooms, and remains on call for the duration of the stay to take care of any needs or requests.

In the room, guests will find fresh flowers, primping essentials (including a makeup mirror and styling accessories) for looking your best in the boardroom or the Tate, and a pair of comfy slippers for relaxing at day’s end. Solo travelers will also be offered a quiet corner table at the hotel’s restaurant. Rates for the Duchess Rooms start at $361/night.

For general trip-planning information, see our London Travel Guide.

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