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Get to know Luca Virgilio, general manager for The Dorchester

January 27, 2022

Our charismatic general manager has recently moved from Rome to take up his new role. Here’s what he has to say about the thrill of returning to London and his love of The Dorchester.
Big Ben, London, UK

What appeals to you about living in London?

London has always had a special place in my heart. I was raised in Italy but my mother was English and nurtured a love of England in me. She used to enjoy indulging in afternoon tea every day. This is the fourth time l’ve moved to London and I’m delighted to be back. I adore the dynamic energy of this incredible city; it inspires me and makes me feel alive.

What’s your favourite London landmark?

Big Ben. This impressive clock tower represents everything I admire about London and Britain as a whole. It takes pride in its glorious past, yet is constantly evolving. Like a guardian of the passage of time, it reminds us that time is always ticking and encourages us to make the most of every moment.

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What do you love most about The Dorchester?

I love everything The Dorchester stands for. To me, it’s an integral part of England, a place for the movers and shakers. The heritage of the hotel fascinates me, but equally important is how it embraces the future and continues to remain relevant.

A painting of The Ballroom at The Dorchester in the 1930's
Illustration of our ballroom in the 1930s
Piazza Navona Rome

What do you miss most about Italy?

That’s an easy one to answer, the people. I miss my family, friends and the colleagues I’ve worked with over the last eight years. I’ll continue to be a regular visitor to Rome though and I’m really excited by all that London has to offer, and very happy to be making it my home again.

What’s your ideal day off?

I’m happiest when spending time with my wife and nine-year old daughter. Living in London is going to inspire so many wonderful family days out together, including scenic walks in all the great parks and exploring the city’s exceptional museums. I also love big social gatherings, where everyone gets together around a table to enjoy delicious food and swap stories.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

I’m passionate, I’m a dreamer, and I’m loyal.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I’m always happy to wake up and start a new day. I feel blessed with a fulfilling family life and a job I truly love, and these precious things give me the energy to be the best I can every day.

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The Dorchester Exterior

Who inspires you?

My dad was a huge influence when I was growing up. He believed in giving me the freedom to make my own choices but was always there to support and guide me. Nowadays, my wife inspires me the most. When I had this opportunity to move to London she immediately agreed because she knew how much it meant to me. We’re committed to inspiring and encouraging each other in all aspects of our lives.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

I was 35 when I was offered an exciting general manager position and I was concerned that I wasn’t ready for it. The hotel owner said to me, “Luca, you can do this. The only thing you need is to remember that opportunities don’t just fall out of the sky. You need to work for them.” I’ve lived by that advice ever since and it’s served me very well.

What’s your favourite film?

I’m a real movie buff. I love watching new films whenever I get the time but my favourite film of all time is The Godfather.

The Dorchester is where the energy and spirit of London thrives. It’s so dear to so many people and to be managing this legendary hotel at a time of great change is truly an honour. I’m delighted to be part of shaping the next chapter of its illustrious story.

Luca Virgilio

General Manager at The Dorchester

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