The Mandarin Oriental in London is due to begin its first major renovation project since opening in 2000.
Located in Knightsbridge, the Mandarin Oriental will begin a multimillion-pound revamp on September 19, the first in 16 years. The hotel will remain open throughout the work, which will take places in two phases over 18 months.
The first phase will see a complete facelift given to the street-facing bedrooms, as well as a refresh of the Rosebery coffee lounge and Bar Boulud restaurant, to be finished by next spring.
The second phase will involve a new look for the event spaces and guestrooms facing Hyde Park. The spa will continue to operate until June, when it will close for six months so it can be expanded.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and the Mandarin bar will close for a short period to allow for “a short refurb and maintenance enhancements”.
Inspired by the “golden age of travel”, the interior design will be overseen by Joyce Wang, who recently renovated a collection of suites at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong this year, and Adam Tihany, who has worked on several projects with Heston Blumenthal and Daniel Boulud.
Two new penthouses on the ninth floor will also be added, with floor-to-ceiling windows looking on to the park.