For business The Lancaster Hotel is just off the Champs Elysees in Paris, near Christie's new premises. Originally a town house, it was converted in the 1920s by the owner and his housekeeper, the daughter of a famous antique dealer. They filled the rooms with antiques and works of art, which makes it perfect for the CEO of an auction house. The restoration was done with enormous care - much research has obviously been done in 18th- and 19th-century documents for the wall-hangings and curtains. The service is excellent and discreet, and the hotel still has the feel of a private home full of clocks, porcelain, paintings, lamps, tapestries and wonderful fabrics. The rooms are comfortable and quiet and the courtyard garden is a fine place to relax after a busy day.
For pleasure I lived in Amsterdam for a while after being appointed MD for Christie's in 1996. It's a wonderful city, imbued with culture. Now when we go back to visit, my family and I stay at the Amstel Intercontinental - a superb hotel in the most classical mode located on the banks of the Amstel river. It's very beautiful, with a personal feel. You are always in good company - every famous pop star from the Beatles to Mick Jagger has stayed there, which makes it particularly appealing to younger members of the Dolman family. Before the hotel's grand restoration in 1992, its entire contents were auctioned in a sale that lasted for days. The top lot was the bed in which Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring slept during his visit to Holland in 1942.