Tatler Checks Into... Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Situated in bustling Knightsbridge, London’s most fashionable shopping district, the iconic Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is where town meets country in London’s most prestigious address. Overlooking the famous Hyde Park, which can be viewed from the property’s north wing, this Grande Dame hotel offers old-world refinement combined with the latest technology in every guestroom and suite.
Two years ago, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park began a two-phased renovation—one of the most extensive restorations it has undergone inits 115-year history. Now on its finishing stages, the renovation aims to add luxurious modern touches to the historic hotel. The globally acclaimed designer Joyce Wang has successfully overseen the overall design of all guest rooms,suites, and public areas, taking inspiration from the hotel’s royal heritage as well as the glamour of the early 20th century’s Golden Age of travel. This month, a series of new rooms and suites overlooking Hyde Park on the opposite wing will be unveiled.
Upon entrance to the lobby and reception lounge, one is welcomed with lighter, brighter, and more current interiors while still retainingthe property’s signature classic air.
All 181 new guest rooms are now more luxurious and comfortable than ever, each with individual layouts featuring alcoves, elegant acorn-inspired lights, carpets reminiscent of fallen leaves, horesehair light sconces, bark effect wall coverings, and gloss-painted patterns inspired by neighbouring Hyde Park and its wooded riding paths. Working closely with skilled artisans, Joyce Wang put together art-deco inspired bespoke pieces: hand-etched mirrors, hand-painted and gilded silk wallcoverings, custom-designed furniture, and carefully curated pieces of art, bringing an opulent contemporary feel to every space. Set to launch next month are two new penthouse suites offering unparalelled views across the London skyline. Besides the usual amenities, the 40 renovated suites will have curated libraries with handpicked reads and vintage vinyl record collections with players. In addition, all rooms offer thoughtful details that make a difference: yoga mats, GHD hair straighteners, Nespresso machines, and Bower and Wilkins music players with Bluetooth connectivity.
Dining at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is an experience in itself as this landmark boasts two award-winning restaurants: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (one of the UK’s most acclaimed chefs) which serves inventive reinterpretations of historical British dishes, and Bar Boulud that offers an impressive wine list focused on Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Then, there is the chic
Rosebery Lounge known for afternoon tea.
Blending sumptuous guestrooms with a world-leading spa, a two-Michelin-star restaurant, a glamourous bar, park views, and an unparalleled location, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is the definitive destination for a luxury stay in the British capital.
This story was originally published in Philippine Tatler Traveller (Volume 13), available in all newsstands and book stores, and downloadable on Magzter, Zinio, and PressReader.