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Hotel review: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

15 Sep 2023 by Ravi Lalwani
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Image taken from hotel's official website gallery

Background Situated amidst the glorious Royal Parkland and the buzz of central Knightsbridge, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London was re-imagined and re-invented as part of the hotel’s largest renovation in its 120-year history back in 2019. Internationally-renowned designer Joyce Wang, oversaw the new design of all the rooms, suites and public areas, inspired by the natural beauty of neighbouring Hyde Park and the glamour of the 20th century Golden Age of travel.

What’s it like Upon entering the property I was taken aback by the grandeur and intricacies of the building’s architecture. There was an aura of tranquility that enveloped me during my stay at the property due to the spectacular views of the iconic Hyde Park. The luxury property features 141 spacious guest rooms and 40 luxurious suites.

Where is it The hotel is located in the heart of Knightsbridge and on the edge of Hyde Park. The hotel has over 120-years of exciting history. – The main entrance of the hotel had to be moved from the park side to the Knightsbridge side, as His Majesty, King George V refused to allow any advertising, including the large gilt lettering of the hotel’s name, overlooking the park.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Image taken from hotel's official website gallery

Rooms All guest rooms and suites either look onto Knightsbridge, the hotel’s beautiful indoor courtyard, or directly on to the verdant Hyde Park. I had the pleasure of staying in the Mandarin Oriental Penthouse. The beautiful penthouse features luxurious silk wall coverings, bespoke furnishings and hand-made nature-inspired artwork, accommodation includes two salons, both with chandeliers and dining tables for 8, and two fully equipped kitchens.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t step out onto my private terrace since the weather was extremely cold. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the panoramic views of Hyde Park and the sophisticated full-height libraries that allowed me the chance to unwind after a long day of meetings with one the hotel’s hand-selected books .

Food and Drink The hotel is home to three impressive restaurants, one of them being Dinner by renowned chef Heston Blumenthal. The restaurant is one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants and holder of two Michelin stars.

For those who wish to experience a quintessential English Afternoon Tea, I would recommend a visit to The Rosebery, which is also popular for its all-day dining options and champagne cocktails. I enjoyed a hearty breakfast consisting of waffles with maple syrup, fresh cut fruits and a cup of comforting hot chocolate.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Image taken from hotel's official website gallery

Meetings There are five versatile meeting and event rooms at the hotel, all boasting natural daylight for up to 650 guests. The Ballroom has its own terrace, 24-carat gilding and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views over Hyde Park. For those looking to host their wedding at the dreamy property, the hotel offers a dedicated wedding coordinator.

Leisure The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London was redesigned back in 2018, by New York designer Adam D. Tihany. There are 13 treatment rooms including an Oriental Suite for couples with a Rasul water temple are offered. Heat and Water Oasis includes a Sauna, Amethyst Crystal Steam Room, Vitality Pool and Zen Colour Therapy Relaxation Area. For those who wish to not miss their workouts whilst travelling the hotel features a 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Verdict There is a reason why the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is renowned globally for being one the top luxury hotels. A delightful amalgamation of history, contemporary design, luxurious amenities make a stay at the property a highly memorable one.

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London. Image taken from hotel's official website gallery

Fact box:

Best for: Penthouse Offerings
Don’t miss: Afternoon tea at The Rosebery
Price: Internet rates are upwards of ₹1,09,404
Contact: 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA London, United Kingdom

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