With views overlooking Knightsbridge and Hyde Park, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is recognized as one of London’s most distinguished hotels and continues to be a top choice among tourists, business people, and London natives themselves. As a recent guest at the Mandarin Oriental in London, I enjoyed the warm welcome of the staff, always smiling and happy to cater to all my needs, and the exclusive, full breakfast with a panoramic views of Hyde Park (only this hotel offers such a view).
Also, I took advantage of the large indoor swimming pool, starting my mornings off with a quiet swim in a tranquil setting. With a spacious, comfortable room, a variety of delicious foods and restaurants, and the beautiful views of the city, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Mandarin Oriental. The Royal family have previously held receptions at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. It is a place where princes and princesses, Maharajas and sultans, presidents and prime ministers have passed through to host high-level forums, receptions and society events.
As a five-star hotel, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London was built to match the architecture of surrounding buildings, reflecting historic, Edwardian-style design. The hotel has 173 rooms and suites, over half of which overlook Hyde Park, while the other rooms offer views of the Knightsbridge district of London. It also boasts two world-class restaurants, a full bar, large event spaces for business meetings and other gatherings, a fitness centre, and a luxurious spa. Following a large restoration in 2000, the hotel re-opened and received many awards due to the upgrade in design, service, and amenities.
The luxury rooms offered at Mandarin Oriental are more spacious than rooms at other London hotels, complete with a plush sofa, very large dressing rooms, impressive LCD TVs designed for the perfect viewing experience, and an iPod dock for enjoying music while relaxing in your room. I really enjoyed the larger dressing rooms, which are perfect for people on a long business trip who need ample room for storing business clothing and shoes.
My room also came with a full mini-bar, decorated with high-class drinks such as Remy Martin cognac, Glenmore whisky, and fine wines. The crystal glasses, leather storage containers and large, elegant bathroom complimented the room, showcasing the hotel’s meticulous attention to detail.
The bathroom had a mix of marble and wood finishings, with a rain shower bath area perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day. With a large selection of beauty products such as Ormonde Jayne soaps and shampoos, any woman would be in heaven at this hotel. The room had two phones, one of them placed on the spacious, sophisticated desk in the room. You could also use the shoe-shining kit provided for cleaning up your shoes for an elegant party or business meeting. Even the electronic key for opening my room had an elegant design, and you can use it to get to the private swimming pool as well.
The food at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is phenomenal, offering some of London’s best cuisine. With interiors of the restaurants and bar created by designer Adam Tihany, the atmosphere exudes a feeling of wealth and sophisticated luxury, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy some of London’s most celebrated restaurants in a contemporary, lush setting. At Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, you can relish in historic European food reinvented by the Michelin-starred chef himself.
Bar Boulud offers exquisite French food and a full wine bar. Also, the hotel houses a chic, contemporary bar serving cocktails and light, international fare, the Mandarin Bar.
Finally, The Rosebery at Mandarin Oriental is an afternoon tea salon by day, serving breakfast and wonderful blends of tea created in conjunction with The East India Company, and a champagne cocktail bar by night.
After a long day of work, you can swim in the state-of-the-art indoor pool; personally, I prefer swimming early in the morning in the 28 degree water, enjoying the view of the fire which reflects the Zen signature of Mandarin Oriental. You can access it at the top of the fitness centre, even with a power plate and celebrity personal trainer with a direct lift wearing your bathrobe and slippers.
You will find large locker rooms with a sauna in the men’s area and a steam bath in the women’s room. The fitness area boasts modern equipment, such as an efficient swimwear dryer, shower jet experience, and a Sensepod to revitalize you (combining aromatherapy, heating, music and LED colours).
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London
London SW1X 7LA
Ph: +44 20 7235 2000
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