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Brunei owned Dorchester hotel lists medieval instruction for female staff

Same ownership as the homophobic Beverly Hills hotel.



No oily skin, garish make-up or unshaven legs: Dorchester hotel triggers complaints with list of rules for female staff 

  • The Dorchester has emailed female staff with a ‘downright offensive’ list
  • It consists of personal grooming demands such as have regular manicures
  • One employee said the list was ‘like something out of the dark ages’
  • The Mayfair hotel did not respond to requests to comment

It is one of the country’s most famous, and traditional, hotels whose patrons have included the Queen, Tom Cruise, David and Victoria Beckham and the late Michael Jackson.

Accordingly, bosses of London’s Dorchester hotel are adamant their staff should be dressed to impress.

But they have triggered complaints with a ‘downright offensive’ list of do’s and don’ts that was emailed to all female employees, issuing them with an astonishing inventory of personal grooming demands.

Of particular concern, it seems, are women who turn up for work with oily skin – a definite ‘don’t’ on the hotel’s lengthy list.

Bosses at The Dorchester, in Mayfair, have sent female staff emails which outline personal grooming requests

They include shave your legs (even if wearing tights), wear full make up and have regular manicures

One employee, who did not wish to be named, said: 'It is disgusting. This list is like something out of the dark ages, and downright offensive'

Another big no is body hair on the legs, or on any other visible areas of the body, including the face.

Indeed, women working in the five-star, £700 pound-a-night hotel are advised to make sure their legs are shaven at all times, even if they are wearing tights.

Females are also instructed to arrive for work wearing full make up, although garish colours are discouraged.

Whilst, somewhat embarrassingly, it appears The Dorchester has been subject to complaints about general hygiene of staff, with the list reminding women that ‘body odour is not tolerated’, nor is ‘bad breath’.

Finally, all females are instructed to ensure pristine manicures are in place.

Not surprisingly, the odious list of demands has not gone down too well with disgruntled members of staff, many of whom only earn around £9 an hour.

One employee, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It is disgusting. This list is like something out of the dark ages, and downright offensive.

‘It’s not as though you choose to have oily skin and a lot of women, especially teenagers, cannot help it – no facial wash or moisturiser in the world can control that.

‘The women are all pretty livid but worry that if they complain – or rebel and turn up to work with chipped, dirty nails and hairy legs, for example, they’ll be sacked on the spot.’

The Dorchester hotel has long been a favourite with celebrities.

The Dorchester is favoured by many celebrities, including David and Victoria Beckham

Tom Cruise has also stayed at the hotel, which charges £7,700 a night for its most expensive suite, The Harlequin

Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone recently celebrated her 32nd birthday with a pyjama party at the hotel.

Celebrity luvvies, sports stars and party-loving royals regularly descend on the hotel for lavish charity fundraisers, and it was chosen as the second venue for the multi-million pound wedding of Said Gutseriev, the son of a billionaire oil tycoon.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton used The Dorchester as their London base, and are rumoured to have taken over an entire floor.

But the five-star surroundings and opportunity to brush shoulders with A-listers comes at a hefty price, with the most expensive suite – known as The Harlequin – costing up to £7,700 per night.

Last night, Sam Smether, chief executive of women’s rights organisation, The Fawcett Society, said: ‘It is completely unacceptable for any woman to be told what she should wear and how she should look.

‘Employers should concentrate on what enables people to do a good job and what drives productivity. ‘This is 2016 not 1970; we need to see an end to this kind of objectification of women.’

The Dorchester did not respond to requests to comment.



* shave your legs (even if wearing tights)

* wear full make-up

* wash your hair

* brush your teeth

* use deodorant

* have regular manicures


* Have oily skin

* Wear overly garish or bright make-up

* Display chipped or bitten nails

* Have off-putting body odour

* Display any excess body hair, which includes the face




8 thoughts on “Brunei owned Dorchester hotel lists medieval instruction for female staff

  1. Well I have to say I consider these regs reasonable, as a high profile Exhibition operative, if our Agent caught us without our false eyelashes we were sent of the stand or go and apply. Paid a £ more per hour than the Dorchester Staff 30 years ago was a highly paid job banks even extended overdrafts just because of the Agent we worked for. So I’m afraid I don’t see any problem with these regs and their is nothing worse than smelling a rank armpit as your lunch is being served. This is not particularly middle eastern this is just the way Modelling & Acting Agencies operate.


  2. Ban Islam, it venerates a Fat White Dwarf!

    Muhammad the white fat dwarf as stated in Islamic texts!

    Did you know Muhammad was White, it is in the Islamic texts for everyone to read!

    David Wood presents the facts very well!

    Also did you know Muhammad was a fat dwarf? Islamic texts tells us so!


  3. I had a wealthy customer stay there > he weas not impressed. it survives on it’s name only,there are better places and besides trhe Sultan is running out of cash with the low oil price, it’s little wonder he pays peanuts to his staff.


  4. I worked as s fine dining room waitress for 40 years no one ever had to tell me to come to nwork clean …..No one should have to be told to go to work clean everyone who works with the public should know this ….if not go work in a factory where they don’t care how you look


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