The Dorchester Collection is a luxury hotel operator owned by the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA). The BIA is an arm of the Ministry of Finance Brunei. In 1987, the Sultan of Brunei, Hassani Bolkiah bought both the Dorchester and Beverly Hills Hotels. He then transferred ownership to the Brunei Investment Agency in 1991.
The Hotels are a mix of part owned and completely owned hotels acquired by the Dorchester and managed on behalf of third party owners. The organization is headquartered in London. The CEO is Christopher Cowdray, and the COO is Frances Delahaye. They provide an unrivaled experience in owning and operating some of the world’s unique and luxurious hotels.
Their vision includes creating the ultimate in hotel management. They also have a vision for creating a passion for excellence and innovation while honoring each hotel’s individuality and heritage. The collection owns ten five-star hotels around the world. These are the Dorchester, the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Plaza Athene, Hotel Maurice, Principe di Savoia, the Hotel Bel-Aire, Coworth Park, 45 Park Lane, the Le Richmond and the Hotel Eden.
They make a great effort in order to keep the original feel of the sometimes old hotels while adding modern amenities and innovations. It is their hope to keep the charms and characters of the hotels intact while providing the good life, elegance and service in the top hotels. Many people are delighted by the historical settings of many of them.
The organization seems to be achieving their vision. In July, 2014 the Dorchester Collection received four awards for HR excellence including the prestigious Gold Award. The award ceremony took place at the Park Lane Hilton in London. The company’s VP of people and the OD Eugenio Pirri won out over the HR leaders of L’Oreal and Fujitsu as well as other well-known groups. The Dorchester Collection also won the best HR team and the outstanding employee engagement awards.